Serves on the Executive Committee and the Policy & Planning Subcommittee
Michele is currently the President of the NW WA Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, 2nd District Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and Vice President of the Local 1060 Washington Federation of State Employees AFSCME,AFL-CIO. She also serves on her local Workforce Development Council and works as a Case Resource Manager at Developmental Disabilities by assisting adults with disabilities to gain and retain employment. Michele’s cross-section of skills and experience allow her to see the big picture of employment for individuals with disabilities and believes it is important to work together to promote Social Equity, Economic Development and Healthy Environment.
Community Rehabilitation Provider Representative
Serves on the Executive Committee and the Consumer Satisfaction & Program Evaluation Subcommittee
Peggy has been in the employment services field for over 20 years, providing and supervising services up and down the I-5 corridor. She has also peer surveyed for CARF, which accredits employment service providers and is a requirement of DVR. Peggy has a keen interest in sharing the CRP perspective for the council.
Disability Advocate Representative
Aimee Elber, DVR Regional Transition Consultant, has worked with people with disabilities since 1994. While pursuing her college education, Aimee began her career with DVR as a Governor’s Intern and was later hired as a Rehabilitation Technician. Working with DVR inspired her to seek out opportunities to support people with disabilities in successfully entering the workforce. Building on her experience, she worked as a Career Counselor and Academic Advisor and later sought employment as a Disability Services Specialist in various colleges throughout Washington and Oregon. Her most recent job as Director of Disability Access Services and Workforce Education at Spokane Community College blended her interests in both career development and disability services.
Aimee brings a diverse skill set to the table including a broad knowledge base surrounding ADA compliance, Universal Design, disability identity, career counseling theory, strategic planning, and workforce education. She is committed to equity, diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and fostering a safe and accessible learning environment for all. As a person with a disability herself, Aimee works to remove barriers and align with the “Nothing About Us Without Us” concept of shared governance.
Working with people in a variety of roles has allowed Aimee the opportunity to guide individuals to become empowered advocates for themselves, their communities, and their education.
Serves as Chair of the Partnership Subcommittee
Alexandra is a Special Education Program Supervisor for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), supporting students with disabilities, families, educators and systems. Her work experience includes being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and supporting regional transitional care programs as a Program Manager. Alexandra is passionate about supporting equity and inclusion as well as aligning systems to support student outcomes and readiness for their post-secondary goals.
Cassi Villegas is a dynamic leader, adept at blending transformational and servant leadership styles to drive significant change within organizations. Her expertise lies in fostering a culture of belonging, continuous improvement, and achieving organizational excellence. Cassi has a successful track record of implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and advocating for accessibility for all. Her professional background in public education, government, and the private sector has imparted her with the knowledge and skills to successfully implement innovative tools and technology to increase quality operations, and connect with individuals to inspire growth, ensuring staff are engaged and customers receive meaningful and effective services.
State Independent Living Council (SILC) Representative
Serves on the Partnership Subcommittee
Dion is King County Metro’s ADA Services Administrator and has 30 years transportation experience in the state of Washington. He is dedicated to ensuring that all riders, including those with disabilities, are included in every aspect of transit, from construction activity to policy development to operations. Dion is a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Workforce Training and Education Coordinating (WTEC) Board Representative
Serves on the Partnership Subcommittee
Drew is the Workforce Service Integration Manager at the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. As a member of the WSRC, Drew serves as a vital liaison between the Workforce Board and the council, leveraging her deep understanding of the challenges faced by jobseekers and businesses in accessing workforce programs. With a commitment to seamless service delivery and improved economic outcomes, Drew is committed to promoting effective collaboration and policy recommendations that enhance the lives of people with disabilities in Washington State.
Ed currently works for WaferTech a TSMC company as their Senior Recruiter. Ed is a retired military veteran where he spend over 25 years in the Marine Corps and Army. He also is a disabled veteran and a military spouse and is passionate about military initiatives and helping other veterans to navigate to find their next mission. Ed is always striving to teach job seekers on how to navigate through their next career paths and how to develop those skills that employers are seeking. Ed and, his wife Julie, along with their 7 children reside in Vancouver, WA.
Parent Training Representative
Serves on the Customer Satisfaction & Program Evaluation Subcommittee
Jen Chong-Jewell is a Program Director at PAVE, which is Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment. She comes to the council as a representative for parents of children with disabilities. Jen is a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also serves on the Special Education Advisory Committee and the Council appreciates the intersectionality of knowledge Jen brings to the Council’s work.
Client Assistance Program (CAP) Representative
Serves on the Executive Committee, the Policy & Planning Subcommittee, and as Chair of the Consumer Satisfaction & Program Evaluation Subcommittee.
Jennifer Bean is the Director for the Client Assistance Program (CAP). She has worked in the Vocational Rehabilitation field for 20+ years. Her work experience includes being an Independent Living Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Benefits Specialist and Regional Trainer at Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Additionally, she was a Rehabilitation Coordinator with the Washington Client Assistance Program and will be the Executive Director of the Client Assistance Program starting August 2021. Jennifer has a MA degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and has years of experience with training and teaching. She was Adjunct Faculty at Western Washington University teaching in the undergraduate Human Services Program and was a staff trainer on Independent Living and Benefits Planning for 10+ years. She is known for having a "Yes we can!" approach and enjoys collaborating and finding creative, outside the box solutions to problems.
Tribal VR Representative
Serves on the Policy & Planning Subcommittee
Laurae is the Vocational Rehabilitation Program Manager for the Colville Tribe. She is responsible for effective planning and management of the VR program through leadership and by directing appropriate and quality services to eligible Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) clients. Laurae has also worked with families and within the school system supporting individuals with disabilities. She has her BA in Psychology and masters in social work from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
VR Counselor Representative, Ex-Officio
Serves on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Policy & Planning Subcommittee
Lesa brings 18 years of vocational rehabilitation experience to WSRC, having served as the Director of Employment Services at Skils’kin (CRP) for 6 years and with DVR since 2009 starting as a Rehab Tech and moving into the counselor position in 2011. She is currently the Lead VR Counselor in the Colville office! Lesa serves the “Tri-County” area, Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties which includes fourteen school districts. Her expertise and advocacy work in both urban and rural VR bring a unique perspective to the council.
Serves on the Consumer Satisfaction & Program Evaluation Subcommittee
Matt currently works for Amazon.com as the Global Quality Manager for Amazon Disability & Leave Services. Matt’s previous work experience in private and public sectors include medical management in the railway transportation industry, as well as working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Washington and the State of Iowa. Matt is passionate about equity and inclusion, as well as developing public and private partnerships to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Matt, his wife Megan, and daughter Charlotte live in the South Puget Sound region.