State Rehabilitation Councils create opportunities for people with disabilities to shape the services that support them in going to work.

Michele Stelovich

Bellingham, WA

Council Chair

Labor Representative

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.

Peggy Frisk

Lake Stevens, WA

Council Vice-Chair

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.

Aimee Elber

Spokane, WA

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.

Alexandra Toney

Olympia, WA

OSPI Representative

Serves on the Partnerships 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.

Dion Graham

Union, WA

State Independent Living Council (SILC) Representative

Serves on the Partnerships 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.

Ed Nicholson

Camas, WA

Business Representative

Serves on the Consumer Satisfaction & Program Evaluation Subcommittee

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.

Erica Wollen

Olympia, WA

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating (WTEC) Board Representative

Serves on the Executive Committee and Partnerships Subcommittee

Erica’s vibrancy and friendliness can lighten the mood in any room. She serves as the Workforce Representative on the Council and works as Executive Assistant at the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. As the liaison between the workforce and Vocational Rehabilitation, Erica ensures there is no gap in communication between the two agencies.

Jen Chong-Jewell

Everett, 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. 

Jennifer Bean

Bellingham, WA

Client Assistance Program (CAP) Representative

Serves on the Executive Committee, the Consumer Satisfaction & Program Evaluation, and Policy & Planning Subcommittees

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.   

Laurae MacClain

Nespelem, WA

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.

Lesa Dunphy

Colville, WA

VR Counselor Representative

Serves on the Executive Committee and 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.

Matt Newton

Tacoma, WA

Business Representative

Serves on the Consumer Satisfaction & Program Evaluation Subcommittee

Matt currently works for 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.

Terry Redmon

Olympia, WA


Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Terry Redmon began serving as Interim Director in December 2020, and was officially appointed as the permeant Director of DVR effective September 1, 2021. Terry has over 30 years of experience working with partners on community based employment programs for people with disabilities. He spent 15 years of his career in DVR where he has worked as a VRC, Lead-VRC, Supervisor, Assistant Regional Administrator-Region 1, and Field Chief, working as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Terry held a number of positions in various DSHS administrations, as well, including Employment Partnership Program Manager for DDA, Traumatic Brain Injury Program Manager under ALTSA and Executive Outreach Manager for the DSHS Office of Diversity Affairs.