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

Kathy Powers

Auburn, WA

Council Chair, Business Representative
Serves on Executive Committee, Customer Satisfaction and Program Evaluation Subcommittee

Kathy is the Vice President of Services at Orion and is involved in trade and advocacy groups nationally and in WA that represent and support people with disabilities. In addition to serving as the Chair of the Council, Kathy is on the advisory committee for the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Western Washington University, represents Washington CRP’s for the Region X Vocational Rehabilitation coalition, is active in the Community Employment Alliance as well as the Directors of Disabilities Organizations. Kathy has worked with community non-profits and within the vocational rehabilitation field for 25 years and has a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

Justin Poole

Yakima, WA

Current or Former Recipients of VR Services Representative
Serves on Customer Satisfaction and Program Evaluation Subcommittee

Justin is a talented musician who shares his vast knowledge by teaching the next generation how to play. As the Representative of Current or Former Customers of DVR, Justin brings an integral voice to the Council. He is committed to making sure DVR listens and addresses customer experiences and needs from VR Service. Justin received his Bachelor of Science from Western Washington University, where he focused on Anthropology, Music, and Museum studies.

Erica Wollen

Olympia, WA

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB) Representative
Serves on Partnerships Subcommittee

Erin Williams

Seattle, WA

Business Representative
Serves on Partnerships Subcommittee

Erin is a Business Developer at AJAC, which is Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, a state apprenticeship training program for aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. She received her BA in Communications and PR from the University of San Francisco. Erin’s lens as a Business Representative brings the much needed employer perspective to the council. 

Ivanova Smith

Tacoma, WA

Advocacy Representative
Serves on Policy and Planning Subcommittee

Ivanova Smith is an Advocate Faculty member at the University of Washington's program, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities. She is an experienced advocate for DD community, working in the civic and social organization industry, and testifying in Olympia on different issues affecting people with I/DD. She is also a member of People First of Washington, Self-Advocates in Leadership, the South Sound Autism Partnership, and Allies in Advocacy. Ivanova has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in History from Central Washington University and brings a valuable perspective to the Council. 

Jen Cole

Everett, WA

Parent Training Representative
Serves on the Customer Satisfaction & Program Evaluation Subcommittee

Jen Cole 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. 

Jerry Johnsen

Seattle, WA

Client Assistance Program Representative
Serves on Executive Committee and Policy & Planning Subcommittee

Jerry has been the Client Assistance Program (CAP) Director for over 38 years. He also serves on the DVR Blind State Rehabilitation Council and the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE). Jerry brings a wealth of historical disability knowledge and a generation of advocacy work to the Council. 

Laurae McClain

Nespelem, WA

Tribal VR Representative
Serves on 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 Policy and Planning Committee

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.

Michele Stelovich

Bellingham, WA

Labor Representative

Serves on the Policy and Planning Committee

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

Community Rehabilitation Provider Representative
Chair of the Customer 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.

Rob Hines

Olympia, WA

Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Rob Hines is the Director of the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). He holds an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arkansas – Little Rock and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.  Rob began work at DVR in 2014, when he was appointed as DVR’s Region 2 Administrator, having relocated from the Phoenix, Arizona, area. In Arizona, Rob worked for a private not-for-profit, where he was the program lead for Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families (SSVF), a VA funded program. Prior to working at the private foundation, Rob managed multiple field offices for Rehabilitation Services Administration in Arizona, where he also previously served as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Prior to his time in AZ, Rob and his family lived in Anchorage, Alaska, where Rob served as an Employment Service Manager for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In this role, Rob managed the State of Alaska’s largest One-Stop Job Center. 

Sheila Turner

Pasco, WA

WASILC Representative

Serves on the Partnership Committee

My name is Sheila Turner and I am the Washington State Independent Living Council representative for the WSRC.  I am legally blind, a mother of three, and an independent Living Skills teacher for the blind.  I am a lifelong Eastern Washingtonian having been born in Spokane and raised in the Tri Cities.  I graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology and received a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix.  For the past nineteen years, I have worked for a nonprofit agency working with clients in their homes in several counties in southeast Washington.  I love being a disability rights advocate, traveling, reading and trying to be an example to my clients and my kids.

Tania May

Olympia, WA

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Representative
Serves on the Partnership Committee

Tania May is the Director of Special Education for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), supporting students with disabilities, families, and educators. In collaboration with students and families, education partners, providers, and state agencies, Tania is focused on innovative programs and systems to support improved student outcomes throughout the state of Washington.