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.
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.
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 Board (WTECB) Representative
Serves on Partnerships Subcommittee
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.
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.
Current or Former Recipient of VR Services Representative
Before becoming a disability activist, he was an engineer with a strong desire to pursue higher education. He is the first member of his family to graduate from college, thanks to the Alabama Dept. of Rehabilitation Services and Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).Today he utilizes his strengths in systems thinking as a board member and leader of multiple advocacy groups: King County Developmental Disabilities Division, DNC Disability Council, King County Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee, Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle, and Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, with the goal of advancing disability rights, voting accessibility, and diversity & inclusion. This wouldn’t have been possible without his lived experiences as a recipient of DVR services. Jayson is a veteran of the US Navy.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.