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Alicia joined Community Pathways as a personal agent in the spring of 2018.
Alicia has a wide variety of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Growing up, she spent a lot of time with her older cousin who experiences cerebral palsy. Her work experience in the field came later, and by chance. It was through her work at a day program, doing activities and going on outings with individuals in the program, that Alicia fell in love with this type of work.
Her experience as a life enrichment specialist, led her to positions as lead direct support professional, group home program manager, supported living manager, and finally to personal agent.
Fun Fact: Alicia loves health and fitness.
Arlen became a personal agent at Community Pathways soon after it opened in 2008. When he moved to Portland in 2007, he had not seriously considered working in case management. But he soon realized that becoming a PA was the best way to continue working with the people he most wanted to serve: individuals with developmental disabilities.
His interest in working with people experiencing developmental disabilities began at the end of college when he started working with a direct care agency. He worked for the agency for almost 5 years before moving to Portland.
Arlen values Community Pathways' commitment to putting the needs of its customers first. As a PA, he appreciates the experience of connecting with customers, providers, and coworkers and sharing in parts of life together.
Fun Fact: Arlen spent most of his childhood growing up in the tropical city of Santa Cruz in Bolivia.
Christine joined Community Pathways as a personal agent in 2016 when her youngest daughter left for college. Christine has three adult children—two daughters and a son with autism.
As a PA, she enjoys meeting each person she works with and learning about their lives to understand what is important to them. She values using her knowledge of the state system and available services to help people get the support they need to achieve their goals.
What Christine values most about Community Pathways is the cooperation and collective knowledge shared by her coworkers, which helps with addressing issues experienced by customers and their families and helping them to problem-solve and find the best outcome.
Fun Fact: Christine lives on a small farm in Yamhill where she raises goats and other livestock.
Jessica joined Community Pathways as a personal agent in May 2018. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for seven years. She has held positions as a job coach at Goodwill (PAC), skills trainer I & II, and case manager.
Jessica is passionate about advocacy and communication because of the struggles many individuals with disabilities experience with expressive and receptive communication. As a PA, Jessica helps support individuals to express, seek, and reach their goals with the support of their ISP team.
Fun Fact: Jessica has three boys (ages 20, 18, and 13) and is going to be a first time grandma in the fall of 2018. It’s a girl! She also has a ten year old Boston Terrier named Frank. He has an under bite and is the love of her life.
John joined Community Pathways as a personal agent in May 2018. He has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for about two years, first as a DSP at a day program, then as a job coach working with a small group and providing supports in community employment. John previously worked with people without homes in both Portland and Chicago.
As a personal agent, John looks forward to empowering individuals with a developmental disability to make responsible choices with authority. The professional values that drive John’s personal best practices are respect, camaraderie, trust, and challenge. He is excited to apply them in a new context.
John’s favorite thing about Community Pathways is that it is a supportive environment where people are committed to helping each other better support the individuals we serve.
Fun Fact: John enjoys taking his two cats on long walks near his apartment complex.
Kama joined Community Pathways as a personal agent in early 2018. What she appreciates most about her role is being able to continue her passion for serving individuals with developmental disabilities by providing assistance with navigating services and finding resources to enrich the lives of each individual she works with.
Kama began working in the field of developmental disabilities shortly after graduating from high school. Her first experience in this field was during high school when she volunteered in the Special Day Class at her school as well as volunteering at a program for individuals with developmental disabilities at her local community center. Her previous positions include: job coach, behavior intervention therapist, and supported living coordinator/manager.
Fun Fact: Kama’s first passion was dancing. She began dancing at the age of six and continued through college. She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hula, and contemporary. She would love to learn ballroom dancing someday.
Linda joined Community Pathways in 2017. With 10 years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities, Linda has held positions as a direct support professional, case manager, behavior specialist, and program manager before becoming a personal agent.
As a PA, Linda assists people with developmental disabilities to access the supports they need in order to live the lives they want. She assists customers with many different activities, ranging from helping individuals to get a bus pass, guiding them through the process of hiring a support provider, to helping them move into their own home.
Linda advocates for her customers and monitors their services to ensure supports are being delivered in a safe and responsible manner. She feels that PA's are crucial to the process of helping people access the support services needed for them to reach their goals and thrive.
Fun Fact: Linda names all of her cars. Her current vehicle is named “Tara” after the character from the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV show.
As a personal agent, Marie wears many hats. She facilitates annual ISP meetings, writes plans and service agreements, assists customers to find qualified providers, helps with health and safety issues, and refers customers and providers to community resources. No two days are the same!
Marie enjoys building relationships with her customers, their families, and providers. It's rewarding to be on a team that helps customers get the supports they need to live healthy, independent, and self-directed lives. Marie loves seeing customers progress towards their goals, and appreciates working at an organization that is customer-focused and team-based.
Before joining our team, Marie worked as a provider, employment specialist, and program manager at a provider organization. Understanding the provider-side of supports has been valuable to Marie as a personal agent.
Fun Fact: Marie enjoys outdoor activities, including camping and hiking.
Mike is a personal agent with 10 years of combined experience serving individuals experiencing developmental disabilities. He has held various positions in the field, including direct support worker at adult foster homes, operations manager, and OIS instructor. Additionally, Mike has worked at an outpatient alcohol and drug center supporting adults overcoming addictions.
Mike’s experience allows him to communicate effectively with others, even when they are in crisis. He appreciates that his experience allows him to understand that everyone has abilities and limitations, and meeting individuals where they are at in life is the best way to help them succeed.
Mike enjoys advocating for the individuals on his caseload to ensure they understand their rights and are able to make informed decisions. What he finds most rewarding about his role is the interaction he has with each individual he serves and the ability to develop a trusting relationship with them.
Nick joined Community Pathways as a personal agent in summer 2015, after moving to Oregon from Michigan.
Nick spent 7 years after college working with the developmental disability community in supported living, providing direct care and case management. He later worked as a medical coordinator.
As a PA at CPI, Nick enjoys getting to know the individuals he serves and helping them to coordinate the supports and services they need to meet the goals they set for themselves.
Nick earned his B.A. in social science from Michigan State University.
Fun Fact: Nick has been a league bowler for over 20 years.
Olivia joined Community Pathways as the billing specialist in 2016, and became a personal agent in 2017. With a degree in history and gender studies, Olivia utilizes her background in advocacy and legal analysis to support individuals with developmental disabilities.
Before joining CPI, she spent a year teaching consent education in Portland high schools and providing advocacy for survivors of sexual assault through the Sexual Assault Resource Center.
Her favorite part of being a PA is learning new perspectives from the people she serves in the DD community and how to put their ideas into action through her work. She appreciates the camaraderie CPI provides and is relieved that everyone enjoys snacking and making jokes just as much as she does.
Fun Fact: Olivia is one of the last remaining original Portlanders, only to be found holed up at an indie music venue with a kombucha straight from the tap.
Sarah moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2016. After having lived in five states, she is happy to call Portland home.
Sarah began working with young adults with autism in 2013 as a second career, managing the community outreach programs and day program at a non-profit in California.
What Sarah appreciates the most about working at CPI is collaborating with a team of personal agents and supervisors who are truly dedicated to their work and the support of their customers. She loves getting to know her customers and their families, finding ways to connect them to appropriate services, helping them advocate for what is best for them, and getting to meet their four-legged family members.
Fun Fact: Sarah loves to work in her garden, take bike rides on her vintage 1960's Schwinn, and discover all the wonderful things Oregon has to offer.
Zoe began working at Community Pathways as a personal agent in summer 2015. In her current role as a provider specialist, she primarily supports providers with the qualification process. She is happy to still carry a small caseload, which helps her to remain connected to the individuals CPI serves.
Zoe has extensive experience working in the field of developmental disabilities, both in her home state of California and here in Oregon. Her first job in the field was a weekend graveyard shift at a group home for middle-aged women, all of who grew up in an institution. Her previous positions include: direct support professional, job coach, house manager, OIS trainer, and personal agent.
What Zoe values most about Community Pathways is its dedication to the mission of self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities. She enjoys working with a team of people who are creative, compassionate, and dedicated, but also know how to have a good time.
Fun Fact: Zoe’s dream for the future is to live on several acres of property just outside of Portland with dogs, cats, goats, chickens, and maybe a pig or horse.
Katie joined Community Pathways as a clerical aide in 2008. She provides valuable assistance to staff members by collecting and shredding documents, scanning documents for digital filing, watering plants, cleaning the office kitchen, and creating a positive and fun work environment for everyone.
Katie's favorite part about working at CPI is being able to listen to music and dance along to it.
Prior to working at CPI, Katie volunteered at The Arc Oregon. Her work experience includes working at a law firm right after high school, followed by working in the fast food industry for many years.
Fun Fact: Katie has been a student of PHAME Academy for 22 years. She is actively involved with Special Olympics as a long-time athlete and board member. She loves Disney shows and celebrities.
Tyler joined Community Pathways as the administrative assistant in 2015. After graduating from Central Washington University, he set his sights on Portland where he could pursue his passion for technical theatre while working in a nonprofit environment.
Tyler is usually the first person people see and talk to when they visit or contact CPI. He helps ensure the agency runs smoothly by transferring phone calls and emails to the proper staff members, sending and distributing mail, and collecting PSW time and mileage sheets to be approved by Personal Agents.
He provides valuable support to each staff member at CPI by answering the front door, collecting and sending files, taking messages, running errands and most importantly: keeping the coffee cabinet stocked!
Fun Fact: Tyler has lost 163 pounds in 11 months without surgery, and he's still going!
Development and Administrative Specialist
Kristine joined Community Pathways as the development and administrative specialist in September 2017.
She provides quality assurance to the administrative team and PA's by facilitating and monitoring the PSW qualification and credential renewal processes. Kristine has led the project of updating CPI's website, plans various events, and oversees branding and communications initiatives with an aim to guide and realize long-term development goals.
With family ties to the DD community, Kristine values being involved in community building efforts that advocate for the inclusion and empowerment of people with all types of abilities.
Kristine has a B.A. in art history and M.A. in curatorial studies, with experience volunteering and working in events planning, fundraising, and project management at nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada.
Fun Fact: Born in Sweden and raised in Oregon, Kristine is fluent in Swenglish (Swedish-English).
Jacob joined Community Pathways in September 2017. He provides quality assurance for personal support workers and provider agencies by processing billing invoices, training new users on how to use eXPRS, and overseeing other administrative duties that ensure customers receive the support they need.
Jacob values working with people who are dedicated to serving the community, and supporting Community Pathways' mission to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to live self-determined lives.
Dedicated to social work and volunteerism, Jacob is excited to learn all there is to learn about supporting and empowering the diverse individuals that make up the DD community in Portland and Oregon.
Fun Fact: Raised in Eugene, Jacob moved to Portland after living in Indonesia, where he volunteered with the Peace Corps.
After many years in corporate offices, Nina joined Community Pathways in 2015. She enjoys working in a non-profit where her contributions feel more meaningful.
As a fiscal manager, she works mainly behind the scenes. Among other duties, Nina works to ensure providers are paid for the services they provide individuals. She also helps ensure that PA’s have the tools and data they need to support individuals.
Nina has a B.A. in digital communications from Washington State University. Her work experience includes clerical, accounting, IT, and graphic design and she manages to use all of these skills in her job. Her favorite part of working at CPI is the staff she works with. Nina really values these hardworking and dedicated people who are some of the nicest, friendliest people she’s ever worked with!
Fun Fact: Nina likes to spend time with her family and pets, take photographs, and collect old cameras and toy robots. She plans to someday revisit Southeast Asia, where she lived as a child.
Marek has been with Community Pathways since it opened in 2008. He was a personal agent before taking on the role of program supervisor.
He continues to provide case management support by assisting PA's with navigating services, rules, and complex systems, problem solving roadblocks, finding resources, as well as reviewing documents for quality assurance.
Marek enjoys working collaboratively with individuals on creating goals, finding creative solutions and strategies to achieve them, observing how goals change over time, and learning about their successes.
What Marek values most about his role in case management is the ability to work directly with people benefiting from access to services, while gaining insight into how policy is created and implemented and supporting the advocacy involved in maintaining and enhancing services.
Fun Fact: Marek likes playing disc golf with friends, race walking, eating, watching movies, Lego-ing, playing video games, and spending time with family.
Tricia is the assistant director at Community Pathways. She has been involved in helping build CPI from the ground up since it first opened in 2008.
Tricia began her career in the field of developmental disabilities almost 20 years ago. When she first started providing direct care at a group home, she realized she had found something she truly connects with. She moved into the field of supported living, working as a supported living coordinator for almost three years before becoming a personal agent at a metro area brokerage when brokerages were still fairly new. Tricia connected with the philosophy of self-determination and self-directed supports.
She served as a PA for a few years before joining CPI. Her current role is to support and supervise personal agents. It is her goal to ensure CPI’s practices are person-centered and that individual customer voice is at the heart of what we do. Tricia values CPI as a team of professionals who truly care about and love what they do.
Fun fact: Tricia is on a Portland-to-Coast walking team. It has been in the Top 3 in their division for the past five years.
Jennifer has been the executive director of Community Pathways, Inc. since its establishment in 2008. She and a small team of dedicated employees started the agency and have built it from the ground up. The goal was and is to build an environment that supports people to live self-determined lives that encompass a full range of choices, changes, struggles, and successes.
Jennifer has been working in the field of developmental disabilities for over 21 years. Her experience has taught her there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Different agencies and supports work better than others for different people, for different reasons. She believes the same is true for work environments. As an organization, CPI strives to be a flexible and rewarding place to work for every member of its staff, so they are better able to serve the community.
As the executive director, Jennifer is focused on offering support where it is needed to ensure that everyone working at CPI is able to focus as much of their attention as possible on fulfilling our person-centered mission to assist adults with developmental disabilities to live empowered, self-determined lives through community connections.
Fun Fact: Jennifer and her husband got engaged on the summit of Mount St. Helens.