Emily is originally from Pennsylvania, and she attended Grace College in Indiana. In Pennsylvania, she started working with adults with I/DD in 2001 as a Supports Coordinator and became a team leader of Supports Coordinators and Early Intervention Service Coordinators. When she moved to Oregon in 2011, she continued in the same line by becoming a Personal Agent and now Program Coordinator for Coos and Curry counties. In her off-time, she is involved in Awana at her church and is an active member of the local geocaching community including being a co-host of the Challenge Talk geocaching-themed podcast. She lives in Coos Bay with her husband, Scott and cat, Sammy.
Erika was born and raised in Oregon. She has been with Connections since 2007 and loves working with a supportive team that helps our customers reach their goals. She enjoys helping PSWs navigate eXPRS and any other issues they might have. Erika currently lives in Sutherlin and has two wonderful boys.
Fern is an Oregonian, born and raised in the Coos Bay area.
She enjoys days at the beach or adventures through the woods on her time off. She is very grateful to be a part of the Connections team and all that it has taught her working here. She’s excited to continue learning and growing in her position.
Jamie has worked with persons with I/DD in a variety of programs, positions, and capacities throughout the span of 40 years.
She loves being a grandma to her vivacious granddaughter that continues to teach her life lessons.
Jamie is a homemaker at heart and loves to cook & bake in her spare time.
She resides in Roseburg with her husband of 42 years.
Jennifer was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
She has worked with individuals with I/DD since 2014. She started out providing direct care and later moved on to be a Program Supervisor for a residential home. She is now excited to be a part of the team here at Connections Case Mgmt.
In her free time, she enjoys camping, fishing, swimming and being a dog mom to her two wonderful pups.
Family member and advocate for individuals with ID/DD.
Jessica has worked with individuals with ID/DD for years. She started out as a Direct Support Professional and moved up to a Program Coordinator for a residential home. She is now part of the Connections Case Mgmt team and enjoys having the opportunity of working with individuals and seeing them achieve their goals.
She was born in the Bay Area and moved to Klamath Falls when she was 14. She married her high school sweetheart and they have 4 children together.
Joan worked as a Care Coordinator in Alaska, assisting people who received Medicaid Waiver services, for 20 years. Her and her husband relocated to Cottage Grove to be closer to family in the Fall 2019. They have one son, James, a life-long Alaskan, who still lives in Palmer, Alaska.
When Joan is not at work, she enjoys bird watching, camping, volunteering with animals, traveling, and gardening.
Joan is excited about new adventures in Oregon and being part of the Connections team!
Julie was born and raised in Coos Bay but in her adult life, she has had the opportunity to live in Seattle, San Jose, and Eugene. She attended two years at Southwestern Community College. She started working with I/DD in 2002 as a Project Coordinator through AmeriCorps where she formulated the first Social Leisure Club for adults with I/DD. This position led to her position at Connections in 2004 as a Personal Agent. She is currently employed as an Assessor Specialist. When not at work, she makes junk journals, snuggles with her boxer dogs, and gardens. On summer days, her and her hubby love to cruise their MG convertible around town.
Justin was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Oregon in 2009. He instantly fell in love with Oregon and wouldn’t think about living anywhere else. He found his calling in the I/DD field in 2013 and now cannot imagine doing anything else. He started off as a part time overnight staff in a 24-hour residential group home and as of 2020 is now a Personal Agent with Connections Case Mgmt. He is excited to be in the PA role where he can assist people with getting the services they need/want. When Justin’s not working, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his family. Family is very important to him.
Kaitlyn was born and raised in Roseburg and now her and her husband are raising their three children, Carson, Kenzie, and Keagan here. On the weekends you can find them playing outside, doing crafts, or going to the coast to ride their four wheelers.
Kaitlyn attended the University of Oregon and earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences. She loves the work she does with the individuals and families she serves because she gets to be a part of a team that challenges our customers, then assists them with achieving their goals.