Rachel Grunenfelder - Executive Director
Rachel was born, and raised, in Olympia Washington. She attended Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in sociology in 2004. After graduating, Rachel moved to Portland and began working with adults with disabilities in a variety of settings including residential and vocational. Rachel has been with Inclusion since 2006. Rachel’s interests center around spending time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family and friends.
Nate Harmon - Resource Director
Nate was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He attended college at UC Santa Cruz where he received his BA in Psychology. Nate’s passion for helping others flourished during his academic career and upon graduating he went to work as a Behavioral Therapist to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Nate enjoyed his work supporting children and young adults with autism develop the skills they needed to live more independent, enriching lives. Nate has continued his career working with individuals with developmental disabilities through his position as a Personal Agent with Inclusion Inc. since moving to Portland in 2010.
Outside of work Nate can be found snowboarding on the slopes of Mt. Hood, hiking the beautiful trails surrounding the Portland area, endlessly throwing sticks and balls for his dog Scout at a local dog park, or enjoying time with friends and family.
Mitzi Sugar - Program Director
A Southern California native, Mitzi moved to Oregon in 2005. She joined the Inclusion team in 2006. As Inclusion’s Associate Director, she’s responsible for program oversight and new Personal Agent training. Mitzi has a degree in psychology and has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities since 1998.
Lara Davis - Fiscal Administrator
I moved to Portland, Oregon from Grayling, Michigan in 2000, and since 2005 I have managed the office of a small construction company. This experience led me to the decision to further my education in the administration field and in 2011 I graduated from Portland State University’s School of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Finance.
When I’m not “crunching numbers” I enjoy an adventurous, active lifestyle with my husband and two dogs; we find something fun to do in every season – whitewater kayaking, snowboarding, motorcycling, backpacking, bungee jumping, surfing, or travelling abroad. I do enjoy some down time once in a while, and no matter what I’m doing, I find that life in the Northwest is never boring.
I’m happy to be providing a valuable service to members of our community and hope that everyone can feel some inclusion in whatever aspect of life they wish to have it!
Andrea Adee - Office Manager
I was born and raised in Southern California and thought it was time for a change so I made the move to the Portland area. I have a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration which could explain some of my favorite TV shows, CSI and Criminal Minds. With many years of customer service, I decided it was time to look for a company that had a main focus of helping others. In my free time, I enjoy catching up on new episodes of my favorite shows, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Honaker - Team Coordinator / Personal Agent
Jennifer was born and raised in East Tennessee and earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services at the University of Tennessee before moving to Portland in 2000. She has 12 years of experience in a variety of social services and joined Inclusion Inc. in 2001 as a Personal Agent. Recently, she became the Development Director after developing an interest in non-profit fund raising. Outside of work, she enjoys hanging out with friends, live music, hiking, and camping in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Amy Wallis - Personal Agent
Amy Wallis grew up overseas in Europe and Hong Kong. She returned to the U.S. to attend Smith College and then went to Smith College School for Social Work. She moved to San Francisco and began a career in mental health, working for San Mateo County. There she provided substance abuse assessments with Adult Drug Court, as well as mental health assessments in different juvenile facilities and psychiatric hospitals. She worked as a therapist with school-based mental health for three years as well. Amy then took a case management job with Golden Gate Regional Center, working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She then got married and had her first son, leaving the world of paid employment for the next several years.
After having her second son, she and her family moved to Portland. As her children grew older, Amy worked with two different school districts as a special education paraeducator, and worked as a home care worker doing direct service with disabled people. In her spare time, she enjoys being a parent to her 8 and 10 year old boys, painting and drawing, and maintaining friendships as well as personal sanity.
Brittney Halstrom - Personal Agent
Brittney is thrilled to be a part of the team here at Inclusion and has more than 6 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She worked in a supported living program in Vancouver, Washington for about three years while also attending community college. After working with individuals with disabilities in a residential setting, Brittney worked with individuals in competitive employment positions, job developing, and job coaching for three years. She also has some experience in the food service management industry.
Working with some amazing individuals and seeing the success of person-centered planning programs in Washington eventually inspired her to pursue a degree in psychology rather than law. She graduated from Washington State University in 2013. In her free time Brittney especially enjoys live music, nature, yoga, the gym, baking, her cat Samsara, as well as reading anything by Stephen King, and various non-fiction books.
David Mattingly - Personal Agent
Prior to joining Inclusion, David spent 6 years providing job coaching and job development supports to developmentally disabled adults. He was drawn to this field due to a desire to help people attain their greatest potential and to help them access the tools necessary to live an independent and fulfilling life. He is excited to now be working as a Personal Agent, a role that assists customers with empowering themselves to have a broad impact on their own lives.
Before working with the developmentally disabled community, David lived a nomadic lifestyle pursuing various passions, ranging from working with the HIV/AIDS community in San Francisco to working as an advocate for wildlife and environmental protection. David is thrilled to once again be living in his native Northwest. He enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, especially hiking, biking, and kicking the soccer ball around with his three year old son. He is also an avid music fan, prone to planning his family vacations around one of his favorite bands when their tour does not perform in the Portland area. David dreams of one day watching the Boston Red Sox play against a MLB Portland team, but in the meantime, he will enjoy watching the Portland Timbers beat the Seattle Sounders.
Jamie Zimmiond - Personal Agent
Jamie is a North Dakota native and moved to Portland in August 2007. She received a Bachelor in Social Work in 2007 from Minnesota State University – Moorhead. She has been employed with Inclusion Inc., as a Personal Agent since April 2008. Jamie comes to Inclusion bringing a wide variety of experiences. She has over 13 years of experience working and volunteering in social services. Jamie worked for several agencies as a Direct Support Provider for people with developmental disabilities for over 5 years in both community and residential settings. She completed an internship as an Employment Specialist at Lutheran Social Services (Fargo, ND) in the refugee resettlement program.
She has also had several volunteer and service learning experiences including mentorship in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Fargo, ND, organizing a landlord/tenant rights forum for a grass roots advocacy agency (People Escaping Poverty Project, Moorhead, MN), tutoring Moorhead High School ESL students, and gardening at the Oregon Food Bank.
In her spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to music, singing karaoke, walking and hiking in area parks, and trips to the coast.
Josh Leslie - Personal Agent
Josh spent his early childhood in California before moving to Bend at the age of eleven. He attended college at New York University on a fencing scholarship and earned a degree in Creative Writing and Folklore. Immediately after college he spent two years in Americorps, traveling the country and working a variety of two month projects with different non-profit agencies. His favorite assignment was working at a summer camp for people with disabilities in Utah. Because of that experience, he sought out a position in a supported living program when he moved to Portland in early 2003, and has worked in the field ever since.
In 2006, Josh attended Portland State’s Special Education Teaching program, but ultimately decided he did not want to work in a school setting. Josh has worked as a program manager ensuring supports in both residential and day settings, and as an employment specialist, helping people gain and maintain community jobs. Josh is very excited to be working as a Personal Agent for Inclusion and looks forward to learning new ways to apply his experience.
In his free time, Josh enjoys playing dodgeball in an adult rec league and exploring the natural beauty of Oregon, always keeping an eye out for a new swimming hole for his border collie/black lab mix, Sophie.
Skyler Whitley - Team Coordinator / Personal Agent
Skyler Whitley was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon, as well as a minor in music. While studying at the U of O, an internship at the City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation Center gave him his first experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. After graduating, Skyler moved to Portland where he began work as a Recovery Specialist in an inpatient facility for adults experiencing mental health crisis. This setting helped introduce him to the principles of case management, which quickly became his passion. He enjoys making meaningful connections with customers and helping them find the right supports. Skyler also worked as a Research Assistant at Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute, examining transitional outcomes for foster youth. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. In his free time, Skyler enjoys playing basketball, volleyball and ping-pong, enjoying the natural beauty of the northwest, and spending time with friends and family.
Kristen Lance - Personal Agent
Kristen is originally from New Jersey, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling. After graduating, Kristen worked as a case manager at a substance abuse residential program. She most recently moved to Portland from the Bay area where she had been working as a case manager with a chronically homeless population, assisting clients in obtaining and maintaining housing. In her free time Kristen enjoys spending time with her dog, a two year old Yorkie mix named Lucy, reading, and exploring the city.
Paul Wolfe - Personal Agent
Paul Wolfe was born, but hardly raised, in the great state of Colorado. He attended Naropa University, a Buddhist-inspired liberal arts college, and graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2007. Moving to Portland soon thereafter, Paul’s ideal to “put your good where it will do the most” (to quote Tom Wolfe, no relation) led him to a career assisting individuals with complex needs. In 2010, he established an arts-based support program for individuals with cognitive disabilities and directed those services for nearly five years. He is incredibly proud to have witnessed many artistic careers flourish with his assistance and now hopes to support brokerage clients fulfill their own unique visions of success.
Outside of work, Paul lives for adventure and artistic expression. His favorite activities are scuba diving, surfing, and snowboarding, but when particularly inspired, he’ll dedicate free time to his own creative pursuits, as well as supporting friends in theirs.
Matt Sorenson – Personal Agent
Matt Sorenson was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where at 22 years old he got his start serving folks with developmental disabilities as a line staff in a group home run by United Cerebral Palsy. Matt was managing two group home sites by the end of his six years with UCP, before moving to Portland. After a year spent managing a vocational site for Developmental Systems, Inc, Matt began an eleven year stint with the state of Oregon, as a case manager and as a site manager for SOCP before spending the past several years working in a correctional facility and as a Parole/Probation Officer supervising sex offenders. In addition to his position as a Personal Agent, Matt facilitates treatment groups for perpetrators of domestic violence.
Outside of work, Matt spends his time building and selling lamps and other lighting décor, as well as enjoying Portland’s culture and food with family and friends.
Sally Smith – Personal Agent
Sally began working with people with disabilities in 2010 in a supported living setting in Vancouver, WA. She held positions varying from direct support person to program director. She sees herself as an advocate and looks for daily opportunities to build relationships with people that she knows and meets. She strives to live every day with a positive attitude and have an open mind.
In her free time she enjoys cooking, volunteering and spending time with her family.
Rachel Amedeo – Personal Agent
Rachel was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2007. Before moving to Portland in 2011, Rachel spent two years in West Africa working as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Rachel moved to Portland in 2011 and attended Portland State University earning a Master’s degree in Social Work. Rachel has worked with People experiencing Homelessness, Seniors and adults with Developmental Disabilities. Rachel’s interests include cycling and indoor Rock Climbing.
Jennifer Chandler — Personal Agent
Jennifer comes to Inclusion with over 10 years of experience serving the community through various social service outlets. Having an educational background in communications, Jennifer has spent the last several years providing life skills training for people with disabilities while pursuing further education in the study of Mandarin Chinese and speech and hearing sciences. Previously, she served as the volunteer and program coordinator for one of Portland’s largest emergency food programs. During these six years, she directly supported community members experiencing difficult life circumstances, and worked to address issues of food security, homelessness and disability rights on a daily basis.
On her own time, Jennifer enjoys attending the symphony, studying Asian culture and traveling as much as her schedule allows. She is also an avid birder, and loves taking trips to check out the avian culture of such faraway places as Brazil. Her favorite bird she’s ever seen? She says it’s a toss-up between the local Cedar Waxwing, the more tropical Purple Gallinule and the South American Swallowtail Hummingbird. She has a wonderful husband and two cats, and loves walking and hiking wherever she goes.
Victoria Grami - Personal Agent
Victoria was born and raised in Northern California, but has considered herself an Oregon resident for over 10 years. Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies, and a Graduate Certificate Degree in Nonprofit Management with the University of Oregon. The decision to pursue a career working with individuals with disabilities was the direct result of working as an Instructional Assistant for Special Educational and Life-skills classrooms right after graduating college. Since that transformative experience, Victoria has worked in the human services field with individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, working previously as an Eligibility Specialist to determine Medicaid and SNAP benefit eligibility and as a Case Manager.
In her free time Victoria enjoys hiking, traveling (when able!), kayaking, trying out new restaurants and types of food, walking her dog, and spending time with family and friends.