Rachel Harmon - 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 - Operations Director
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!
Sharon Gaskin - Lead Assessor
Sharon was born in Colorado and went to high school in Wyoming. She moved to the Pacific Northwest at age 18 and has lived in various areas of Washington and Oregon. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Central Washington University and then she earned her Master’s in Education from Heritage University while teaching secondary Special Education in Waitsburg, Washington. In 2006 Sharon started her career in social services by becoming a Personal Agent for a brokerage in Astoria. In 2011 she moved to Portland to marry her now husband and started at Inclusion. Sharon loves (is fanatical about) quilting, spending time with her cats and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband.
Kristen Lance - Assessor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DeeAnn Donaldson - Personal Agent
DeeAnn brings a vast knowledge base to Inclusion, Inc. She has supported people with developmental disabilities for over 30 years in a variety of settings including vocational and residential. DeeAnn brings a passion for helping others to live the life that they want, making connections with her customers and their support systems while being an advocate for others on a daily basis. She has been at Inclusion, Inc. since 2009.
In her spare time she enjoys being on the board of her local home owners association as the program and activities director, playing with her dogs Gizmo and Bella, anything to do with conspiracies especially UFO’s or Bigfoot’s. She also enjoys cruising with her friends at Inclusion to many tropical and scenic places or as she would say “Cruising through life one port at a time”
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.
Melissa King - Personal Agent
Melissa was born and raised near Boston in a family heavily involved in day support and foster care for adults and children with disabilities. She attended college in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where she earned her BA before moving to Oregon in 2010. Since then Melissa has continued to support seniors and adults with disabilities by directing activities and managing a day support program in the Portland Metro area. She has a passion for working with people and likes to find joy along the way.
In her personal life Melissa enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and spending time with loved ones. She can most often be found crafting, enjoying music, attempting yoga, reading, watching a baseball game or heading to the coast.
Emily Smith - Personal Agent
Emily is a transplant from the East Coast (New York & Southern Virginia). She attended Columbia College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. After graduating, Emily spent time as both a Patient Advocate in a Level 1 Trauma Emergency Room and a Case Manager for adults with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Emily grew up watching her grandmother struggle to navigate the complex service provider system for Emily’s disabled aunt during her lifetime, and is grateful for the opportunity to give back with an agency that provides the services that didn’t exist for her family on the East Coast.
Outside of work, Emily enjoys pursuing her passion for the arts on stage in local community theatre productions and recently began learning (and loving) aerial yoga!
Elizabeth Davis – Personal Agent
Elizabeth grew up in Portland, Oregon, and has been drawn back every time she ventured off to experience other locals. After studying music for a while, Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German from Portland State University. In 2012, she started working for Albertina Kerr Centers. While at Kerr, she got to work with adults with developmental disabilities living in group home settings and work with children experiencing acute mental health symptoms in a short term psychiatric treatment setting. Elizabeth is passionate about learning about the needs of each individual and working with them to achieve their goals and meet their needs.
In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with friends and family, music, trying new recipes, and spending time with her chiweenie, Hudson.
Whitney Hampson – Personal Agent
Whitney grew up in Colorado and studied history and theater at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After working for an online curriculum company in Washington, DC, Whitney moved to Portland in 2008 with a group of friends and soon thereafter started work in the field of disability supports. Whitney comes to Inclusion after working at various agencies doing community inclusion, in-home assistance, and job coaching.
Outside of work, Whitney enjoys exploring nature, spending time with friends and family, and collaging.
Lane Kaiser – Personal Agent
Lane moved to Portland almost 6 years ago to attend Portland State University. He has been providing case management to the residents of Portland and the surrounding area since graduating with his Bachelors in Social Work in 2016. Lane specializes in domestic violence support and LGBTQ cultural competency. Originally from the Seattle area, Lane loves little more than a good Pacific Northwest rain shower!
Before becoming a case manager, Lane provided direct service to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a Direct Support Professional (DSP). He has spent his entire life as a fervent activist and organizer for LGBTQ communities. When not on the job, you will find Lane meeting all of the cats in the neighborhood or restoring old typewriters. Lane’s biggest dream is to be able to travel more. He’s been to 10 countries with more to go!
Tyler Klein – Receptionist
Tyler was born in Boulder, Colorado, where she enjoyed a sunny childhood next to the Rocky Mountains. She moved to Portland in 2010 to attend Lewis and Clark college, where she studied poetry and deconstructionist literary theory. Outside of class, she worked as a resident advisor, which entailed making cookies, planning community gatherings, and initiating lots of heart-to-hearts with people she didn’t know that well. She developed a passion for community facilitation, peer counselling, and the study of holistic wellness. After graduating, she worked in an ice cream shop, making and scooping up small batch treats and helping to redesign the store. She spent a month in Japan, and year reading books and nannying for 2 rad boys, before joining Inclusion.
Tyler has many hobbies and passions. In her free time, you might find her enjoying small cups of strong tea, making absolutely everything from scratch (from marshmallows to miso paste), overanalyzing the latest superhero movie, watching an anime series, or taking long walks through the Portland suburbs. She is glad to be working with inclusion, where she can focus on doing “small things with great love.”