Eastside Vocational Services
Eastside Vocational Services

  • Who We Are

      

    Eastside Vocational Services is a family of hardworking professionals who combined, have valuable experience in the Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling industry. Among us are Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC), Certified Disability Management Specialists (CDMS), Certified Ergonomic Specialist (CEAS), PGAP Certified, and administrative staff. Each vocational counselor with our firm is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), an international and statewide association directed by a board of professionals in the vocational rehabilitation field.  Eastside Vocational Services has established firm operating locations across Washington State, including Yakima, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Kennewick, and Spokane. We are proud to say that our vocational firm provides effective services that benefit injured workers and that assist the Department of Labor and Industries in managing the efficiency and care of each claim involved in these services.  Eastside Vocational Services is also excited to announce the opening of a Greater Seattle Area office, expected to be opened by June!

    Michelle Jensen

    Michelle, Owner, founded Eastside Vocational Services in 2003. Michelle’s experience in the field extends further, as she has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor since 2000, providing exceptional vocational services with successful outcomes in the worker’s compensation field. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Central Washington University as well as a Master’s degree in Counseling. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor as well as a certified PGAP Activity Coach. Michelle serves on the Washington State board of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals as a Board Member and is a member of the Washington Self-Insurers Association. Michelle also sits on the Advisory Committee for the Department of Labor and Industries Vocational Recovery Project.  Michelle is a dynamic, confidence instilling, audacious leader, ensuring that all necessary tools and resources are provided to advocate and counsel clients and protect employer liabilities, as well as to ensure that EVS reaches a superior level of success offering elite services. Michelle oversees key relationships and projects which contributes to the long-term stability and success of Eastside Vocational Services. Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, traveling and exploring the outdoors together.

    M.Ed., CRC
    Owner

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

    PGAP Activity Coach

    Krista Kilpatrick

    Krista is Eastside Vocational Services' Training Supervisor and member of our Leadership Team.  Krista joined our team in 2011 after graduating from Central Washington University with her bachelor’s degree.  Krista jumped on board with Eastside Vocational Services and within two years became a Certified Disability Management Specialist. Krista is also a PGAP Activity Coach. She is a proud member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. Krista loves a challenge and is hardworking, personable, and creative in her approach to problem solving with her clients. She enjoys helping employers understand the needs and abilities of her clients, as well as laws and resources available. In addition to her role as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Krista serves as Supervisor and Mentor to our Intern staff. After hours Krista can be found baking or watching movies with her husband and children. 

    B.A., CDMS 

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 

    PGAP Activity Coach

    Deborah Allemand

    Deborah has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor since 2006 and is a member of Eastside Vocational Services' Leadership Team, and prior to this received a bachelor’s degree, double majoring in Sociology and Law and Justice specializing in Corrections from Central Washington University. Deborah is a Certified Disability Management Specialist and Eastside Vocational Services' lead Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, she is also PGAP Activity Coach. Deborah is a proud member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and Washington Self-Insurers Association. Deborah ensures that clients receive the best ergonomic evaluations aiding not only in our drive for injury prevention but for the safe and healthy return to work for those whom have already suffered an industrial injury. Deborah enjoys working closely with her clients to determine which of their skills and abilities will best suit them in their efforts to move forward with future employment. Her past work of serving on the Kittitas County Diversion Accountability Board as well as working with Kittitas County Probation Services as a Community Service Supervisor assists in her ability to see the big picture for her clients and find the best solutions. Deborah loves the outdoors and in her spare time enjoys hunting and fishing with her husband and kids.

    B.A., CDMS, CEAS 

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 

    PGAP Activity Coach

    Nathan Thomas

    Nathan joined the Eastside Vocational Services team in November 2016 and is a member of our Leadership Team.  Nathan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University in 2012.  Nathan has a diverse educational and professional background which influences his creative and professional approach working closely with our clients and customers. Nathan loves to encourage clients to understand their strengths and the value they can provide to others.  Nathan enjoys leveraging his experience in the manufacturing industry to advocate, coordinate and encourage continued relationships between employees and employers. Nathan, his wife and young daughter are active members of their church, enjoy travelling, going to the park, and camping during the warmer months.​ 

    B.F.A. 

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern  

    Kaydee Gilbert

    Kaydee has worked for Eastside Vocational Services since 2004. She helps guide the Eastside Vocational Services team by empowering coworkers and clients. With an Administrative Management degree and over a decade of experience in vocational counseling, Kaydee enjoys assisting individuals return to work after their workplace injury. Kaydee is a Certified Disability Management Specialist with expertise in worker’s compensation and legal testimony. She is also a proud member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and Washington Self-Insurers Association. Kaydee enjoys analyzing and interpreting the pertinent educational, social, medical, psychological and vocational information relative to her clients to determine a level of aspiration, interest, motivation, aptitude and scholastic achievement. In her free time, you will catch Kaydee watching her kids play sports.

    B.S., CDMS

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

    Lori Black-McIntosh

    Lori has been with Eastside Vocational Services since 2005. Lori knows this industry inside and out as she started within a general administrative position then quickly transitioned to the role of Office Manager. After graduating from Central Washington University in 2008 Lori began her career as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern. In 2010, Lori became a Certified Disability Management Specialist and a fully certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor registered with the Department of Labor and Industries. Lori is a Certified CASAS Testing Administrator and is also a PGAP Activity Coach. Lori is a proud member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and Washington Self-Insurers Association. Lori guides and promotes the development of goals and strengths to motivate and encourage individuals to achieve personal and professional fulfillment. Lori thrives in her ability to take on multiple projects and ensure the utmost quality of work is being provided for both clients and customers. In her free time, you can find Lori camping and enjoying nature with her family and friends.​

    B.S., CDMS

    ​Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

    Certified CASAS Testing Administrator 

    PGAP Activity Coach

    Adriane Bendzak

    Adriane joined the Eastside Vocational Services team in 2013 from a diverse background in nonprofit organizations advocating for youth and the underprivileged. With experience in community engagement and development since graduating in 2007, Adriane has worked for Community Builders, Opportunities Industrialization Center, and Head Start. Adriane holds a bachelor's degree in Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from Central Washington University. Adriane became a certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in 2017, her compassion and experience make her a great fit at Eastside Vocational Services. With her enthusiastic and genuinely friendly attitude, Adriane radiates a sincere passion for delivering value and benefits to Eastside Vocational Services’ clients. When not at work, Adriane enjoys going for long hikes with her husband and dog, as well as spending time with her daughter. 

    B.A., CDMS

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 

    Katrina Marquardt

    Katrina joined the EVS team in December of 2015.  She has earned an M.S. in Family Studies at Central Washington University as well as B.S. in Family Studies.   She has enjoyed learning how her new career brings together the social, legal, and medical fields.  Katrina has always enjoyed helping others and knew she would find a career that would allow her to do so.  Community volunteer work has always been very important to Katrina, she often volunteers in educational family programs or assisting youth.  Katrina’s compassionate yet driven personality makes her a great fit for this field and the clients we work with.  In her free time Katrina enjoys spending time outdoors hiking or at the ocean. 

    M.S., B.S, CDMS

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

    Leslie Carollo

    Leslie joined the EVS team in April 2016.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University in 2007. Leslie began her nine years of working experience with Kittitas County, starting in District Court and soon after transitioning to Probation Services. Leslie was looking for a change in careers but knew that she wanted to still help people through difficult transitions in their lives. Leslie now enjoys working with injured workers, encouraging and assisting them through various vocational phases to move forward and on with their future occupational endeavors.  In Leslie's free time she enjoys playing and hiking with her family, working in her garden or training for her next triathlon, marathon or bicycling event.  

    B.A., CDMS

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 

    Ryan Bury

    Ryan joined Eastside Vocational Services in November of 2016. After earning his Bachelor’s degree at Central Washington University, Ryan started working in the healthcare industry. Ryan initially started as a homecare provider but then moved to the role of Direct Care Supervisor where he coordinated services with patients/clients, their treating physicians, family members and the homecare providers. Ryan has always found himself working within the social assistance industry so moving from home healthcare to vocational counseling was an easy transition. Ryan feels that his current role fulfills his desire to help mankind overcome adversity. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing guitar and traveling with his band, crafting stories for his Dungeons and Dragons group, smashing wicked forehands during tennis matches, and relaxing with his wife and son. 

    B.S.

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern

    Maika Matalomani

    Maika joined our intern staff in April 2017. Maika earned his Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University in Philosophy with a specialization in Religious Studies.  Maika is excited about his new venture into social services and is proud that he will be able to encourage injured workers to provide hope and direction in their path back to work.  Maika is easygoing, humorous and approachable which are important traits to have when working in this field.  When not at work changing people's lives, Maika is active in his community playing and coaching youth basketball and soccer, biking, running, climbing, and snowboarding.  
    B.A.
    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern 

    Katie Rau

    Katie joined the Eastside Vocational Services team in March of 2018. She received a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Central Washington University in 2009 and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Ball State University in 2006. Katie has enjoyed working in many different fields but feels most fulfilled when working with individuals to understand and grow their strengths and meet challenges head on. Katie is excited to use her client-focused approach, kind nature, and drive to help our clients meet personal and professional goals. In her free time, Katie is active at her church and volunteers with the campus ministry. She also loves to hike, create, read, travel, and go on new adventures with her dog, Sam.
    M.S., B.A.

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern

    Fanci Paine

    Fanci joined the Eastside Vocational Services team in March 2018 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Martin’s University in 2002.  Fanci has developed a unique tool set which allows her to work effortlessly with various types of people from educational, economic, and culturally diverse backgrounds.  She understands the importance of constructive relationships with customers, internal and external, to achieve individual goals.  In her spare time, Fanci enjoys spending quality time with her family, watching her children play sports, reading, and going to the movies.
    B.A.
    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern

    Jordan Segura-Mitchell

    Jordan joined the Eastside Vocational Services team as the Executive Assistant to CEO Michelle Jensen in December 2017. Jordan graduated from Central Washington University with a B.A in both Psychology and Law and Justice, as well as a minor in Cybersecurity. She is excited about the opportunities provided for her here at Eastside Vocational Services. When not at the office, Jordan spends time with her husband and child and enjoying all that this life has to offer her.

    ​B.A

    Executive Assistant

    Nicole Ellinger

    Nicole started with Eastside Vocational Services in February 2016.  Ever since graduating high school Nicole has worked in the administrative field. Nicole enjoys being the first face/voice of Eastside Vocational Services where she can ensure that all clients, customers and stakeholders are greeted positively and provided with the best customer service whether she is assisting them directly or making sure that they are transferred to the appropriate staff.  Nicole continues to contribute to her local community through various volunteering efforts including but not limited to the school booster club, acting as the treasurer for the swimming club, treasurer for the community baseball/softball league and vice president for the Babe Ruth baseball league.  In her spare time, Nicole can be found hanging out with friends and family, jeeping and reading.  
    Office Administrator 

    Kellie Grindrod

    Kellie began her career with Eastside Vocational Services in 2011, although she has worked as a transcriptionist since 1987. Kellie’s past work with Kittitas Valley Community Hospital as a medical record transcriptionist as well as personal transcriptionist for physicians, aids in her ability to understand the unique jargon within the vocational rehabilitation industry. With more than two decades of experience and focused work ethic, Kellie is able to support the Eastside Vocational Services' team even on demanding days and with stressful deadlines. Kellie loves Eastside Vocational Services’ professional, high quality and fun atmosphere and describes this firm as her favorite job. Kellie brings an easy-going and good humored personality into the mix all while providing expert skills and extremely valuable assistance to each counselor.

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