Jennifer L. White has worked in the field of rehabilitation since her first paid job with the ARC of Bucks County, PA. After a career as a special education teacher, she opened Able Opportunities, Inc., a national consulting and local vocational rehabilitation company. She works with a broad range of people, specializing in vocational, education, and communication goals and programs for children and adults. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Washington to develop accommodation strategies and tools to increase integration for those with more severe disabilities, in Alaska designing vocational, residential and educational programs serving First Nation People and communities, and has developed and trained nationwide on non-linguistic communication strategies that promote self determination and autonomy. In 2006 she created the Work Independence Network (WIN) Program, a replicable business model for hiring and retaining employees with developmental disabilities in collaboration with Harrison Medical Center and Kitsap County DD. Jennifer is known for innovative, business-minded strategies and for working in minority populations where issues of privilege and cultural respect are vital to long-term success. In 2014 she launched the Work Autonomy App, a person-centered accommodation tool. As a technical assistance consultant and a Subject Matter Expert for the national Employment First project, she works with state teams, schools, employers, families, counties, providers and agencies on Employer Engagement, Customized Employment, Innovative Technology Tools and Collaborative Design that lead to increased paid employment opportunities. Jennifer brings contagious enthusiasm, functional tools and exceptional services molded by decades of experience and a genuine belief in the value of diversity.
Bethany Junkins works as a Technical Assistance Consultant at Able Opportunities, Inc. Her experience working in Spokane as a Job Developer, before moving west, loans wisdom and strategy to her training and support to teams. Bethany is passionate about innovative person-driven accommodations, seeing the impact on the quality of life for people with disabilities. She is an exceptional communicator and collaborator, building goals and plans specific to the needs of each team. This job aligns with her personal values of equity and access for all human beings.
Caitlin Hartzell works as a Program Manager with Able Opportunities. Her previous experience working with aging populations has been a natural foundation for task analysis, breaking down steps to accommodate the highest levels of independence. Her organizational skills serve to support the flow and management of services. In her time with Able Opportunities she has become enthralled with working to support people in competitive integrated employment settings. She looks forward to learning something new each and every day, and in 2018 graduated from the Highline Program.
Amanda Faber works as an Employment Consultant with Able Opportunities, Inc. Previous to this position, she had a 16 year career working as a caregiver for adults with disabilities and with the aging population. Throughout her years as a caregiver Amanda developed many skills that directly translate to supporting customers to develop their highest levels of independence in the work place. Amanda’s empathy, patience, problem solving, positivity, and communication skills make her a most valuable asset. She is very excited to be part of the Able Opportunities team, and looks forward to learning something new everyday.
Gabby Santerre serves as Jennifer White’s Executive Assistant. She brings years of executive and administrative support experience, focusing on industries that she finds meaningful and that give back to the community. Gabby is currently in the process of refocusing her career to provide more direct service to others, and is pursuing a Masters in Psychology & Counseling. She is an avid gardener, reader, and music lover.
E-Shyh Wong serves as a virtual office manager for Able Opportunities, Inc. Having worked across multiple industries in different countries, from an education startup in Shanghai to an artist studio in Beijing and a grassroots non-profit in Mexico City, her focus has remained at the intersection of social justice and innovation. At Able Opportunities, she is excited about contributing her skills to a company that advocates for an underserved population.