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Meet our Leadership Team at Vadis

 

Chris

Chief Executive Officer

Chris has been working in the field of employment and people with disabilities for over 46 years, 42 of which have been with Vadis.  He has seen thousands of changes at Vadis over the years.  All in the effort to create a successful service delivery platform for people. Chris has effective skills in organizational change and management. Chris has built and managed strong leadership teams and mentored many other organizations in their journeys. Chris also has expertise in fund development and housing service acquisition and management. Chris has also expanded organizational services geographically and programmatically many times.  He is passionate about people experiencing inclusivity in their lives and crafting high quality support systems. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and hanging out with his grandchildren.


Stephanie

Administrative Services Manager

Stephanie has worked in the not-for-profit world for over 20 years, serving in financial, HR, and director roles. She has also enjoyed serving on numerous boards throughout the Puget Sound area. She has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Her love of nonprofit work stems from her desire to serve a greater good and help others achieve their goals. Joining Vadis in 2020, Stephanie loves leading a team that supports co-workers on the frontlines, helping them to do their best work in the community.

 

Mary

Vice President of Housing

Mary Bushnell is the Vice President of Housing with over 40 years of experience providing services for adults with disabilities. Mary started working in this field as a care provider in a group home before transitioning to direct service in Vadis’ sheltered workshop.  Mary also managed Group Supported Employment for several years before expanding into community based Individual Employment. Over the last 20 years, Mary has overseen Vadis’ AbilityOne contract, safety committee and maintenance program for all offices. In 2012, she used her innovated skills to administer to write grants, purchase houses and remodel them to fit the needs of our tenants with disabilities.  Mary has two sons that she is very proud of and that have grown up supporting people with disabilities throughout their school and their work.

 
 

Valerie

Program Manager - Pierce

Valerie was born and raised in Southern California and moved to the Pacific Northwest for the second time in 2009. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies, Valerie is proud to have graduated Summa Cum Laude status. After school, Valerie became a civilian Law Enforcement Officer and then joined the military shortly after 911 to continue her career as a military Law Enforcement Officer in the U.S. Navy.  Valerie came to Vadis in 2016 and was promoted to a Program Manager in 2019. Valerie now manages the Individual Employment and School to Work programs in Pierce County. Being the mother of a son with an intellectual disability, Valerie enjoys being able to share her own experience with other parents who are new to Vadis. Her 16 years in law enforcement and her 30 years as a mom has provided her with excellent understanding and knowledge of individuals with disabilities as well as working with a diverse population. 

 

Ben

Program Manager - Pierce

Ben Geisen is a born and raised Washingtonian. He graduated from Auburn Riverside High School before packing his car and moving to Arizona for college. In 2021, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor’s degree in counseling. Ben married his high school sweetheart Dakoda just before moving back to Washington and joining Vadis in 2021. His extensive work with underrepresented populations during college internships inspired him to continue advocating through his new role at Vadis.

 

 

Maggie

Program Manager - King

Maggie has a degree in Music Business with religion minor but knew post-graduation she wanted to work in the not-for-profit sector. After she became closer with her new stepbrother who has Down’s Syndrome, she knew she eventually wanted to pursue a career in disability advocacy. In 2018, Maggie joined the supported employment field with Cares of Washington in Pierce County. After being an Employment Consultant for two years, she applied to Vadis and became a Program Manager in King County. Maggie now manages the Individual Employment and Community Inclusion programs in King County. 

 

Katie

Program Manager - King

Katie started out her career in supported employment as a work study student Job Coach with WISE in 2012. She worked with young adults in the north Seattle and Shoreline areas supporting people on the job. In 2013 Katie started assisting the Seattle Children’s Project SEARCH program and fell in love with working with transition aged youth. Katie graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelors of the Arts in English Creative Writing and Special Education studies in 2016 and started working for Vadis full time immediately after.  Katie now manages the North King County region for Vadis and represents Vadis in the Seattle Children’s Project SEARCH collaboration. Katie is incredibly passionate about young adults with disabilities having meaningful work and career path experiences. She believes that all people deserve the opportunity to prosper in their communities.

 

Vince

Program Manager - Snohomish

Vince graduated from Babson College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Management. Vince joined Vadis in 2017 desiring a career change after working with Amazon previously. Although Vince had no prior experience in the field, he quickly realized advocating for adults with disabilities in the workplace is the work he was meant to do. Vince’s favorite part of the job is creating new opportunities for clients, building relationships with others, and working collaboratively to achieve Vadis’ mission. His dedication to Vadis was recognized when Vince earned Vadis’ Distinguished Service Award in 2019. In 2020, Vince became the Program Manager of Snohomish County and is excited to expand Vadis’s presence to all areas of the county.

 

Bonnie

Associate Director

Bonnie has worked in the field of supported employment for over 21 years and has been with Vadis since 2005. She has had the opportunity to provide employment supports in an array of programs and has seen significant transformation in the field of supported employment in the past two decades. Bonnie is committed to diversity and equal opportunities for all.  She is skilled in staff and program development as well as teachings others how to create meaningful work opportunities for people with disabilities. Bonnie has a psychology degree from Washington State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and being outside appreciating the beauty of the PNW.


 

TJ

Resource & Transition Developer

Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, TJ packed up his car at the beginning of 2014 and headed to the Pacific Northwest. Within months of being in a new city, TJ discovered not only Vadis but the world of supported employment. With his B.A. in Psychology and background in addiction counseling, TJ was able to use his motivational interviewing skills to help his clients reach for success. As the years went on, TJ expanded from Individual Employment to oversee programs in Community Inclusion and School to Work in King County. In recent years, TJ implemented an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee at Vadis where he can lend his strong voice and desire to see change to better supporting staff and clients of Vadis. In 2022, TJ became the Transition and Resource Developer at Vadis, and he is responsible for helping Vadis advance its mission of enriching lives through excellence, equity, and service innovation.

 

 

Kathy

Vice President of Program Pierce

Kathy strongly believes there is a perfect job for everyone and found her ideal job match 30 years ago when she started working at Vadis. She has always known the work we do at Vadis not only changes the lives of the people we support but also makes our communities healthier, stronger, and more inclusive. Kathy has always been very passionate about working with youth, young adults, and families. She has created and facilitated many trainings throughout the Puget Sound area. Kathy is especially proud of trainings around educating employers and the community on the many benefits of hiring someone with a disability and assisting families and individuals navigate the systems.  She is one of the founders of our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team. Sadly, Kathy will be starting her next life phase as she is retiring in January 2023. 

 

 

Terri

Program Manager - Pierce

Terri was born and raised in Sumner and served on the Sumner Planning Commission for 11 years. As a local resident regularly driving past Vadis, Terri wasn’t totally certain as to what Vadis did, but she felt a strong sense that this was where she was supposed to be. Terri was hired in 1995 as a supervisor in the Vadis Sheltered Workshop. Over the 27 years at Vadis, she has transitioned from the workshop to Careers, then to Individual Employment, Lead Employment Consultant and ultimately to Program Manager. Terri specializes in analyzing job sites for accessibility and efficiency, as well as implementing innovative accommodations for the individuals we serve. Currently, Terri leads her team in the Individual Employment and Community Inclusion programs in our Pierce County office.

 

Julia

Program Manager - King

Julia came to Vadis in 2017 started out as an Employment Consultant in the King County office. She has a bachelor’s degree in Children Studies with minors in Sociology and Special Education from Eastern Washington University. Julia also has a master’s degree in Family and Child Life from Central Washington University. She had just finished school and was looking for her “big kid” job and found the job posting and immediately applied. She fell in love with the field right away and knew this was the place to for her be. Julia was promoted to a Program Manager in May 2019. Julia manages the School to Work and Individual Employment programs in King County.

 

Heather

Program Manager - King

Heather has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 8 years starting as a behavior support specialist working with youth early on in her career. She worked with children in the home to help them learn independence with ADL’s before continuing her career as a job coach, state case manager, and now a Program Manager with Vadis. Heather considers herself a lifelong learner and has a BA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island College, MA in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University and completed a certificate program in Non-Profit Management with the University of Washington. She believes that everyone should be able to pursue the life they chose and is passionate about supported employment.

 

Shauna

Program Manager - Kitsap

Shauna has been fulfilling her lifelong passion for advocating for individuals with disabilities in the field of employment since 2010. As the 4th of 5 generations of a Kitsap family she has deep ties to her community. Shauna joined our Vadis team in 2016 and works as Program Manager for the Kitsap County office. Currently, Shauna oversees the following programs: Individual Employment, Community Inclusion, School to Work/Foundations, Competitive Employment, and Foundational Community Supports. Shauna is also heavily involved in Vadis’ partnership with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and earned a Highline Employment Professional Certification. Shauna loves seeing the successes of her team and clients, and she is proud to see the growth of our programs in her county.