University of Washington Employment Program Staff

Kurt L. Johnson, Ph.D, CRC
Director Kurt L. Johnson

Dr. Johnson, director of UWCTDS and Principal Investigator for UWEP, received his Ph.D in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught at UW-Madison, Florida State University, and now is a Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington where he serves as head of the Division of Rehabilitation Counseling in the Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine.

 

Abbey Lawrence, M.Ed., BCBA
Associate DirectorAbbey Lawrence

Abbey, associate director of UWEP, joined the CTDS team in the Spring of 2015. She graduated with her M.Ed. from University of Washington in 2014, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She currently is the Associate Director of UWEP, and is involved in the ADA-KT project. She is a Doctoral Candidate through UW College of Education. Her research interests include working with young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, transition services, and using ABA to promote meaningful outcomes for all learners.

 

Katherine Bournelis, MA, CRC
Rehabilitation Counselor IKatherine Bournelis

Katherine is a Washington native who has lived in Seattle since 1996, with a 3 year break living abroad in Russia. In 1996, she graduated from Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In 2015, Katherine received her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College, Worcester, MA, and was awarded the designation of Certified Rehabilitation Counselor that same year. Katherine previously worked in Human Resources recruiting, training and providing employee relations in the high tech industry. Katherine also has experience planning social events and providing resources and referrals to services for individuals with Brain Injuries and their families with the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA). Katherine completed her internship with Neurological Vocational Services prior to joining the University of Washington Employment Program. Katherine enjoys collaborating with individuals to develop and attain their goals.

 

Sydney CitaraManis, MA
Employment Specialist I Citaramanis Sydney

Sydney CitaraManis is a recent Seattle transplant, coming from Philadelphia she received her M.A in Sociology at Temple University in Spring 2016. Before joining the team at UWEP she was working at a supported employment agency in Philadelphia where she focused on transition services for high school students. Since working in supported employment Sydney has become a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) and is looking forward to her continuing work in this field. In 2013 Sydney completed a year of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, this experience inspired her to work with organizations aimed at advocating for and providing resources to vulnerable populations.

 

Scott Heartfield, BA
Employment Specialist II Scott Heartfield

Scott received his Bachelors degree in Marketing at the University of Houston. A Seattle area resident since 1992, Scott has been involved in job development; job coaching and long term follow up services for persons with developmental and acquired disabilities since 1995. Having a sister with Cerebral Palsy has inspired Scott to work with people and their families to achieve their employment goals. “I can only imagine the difference a supported employment agency would have made not only in my sister’s life but our families’ life as well.”

 

Audrey Lister, M.Ed., BCBA
Behavioral ConsultantAudrey Lister

Audrey Lister is an Employment Specialist Assistant for the UW Employment Program. Audrey recently graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters in Special Education, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She has a background in ABA therapy for individuals with autism. Audrey is interested in merging her previous experience with supported employment.

 

Nicole Nordholm, MPA
Employment Specialist I Nordholm Nicole

Nicole Nordholm graduated from Western Washington University with a MPA in Sociology. After college, Nicole spent 6 years in Hawaii, serving and supporting high risk populations, including individuals with mental health issues, Veteran’s, low-income, and the homeless. Nicole has always been passionate about aiding those that need it most. Upon moving back to Washington State, Nicole completed a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) at Seattle University. Nicole is excited about joining the UWEP team, and putting her experience to work in supported employment.

 

Scott A. Waite, BA
Employment Specialist II Scott A. Waite

Scott Waite is a Washington native. He graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Humanities and a minor in Anthropology. After graduating from college, Scott first assisted people with disabilities in residential and sheltered workshop settings. Since 1997, he has been helping people with barriers to employment to achieve their vocational goals. These populations include people with disabilities, immigrants, Veterans, low-income adults, people with a mental health diagnosis, transitional youth and the homeless. Scott specializes in job development, assessment, job readiness and training.

 

Lee Olsen
Program Coordinator Lee Olsen

Lee is the Program Coordinator for both the UW Employment Program and the Center for Technology and Disability Studies. He coordinates the functions of these programs, providing support to the directors and several professional and classified staff. Additionally, he is involved in general office and budget management as well as a liaison on fiscal matters between the Employment Program and the King County Department of Developmental Disabilities. Lee’s Previous employment history and interests include Hospitality and Arts management, legal transcriptionist / assistant and English/Spanish interpreting & translation.

 

Karis Kim, BS
Employment Specialist Assistant  Karis Kim

Karis is an Employment Specialist Assistant for the UW Employment Program. She received her Bachelors degree in Speech and Sciences and a minor in Human Rights from University of Washington. She gained her professional experience working with young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Her interests include equality, advocacy, and dignity for every human being. She believes helping people with developmental disabilities through supported employment ensures the human right to work with dignity.

 

Pat Brown, Ed.D.
Professor Emerita Pat Brown

Pat Brown, Ed.D. was Director of the UW Employment Program for eighteen years. Dr. Brown retired in June of 2015. We miss her capable leadership and wish her well.