Having earned an MA in Clinical Psychology and working in residential treatment with youth, Aaron Fell into working as an IPS Employment Specialist in a Community Mental Health program in Chicago. This led to work with Oregon VR. As someone who has frequently checked the “other” box in life and experiencing my world change though my own coming out process he has observed how systemic functioning disadvantages his fellow “others” and daily works to reduce that discrepancy.
Chair of Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland (DEEP) with the City of Portland. DEEP is dedicated to enhancing a work environment that is inclusive and supportive of the City of Portland’s diverse workforce that is committed to quality public service. While working in Community Outreach for Environmental Services for 18 years, Debbie is one of the founders and has chaired DEEP for the past 14 years. DEEP oversees nine different Affinity Groups (Employee Network Groups). She is also one of the leadership team for the LGBTQ & Friends Affinity Group, was one of the founders and directors of the Portland Queer Film Festival for ten years, served on many boards of directors, including Portland Area Business Association (PABA), Equity Foundation, Lesbian Community Project, and SCRAP PDX.
Karen Williams, Executive Trillium Employment Services. Trillium serves over 600 clients and over 400 businesses in Washington. Trillium believes that building a strong organizational culture, driven by learning and outcomes, results in quality services for clients. Karen obtained her Master of Public Administration from George Washington University, with a concentration in public policy and nonprofit management. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Disability Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Karen is a certified coach through the Hudson Institute.
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