Director, Olympic Peninsula Autism Center
Jennifer has been the director at OPAC since 2015. Jennifer grew up as the daughter of an active duty Navy family and spent her childhood shimmying up coconut trees in Guam, visiting ruins in Pompei and was even able to see the Berlin wall. This life fostered a love of travel, trying new things and meeting new people. Throughout it all, Jennifer was involved in a variety of volunteer work; primarily as a Hospice volunteer to terminally ill patients. Read more.
Director, Jane’s House Child Development Director
Molly Gunderson has been the Child Development Center Director at Easter Seals Washington Jane’s House since 2013. Molly brings over 20 years of experience with her to Easter Seals Washington. She has an unwavering commitment to the early childhood development field. She loves to teach young children first and foremost, which is where she started her career, as a preschool teacher working for the Head Start Program. At Head Start, Molly enjoyed working with children, and later discovered she also had a passion for working with their families. Read more.
Director, Adult Day Center - Bremerton
Amy Havice became the Director of Easterseals Adult Day Center in Bremerton in October 2016. She has lived in Kitsap County for over 3 years, where she was previously the Executive Director of a local senior living community. Prior to moving to Washington, Amy lived in southern Oregon for 25 years where she obtained a Masters in Business Administration and opened a pizza parlor that employed individuals with disabilities. She also worked at a local nonprofit as the Director of Residential Services – supporting children, adults, and seniors with disabilities. Read more.
Director, Angle Lake Child Development Center
Renita joined Easter Seals Washington as a volunteer at Angle Lake in September 2011. She was so wonderful, we hired her as a full-time employee. Through hard-work and exemplary leadership, Renita eventually became the Assistant Director at Angle Lake. In 2015, Renita was named the Program Director of Little Aviators Child Development Center, but came back to be the Program Director at Angle Lake in November of 2016. Renita has a degree in Human services and is passionate about building strong and long-lasting relationships with families and children from all walks of life. Read more.
Director, Camp Stand By Me
Joshua Mayer became the Director of Camp Stand By Me in 2012. His passion for making the outdoors accessible to individuals with disabilities started much earlier, though. In 1995, he volunteered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp in Eastern Washington, and continued doing so until 2010. His experiences there led him to pursue an undergraduate degree in Special Education. He went on to spend a number of years teaching middle school students with severe behavior needs in Tacoma. Read more.
Leslie Oja, Ed.D.
Director, Adult Day Center - Bellevue
Leslie Oja has been the Program Director at the Easterseals Washington Adult Day Center in Bellevue since 2016. She brings over 20 years of experience as a mental health counselor specializing in learning disabilities and the associated social, emotional, physical, and intellectual disabilities. Leslie believes that providing an inclusive environment enables the people we serve to make choices, be independent, and experience being just like their peers. Her expertise helps us discover and develop activities that will engage and improve the lives of all program participants. Read more.
Director, Adult Day Center - Des Moines
Chris Plyman has a long relationship with Easterseals Adult Services in Des Moines. In 2005, Chris enrolled his grandmother in the program. In 2008, he began an internship with the center for his BA in psychology, and was hired as program staff immediately after his graduation. He has served two stints as program director, his current turn beginning in 2016. Read more.