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Program Leadership Team

Providing guidance and leadership in our programs across the state. 

Jill

Jill Braun
Director, Eastside Adult Services

Jill has a sibling with disabilities who has been her inspiration to work in this field. She is passionate about providing dynamic and innovative programming and services to individuals with disabilities. Jill is a poet and a photographer and loves spending time and making art with her wife and daughter.

Jennifer Cleverdon

Jennifer Cleverdon
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.

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Angela Cox
Director, Camp Stand By Me

Angela Cox has been a part of Easterseals Washington in various positions for over five years. She began working with camps in her home state of California, but fell in love with Camp Stand By Me in 2013. Angela's career has been included years of work in special education, behavior support, respite care, and workforce development. Her favorite parts of Camp include the campers, teaching archery, and dance parties.

AshleyAshley Jackson
Director, Easterseals Workforce Development

Ashley has been at Easterseals Workforce Development since 2013 when she started as an Employment Specialist. With an education in IT/Admin Management, Employment Support, and Human Services, Ashley has a passion for leading our program and finding employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. As a mother of 2 children and a foster parent for high needs youth, Ashley loves hosting cookout and events and seeks out opportunities to be challenged and try new things.

Renita Linear Little Aviators

Renita Linear
Director, Angle Lake Child Development Center

Renita joined Easterseals 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. 

Heidi

Heidi Jo Johnson
Caregiver Coach, Operation Family Caregiver

Heidi has 20+ years' experience in the Human Services Field with a focus on veterans and adults with developmental disabilities. Heidi earned her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Washington State University in 2012 and achieved her life-long goal of a Master's Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2017. She is the beloved wife of a disabled Navy Veteran and proud mother of two sons, one of which leaves for Marine Boot Camp in June 2018.

Chris Plyman

Chris Plyman
Director, Marine View Adult Services

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 term beginning in 2016. 

 Lucy SantanaLucy Santana
Director, Jane's House Child Development Center

Lucy came to Easterseals Washington in 2018 to lead Jane’s House Child Development Center in Yakima. Lucy has served in director roles for over 19 years and has worked in Early Childhood Education for nearly 29 years. During her career, she has worked in both Federal and State programs as well as directed her own CDC. Lucy has a love for all things early learning and is very passionate and committed to working with children and their families. She says it is a real joy and very rewarding to watch their growth and development on a daily basis.

Amanda

Amanda Van Vleet
Director, Growing Years Child Development Center

Amanda began her Easterseals career as the Infant Lead Teacher in 2011 and became program director in May 2016. Amanda has a degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University and over 10 years of experience in early childhood education. Amanda loves to cook and take road trips, and can often be found with her husband, Josh, loudly cheering on the Mariners at Safeco Field.

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