Tara, LSWAIC MSW
Tara received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina where she graduated Cum Laude with an emphasis in PTSD and Micro services. She dedicates her professional life to advocacy and providing a support system for vulnerable populations in her community. Tara served eight years as Family Director for a non-profit in Columbia, South Carolina working with hundreds of individuals and families to move from despair and dependence to hope and self-sufficiency. Her passion for social work drives her to continue to grow her knowledge base of resources. Her motto is “forever a student.” Tara is passionate about advocating for underserved populations and is determined to empower her clients through self-determination.
Mona, LSWAIC MSW, Administrative Directormona*heritagenwconsulting.org
Mona Graduated from University of Phoenix with a degree in Human Services. She completed Master programs at Portland State University. Mona has participated in outreach programs with the unhoused population in both Clark and Multnomah County. This gives her a great knowledge of community resources as well as allows her to work with a diverse population. Her experience has allowed her to develop relationships with healthcare organizations as well as DSHS and the Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Mona has over 10 years of experience in the local community assisting clients living life to their highest potential despite declining health or changing circumstances.
Behavioral Support Specialist II
Cecelia, LSWAIC MSWcecelia*heritagenwconsulting.org
Cecelia received her Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University with emphasis on serving marginalized populations. She has been working in social services since 2012 providing support and assistance to unhoused individuals. Her experience ranges from Case Managment, outreach services and housing navigation. Cecelia has relationships with many community partners and extensive knowledge of resources in Clark and Cowlitz County. Cecelia has experience with crisis intervention, trauma informed care, domestic violence advocacy, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. Prior to entering the field of Social Work, she worked for over 20 years in the field of healthcare serving geriatric and special needs clients. This combined experience allows Cecelia to provide a well-rounded approach to the therapeutic relationships with her clients. Cecelia is passionate about advocating for unserved and vulnerable populations.
Emmanuel graduated with a master’s degree from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. His focus is on promoting social and physical wellbeing through healthy behaviors in vulnerable and underserved populations. Emmanuel has worked with various organizations and programs in Oregon and Washington, in various capacities, that aligns with the aforementioned focus. In his leisure time, Emmanuel enjoys spending time with family and playing soccer.
Katy, LSWAIC MSWkaty*heritagenwconsulting.org
Katy received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Brescia University, Owensboro Kentucky. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Southern California in 2016. She served in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Analyst. Katy has experience with Child Abuse & Neglect crisis response and Family Centered Services Case Management for Department of Social Services, Inpatient Hospital Case Management, Emergency Room Social Work, and Nursing Facility Case Management.
Robin, LSWAIC MSWrobin*heritagenwconsulting.org
Robin graduated North Central University with degrees in Marriage Family Therapy. Robin completed BS in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Robin has experience working with diverse populations including the LGBTQ? population. Robin has worked with the underserved population, the aging and disabled population, and the houseless population. She has experience working with community and housing resources and working with educational institutions to aid her clients. She has years of experience working in the communities and providing case management to clients to ensure that all of their various areas of concern and systems of need are channeled. Robin strives to have every client reach their best outcomes in whatever circumstances they are in.
Sarah, LSWAIC MSWsarah*heritagenwconsulting.org
Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver with her Bachelor of Social Work in 2016, and Cum Laude from Western New Mexico State University with her Master Degree in Social Work with a minor in Rural Population Social Work form Western New Mexico University in 2019. Sarah comes from a person in environment focus embodying a mind, body, and spirit focus. Sarah has been in the health field for over 20 years in varying roles from caregiver, massage therapist, hospice social worker, and memory care director, allowing for a well-rounded lens to engage with those that she works with. Sarah looks to learn one thing new every day, no matter how small or big the lesson is.
Behavioral Support Specialist I
Chandler received her BS in Neuroscience from Washington State University where she graduated Cum Laude with a minor in biology, and an emphasis in psychology. She completed extensive research in the physiology and psychology of dementia and sensory processing disorders. Chandler worked in patient care for over 8 years, and this is where her interest in supporting individuals began. After graduation she obtained a Registered Behavior Analysis Interventionist license and began working with individuals with disabilities providing ABA therapy and independence support. Chandler is a pacific northwest native and passionate about empowering her community.
Natalie received her bachelor’s degree in social science majoring in Psychology and Technical Writing. She is currently completing a master’s degree in Mental Health counseling from Northwestern University. Natalie is specializing in trauma informed care, psychotherapy practices to include cognitive behavioral therapy and post-traumatic stress disorders. Natalie’s career background has been in advocacy, crisis prevention and response, conflict resolution and mediation. Natalie has over 20 years’ experience working with marginalized, unhoused, and aging persons and communities of color. Her passion is directed at working with other community focused organizations to help support those in need.
Community Choice Guides
Community Choice Guide Coordinator
Before joining the HNWC team, Andrew spent 5 years serving vulnerable and impoverished families, connecting individuals and families to necessary resources that support stability in their communities. Doing this work, Andrew has gained a vast knowledge of resources in the community and a passion to serve. Andrew has applied these skills to the aging and disabled population that HNWC serves. Andrew and his 6 year old lab enjoy outdoor adventures together including playing fetch, hiking, atv’s, dirt bikes, and camping.
Community Choice Guide
My name is Decker, and I am a community choice guide at HNWC. I have several years of experience working with seniors and people with disabilities, and feel passionate about helping others. I speak Spanish fluently and really enjoy learning about other people and cultures, and I am also currently learning Korean in my free time with my wife. Our cat Havana is definitely our baby for the time being! I have only been living in Washington state for a year, but I truly love all the natural beauty this state has to offer. I hope to help everyone to the best of my ability, and to ensure that everyone is as comfortable as possible.
Community Choice Guidelexi*heritagenwconsulting.org
Lexi is an experienced Community Choice Guide, Independent Housing Specialist and Caregiver Trainer. Driven by her passion to serve in a holistic care setting, she takes pride in providing the best support and advocacy to her clients. As a Community Choice Guide her goals include supporting clients to connect them with community-based resources. In addition to her primary job functions, Lexi has her certification in organization and hoarding behavior support. Lexi plans to continue her education in pursuit of a master’s degree in social work.
Community Choice Guideshannon*heritagenwconsulting.org
I was born and raised in Vancouver and am a Clark College graduate. Caring for others is my passion and I feel that being open-minded is the best way to provide care because it allows others to just be themselves. I prefer to identify places where that wholehearted care has been missed and offer a unique experience to those I help. I am a lifetime learner, I enjoy reading and I love spending time in nature.
David has lived in Portland, OR since 2001, making the PNW his home and earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Health studies with a focus in Health Administration. Prior to joining HNWC, David has worked as a biller for a mental health practice and outpatient clinics in the Seattle region. David is an eternal optimist and always looking for a challenge. One of his biggest beliefs is that one must make sacrifices, or else the dream becomes the sacrifice, and the bill for regret is greater than the price for success. David has now channeled all his energy into helping others find their success.
Miranda graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Oregon State University. Prior to joining the team at HNWC, Miranda worked as an APS Investigator for DSHS. Miranda’s educational and professional background has equipped her with extensive experience in diversity, inclusion, and advocacy amongst others. Her underlying goal is to help promote stability and support in the workplace by assisting with strategic and tactile support through effective communication and problem-solving that leads to quality solutions. In her free time, Miranda likes to practice yoga and paint.
Mitchell is a lifelong resident of the PNW and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Western Washington University. While attending school, Mitchell worked as a student employee at the Disability Access Center facilitating accommodated testing and counseling appointment scheduling for fellow students with disabilities. Mitchell takes great pride in knowing that his work contributes to helping people of all backgrounds live better lives. In his free time he enjoys hiking and playing guitar, as well as tending to his many potted plants.