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Meet Your Consultants

Cristina and Tara decided to open a consulting agency to share services and engage in developing relations within their community to provide a higher standard of care for aging and disabled populations. Their dream is to share knowledge through community education and services.
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Cristina Kille

Cristina Kille, LSWAIC MSW

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360-980-4497
Cristina graduated Eastern Washington University with degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Work. She completed Master programs at Portland State University. Cristina graduated Suma Cum Laude and participated in community outreach programs while attending college. She completed minors in Afriacana Studies, Sociology, and History. This gives her insight into diverse populations and an understanding of complex systems. She has expert knowledge of community resources and successful relationships with local healthcare agencies, housing programs, hospice, DSHS and Aging and Disabilities. Cristina has over 20 years of experience in the local community assisting clients living life to their highest potential despite declining health or changing circumstances.
Tara Kleinschmidt

Tara Kleinschmidt, LSWAIC MSW

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360-909-0231

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.

Miriam Gerges

Miriam Gerges, LSWAIC MSW

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360-643-6605

Miriam received her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University. She has been working in the field of social services since 2014, serving in roles ranging from case manager to director. She has a combination of lived and professional experience which lends to her eclectic approach to therapeutic services. Miriam is also Spanish speaking and as a Latina understands the unique characteristics of her culture as well as an appreciation and desire to learn about others via cultural humility. Miriam has experience in working with crisis services, providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) as well as motivational interviewing. She implements trauma informed care into every aspect of her work and her treatment approach is to align with clients as they are the experts in their own lives.

Cecelia Engleman

Cecelia Hernandez-Engleman, MSW Intern

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360-773-7839

Cecelia has 10 years experience providing support and assistance to unhoused individuals. She is passionate about advocating for underserved and vulnerable populations.  She has a Bachelor of Social Work from Eastern Washington University and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University.

Brandie Nere

Brandie Nere, M.Ed, LMHCA

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360-622-6704

Brandie holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from Washington State University, majoring in Human Development, minoring in Sociology; giving her a well-rounded knowledge in birth to end of life, and individual to group societal developments. She has a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development from Lamar University. Brandie approaches therapy with a holistic, eclectic view, and feels that the process is most effective when the clients participate in their therapy. Brandie promotes a safe environment to build a trusting relationship for her clients, so they can focus on their goals and treatment plan. She feels that treatment is best utilized with approaches that are based on effective research studies and have high evidence-based techniques, which is what she uses in therapy. Brandie’s focus is to have her clients work towards a brighter tomorrow. Prior to and during her educational career, she served as a Washington State Certified Peer Counselor working with individuals with mental health and homelessness, as well as working with people who have developmental disabilities for almost two decades.

Mona Robinson

Mona Robinson, LSWAIC MSW

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360-362-9014

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.

Stacy Storey

Stacy Storey, PhD, LMHCA

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360-622-0965

Stacy graduated from Capella University in 2015 with a Masters degree in Psychology.  Stacy has been closely working with the community in Clark county for over a decade. She has a strong passion for connecting with and supporting people in the community. Her passion for social work has helped her to continue to learn and grow while advocating for those who can not advocate for themselves.  Stacy loves learning and has continued her educational journey by working towards her PhD in Psychology, with a focus on Educational Psychology. She will use this education to work with and educate the amazing people she works with in the community. Her focus is Cognitive and Behavioral skill building, education, and training.

Steve Walker

Steve Walker, MHC MA

steve*heritagenwconsulting.org
360-583-0498

Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Concordia University. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from George Fox University. He has devoted most of his 30 years in social services working with vulnerable adults and their families. Steve studied addiction counseling and was a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Portland for several years. He worked many years as a Social Worker with DSHS providing protective services assisting individuals and families with accessing resources. Steve worked as the Director of Social Work in a Skilled Nursing Facility, supporting people and families through the change and grieving process. Additionally, he served as Area Director for an agency that provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Stephen Brock

Stephen Brock

Community Choice Guide & Client Training Specialist

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360-622-0966
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the helping professions, including long stints directing accreditation, compliance and performance improvement at Albertina Kerr Centers and providing case management, individual coaching and group training in private practice. He completed specialized training in counseling at The Evergreen State University, with an emphasis on family systems, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approaches. A lifelong learner, Stephen loves developing new strategies to solve persistent problems and teaching practical skills to transcend obstacles to personal and interpersonal happiness.

Cash Crouse

Cash Crouse

Community Choice Guide & Client Training Specialist

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360-390-3364
Cash graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s in psychology. After graduation Cash worked for Cascadia Behavior Health as Treatment Specialist working mainly with clients experiencing severe mental health issues in a group home setting. There Cash worked with a diverse population and developed a culture centered approach to recovery. After working a year in a secured community setting, he was given the opportunity to advance to a Medication Services Coordinator position where he was able to experience the recovery process from a different medical viewpoint. He has a passion with working with diverse groups experiencing mental health concerns and a clear understanding of therapeutic interventions.

Devon Duong

Devon Duong

Community Choice Guide & Client Training Specialist

devon*heritagenwconsulting.org
360-634-9243
Hello! My name is Devon, and I am an adventurous, outgoing individual from the Southeastern part of the United States! The things I value the most in life are my family, enjoying the small things and of course listening to happy tunes! Whether it is working hard to make a difference in our community or enjoying the fun atmosphere of the Northwest, I enjoy being a team player and love being able to contribute to the diversity of the Heritage NW Consulting team!

Chanel Kim

Chanel Kim

Community Choice Guide & Client Training Specialist

chanel*heritagenwconsulting.org
360-919-9931
Chanel graduated from Washington State University with a major in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Criminology. She is passionate about helping others with their mental health and has years of experience as a community advocate and mentor. Chanel is a Portland, Oregon native and enjoys the outdoors in her downtime. She plans on obtaining her master’s degree in counseling and eventually opening her own practice.

Cassandra McDaniel

Cassandra McDaniel

Office Support

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360-622-6235
Cassandra was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Washington State. She’s been a dancer since she was old enough to walk. She graduated from Concorde Career College in San Diego, California. She is 26 years old and a mom to her 4-year-old son, her greatest gift of all. She has also been a military spouse for almost 7 years. In her spare time Cassandra loves being a mom, tap dancing, spending time with her family and worshipping the Lord. Cassandra’s motto is “you never know what someone is going through, everyone has a story, and a purpose”. This and her determination to make a difference is what drives her. She has lived off strength, courage, and hope the past couple of years. Now she wants to use her experiences to help others. Cassandra is honored to be a part of the Heritage NW Consulting team.

Ashlea Pennington

Ashlea Pennington

Community Choice Guide

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360-228-9653
Ashlea is a community choice guide that specializes with working with clients that have disorganization disorder. Ashlea comes from background with professional organization and has a passion with working with older adults and persons with disabilities. Prior to becoming a Community Choice Guide, Ashlea spent several years working as a preschool teacher. She has a enjoyed the transition to working with older adults. Ashlea’s professional experience has given her insight on how disabilities can affect an individual across their life span. Ashlea is driven by her passion to support clients to transition into a higher level of care or to stabilize in their current home setting. She is goal oriented and takes pride in her advocacy in her clients. In addition to her primary job functions, Ashlea has her certification in organization and hoarding behavior support.

David Reed

David Reed

Community Choice Guide

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360-821-2660
David graduated from Portland Community College with a degree in Arts and General Studies. In the future, he plans to complete his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washington State University. He has over fifteen years of experience with helping individuals in need of specialized and compassionate care. He genuinely enjoys assisting those in need in his community and believes everybody has the right to live life to the fullest in a dignified, secure, and comfortable way. David understands that every situation is unique and is a challenge that can be embraced as an opportunity to learn and grow as a Community Choice Guide.

Leticia De Oliveira Sena

Leticia De Oliveira Sena

Executive Assistant & Client Training Specialist

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360-390-3363
Leticia graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in Crime, Law and Justice. She also minored in Legal Studies and Psychology. Leticia is passionate about advocating the importance of mental health and strives to provide those in her community with the right resources to achieve their best behavioral health. She has a history of working in programs that assist people to have access to various kinds of public assistance. She worked in this role out of Tampa, FL before moving to Washington. Leticia has a strong passion for learning, which has motivated her to continue her academic journey. She is currently working on achieving her master’s degree in the field of psychology.

Michael West

Michael West

Operations Manager

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360-919-9561
Michael received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maine, where he graduated with a concentration in exercise science and pre-medical studies. He worked as an occupational clinical manager serving the Greater Tampa Bay, Florida region. He also served as a medical scribe and medical technician. These positions allowed Michael to work in various different areas of medicine. He has acquired a vast amount of knowledge in the fields of urology, orthopedics, family medicine, and emotional health. Michael’s main focus is to advocate for the health and well-being of his community both physically and mentally.