Mainstay employment specialists have:
- Professional credentials in the disabilities field plus many years of experience.
- Continuing education in industry best-practices.
- A keen understanding of what employers are looking for in their new hires.
- Professional networks to connect the right employees with the right employers.
Alison found her place at Mainstay in 1989. She has been involved with the disability community throughout her career in a variety of settings including a state hospital, community-based residential program, and advocacy/resource development program. Alison worked as an Employment Specialist, Assistant Director and Director. Alison launched Supported Academics and Independent Life Skills, SAILS, in 2014, to help Seattle Central College students with ASD to succeed in college.
Alison has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Director of Mainstay and SAILS
Kerry joined Mainstay in 1990 providing employment resources and supports to job seekers with disabilities. Prior to his position at Mainstay, Kerry worked at United Cerebral Palsy providing community integration services.
Kerry graduated from the University of Puget Sound; he majored in Art Education.
Anja has been working at Mainstay as an Employment Specialist since 1991. Her primary focus is job development and building partnership with her employers. Recently, Anja participated in the World Affairs Council where she hosted a professional mentorship to a disability-services representative from Morocco. Anja is eager to explore international disability rights and employment in the future.
Anja received her Masters of Education from the University of Oregon and her Bachelors from the University of Texas.
Diane joined Mainstay as an Employment Specialist the same week as Anja Post in 1991. Diane is dedicated and persistent with assisting individuals with employment barriers in obtaining jobs meeting their interests, abilities and economic need. For more than twenty years, Diane has been a Personal Care Provider for an individual with developmental disabilities.
Diane earned her Bachelors in Education from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks.
Linda is a LIFER at Mainstay starting in 1985! Her passion for supporting people with disabilities started when, as a teenager, she volunteered at a skilled nursing facility assisting people with disabilities. Then, she went to work for the Department of Parks & Recreation for the City of Anaheim providing recreational activities for autistic children and physically disabled adults. Linda’s career turned toward employment for people with disabilities at a sheltered workshop for severely challenged, deaf-blind adults and vocational placement with non-profit agencies.
Linda graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development from California State University – Fulllerton.
In 1997, Rebecca joined Mainstay as an Employment Specialist, with a focus of supporting job seekers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Over the years, her work interests have included accreditation, audits, and donor development. In a prior life, Rebecca was a DVR Counselor for the Deaf/HH in Tampa, FL.
Rebecca received her Master’s in Health Sciences from the University of Florida and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Weston joined the Mainstay team in 2012 as a Program Coordinator who wears many hats including Academic Coach, Job Coach and Case Manager. Weston’s enthusiasm, dedication and passion serves supported workers and their employers very well. Before joining Mainstay, Weston was a Case Manager for the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He began working with the special needs community in 2006, as a substitute teacher and teacher’s assistant.
Weston graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in History.
Carey has been working with people with developmental disabilities since 2002 and with Mainstay since 2013. He loves working with people who help him grow, which is the reason he has been in this field for so long. Carey has found some of the best moments in life have occurred because of the work he performs. Carey’s band RIVERPOOL, in which Carey is the front man, fulfills his passion for music, signing, playing piano and guitar.
Lillian is a daughter of deaf adults with her first language being American Sign Language. Lillian started her tenure with Mainstay in 2013. Her main focus with Mainstay has been working with Deaf+. In her free time she plays online video games and competes in trivia with a group of friends.
Lillian earned a Bachelor of Science degree Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington in 2011. She earned a degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Seattle Central College in 2013. Currently, Lillian is pursuing her Masters of Social Work at the University of Washington.
Dena joined Mainstay in 2014 after being inspired at our Hale’s Brewery fundraiser, “Ales for the Sails,” held to benefit job seekers with disabilities. Dena’s career began in elementary education as a K-1 teacher in Seattle Public Schools. Her work experience in various settings, such as sales and vocational rehabilitation, prepared her for the versatility of a Job Coach navigating many work sites.
At Seattle University, Dena earner her Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Special Education.
Dena Varriale van Vliet
Jekeva has been an invaluable Job Coach with Mainstay since 2016. Jekeva has worked with organizations such as CSz Seattle teaching improvisation to combat stage fright, social anxiety and OCD. She has participated in the impact of her improv community helping people with Autism, persons of color fighting depression, and ESL students. Jekeva’s other pursuits include performing improv with CSz Seattle, performing as an aerialist, and writing on her first novel.
Cecilia joined the Mainstay team in 2016 as our Administrative Assistant extraordinaire! Originally from the Philippines, Cecilia has over 27 years of work experience in administrative and fiscal roles. Cecilia has worked in banking, service and higher education in Manila, California and Washington. Cecilia lives in Kent with no kids but lots of wonderful nieces and nephews!
Cecilia completed a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a major in Marketing.
Maria “Cecilia” Jimenez Mecua
Administrative Assistant III
Since 2013, Agnes has been our Administrative Support staff focusing on those important details…accounts payable/receivable, creating spreadsheets and analyzing data in QuickBooks. She enjoys exploring downtown Seattle, reading and learning new things. Prior to joining Mainstay, Agnes was a payroll/accounting clerk in the private sector for a market research firm for 25 years.
Agnes earner her Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University.