Meet Our Team

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Kelly Payne

CEO

Kelly earned her Associate of Science Degree in 1998, with a focus on commercial aviation. In 2006 Kelly started working with with foster children. During this time she realized her love and enjoyment in helping others succeed and lead fulfilling lives, which lead her into working with the developmentally disabled community. 

 

Kelly started working with clients and local area brokerages in 2008. She worked one on one with clients, supporting them in reaching their contracted goals by getting out and exploring their community, making new friends, finding paid integrated employment and overall developing their independence. Because the demand for qualified providers was so high, she  decided to expand the business, and started Opportunities Unlimited, a state certified Medicaid Agency, in 2013. 

 

Kelly enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, flying airplanes, skydiving, gardening, traveling, trying new food, volunteering at local animal shelters and homeless shelters, and spending time with her two sons and two dogs. 

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Kelsey Rothwilson

Administrative Assistant/Supported Employment Specialist

Kelsey began her career working in a group home where she discovered her hidden passion for providing direct supports and working with people to reach their goals. From there she moved to a day program, where her passion continued to grow. Kelsey found herself working as a case manager for the day program and eventually moved on to be a Personal Agent at two different service support brokerages. After 10 years in the field, Kelsey has returned to her passion, providing direct and employment supports to individuals in the community. 

 

Kelsey spends her free time hanging out with her kids, camping, and hopes to one day raft down the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon. 

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Gia Gilmour

Community Support Specialist 

Gia has worked for Opportunities Unlimited as a Community Support Specialist since 2015. She holds an Associate of Science Degree from Portland Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education at Portland State University. She lives in Beaverton with her husband of 20 years. She has two daughters, two granddaughters, and two dogs. She also has a son who is a medical assistant, which he learned in the Navy.

 

Gia’s interests include photography, health education, movies, music, cooking, learning new skills/activities with customers, and exploring Portland and the surrounding areas.

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Chew Chai Saephan

Community Support Specialist/Supported Employment Specialist

Chew-Chai has worked for Opportunities Unlimited as a Community Support Specialist since 2015. She enjoys supporting her customers out in the community and working to reach their goals. One of her favorite things to do is participating in overnight camping trips with a group of customers and providers. Chew Chai is also a Career Development Specialist where she provides discovery supported employment. She finds this field wonderful and truly rewarding. 

 

During her free time, Chew Chai enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, traveling, learning to garden and practicing her photography. 

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Ella Dean

Community Support Specialist​

Ella is one of our newest Providers, she has been with OU since July of 2018! Ella provides a wide variety of supports based around in-home attendant care (cleaning, organizing and cooking) and Community Inclusion. Ella helps our customers by engaging them in community activities with peers. By doing this, Ella helps our customers gain friendships and familiarity within their community. 

Ella, received the OU Certificate of Appreciation in January of 2019, for providing outstanding service to all the customers she works with!

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Chris Gunn

Community Support Specialist/Discovery Support Specialist

Chris has worked at Opportunities Unlimited since February 2018. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Portland State University. He has worked in the field of evidence-based research with siblings in foster care at the Regional Research Institute. He has also worked at the education program at New Avenues for Youth as a proctor for students obtaining their high school G.E.D.s.

 

Chris loves music, reading, hiking, and going to the Oregon Coast.

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Jasmine Gomez

Community Support Specialist

Jasmine has worked in the DD community for over 5 years in Corvallis! She has a passion for spending time outdoors and playing different sports. Additionally, through this passion she has volunteered as a coach for Special Olympics. She has coached, softball, and volleyball for 4 years.

 

Some of her other interests include hiking, fishing, and concerts. 

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Ona Martin

Community Support Specialist​

Ona has been with OU since October of 2016! Ona assists her customers with learning skills around home care and community inclusion. Ona is very goal oriented and helps her customers reach towards their desired goals and outcomes! 

Ona received the OU Certificate of Appreciation in April of 2018, for providing outstanding service to all the customers she works with!

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Karla Havermann

Community Support Specialist​

Karla has been with Opportunities Unlimited since March of 2017! Karla plays an integral part in OU. She has been creative in hosting community events and getting her customers involved in art projects, beach trips, fishing, dances and more...

In October of 2017 and in September of 2020 Karla received the OU Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding service with OU customers! 

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Kyrah Dines

Community Support Specialist

Hi, I am Kyrah. Born and raised in Portland OR , I graduated from Grant High School in 2016. I have been on a journey to continue to self improve myself and skills. I'm currently a student at Concorde Institution, to be a Medical Assistant. I started working wit OU in 2019, I am interested in helping others reach their goals, which gives me motivation and satisfaction,  seeing others being successful. I love animals and being active outside, I love hiking, baking cookies, cleaning, learning new skills and trying new things.... I'm adventurous! My favorite hobbies are coloring, and planning ahead, I also like going to the movies.  I have experience with children and in the health care industry. I love helping the community and giving back. My favorite color is pink. Favorite food is french fries.

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Denise Jones

Community Support Specialist

Denise got her bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of California at Davis.  She had a career in corporate retail management and for the last 14 years was an inventory planning manager at Hanna Andersson in Portland.  She moved to West Linn in 2003.  She lives there with her husband and dog, Dory.  Denise and her husband have 3 daughters.  Denise has spent time over the years volunteering as a mentor to Foster children and youth in recovery, a Girl Scout leader, a soccer coach, a yoga instructor, and with the National Charity League.  

Denise is a certified yoga instructor, specializing in trauma informed yoga.  She also enjoys cooking, hiking, gardening, ceramics, stained glass, spending time with friends, and trying all sorts of new things.

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Tammy Heuer

Community Support Specialist

Tammy is passionate about building connection, finding creative ways to support people in problem solving and exploring new ideas.   A long-time professional support for people building health and wellness tools, Tammy has spent over 20 years coaching, educating and exploring ideas with people to increase their capacity for well-being and resilience to stress.  Parenting, playing music, cooking and adventuring outdoors are favorite activities Tammy enjoys that incorporate play into daily life and learning.  

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Chelsey Heidenreich

Community Support Specialist/Supported Employment Specialist

I have been working with clients with disabilities since 2015. My love for the position started while working as a direct support specialist, and have been lucky enough to work several positions in the assisted living field. I am currently attending college courses to complete my social work degree, I look forward to connecting with many clients and helping them reach their goals. My spare time is spent playing music, hiking, tennis, and starting new entrepreneurial adventures. 

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Virginia Quinn

Community Support Specialist

A native New Yorker with an Associates degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising, Virginia found herself with a desire to transition from a corporate setting to a humanitarian position through serving others. 

As an Educational Assistant working in Life Skills enrichment programs in the public school systems, she had the opportunity to integrate her art background by implementing fun and creative art workshops.

Virginia's passion is to see others thrive, succeed and to motivate and inspire each other; she feels this is most essential in life.

She enjoys jewelry designing, painting, music, traveling, nature and spending time with friends and family. 

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Scott Simmons

Community Support Specialist

Scott has lived in Portland for over 25 years and has been an active participant in the art & music community throughout this time. After owning and operating a record store for nearly 13 years, he is excited to have more of an impact on people's lives and assist them in realizing goals and integrating into the community at large. He looks forward to engaging folks in a
wide variety of activities and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Scott loves playing and listening to music, reading, watching movies, gardening, hiking, swimming and has a deep love of hummingbirds, whales and the Portland Trailblazers.

Jackie Verschoor

Community Support Specialist

I have 18 years of experience in the healthcare field. I was a lead staff for 8 years in group homes where I planned and implemented all the outing goals in the community.  The last 6 years I've been working 1 on 1 with clients working mostly in their community and also  in their homes. 

In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my 3 kids, my husband of 18 years and my dog. I like to do photography,  going to ghost towns and just exploring new places. I have a big family and I enjoy spending time with them any chance I can. 

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Tammy Brown

Community Support Specialist

Hi my name is Tammy Brown and I love to sing, dance and play basket ball. I have two children, an d18 year old and a fourteen year old. I enjoy spending time with them and watching all their many sports events.
 

I am bilingual in Spanish and love people. I have been in social work for over 20 years. I love to laugh and be silly. I enjoy movies and sitting and having conversations I really like to meet new people and make new connections!

 

My happy place is the beach. It should be of no surprise since I was born and raised in sunny California.
 

I look forward to working and forming new relationships at Opportunities Unlimited!

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Mailin Aparicio

Community Support Specialist

Mailin studied Briefly at George Fox University, taking courses in Cinema Media and Communications. Mailin then moved to Portland and began working for Mentor OR in
2015. There she discovered her passion for advocating and supporting individuals, by finding
activities tailored to their interests and to provide opportunities to learn essential life skills!
Since then she has worked for various agencies and even worked for OU in 2019, she left to try
the corporate world. In 2021 she returned due to her passion for making a difference in the life
of others!

Mailin is bilingual in English/Spanish, she loves reading, hiking, exploring the PNW and hanging out with her dog Honey, she also enjoys visiting llama farms!

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Savannah Stephans

Community Support Specialist

Originally from a small town in California, Savannah has had the pleasure of calling Portland home for just over a year. Savannah is a licensed Esthetician as well as a certified Reiki Master. She looks forward to helping clients not only build solid life skills, but to help clients live a well-rounded life full of adventure and success. 

 

Savannah is constantly learning new skills as well as consistently educating herself on real world issues. 

 

Her free time is spent cooking, practicing yoga or hitting the gym, gardening, being outdoors, spending time with her dog, and finding hidden spots throughout the city.  

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Dennis Benjamin

Supported Employment Specialist

New to the Opportunities Unlimited team, Dennis is a veteran Job Developer who encourages others to believe in their vocational dreams. Dennis has previously managed a number of employment programs including owning his own job placement company. A former Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Dennis understands the importance of encouragement and supporting individuals to believe in their personal strengths and hopes for a career. 

 

In his personal time, Dennis plays and composes acoustic music.