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. When she was 19 years old she obtained her private pilots license. In 2006 Kelly started working with foster children. During this time she realized her love and enjoyment in helping others succeed and lead fulfilling lives, which led 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  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 is 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

Assistant Director

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 14 years in the field, Kelsey has grown in her position and is now working as the Assistant Director of the DSP Program at OU. 

 

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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Dennis Benjamin

Director of Supported Employment Services

Dennis joined the Opportunities Unlimited team in 2021. 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.  

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Megan Hamilton

 Supported Employment Liaison

Megan is an experienced Vocational Professional and entrepreneur. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Portland State University and has been working in Supported Employment since 2015. Megan’s strengths include organizational coordination, advocacy and collaboration. She strongly believes in the dignity of work, lifelong learning, and the value of every individual’s best efforts.

 

While at home, Megan enjoys making magic in the kitchen, long walks with audiobooks, working  puzzles and watching plants grow up close.

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Gia Gilmour

Direct Support Professional

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

Direct Support Professional

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

Direct Support Professional

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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Jasmine Gomez

Direct Support Professional

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

Direct Support Professional

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

Direct Support Professional

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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Denise Jones

Direct Support Professional

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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Virginia Quinn

Direct Support Professional

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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Cathy Stevens

Direct Support Professional

I live in the Beaverton area with my husband and two of my daughters. My oldest recently moved out on her own. I studied gerontology at PCC. I have my associates in gerontology, as well as certificates in advocacy, cognitive, behavioral supports, and end of Life Care certificate. I have worked with the elderly for around 10 years and really enjoy working with hospice residents. I enjoy providing support and daily activities to those who are living in their homes and elderly that live in care facilities. I also enjoy helping people accomplish goals and dreams that they are working towards. 

In my free time my family and I love the outdoors of the Oregon coast. We love going on beach walks, hiking, camping, swimming in the lake, boat rides and pretty much anything we can do being outside. During our colder months my family and I enjoy getting together to play board games or just watch a movie.

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Chris Vergnaud

Employment Coach

Chris recently joined our OU team and is excited to share his expertise in coaching and mentoring clients. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master's Degree in Education with a focus in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. 

 

Chris has spent his entire career mentoring students, athletes, and adults on all levels ranging from high school to college. He is passionate about helping others reach and sustain their lifelong goals through guided mentoring and leadership. 

 

In his spare time, Chris enjoys the outdoors (hiking, camping), spending time on the water, and exploring new hidden gems. He loves to cook, travel, spend time with friends, and attend live sporting events. He is, also, a proud fur dad to his 15 year old cat named Oscar. 

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Charlene Sanders

Direct Support Professional

Hello, my name is Charlene Sanders! I have over 20 years experience in the care giving field.

 

I enjoy family time, bowling, dancing, singing and meeting new people.

 

I am glad to be a new member of this wonderful team and I am  looking forward to working with and helping our clients reach their goals!

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Jakeline Rodriguez

Job Developer

Jakeline has worked for Opportunities Unlimited as a DSP, and in Job Developer since February of 2022.

 

Jakeline has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, a post-baccalaureate in Spanish, as well as a minor in Child, Youth, & Family Studies (CYFS), and Women Studies from Portland State University.

 

She enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, and family exploring new places throughout Oregon. Jakeline is caring, and passionate when it comes to helping others.

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Kiel Moses

Direct Support Professional

Kiel has lived in the Pacific Northwest area for the past 9 years and has been with OU since February 2022 where he  uses his personal, professional, and educational experiences to help people with disabilities be the best employees they can be.

 

Kiel is originally from Evanston, Illinois. He is an empowered person who has had disabilities all his life, but he sees his various disabilities as a positive instead of a negative aspect to his life. Kiel is a disability advocate, thought leader, and activist for people with disabilities as well as other groups.

 

In his spare time, Kiel enjoys watching stand-up/sit down comics as well as writing. Kiel has an undergraduate degree from Lewis & Clark College where he majored in Psychology and has earned various graduate degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies from DePaul University and Cultural Foundations in Education with an emphasis in Disability Studies from Syracuse University. Kiel also has earned two first-degree black belts in two different forms of martial arts during his life. He has competed in both national and international competitions as well as presented on disability related issues in both national and international conferences during graduate school. Kiel also enjoys travelling to deepen his understanding of different people and cultures.

 

Kiel loves good movies that makes him think about the world around him. In addition, he likes great music. One last fun fact about Kiel is that he did a live 5-minute standup/sit down comedy set at Helium Comedy Club where he wowed the audience!!!!       

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Christie Long

Job Developer

Christie has a passion for teaching and helping others achieve their goals. Christie’s experience in education has given her the opportunity to work with diverse groups of individuals, in many environments. In 2017 Christie received her Masters’s Degree in Teaching and has enjoyed working as a classroom teacher and as a math and science specialist.  Christie loves to brainstorm and collaborate to help the learning process proceed effectively. Christie’s goal is to help enhance the learning experience and create in others empowerment to succeed.  

 

Christie enjoys her family and outdoor activities. Some of her favorite activities include camping mostly around the Oregon Coast, hiking, biking, and yoga.  Christie also enjoys a good mystery book and loves having birds in her garden.

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Brenda Williams

Direct Support Specialist

Brenda began her career as a theater professional by night and professional home and office organizer by day. She branched out into event planning and has extensive experience in recreational and educational program implementation. She is passionate about teaching executive functioning and home organization.

 

She is also a mother of four children, with a wide range of interests and outdoor skills. She is a teaching artist and musical theater professional who loves to collaborate and creatively problem-solve with people to help them meet challenges and obtain their goals. 

 

During her free time, she loves to hunt for cool antiques, hike, fish, feed birds, and garden.

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Bailey Parmelee

Direct Support Specialist

I have worked for Opportunities Unlimited since March 2022. I have worked for the company UCP as a professional caregiver for 8 months. I have never enjoyed a job so much as helping individuals achieve anything they have their mind set on. I enjoy helping others to have the life they want and deserve. I also enjoy helping others work towards their goals and be a successful member of society. I take pride in all I do and put my very best into everything. 

 

In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors. Hunting, Fishing, and camping are all things I love to do. You can always find me outdoors. I'm also a very proud mother of a little boy. I grew up on a farm. I love animals and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty.

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Peggy Horne

Direct Support Specialist

Peggy is a retired foster mom and has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, a Master of Science in Health Education, and is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist.

 

After working in the corporate scene for a few years, she left to do what she loves, helping people. Peggy has worked as a Professional Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner since 2018 and loves helping people find their path to success.  

 

She lives in Beaverton with her husband and youngest son and enjoys time with her other five children and grandchildren.

 

Her hobbies include traveling to naturally beautiful places, growing medicinal plants, and playing board games with friends and family. Her dream is to open a wellness center in a secluded area in Montana to help people find peace and wellbeing.