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We are committed to supporting people with disabilities in learning the skills and making the connections they need to lead a fulfilling life. Many of us have disabilities too. We are empathetic, respectful, and treat everyone with dignity. We feel strongly that everyone can learn how to help themselves and then be in a position to give back to others.

Von Elison, B.A. M.A

Executive Director
Thinking of how I have been here since December 1999, and why? This is often a question that I not only pose to myself but that others are constantly asking me. It is not about a revolving door of quick...
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Mayra Colazo

Community Outreach Coordinator
Mayra Became a member of the Central Washington Disability Resources team in March 2016 performing various administrative duties and assisting with the office organization. Mayra has now moved to our Community...
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Terry Caldwell

Administration
I hope that I will make your every visit pleasant and productive! Ms. Von was kind enough to give me an oppurtunity to join her team at the CWDR as a paid intern. After 3 months of working part-time and...
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Gretchen Thatcher, B.A, J.D

Independent Living Specialist
Gretchen has a political science degree from Central Washington University and a law degree from the University of Utah before deciding that she wanted to help people in a different way. Since 2000, she...
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Dan Witkowski, B.A

Recreational Manager
Dan started as in intern at CWDR in June 2011, while completing his bachelor’s degree in recreation management. As recreation manager, he is able to use both his educational background and his experiences...
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Joshua Hackney, B.A

Youth Transition Coordinator
Joshua Hackney started as an intern with CWDR before taking the Youth Transition Coordinator position in August of 2016. Joshua graduated from Central Washington University in June of 2016 with a bachelor’s...
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