Allison Van Wey, Director & Job Developer, CESP
Allison Van Wey founded Employment Connections Inc. in March of 2016. Working in both the social services and job development fields since 2011, Allison has built a solid foundation in the community, strengthening relationships and working effectively with local employers to place clients in successful long-term employment. She is devoted to assisting individuals gain self-sufficiency and independence through job placement, and continually expands work opportunities through networking with community partners and employers. Allison believes a successful job placement matches an employer with an employee whose interests, skills, lifestyle and support needs fit perfectly within an employer’s business, while also providing individuals with long term employment and sustainable wages.
Stephanie Martin, Job Developer, CESP
Stephanie Martin has a strong background in the service industry, a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations from the University of Oregon and is a Certified Employment Support Professional. Stephanie joined Employment Connections in the spring of 2017 to continue her career as a job developer. Personable, patient and down to earth, she finds great personal satisfaction from helping others gain the skills and tools needed for success, and values her role in their professional growth. At ECI, Stephanie enjoys working in the warm and welcoming atmosphere and meeting new employers to facilitate lasting connections.
Alexei Martin, Job Developer
Alexei Martin has a strong background in working with people who experience disabilities. From providing direct care and managing the Supported Living Program at a local non-profit to providing case management and coordinating support services, Alexei has been working for more than six years in the field. Alexei is passionate about employment and enjoys working directly with individuals and community partners, believing that with the right placement and proper support, everyone can work.
Teresa Borders, Job Coach/Employment Specialist
Teresa Borders has a strong background in the social services industry, experience working with individuals experiencing disabilities, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon. She is committed to providing compassionate, collaborative, and client-centered services that match a client with rewarding and sustainable long-term employment. Teresa enjoys working alongside clients as they identify or gain new skills, increase confidence, and work towards self-sufficiency. Teresa joined Employment Connections in the summer of 2020 as a Job Coach/Employment Specialist. She enjoys working in the positive, friendly, and supportive environment of ECI and values her time spent working one-on-one with clients and connecting with community partners.
Jacob Hope, Employment Specialist Assistant
Jacob Hope has a background in computer science and a long work history with non-profit organizations. As an Employment Specialist Assistant, he provides support to the rest of the team with a variety of tasks, including job seeking, application submission, and general office tasks. He specializes in portfolio development, with particular focus on cover letters and resume building. Jacob understands how difficult the job search process can be, and strives to provide support services to give ECI’s clients a competitive edge. He enjoys the calming atmosphere and friendly staff at ECI, and finds great satisfaction in a successful job placement.