Allison Van Wey, Director & Job Developer
Allison Van Wey founded Employment Connections Inc. in March of 2016. Working in both the social services and job development fields since 2010, 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.
Ally Biddle, Job Developer
Ally Biddle has a background in retail management and employment services, and is a Certified Employment Support Professional. She has developed and taught interview preparation classes and provided portfolio development for clients with a variety of backgrounds. With her friendly, patient approach with every personality, she also prides herself on attention to detail and professionalism. Ally came on board with ECI in November of 2016 to work as an Employment Specialist, and was promoted to a Job Developer in the spring of 2018. She enjoys the open, communicative team environment at ECI, and gains satisfaction from the ability to take on so many support roles for the clients and staff.
Stephanie Martin, Job Developer
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.
Jacob Hope, Employment Specialist
Jacob Hope has a background in computer science and a long work history with non-profit organizations. As an Employment Specialist, 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.
Maggie Wells, Job Coach & Employment Specialist
Maggie Wells has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a background in volunteer experience teaching life skills to youth. She joined the team at Employment Connections in January of 2019 as a Job Coach and Employment Specialist. In her Job Coaching duties, she excels in identifying the learning styles that work best for each individual client and applying the right teaching techniques to meet their needs. Her favorite part of the job is the satisfaction that comes from seeing clients grow their skills and confidence, preparing them for self-sufficiency and successful long-term employment.