Paula joined OTAC as the Executive Director in January, 2016. Her background includes 15 years of executive experience in small business, nonprofit, and government agency management. Paula earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at California State University and has an extensive background in corporate training, regulatory compliance, and program management. Paula is passionate about creating opportunities for innovative changes that bring positive outcomes, for both individuals and organizations.
As the Program Director for Person Centered Planning, C.J. oversees the Person Centered Planning team, provides Person Centered Thinking, and facilitates specific employment trainings that provide the skills and tools to assist people with disabilities to be employed. She has been a facilitator of Personal Future Plans since 1996 and is a certified Person Centered Thinking Mentor trainer.
Prior to working at OTAC, she worked for a non-profit provider organization, coordinating employment services for people with intellectual and mental health disabilities. In addition to her experience, C.J. has a degree in psychology. She loves working with people and has a strong belief that all people can be valuable workers, contributing to their local communities.
C.J. has traveled in Europe and South America as well as all across North America. She loves to hike, backpack, see a variety of live music events and eshe njoys spending time with her friends and husband. Other hobbies include a love for cooking, baking, gardening and skiing.
Jennie Heidrick has over 12 years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities. Jennie joined OTAC’s Community Supports and Crisis project as a behavior specialist in 2009. She provides training and technical assistance to families and provider organizations. Jennie holds a BA in Social Science and is certified in Early Childhood Education and Rural Social Work.
As the Behavior Support Program Director, Jennie oversees the Behavior Support team. Her work also includes teaching and mentoring specialists and direct support professionals in I/DD services and in the APD system to be trained in Positive Behavior Support, and working with families to help them better understand proactive and effective approaches for their children. Jennie is a Personal Future’s Plan facilitator and an Oregon Intervention System instructor.
Jennie loves to create organization wherever she goes, and enjoys opportunities to utilize her creativity. She has a true passion for supporting families!
Alan leads OTAC’s work on the Oregon ISP. He also supports OTAC’s person centered practices and core competency development teams. He came to OTAC after 8 years of experience providing direct supports, managing group homes, and providing quality assurance and training. Alan is passionate about technology that supports learning and independence and he oversees OTAC’s work with Assistive Technology and online learning.
When not working with OTAC, Alan can be found conducting the orchestra for musical theater productions around the Portland area.
Missy joined OTAC as an Accounting Specialist in 2014. She currently holds Associate degrees in both Accounting and Business Management, and is planning to continue school to complete her Bachelors in Accounting. Prior to OTAC, Missy worked in the accounting department of a local for Profit Company and is thrilled to have entered the non-profit arena where she feels her true passion for helping others can be better utilized.
On her time off, Missy enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. The five of them can be found enjoying the outdoors, watching football, playing board games, hanging out with friends, cleaning up local parks, and working out at the gym.
Danelle is on the ISP team at OTAC providing training and technical support for Oregon’s ISP process. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Communication from Southern Oregon University in Ashland and was formerly a Personal Agent (PA) and Lead PA at Creative Supports Inc. serving people in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Danelle believes that every person has unique gifts, knowledge and experiences to share with the world and make our communities richer. She aims every day to encourage others to just be who they are. In her spare time, Danelle enjoys painting, eating delicious food, and spending time with her awesome family.
Aniko is a certified Person Centered Thinking trainer who has experience providing direct support, working as a support coordinator, and most recently as a trainer to new and existing support coordinators in Missouri. Aniko is passionate about equality and inclusion for all people. She also loves to provide graphic facilitation and visual planning. In her spare time, Aniko likes to draw, hang out in coffee shops, have adventures, and write/play music.
Kelli joined OTAC in 2016 as a behavior specialist. She provides positive behavior support training and technical assistance to families and support providers. She has nearly a decade of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Kelli enjoys supporting people in ways that help them live fuller, healthier, happier lives. She has a background in speech and hearing, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from St. Louis University and completing graduate work in Audiology at The University of Kansas Medical Center. During her graduate work she was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) trainee through the Center for Child Health and Development.
Kelli lives in Portland and enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest through outdoor adventures, cooking with family and friends, and cheering on the Kansas City Royals.
Jenny is a project specialist working with families and professionals on positive behavior supports. Jenny has worked and advocated for children and adults with developmental disabilities for the past 7 years in independent living, residential care, foster care, and school settings. She has provided training to residential staff and families in the areas of positive behavior supports, teaching support strategies, and communication supports. Jenny has also worked as a certified medication aide with individuals with advanced medical needs, and teaching medication administration and basic health and care skills. Jenny earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico.
Jenny moved to Oregon in 2008 from New Mexico and currently lives in Portland where she enjoys movies, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Jennifer T. DiBello has been with OTAC since 1997. Jen is an administration assistant and a trainer for People Planning Together. She enjoys teaching participants how to make their lives better and richer. Jennifer also co-trains a class for professionals on facilitation of person centered plans.
Jen enjoys attending Star Trek conventions and collectable shows. She also enjoys shopping and spending time with her family but working is what she enjoys most.