Taylor is the founder of Cascade Community Connections, a social service organization that provides businesses solutions for diversifying their workplace and hiring people of all abilities. Taylor moved to Port Townsend after working as a translator and teaching English in South America for four years. She holds a Bachelors’s of Science in Mathematics and Education. Taylor is an active board member of Olympic Neighbors and Community Inclusion for Everyone (CIE), providing residential solutions and helping organize community-based events for people with developmental disabilities. Taylor believes that community connections are vital for all folks, especially those with developmental disabilities, thus has worked diligently to create opportunities for people of all abilities to have a meaningful presence in our county.
Stephanie currently serves as the Community Services Supervisor for Cascade. Stephanie came to Port Townsend with her partner, Leif in 2017 to be an organic farmer. Stephanie is originally from Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Northern Michigan University. Since graduating, Stephanie worked as a farmer, teacher, AmeriCorps volunteer, and garden educator all over Michigan and Montana. Stephanie’s passion in life has always been to assist others in seeing their potential and purpose in the world. Stephanie is also a Board Member for Olympic Neighbors. When Stephanie isn’t working, she can be found around town with friends, watching local music shows, and being outdoors as much as possible.
Liz is thrilled to be part of the Cascade Community Connections team of Community Guides. Her Masters of Special Education and her teaching experience create a solid foundation for successful support of her customers. Liz’s background in corporate sales management and as an entrepreneur benefit her customers through creative planning, vision setting and by expanding boundaries.
Shayna has a Master’s in Waldorf Education and taught in Waldorf Schools all over the world before finding her way to Port Townsend. She first came across Camphill Communities for the Developmentally Disabled while she was studying in Berlin, Germany. She was inspired by the holistic way of working with people incorporating their gifts with the needs of the community.
In her free time she is an artist and musician. She is passionate about her hobbies, which include tanning, plant dyes, fermentation, sewing her own clothes, and willow basketry. She is working on a memoir documenting her travels around the world and the time she spent living in Europe as a street musician.
Leif is a part-time Community Guide and full-time musician. Leif plays the trumpet and performs with several local bands, including his own, Leif and the Longtones. Leif has traveled all around the U.S. and now calls Port Townsend home for the past two years. Leif is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and attended Michigan State University. He received his Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies: Trumpet Performance. When Leif is not working, he can be seen disc golfing at HJ Carroll, playing basketball, and exploring the beautiful outdoors of the peninsula. Leif currently serves eight of our clients.