Our Team

Taylor Webster

Founder, Director

Taylor founded Cascade Community Connections in 2016 with the idea of creating an agency that could help Jefferson County become a place where all people can work, play, and live. With a natural passion for building connections, Taylor used those skills to help people with disabilities to engage with their communities and find jobs where they can not only be successful, but also an asset to the business they work for. She has enjoyed growing Cascade from a one-person organization to an accredited small business. Her passion has evolved to building a workforce that is dedicated to creating unique opportunities for Cascade participants to be active, engaged, and valued members of the community. Taylor graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors’ of Science in Mathematics and Minor in Math Education. She was recognized by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Awards as the Young Professional of the Year in 2021 and the Port Townsend Leader’s Who’s Who Under 40 in 2023. She feels lucky to have found this niche of social service that allows her to follow her dream of teaching while inspiring change and equity on a larger scale. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and new baby boy, exploring the Pacific Northwest for new places to camp, swimming and boating and dancing to live music in Port Townsend.

Administrative

Natasha Cook

Office Administrator

Natasha has joined the team at Cascade Community Connections as an Office Administrator. She is responsible for providing administrative assistance to our hardworking staff, billing support, and maintaining the service platform. Natasha brings experience in medical billing and office management and is excited to be a part of an organization that is changing lives!

Jasmine Kelvy

Office Assistant & Cleaner

Jasmine graduated from Port Townsend High School in 2017, and joined the Employment Transition Services (ETS) program organized by Cascade Community Connections (CCC). After graduating from the ETS program, Jasmine joined the CCC team as a part-time office assistant. Jasmine helps to decorate the office for holidays, as well as keeps it nice and tidy.

Supported Employment

Gail Russell

Supported Employment Manager

Gail has previously worked as a Supported Employment Coordinator and a Residential Program Administrator in Illinois, serving persons with developmental disabilities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Diversity Studies from Texas State University. It is important to Gail that everyone has equal access to employment andleisure opportunities, making life a fulfilling and fun journey. She enjoys helping individuals in supported employment discover and achieve their unique goals andactively engage within their workplaces and communities. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2021, Gail spends her free time exploring tide pools, walking/hiking, and taking photographs. She also loves to travel and discover new places.

Sam Touchie

Transition Coordinator

Hello! Married for 8 years with 2 kiddos. Got my BS degree in Computer Science and Mathematics for High School Education with Middle School and Special Education Endorsements. Moved to Sequim, WA in June 2021 from Illinois! I have a goofy St. Bernard named Maverick and two chubby cats named Aragorn and Legolas. I love to drink iced coffee, cook, bake, read, knit, going to the pool, hiking, and just enjoying nature and family time. I play video games, tabletop games, watch anime, and can be a big nerd at times! I am so excited to learn more about Port Townsend and working with clients to be a valuable part of the community!

Desserae Shepston

Transition and Supported Employment Specialist

Desserae comes to Cascade with a diverse background. She has worked with individuals with IDD in direct service and management within employment and residential settings in Illinois and as a case manager and Life Skills teacher for grades 3-5 in Texas. After 15 years in the field, Desserae stepped away for a time to explore other passions. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois. She also earned an M.Ed. with endorsements in 4-8 English/Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies, an M.A. in Biological Anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography, all from Texas State University. She currently teaches a few online courses a year in Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois. Desserae landed in the Port Townsend area in 2020 and is excited to join Cascade and participate in the company’s mission to make the community a stronger, more inclusive, and diverse environment. In her free time, she spends as much time outside in nature as possible, hiking, camping, or sitting on the porch with one of her cats. She enjoys travelling as much as she can, exploring new places and cultures, reading, writing, cooking, and getting together with friends and family.

Marcia Myers

Employment Specialist

Before joining Cascade Community Connections, Marcia worked for Behavioral Health in Prevention Services, as a Behavior Health Specialist and Educator. Marcia had an early career as a Transition Service Specialist and Job Developer for Butte County Office of Education, in Northern CA, when the Americans with Disabilities Act was first signed. Marcia has always had a penchant for history and has written and published historic natured, photographic coffee table books. Marcia is extremely passionate about the work she gets to do for Cascade Community Connections. Marcia is a mom to two sons. Marcia enjoys adventuring and exploring outside with her husband and dog. Exercise is important to Marcia and she stays active by swimming, cycling, and running. Marcia is fascinated and exhilarated by the moody weather that the Pacific Northwest offers and carries a camera with her to capture images of nature and weather. When indoors, Marcia can often be found cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends to feast on. Marcia lives, walks, and breathes compassion for the world and all its inhabitants.

Rita O’Neal

Supported Employment Specialist

Born and raised in Port Townsend, Rita is very happy to get the opportunity to work so closely with people in her community and contribute to this purpose-driven organization that is helping include everyone. Rita graduated from Port Townsend High School in 2018 and studied at Western Washington University for a few years before moving back to Port Townsend. During her free time she enjoys doing yoga, baking, being in nature, traveling and spending time with her dog, cat, friends and family! 

Community Inclusion

Alyson McWilliams

Community Inclusion Manager

Alyson comes to Cascade with doctoral work in psychology, with an emphasis on family systems therapy and extensive diversity training. She has been fortunate to work with acute populations, including offenders re-entering society, substance use recovery, high schoolers in disadvantaged neighborhoods, mental health crises, and persons experiencing homelessness. Alyson has also had the opportunity to practice in-home ABA therapy, and has assisted disabled clients in attaining financial assistance and housing in Clallam County. In her spare time, she enjoys seeking out new experiences to broaden her horizons, pursuing cultural activities, meeting new people and hearing their life stories, getting out in nature, reading exceptional books, and traveling.

Brenainn “Ren” Mack-Hazelwood

Community Inclusion Specialist

Brenainn (Ren) is delighted to bring a lifelong passion for weaving community to his work at Cascade. Born and raised in Port Angeles, and a current Chimacum local, Ren grounds his work in his deep understanding of the local culture. Previously, Ren has worked for Washington State Parks inspiring environmental stewardship and connections to the natural world, as well as a background in public health, contributing to community wellness from a systems perspective. His talent for seeing people’s strengths and gifts, and deep community connections lend well to connecting community members to opportunities that make life fun and dynamic. Ren is so grateful to be of service to his community in such a tangible way! 

Curtis Wheeler

Community Inclusion Specialist

Curtis brings over thirty years as pastor of a congregation and in community involvement.  He also has a love for nature and the outdoors.  He moved to the area in 2000 and is eager to learn and share all the adventures that the PNW has to offer.  He has a BS in Agriculture from Berea College in Kentucky, a MDiv from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA and Doctoral classwork from Wesley Seminary in DC.  He looks forward to assisting clients with greater involvement and inclusion in the community.

Debbie Stoll

Community Inclusion Specialist

Born and raised in Port Townsend, Debbie leaped at the opportunity to return home in the spring of 2021. Debbie is married with 3 kids and is thrilled to see her youngest child attending school in Port Townsend like she did growing up. Debbie has a passion for helping people and worked in social services for the State of Washington for over 15 years, she has taken on Customer Service and support roles in multiple state agencies, striving to provide the best possible service results to clients and families. Debbie earned an AA degree from Peninsula College and attended WSU where she studied Criminal Justice and Sociology. In her free time, Debbie enjoys spending time with her family enjoying the outdoors in our beautiful town, going for walks and swimming, cooking, baking and playing Minecraft.

Community Engagement

Barb Greenwood

Community Engagement Specialist

Barb has been a Community Engagement Specialist with Cascade since 2019. Barb has lived in the Port Townsend area for almost 40 years, working for 32 years at the Chimucum School District. Barb is currently a Library Assistant at Chimacum School District. Barb is a mother of two, foster parent of two, and a grandmother. Barb likes working for Cascade because she enjoys staying engaged and active with her community. Barb loves working with people with developmental disabilities because they like to dance like nobody’s watching! Barb spends her free time gardening, kayaking, and being outdoors. 

Liz Barnes

Community Engagement Specialist

Liz is thrilled to be part of the Cascade Community Connections team of Community Engagement Specialists. Her Masters of Special Education and her high school 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, relationship building and inventive networking.

Molly McNeilly

Community Engagement Specialist

Molly is new to Port Townsend and is excited to learn about and explore this new, vibrant community! Molly received her BA in Humanities from Western Washington University and more recently her MA in Education from Seattle University. With a background in education, Molly brings an understanding of equity, differentiated approach, and critical thinking and reflection to her role at Cascade. In her spare time, Molly enjoys hiking, reading, cooking and spending time with family. She looks forward to building relationships with her clients at Cascade!

Group Supported Employment

Declan Westcott 

GSE Crew Supervisor

I moved to Port Townsend in 1980, just after Mt. Saint Helens erupted. I count myself fortunate to be a part of this amazing community and beautiful landscape! I’m more than happy to bring acquired skills and lived experience to my role as Crew Supervisor/Job Coach, and to supporting the mission of Cascade Community Connections. It’s an honor to be part of this effort, and it’s my goal to act with humility to help create positive outcomes for all of us. Especially for those of us that need a little extra help being included and finding their way in a complex world.

Join Our Team

Cascade offers unique employment opportunities and is always looking to add enthusiastic members to our team! Click below to learn more about current openings and how to apply.