Our Team

Taylor Webster

Director, Founder

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.

Raquel barbas

Assistant Director

Raquel earned her Bachelors in English with an emphasis in Literature from Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Southern California. She then returned to CSUDH and perused her Masters in Public Administration (MPA). Her professional background has been primarily in education, having served schools at the second largest school district in the nation, LAUSD. She started as an intensive reading/ math intervention coach for grades K-3 with a focus on at-risk students. She then became a substitute teacher for the district and served in that capacity for six years covering grades K-6, including SPED. Her enthusiasm for serving people with disabilities became clear when working in this capacity. After obtaining her Masters, Raquel relocated and accepted a position for the state of Arizona as a Child Safety Specialist for the Department of Child Safety. She is elated to take on this challenge and role and looks forward to working in this tight-knit community.

Lani Peterson

Program Manager & Employment Consultant

Lani has been with Cascade Community Connections since December of 2019. Lani has worked with people with disabilities all through her career path, starting with becoming a caregiver in 2008, and working in various programs and positions, all in the Pacific Northwest. Lani’s focus as a Community Engagement Specialist and Job Coach has been accommodating independence and self-advocacy to encourage person centered goals and meaningful growth for each individual, working in tandem with their natural supports, and establishing new connections when there are few or none. Lani is doing her part to establish a better future for her community and country, so that her daughter will be able to grow up in a truly inclusive society, that honors the sacrifices and tenacity of those who are paving the way.

Barbara 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.

Joshua Bingham

Community Engagement Specialist

Joshua Bingham is a Community Engagement Specialist and was brought on board in May of 2021. Josh received his Bachelors from Evergreen State College in 2012 with an emphasis in Social Studies. After coming home from traveling internationally for a few years, a friend called to ask if Josh would help out for the summer at Camp Beausite in Chimcacum, a summer camp for People with Special Needs. Being inspired by the community and finding a passion in the field, Josh moved to Port Townsend in 2015 and went back to Beausite two more years. Josh has several years of work and training in the Residential side of People with Special Needs, and is a dementia caregiver on nights and weekends. In his free time, Josh can be found at Sounders games, playing cornhole or attempting “Tree Pose” in a hot yoga studio.

Curtis Wheeler

Community Engagement 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.

Erik Sean Montoya-Treanor 

Community Engagement Specialist

Erik has been a Community Engagement Specialist with Cascade Community Connections since March 2022. Erik is the father of three, his son Dyllan is autistic and represents the impetus for obtaining a career in social work. Erik is currently furthering his education beyond an associate’s degree in arts from Peninsula College. Erik believes that a truly just society must be integrated and focused on equity, not simply equality. When not working Erik enjoys all manner of tabletop games from Warhammer 40k to Clue, playing video games, and reading.

“A just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you’d be willing to enter it in a random place” – John Rawls

Thorn Zilar

Supported Employment Specialist

Thorn is so excited to Join Cascade Community Connections! He was previously employed through Bayside Housing and services in Port Hadlock. He was the social worker/ case manager for the Jefferson County Homeless community. This experience has taught him that regardless of your path and your choices, we are all human and need to act respectfully and work with all humans in a kind capacity. When he is not at work, Thorn enjoys traveling, and spending time with his husband and two Aussie Doodles. While he understands how demanding this job can be, he also understand how rewarding it is and is excited to work with Cascade clients. 

 

Candra Lowery

Supported Employment Specialist

Candra is a first-generation college graduate with a degree in English and a minor in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. With nearly 20 years of workforce experience in a broad range of industries and a background in K-12 education, Candra is adept at identifying teachable moments in everyday activities and is eager to apply her diverse skill set here at Cascade, supporting our clients as they define, pursue, and achieve their vocational goals. Candra sees her role here at Cascade Community Connections as a great opportunity to share her passion for people-centered work, community, and equity for all. She believes that everyone has a gift, and that sharing those gifts, whether through one’s work or their participation in the community, is a great way to derive purpose, and a fundamental human right.

 

Rita O’Neal

Community Engagement 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! 

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