Passion, purpose, teamwork?

Yeah we have that.

Jason Gregory

 PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Jason has worked with the BRS Population since 1998, prior to him opening PNW Helping Hands, Jason’s BRS experience began with him being a line staff and working his way up to a Program Manager, and then a Director for other agencies. His duties included but were not limited to training staff, overseeing and implementing the treatment of clients, participating in the process of admission of client’s and maintaining compliance with the BRS contract. He has the educational background and real-life experience that is essential in understanding the population we work with. He believes that with his passion and experience, he can and has made positive changes to our youth.

Blake McFrederick

Executive Director
 PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Blake has been an integral part of the PNW Helping Hands family since 2011. Before joining PNW Helping Hands, Blake had eight years of experience working with the BRS population in previous organizations. Blake has lived in Spokane for the entirety of his life and chooses to raise his four sons in the Valley with his wife.

Leah Williams

Office/HR Manager
 PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Leah has her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resource Management obtained through Eastern Washington University. She has been doing Human Resources, administrative, and management activities since 2007 and has enjoyed supporting the PNW Helping Hands team in this very rewarding and at times challenging field since 2014.

Cassie Coleman-Heppler, LICSW

Clinical Consultant 
PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Cassie is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  Cassie has been practicing Social Work for over 25 years and has been a therapist for almost 20.  She is a graduate of University of Montana (BSW) and Eastern Washington University (MSW) and has advanced training in Narrative Therapy (Level II).  She has worked in a variety of backgrounds including outpatient mental health, international social work and teaching. Cassie started out in Residential Treatment with teenagers and it continues to hold a special place in her heart. 

TJ Koehler

Treatment Consultant 
PNW Helping Hands Inc.

TJ joined PNW Helping Hands having his Master’s in Education and Bachelors if Arts in School Health Education and Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education. He resides in the Tacoma area with his family and is truly an integral part of the Western region though his weekly Treatment Meetings and leadership. Prior to obtaining is Masters, TJ was utilizing his education and experience through work with the Federal Way School District as the Physical Education Department Head and Instructor. TJ also enjoys coaching on his off time.  He has a passion for coaching sports including Football, Baseball, and Wrestling. 

Zitlali Marquez

Refugee Director PNW Helping Hands Inc

Zitlali possesses her Bachelors in Psychology, with a minor in Biology. Lali has been working in care facilities for 7 years prior to joining the PNW Helping Hands family. She started as a Residential Treatment Coach and before long had worked her way to a Supervisor, then was promoted to a Program Manager before finally settling into a Director role. Lali is excited to continue to see the impact she can have working with impassioned staff and the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors we support from around the world.

Jared S. Hunt Mdiv, MA

Western Washington Director PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Jared Hunt is the Western Washington Director and Hunter Program Manager, overseeing the Western Washington region since 2017.  Prior to his work in the Western region of the state, Jared held a position assisting the VP in operations and scheduling and prior to that was a Program Manager for the organization. Jared not only has an abundant amount of experience in relative fields, but additionally has a Master Degree in Counseling.  When he is not working to help the communities at-risk youth, Jared is serving our country on the National Guard. Jared has proven to excel with his ability to couple his experience and education to better lead and serve both clients and Team Members alike.  He is very honored to give back to the community in this capacity.

Program Managers

Kendall Clark

Nathan Program Manager PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Kendall graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in English.  She played rugby while at Gonzaga and was proud to volunteer with at-risk youth for  3 years through the CCASL program.  Kendall hopes to continue her education through eventually obtaining a Master’s Degree in Psychology.  

Bertha Elkhoja

Mikhail Program Manager 
PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Bertha comes to us with her Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. Bertha has worked with at-risk youth for 3 years prior to her work with PNW Helping Hands, which began spring of 2016. Bertha has enjoyed the transition from the Behavior Rehabiliation Services sector of the organization over to the Refugee Programs.  Bertha is excited to continue her growth with PNW Helping Hands while supporting this important population of individuals.

Majda Abdelrahman

Balfour Program Manager 
PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Majda completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Gonzaga University.  Majda is originally from Jerusalem, Israel.  She speaks three languages and has had the opportunity to travel to over ten different countries where she was afforded the opportunity to  work with vulnerable populations.  Before coming to PNW Helping Hands Majda worked at World Relief with refugees from all over the world.  Her passion is traveling and learning about different cultures and countries.  Her hope is to further her education one day, earning a Ph.D. in International Law.  Majda is very grateful for the opportunity to work with PNW Helping Hands in this capacity. 

Nicole Pace

Jace Program Manager 
PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Bio coming soon.

Alix Gingras

Brooke Program Manager
PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Alix has been with the PNW Helping Hands family since the beginning of 2017.  She began her work as a Program Supervisor and worked her way to a Program Manager for the only girls program at PNW Helping Hands.  Prior to her joining the team, Alix attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, studying Sociology and Social Work.  She brought with her over six years of experience working with at-risk youth.  Alix also had the opportunity to study abroad in England, Trinidad and Tobago and worked with at-risk populations in prisons and jails.  Alix is originally from Honduras, but she grew up in Alaska, eventually settling in Spokane.  She enjoys being a Mom to a little one, residing in Spokane’s beautiful South Hill area.  Alix is passionate to continue he rwork with the community through PNW Helping Hands. 

Scottie Gmeiner

Elgin Program Manager
PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Scottie hails from Australia where he has worked with the Australian Governments for over 20 years aiding youth and families with dissabilities and at-risk.  Prior to that, Scottie has experience working with children with behaviors and special medical needs through his work at the Australian Red Cross.  Moving to the US he has worked as an Executive Director of an Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility, in a Specialized Dementia Unit and as the Director of Memory Care for another Senior Community.  He arrived to PNW Helping Hands to return to his passion of working with youth and people at-risk, sharing his experience and knowledge now as the Lead Program Manager.  He also bring Vegemite, Cheers!

Racheal Beamis

Mason Program Manager PNW Helping Hands Inc.

Racheal obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation through Eastern Washington University.  She has worked with intellectually disabled individuals for over 10 years prior to coming onboard the PNW Helping Hands team.  Additionally, Racheal has experience coaching sports through Special Olympics of Washington as well as working with individuals teaching life skills and stage-directed inclusive plays for over seven years.  Racheal joined the PNW Helping Hands family in 2017, beginning as a Residential Treatment Coach.  She is excited to continue her growth and work with PNW Helping Hands while working with youth to help them discover their passions. 


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PNW HELPING HANDS (509) 474-0289

200 N Mullan Rd Suite 203, Spokane Valley, WA, United States