MEET THE PARTNERS

 Bradley Ehrlich founded Career Opportunities Group, Inc. in 2002. In 2019, Bradley brought on two partners, Adam Normoyle and Sandra Thomas who had the same vision and mission to provide quality vocational services to Washington State workers and employers. Serendipitously, both Sandra and Adam’s careers also began in 2002 in vocational services/claims.

Bradley Ehrlich, MA, CRC, Founder/Partner

Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 1

Fax: 206-547-2917

bradley@career-opps.com

 Bradley graduated from Antioch University with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology in 1993. He immediately began working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. In 2001, he began volunteering with the Washington State’s Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), where he served on the Board until 2019. He was the President from 2007-2008 and Treasurer/Secretary from 2002-2006.

 

 In 2002, Bradley founded Career Opportunities Group, Inc., where part of the mission is to “recognize that the manner in which we perform our work reflects life committed to excellence.” Most recently, Bradley was a part of the Vocational Recovery Pilot with the WA State Department of Labor and Industries and the beginning of the golden age of Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. 

Counties Served: Pierce, King, and Snohomish County

Sandra Thomas, MA, CRC, CDMS, PGAP / Partner

Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 3

Fax: 360-831-0551

sandra@career-opps.com

 Sandra started her career as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in 2002. Sandra has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and a Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Washington University. Sandra is both a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Disability Management Specialist.

 Sandra is passionate about education for clientele and within the rehabilitation field. She served on the WA State International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) Board from 2017-2020. Sandra was the Washington State Chapter President in 2018 where the Chapter was awarded the Chapter of the Year from the National IARP Board.

 Sandra enjoys providing quality vocational rehabilitation services, helping workers and employers find the light at the end of the tunnel in claims. Sandra excels at helping both workers and employers learn how to take a proactive approach to the claims process. Sandra is a certified PGAP Coach and believes strongly in the power of this intervention.

 A native to the Pacific Northwest, in her spare time, you can find Sandra spending time with her family, traveling, or somewhere in the great outdoors.

Counties Served: Thurston, Lewis, Pierce and King County

Adam Normoyle, BA, CDMS, PGAP Partner

Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 2

Fax: 253-203-6798

adam@career-opps.com

 Adam Normoyle graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 and has 14 years of proud public service experience. He began his public service career working as a Constituent Caseworker for the Washington State House of Representatives before becoming a Journeyman Level Claims Adjudicator for The Department of Labor and Industries in 2002.

 

 While at Labor and Industries he provided review, adjudication, and consultation at multiple levels of claims with the highest degree of complexity. He began working in the private sector as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in 2013. He excels at helping workers, employers and medical providers understand and navigate the Workers’ Compensation System.

 Outside of work: Adam was a high school and middle school basketball coach for 10 years. He is an avid sports fan and outdoor enthusiast.

Counties Served: Thurston, Lewis, Pierce, King, and Kitsap Counties

TEAM COG

Angie Westling, CDMS, CEES, PGAP

Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 4

Fax: 360-746-6333

angie@career-opps.com

 Angie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon.

 Angie has over 25 years of experience as a registered Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries consulting with employers, injured workers, insurers, and medical professionals within the workers' compensation field. Angie has several years’ experience administering vocational and aptitude testing evaluations for individuals who have been injured on the job. Angie is credentialed with her Certified Disability Management Specialist certification.  She earned her Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist credential in 2017 and provides ergonomic assessments to prevent workplace injury and assist workers returning to work with job modifications. Angie is a certified PGAP Activity Coach.

 

 Angie provides rehabilitation counseling in the field of worker’s compensation. Over the years, she has truly enjoyed working with all stakeholders to assist in a successful return to work outcomes and claim resolution. She believes education is the key to this process.

 Angie is a member of IARP and served as IARP President-Elect 2018-2019, and President 2019-2020.

Outside of work, Angie enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as skiing and traveling.

Counties Served: Thurston, Lewis, Pierce and Grays Harbor County

Serena Bures, CDMS

Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 7

Fax: 360-515-2146

serena@career-opps.com

 Serena has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor working on State Fund claims since 1999 and has been a Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS) since 2009. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. During the course of her education, she completed a one-year internship with the Child Protective Services unit for the Division of Children and Family Services. Thereafter, she worked in the Deferred Compensation unit at WA State Department of Retirement Systems before moving on to vocational rehabilitation.

 

 Serena has provided private sector vocational rehabilitation services since 1999. She especially enjoys analyzing, collaborating, and bringing complex cases to resolution. Outside of work, Serena enjoys music, reading, camping, and cherishing the moments spent with family and friends.

Counties Served: Thurston, Lewis, Pierce and Grays Harbor County

TEAM COG

David Bacon, CDMS

Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 4

Fax: 360-515-2158

david@career-opps.com

 David has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor since 2011. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Western Washington University, David served at a non-profit organization from 2000-2008, providing community access and health services to individuals with developmental disabilities. David then joined the Department of Labor and Industries, performing claims management as a Workers’ Compensation Adjudicator until moving to vocational rehabilitation in 2011. With a focus on compassion and personal respect, David uses his expertise in claims management to help injured workers, employers, and medical providers navigate complex claims processes, working to develop successful outcomes and reduce work disability.  

 

 David is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, and is also an avid musician and recording engineer, with over 20 years of experience performing and capturing sounds in the Puget Sound region.

Counties Served: Thurston, Lewis, Pierce and King County

Leah Krank, CDMS, PGAP

Phone: 206-547-4601 ext. 6

Fax: 253-590-4255

leah@career-opps.com

 Leah graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2002 with a BA Degree. She started in the workers' compensation industry in 2005 as a paralegal and obtained her CDMS credentials in 2014. Leah has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor since 2015 and strives for the optimal outcome with every claim.

 

 Leah enjoys her work, walking, writing, and going to comedy shows. She prefers not to talk too much about herself but still manages to build strong working relationships with clients and various stakeholders.

Counties Served: Thurston, Pierce, Lewis, King, and Kitsap County

William (Bill) Chapman, EdD, M.S., C.R.C, PGAP

Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 10

Fax: 206-267-0545

william@career-opps.com

Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Psychology from Southwestern Louisiana University, a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and an Educational Doctorate degree in counseling psychology from Argosy University.

 Bill has over 28 years of experience as a registered Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Washington, New England, and the Gulf Coast states consulting with employers, injured workers, insurers, and medical professionals within the workers' compensation field. Bill is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, who provides rehabilitation counseling in the field of workers’ compensation.  Bill is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota national honor society in psychology and a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP).

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Outside of work, Bill enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as the outdoors and traveling.

Counties Served: Snohomish, King and Pierce Counties

Brittany Hinson, VRC Intern

Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 8

Fax: 360-853-2232

brittany@career-opps.com

 Brittany has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern since the beginning of 2020. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Grand Canyon University, Brittany worked as a Doctoral University Counselor at her alma mater from 2016-2020, assisting Master program graduates with successful transitions into Doctoral programs. Brittany then joined Career Opportunities Group Inc. to extend her passion for guiding people through elaborate processes. She enjoys using her communications background and attentive personality to help the lead Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with providing high-quality services to clients.

 

 Outside of work, Brittany also enjoys serving youth and was once one of the youngest school-age summer program directors for the YMCA.

April Hamilton, MA, CRC, REAS

Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 9

Fax: 425-364-4970

april@career-opps.com

April has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor since 2016. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Epsilon Lambda. April has experience in both State vocational rehabilitation and industrial insurance. She was a Board member on the Alternative Financing Program, which assisted persons with disabilities in obtaining assistive technology equipment designed to improve or maintain independence.

 

April has her Ergonomics certification and enjoys providing accommodation ideas to assist individuals in their return-to-work goals. April enjoys learning and continuing to grow in the vocational rehabilitation profession. In her spare time, you can find April exploring the area and traveling.

 

Counties Served: Snohomish, King, and Pierce Counties