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
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
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, CDMS, PGAP Partner
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 2
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
Angie Westling, CDMS, CEES, PGAP
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 5
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
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
David Bacon, CDMS
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 4
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
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
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).
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, CDMS, PGAP
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 8
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.
Jennifer Jimenez, MS, CRC, PGAP
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 12
Jennifer graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from West Virginia University. Jennifer has her Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential.
Jennifer has a background in behavior consulting, community mental health, and state vocational rehabilitation.
Jennifer is passionate about the mental health of clientele with newly acquired disabilities, their return to work, and overall quality of life.
Outside of work, Jennifer has been a foster mom since 2016 and is an advocate for the foster children living in her home. Jennifer loves spending time with her large family and her Cane Corso. Jennifer can be found fishing, reading, or in her backyard gardening.
Catherine Michaels, CDMS
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 17
Catherine graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 2010. Shortly after graduation, she began working as an Employment Specialist where she developed a passion for supported employment and finding creative solutions for return-to-work barriers. Catherine then transitioned to the role of Vocational Rehabilitation intern and earned her Certified Disability Management Specialist Certificate (CDMS) in 2014. After several years working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, she moved to Austin Texas where she served as an Expert Witness for Social Security Disability. Since her return to Washington State, Catherine has continued to share her aptitude for creative problem solving and passion for job placement with injured workers throughout King and Snohomish counties.
Outside of work, you will find Catherine participating in competitive show jumping with her horse or out having adventures with her partner and two dogs.
Samantha Eyres, BS, CDMS
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 18
Samantha has been working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor since 2007, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. Since beginning her career in 2007, Samantha has gained a strong background in all aspects of vocational services. Samantha has been a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the past and served as a Board Member from 2011-2012. She values the diversity of the field and being able to guide and mentor
Born and raised in Washington State, Samantha has spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest, where she developed an early love of fishing and our Orca whale population.
Outside of work, Samantha enjoys writing, cooking, and spending time with her family, close friends, and her cat, Judy, who would prefer to be left alone.
Molly Dalessandro, VRC intern
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 13
Molly has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern since the start of fall 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washington State University. Molly worked for the Department of Commerce briefly assisting them with COVID contracts and grants. She has a passion for helping people and would like to implement her compassion and problem solving into her work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
Molly comes to us from Colorado where she developed a love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and frolicking in the snow. She is heavily involved in a local Jail Ministry and enjoys bringing smiles to the faces of those she interacts with there.
Outside of work Molly is a lacrosse coach for a local high school girls’ team and loves being able to continue to be involved in the sport she grew up playing.
Emily Martin, VRC Intern
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 16
Emily earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. While at university, Emily participated in various community service projects, her favorite being the Ronald McDonald House. After earning her degree, she worked as a behavioral technician for two years.
Emily joined Career Opportunities Group Inc. as a Vocational Rehabilitation Intern in May of 2022. She hopes to use her passion for helping others and desire to be constantly learning in her work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Intern.
Outside of work Emily enjoys reading, working out, and indulging in all things Marvel or Star Wars. She is planning to join a Coed soccer team with her dad and sister in the fall.
Alyssa Martuscelli, VRC Intern
Phone: 206-547-4101, ext. 15
Alyssa has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Sociology from Eastern Washington University. While in school, Alyssa was an intern at The Department of Children, Youth, and Families, while also participating in philanthropy events and intermural sports until graduating in 2021.
After graduating, she made the move over to Seattle to begin her career helping others. She worked as a Behavior Technician in a middle school for one year, then followed with a brief time as a nanny in the greater Seattle area. Alyssa started at Career Opportunities Group in 2023 and is looking forward to using her passion for working with people in her community to guide her work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her two cats and exploring the beautiful scenery and city life of Western Washington.
Keah Thomas, BA, VRC Intern
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 19
Keah has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern since 2023. After graduating from The Evergreen State College in 2022 with a BA in Psychology and Social Work, she spent time in non-profit and government agencies assisting our society’s most vulnerable people to achieve lasting positive changes in their lives. She comes to this field of work with a passion for helping motivate people to live their best lives. With this passion at her core, she has found that
becoming a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor will allow her to assist in the return-to-work process.
Keah is a Seattle native who enjoys our rainy gray skies and misty green trees. She enjoys history and learning about cultures around the world. On sunny days, she likes to go swimming with her daughter and take pictures of Mt. Rainer. On colder nights, she enjoys watching documentaries while cuddling with her cat and a fuzzy blanket.
Ben Meier, CRC, VRC Intern
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 9
Ben has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern since July 2023. After earning his M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from St. Cloud State University, Ben worked as an ADA Accommodation Specialist and Team Lead for 6 years. Ben joined Career Opportunities Group to further his passion for working one-on-one with others and helping people get back to work. Ben will utilize his skills learned in
previous positions to help workers return to work and navigate the workers’ compensation process.
Outside of work, Ben enjoys participating in triathlons. He has completed two ½ Ironman races and 5 Olympic distance races. He also enjoys being an officer in his Toastmasters club, which he joined in January 2023.
Kristin Mullinax, BA, VRC Intern
Phone: 206-547-4601, ext. 14
Kristin earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Evergreen State College in 2021. Presently, she is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Strategic Communications at Arkansas State University. After graduating from Evergreen, Kristin worked as a Research
Analyst. She then joined Career Opportunities Group to bring her skills and passion for helping workers who have sustained injuries in the return-to-work process.
Outside of work, Kristin likes to spend time with her fiancé, cats, and friends. She likes to go to the movies and other events (such as Pickleball, airsoft, and concerts) with her friends. Kristin likes to embroider, sew, grow plants, press flowers/foliage, and make cyanotype images of interesting things she finds in nature.