TVR Institute Staff

Director, Laura Maudsley, M.Ed

image of Laura Maudsley, director of the TVR instituteLaura Maudsley has over 12 years’ experience in tribal vocational rehabilitation (TVR) as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, program director, and program consultant. She has managed the day-to-day operations of two (2) different inter-tribal vocational rehabilitation programs, hired, supervised and trained staff, written funded program proposals, developed a program procedure manual, performed TVR external evaluations and served on national committees. Experience outside of TVR has included additional grant writing for various federal agencies, evaluation of workforce programs, writing grant reports and planning training and conferences. She has worked at the Northwest Indian College since 2011 in various capacities, including revising the College’s Institutional Review Board manual, managing programs and writing grants. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.

                                                                                    Phone: (360) 255 – 4431    Email: lmaudsley@nwic.edu 

Assistant Director, Elizabeth Boland, Ph.D, CRC

image of elizabeth boland, assistant director of the tvr institute

Dr. Elizabeth Boland, PhD, CRC, is a Professor and the Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) Academic Program Director at Western Washington University. After receiving her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Boland worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Nebraska for three years. In addition to a general caseload, she was the liaison with the local rehabilitation hospital and was actively involved on the rehabilitation team for both the inpatient and outpatient programs. The caseload at the rehabilitation hospital primarily consisted of individuals with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. 

Upon completing her doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Boland joined the faculty at the University of Florida’s Department of Rehabilitation Counseling.  During her 4½ years at UF, she taught undergraduate courses in Rehabilitation Services, graduate courses in Rehabilitation Counseling, and doctoral courses in Rehabilitation Science.

Dr. Boland joined the MA in Rehabilitation Counseling Program at Western Washington University as faculty and the Academic Program Director in December, 2004. Dr. Boland’s research interests are (a) rehabilitation counseling education, (b) return-to-work for individuals with significant disabilities, and (c) professional leadership.

Phone: (425) 405 – 1645     Email: elizabeth.boland@wwu.edu

Training Specialist, Donna Adamson

image of donna adamson, training specialistDonna Adamson is the Training Specialist with the TVR Institute. She is excited to support students and teachers of the institute by assisting with technology, curriculum development and program evaluation. Prior to this position, she was a director and counselor with the Samish Indian Nation VR program for almost 6 years. Her education includes masters-level VR studies at the University of Maryland and undergraduate studies at the University of Alaska Southeast. She was born and raised in Western Washington and then spent 12 years living throughout Alaska. When she’s not working, her 1-year-old keeps her very busy! Her hobbies include hiking, reading, painting and sculpting. She looks forward to helping make this program as great as it can be.  

Phone: (360) 650 – 7487  Email: donna.adamson@wwu.edu

Participant Coordinator, McKenzie Hollingsworth

 image of McKenzie Hollingsworth, participant coordinatorMcKenzie is in charge of all student relations and registration processes. As such, she is the primary contact for all current and prospective program participants, and runs the TVR Institute newsletter and website. She is a Choctaw descendant, and is honored to work with tribal communities in the vocational rehabilitation domain. She received her BA in Linguistics, as well as a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Langauges (TESOL) certificate, from Western Washington University. In her free time, McKenzie enjoys traveling abroad, cooking, and photography, as well as getting outside and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Phone: (360) 392 – 4317     Email: mhollingsworth@nwic.edu