TVR Institute Staff

Director, Laura Maudsley, M.Ed

Laura 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

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

Donna 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 toddler 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 Tham

 McKenzie 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 honored to work with tribal communities in both the vocational rehabilitation and educational domains. She received her BA in Linguistics, as well as a TESOL certificate, from Western Washington University, and is currently pursuing a MA in Applied Linguistics. In her free time, McKenzie enjoys traveling abroad, cooking, and reading.

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

Instructor, Rachel Allen

Phone: (405) 632-3749

Email: rallen@nwic.edu

Instructor, Janet Bryan-Weed

Phone: (775) 560-4134

Email: jweed@nwic.edu

Instructor, Letitia Freed

Phone: (907) 351-9843

Email: lfreed@nwic.edu

Instructor, Kimber Olson

Phone: (907) 222-9732

Email: krolson@nwic.edu

Instructor, Nancy Riddick-McClelland

Phone: (956) 715-6571

Email: nmclelland@nwic.edu

Instructor, Rachel Silves

Phone: (360) 820-3013

Email: rmsilves@nwic.edu

Instructor, Keith Tampkins

Phone: (580) 695-8693

Email: ktampkins@nwic.edu