Cory Turner M.Ed., CRC

Cory Turner M.Ed., CRC

Founder/Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Cory is the founder of Vocational Connections, Inc. and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor having served injured workers and employers since 1996 in the vocational rehabilitation field in WA State, both in State Fund and Self Insurance. She has been active in the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, WSIA, the Vocational Technical Stakeholders Group, and has volunteered to participate in several groups over the years in order to improve the quality of vocational rehabilitation in the State of Washington. She and her team strive to help identify win/win solutions to difficult situations with honesty, efficiency, and integrity.

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Cherie Smith M.Ed., CRC

Cherie Smith M.Ed., CRC

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor/Supervisor

Cherie is a long time employee of Vocational Connections, Inc., having started her career here in 2003. She graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology, to then go on and complete her Masters in Education in Mental Health (M.Ed.,) through Heritage University in 2007. Cherie earned her Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Certification in 2008. Cherie enjoys spending time with her family and three children, taking advantage of all that the Wenatchee Valley offers.

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Amber Parmley MRC, CRC, CDMS

Amber Parmley MRC, CRC, CDMS

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Amber has worked in the vocational rehabilitation industry for over 13 years and has also been a Progressive Goal Attainment Program coach since 2017. For 15 years, she has worked with welfare recipients and employers setting up on-the-job trainings, on-site employer training enhancements, and workshops utilizing WorkFirst, Welfare-to-Work, and Job Training Partnership and Workforce Investment Act. Other professional experience includes work as a services coordinator for the domestic violence center/retail training program in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and a court services officer for Okanogan County Juvenile Court.

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Nicolle Cummins, B.A.

Nicolle Cummins, B.A.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Nicolle became a part of the Vocational Connections team in 2019. Originally from Arizona, she graduated from Whitworth University in 2018 and is now our first member residing in Spokane Washington. While at Whitworth, Nicolle obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Leadership Studies. She has a strong desire to serve and connect with others in her community and is excited to be a member of our team.

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Judy Virrueta, B.A.

Judy Virrueta, B.A.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Judy began working for Vocational Connections in April 2017. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology accompanied by a minor in Sociology. She has experience working with people in the Social Services field as well as the medical field. Her patience, empathy, and ambition along with her ability to speak Spanish fluently offer comprehensive support from a variety of settings.

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Janet Mendoza, B.A.

Janet Mendoza, B.A.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Janet Mendoza comes to Vocational Connections with a background in social services and teaching. A native to Central Washington and fluent in both Spanish and English, she has chosen to utilize her education, experience, knowledge, and skills to help those in her community. Janet graduated from Washington State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Human Development.

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