Rehabilitation Counseling Advisory Committee

The Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) Advisory Committee will serve in an advisory capacity for the students, staff, and faculty of the Western Washington University Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Counseling by:

  • providing feedback regarding local, state, regional, and national trends, needs, and policy changes;
  • acting as an advocate for the RC program; and
  • providing feedback on the current curriculum and proposed curriculum changes.

The RC Advisory Committee will also serve as an external reviewer for certain areas of the program evaluation plan, including:

  • the RC program’s mission and objectives;
  • the curriculum;
  • graduate achievement and employment;
  • recruitment and retention of students; and
  • program recognition, support, and resources. 


Sheila Burkett-Luckey

Alumni & VRC, Department of Services for the Blind - Seattle Office

Cathy Cottingham

People Systems

Eva L. de Leon

Alumni & Director of Accessible Design and Innovative Inclusion at CCER

Kailey Fielder-Gohlke

Alumni & Executive Director, HERO House

Jana Finkbonner

North Intertribal Vocational Rehabilitation

Laurie Ford

Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation

Kelly Franklin Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation

Rob Hines

Director, Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

Sheila Hoover

Internship Coordinator, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Kurt Johnson

Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Washington

Greg Mahle

Dept Chair, NWIC BA in CARE in Human Services

Trula Nicholas

Associate Professor, WWU Human Services Program

Jonathan Penna

Supervisory VRC, VA Seattle Regional Benefit Office

Kathy Powers

Vice President of Services, Orion Industries

Coreen Urrutia

Vice President, People Systems

J. Paul Vertrees

Area 3 Manager, Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation