Our Staff


Daniel Ortega

As program coordinator at the Trellis Center Daniel and other staff collaborate and support participants in their vocational and recreational activities. Daniel moved to Ellensburg to study for his Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at Central Washington University after receiving an bachelor degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University. While at Central, Daniel began volunteering at the Trellis Center, where he developed a passion for the life-long learning model that is at the core of the center’s philosophy. Daniel continued working at Trellis serving as a yearlong intern for the program. Daniel has also worked as a behavior analytic therapist, working with children on the autism spectrum.


Zachary Johnson

As the farm coordinator of the Trellis Center, Zach provides technical assistance to our participants. Zach grew up in Iowa and got bachelor degrees in Philosophy and History, before attending graduate school at the University of Idaho, where he earned master’s degrees in Environmental Philosophy and Natural Resource Management. It was in Idaho where Zach started farming vegetables, and he managed the student-run organic vegetable farm for two years, as well as owning and operating his own small business. He spent another two years as a farm educator at a farm at the end of Long Island, NY before the Pacific Northwest called again, and he relocated to Ellensburg to work at Trellis. Zach is passionate about growing things and helping others. In his free time, he enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities, cooking, and games of all sorts.


Victor Pamatz, Program Assistant

As the program assistant of the Trellis Center, Victor supports our participants and staff in all aspects of the program. Victor grew up in Michoacan, Mexico before moving to Washington in 2001. After graduating from Brewster High School, Victor continued his education at Wenatchee Valley College where he got an Associates in Arts and Science at Wenatchee Valley College. After completing his Associates, Victor transferred to Central Washington University, where he is currently finishing up his Bachelor’s in Psychology, Sociology, as well as a minor in Spanish. Victor came to Trellis via an internship and a interest in working with and helping others. While doing his internship at Trellis, Victor discovered a passion for working with those with developmental disabilities and helping them develop social and work-related skills needed for maintaining employment.