Our Staff

Daniel Ortega, Program Coordinator

As program coordinator at the Trellis Center, Daniel is responsible for daily operations along with planning and coordination of all programs while ensuring policies and practices. 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, Farm Coordinator

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.

   

Kaytlin Jones, Activities Coordinator

As activities coordinator for the Trellis Center, Kaytlin is responsible for implementing our community engagement, educational, social and recreational activities. Kaytlin grew up in Westport, Washington, graduating from Ocosta High School. After high school, she earned her Associates in Arts degree at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington, and then transferred to Central Washington University in Ellensburg to earn a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She heard about the Trellis Center through the psychology department at Central, and was interested in becoming involved in a program created for adults. Her passion has always been working with teenaged-youth, but after hearing about The Trellis Center she became interested in the question "What happens after high school?" The Trellis Center is so unique that she knew the experience she would gain from being involved in this program would be eye-opening. Since working here, she has developed an awareness of the need for services for adults on the spectrum and desire to spread her knowledge of this with the general public.

   

Victor Pamatz, Program Assistant

As a program assistant of the Trellis Center, Victor supports our participants and staff in all aspects of the program. Victor grew up in Michoacán, Mexico before moving to Washington in 2001. After graduating from Brewster High School, Victor continued his education at Wenatchee Valley College where he got Associates in Arts and Science at Wenatchee Valley College. After completing his Associates, Victor transferred to Central Washington University, and obtained his Bachelor’s in Psychology, Sociology, as well as a minor in Spanish. Victor came to Trellis via an internship and an 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.

   

Anabel Gonzalez, Program Assistant

As a program assistant at the Trellis Center, Anabel supports our participants and staff in all aspects of the program. Anabel grew up in Wapato, WA and got her bachelor degree in Social Services at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. While finishing up her last year at Central, Anabel came to Trellis thru an internship with an interest in expanding her knowledge on working with adults with disabilities. Anabel’s oldest brother has a disability, so she grew up watching him learn new skills and overcoming different obstacles independently and with some assistance. While doing her internship, Anabel found that she enjoyed and found purpose working with the participants in reaching a level of independence. After graduating, Anabel continued to volunteer on her days off which led to her working at the Trellis Center. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing golf, and playing a variety of board games.

   

Steven Noles, Program Assistant

As a program assistant at the Trellis Center, Steven supports our participants and staff in all aspects of the program. Steven was born in Vancouver, Washington and grew up with a disabled brother who past when Steven was ten years old. His brother Ryan inspired him in pursuing a career serving others with disabilities, and those in need. Over the past twelve years, Steven has followed his passion helping disadvantaged youth, abused and neglected children, and adults with disabilities gain needed life skills. Recently he moved to Ellensburg Washington, from Haines Alaska. After being introduced to the Trellis Center, he was hired as a substitute staff member. Working at Trellis, he enjoys teaching vocational, social, communication, recreation, and life skills to the young men of Trellis. Steven is pursuing his lifelong dream in serving those with disabilities, and teaching them the skills they need to pursue their dreams.