Heidi opened Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. in 1997. As President of the company, she leads a team of professionals providing Human Resource Consulting, Counseling, Mediation, Personal-Vocational-Social Adjustment and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Jennifer brings to Dirkse Counseling & Consulting over 10 years’ experience in sales, operations, and management. She is thrilled to be using her HR expertise in talent acquisition, employee relations, and learning and development for Dirkse CC. Homegrown in Oregon, Jennifer took a brief stint in Arizona, and Wisconsin developing what she thought would be a career in Rehabilitation with individuals recovering from traumatic brain injuries. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation Management (2000) from Arizona State University. Instead, upon obtaining her undergraduate degree she found work within the financial industry, where she began to thrive and discover her passion in business management, human resources and developing a rewarding relationship for both clients and employees through training and development. Oregon called her back where she furthered her employment within banking and ultimately earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2006 and her HR Certification from Portland State University in 2012. Jennifer also earned her SHRM Certification
As Business Development Manager, Cindy’s primary role is building and maintaining relationships with businesses. She works hard to facilitate the successful placement of clients in their dream job and to meet the business needs of the employer. Proud to represent Dirkse CC in the Portland Metro area, Cindy helps open doors for clients with diverse abilities through networking and community engagement. In addition to her vast community development and sales experience, she taught Customer Service, Sales and Microsoft Office skills at a vocational rehabilitation school and found her niche in serving others. Cindy has been in the Portland area for over 3 years and enjoys time with her husband, two cats and darling grandchildren. When she is not volunteering in the community, she is appreciating time outdoors doing her favorite activities; hiking, kayaking and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Glenn has been part of the professional team at Dirkse Counseling & Consulting since March 2000, and has over 20 years of experience in the counseling field. Glenn is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who serves as a Senior Employment Specialist at Dirkse CC. Glenn has experience working within a wide range and degree of disabilities, providing comprehensive assessment and placement services that are skillfully tailored to each client’s individual skills, needs, and desires. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Care Administration from Oregon State University in 1991 and a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University in 2004. He currently serves on the P.S.U. Rehabilitation Advisory Board.
Chris began working as an employment specialist with Dirkse Counseling and Consulting in 2014. He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University and recently completed his Masters in Science for Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. Chris entered the professional world by enlisting in the United States Navy, where he served honorably overseas and at home. After leaving the service, Chris spent three years working with the Portland Veterans Association Medical Center on the mental health unit as a Recreational Therapy Aid. Inspired by his work with Veterans, he now strives to help individuals with all types of disabilities find meaningful and fulfilling employment.
Tiffny joined Dirkse Counseling and Consulting in early 2016. She brings several years of experience in administration support, human resources, and billing. She has spent the last 7 years as an Office Adminstrator in the retail industry, supporting multiple program directors as well as supporting the daily operations of the office. Tiffny brings a strong customer service work ethic, effective communication, and organization skills to Dirkse.
Dirkse Counseling and Consulting has a developed team of Vocational Support Professionals (Job Coaches) who provide direct 1:1 support to our customers in their employment setting. Job coaches provide on-site support to individuals in job retention and long-term support programs. Through modeling, direct instruction, and social support, coaches are able to accommodate individual’s needs, and act as a bridge between the employee and the employer. Dirkse job coaches receive significant education and training on communication, behavior, and effective supports, highlighting the individual support needs of the person. Current job coach pool includes individuals who have at minimum a Bachelors level education, with the majority currently continuing their graduate school education in social services and vocational rehabilitation. Coaches are continually involved in continuing education and training to allow them to maintain their skill set.