We’re growing  our Community Employment Services department. Meet our team.

A big WELCOME to our newest Job Developers!



Chad Kennard– was born in a small town in Ohio.  After receiving his Bachelor Degree at Bowling Green State University, he moved to Colorado where he lived for the next fifteen years of his life. Chad Kennard - Job Developer During that time, he worked as a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Employment Specialist, where he specialized in assisting people with barriers to employment find training programs that helped them  get back to work.  Chad also served as a Resource Specialist & Options Counselor for the Aging and Disabled Resource Center (ADRC) for Mesa County Colorado. Chad moved to Eugene three years ago and he is excited to be part of Pearl Buck Center’s Job Development team.



Nicole Hamilton Nicole has been in the field of Human Services since she left college. She took two years of Criminal Justice, then realized she had a passion for helping those with developmental
disabilities and changed her major to Human Services. She has been in this line of work ever since. Nicole has worked for The Arc of Lane County and has been a Personal Support Worker for the state of Oregon since 2015, working exclusively with clients who have autism.image1

Nicole was born and raised in Salt Lake City, and most of her family still lives in Utah. Nicole’s older sister, Shaylyn, has a developmental disability. She has been supported by a program just like Pearl Buck Center and has been successfully employed at a movie theater in Salt Lake for three years now. Nicole sees her sister’s happiness and pride when talking about her job, and is very excited to be able to help support people in the same way here in Oregon.
In her spare time, Nicole spends her days with her little girl, Charlotte. They enjoy hiking, swimming, eating out, and creating art and music together. Nicole is passionate about the work she does for Pearl Buck Center’s Employment Services and is excited to help people find jobs!


 Matthew Nelson – Matthew is originally from Arkansas, but came to the West Coast to work at a rsz_matthew_nelson_-_community_employmentsummer camp in 2008 and never left. As Travel Camp Director for the California non-profit Camping Unlimited for three years, Matthew took groups of up to 20 developmentally disabled teenagers and adults on camping trips to locales like Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, and Lake Tahoe. Before coming to Pearl Buck Center, Matthew and his wife Kristi served as Houseparents, living and working alongside three men who experienced developmental disabilities. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his daughter Astoria  and wife Kristi as well as taking trips to the Coast.

Barry Buchert-is a single father of three imageteenagers that has worked in the construction trade for 30 years.
He returned to school and earned an AAS in Human Services from Lane Community College and a BS in Liberal Studies from Portland State University.  Barry has worked for Pearl Buck Center for the past year as a Discovery/Job Developer and is certified in Career Development, EOP ll, OIC, and CPR/First aid. His goal is to improve the lives of the individuals Pearl Buck Center serves by assisting them in finding work in our community.

And then there are some familiar faces to round out our team…

Linda Cox has provided support, training, job coaching and supervision to hundreds of individuals with intellectual andme developmental disabilities since she began working at Pearl Buck Center in 2006. In 2014, Linda transferred from production to community employment and took on a newly created position as
Discovery Specialist. Soon after, she started doing job development and passed her CESP exam in August 2015.

Before Linda came to Pearl Buck she worked for and helped start up several small businesses, these included an Industrial Service Company, Craft Malls, a Quilt Shop, Flower Shop and Bookkeeping Service Company. She also worked from home for several years making and selling handcrafted items, teaching decorative painting classes and published sixteen of her own quilt and craft patterns that were sold throughout the United States. She also worked as a tax consultant  and attended Lane Community college for 4 years studying accounting and business administration.

Tamathy Howald has been working with Pearl Buck Center as a Job Developer since fall of 2013. She grew up in a small town in Missouri, is the oldest of 21 children and now has four boys of her own. She attended college in Idaho, lived in Japan for two years, and on the campus of Gallaudet –  the University of the Deaf, tamathy photoin Washington DC for 3 years. She speaks Japanese and American Sign Language.

Tamathy is a founding member of No Shame Theatre Eugene, a volunteer-run theatre and performance group that gives anyone 5 minutes to perform on their stage as part of the FirstFriday Art Walk every month. The theatre group’s mission matches with Tamathy’s strong belief that everyone has something to contribute – to art, the workforce, and to making their community a better place for all.


Lorie Polk was born in Canada and grew up in Michigan, before following the Oregon trail making her way to Eugene. Lorie has been working for Pearl Buck Center for about 8 years now. She was originally hired as a Production Float and moved into Job Coaching, finally moving into a Job Developer position, which she has filled for 6 years.She has worked as a waitress, copy machine operator, and dental assistant. She has been employed at a bookstore, temp agency, and even tried her hand at selling Creative Memories scrapbooks.

It would seem that she has been gearing up for her present position because she has experienced several  different types of jobs. She has worked as a waitress, copy machine operator, dental sterilizing tech, and assistant. She has been employed at a bookstore, temp agency, grocery store, and even tried her hand at selling Creative Memories scrapbooks. Lorie has also volunteered her time with some literacy groups, outdoor learning at thArboretumum, and personal growth organizations.  Her diverse background has been useful when training clients how to do their jobs.

In her ‘free’ time, Lorie enjoys spending time with her family biking or playing board games, playing NitroType, reading, scrapbooking and other paper crafts.

Doris Steele is no stranger to Job Developing. She has been doing this type of work for over 40 years! She has seen businesses come and go and knows how to assist clients in getting and keeping jobs. DSC_0083In fact, Doris has placed several hundred clients in jobs throughout the Eugene/Springfield area.

Doris says “You just have to be in the right place at the right time and remember to go visit business often. You never know when someone will realize they need to hire someone.”

Doris enjoys gardening and spending time with her 3 granddaughters.