Jen began working at DDI Vantage in 1995. Prior to that she worked in the Salt Lake City School District as she earned her M.Ed. from the University of Utah. Many of her years at DDI Vantage have been with the Early Intervention Program, where she started as a Special Educator. She also held positions of DDI Vantage Early Intervention Site Facilitator, Compliance Coordinator and Program Coordinator. In 2015, Jen was hired as the Executive Director for DDI Vantage. She is civic minded, focusing on management and growth of DDI Vantage. She strives to create results that are in line with the current mission, vision, and values of our organization. Jen is married and a mother of two, makes time to volunteer in her community, loves traveling, and spends far too much iPhone space with photos of her dog
Business Operations Coordinator
Kellie is from the small potato farming community of Shelley, Idaho, moving to Utah to pursue her education. She was hired by DDI Vantage in 2005 as a 10 hour a week clerk/typist for the business office, and enjoyed being trained as back-up on as many duties as she could. It was during these first few years that she developed her passion for DDI as she realized that she was now employed by an agency that doesn’t just make widgets, but makes an impact in the lives of children and families with special needs. Through hard work and a willingness to learn every aspect of the department, upon the retirement of the department head in 2012, she accepted the position of Business Operations Coordinator. She has been married for 38 years and has three children plus the three they married which she considers her own. Her most favorite title in the world is that of Mimi to her eight grandchildren. Kellie loves spending time with her family, serving in her church, and trying new things. She is a strong advocate for DDI Vantage and enjoys sharing her “Why” with anyone who will listen. She prides herself on the strength of her team and their ability to hum in the background of DDI, and she is never nervous on the day of any audit because of the strength of her department.
Human Resources Coordinator
When Linda started working at DDI VANTAGE in 2007 she came with over 8 years’ experience working as a Human Resources Recruiter for a large corporation. She was hired as the Human Resources Specialist with a focus on hiring new staff and can proudly say that she has hired or participated in the hiring process for the majority of the amazing people who work here. She was offered the position of Human Resources Coordinator when her predecessor retired in 2015. Originally from Pleasant Grove, Linda has called Salt Lake City her home since 1979. She is married to David and has two children and two grandchildren. Linda believes that the way to make a difference in the world is to start with your community and has enjoyed doing volunteer work in her own community for over 18 years teaching employment skills to low-income women.
EHS Program Coordinator
Martha Velasco’s career as a Social Worker has taken her through more than 35 years of experience supporting Head Start programs across the nation. She recently completed 16 years of service as the DDI Vantage Early Head Start Program Coordinator overseeing this national to local program serving infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. She has been an independent contractor for the federal government and is a College of Social Work Field Instructor for BA level student interns. Martha’s passion for community service since the age of 17, has led her through various leadership roles in California and in Utah. In Utah, these include; founding member of the first Rotary Club of Hispano-Latinos of Salt Lake; a Rotarian and Interact Youth Advisor in the Midvale Rotary Club since 2012, RYLA Facilitator and currently in Utah Rotary District 5420 as the Rotaract Chair. For the last six years, she and her family have been part of the Tournament of Roses Rotary float decorators. She has two children who are also dedicated to their careers and service to the community. Martha’s community work doesn’t end with Rotary. She is a Spanish-speaking interpreter for the American Red Cross Blood Donor Services. She is an optimist and truly believes that everyone has the gifts to become successful and achieve their dreams and goals.
EI Program Coordinator
Meghan has been working with people with disabilities for almost 20 years. She has a B.S in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Colorado. Through the years, she has taught children with special needs in middle school, high school and 18 - 21-year-olds. She loves the 0-3 population and working so closely with the families in the home environment through DDI Vantage. Meghan enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and dogs, napping, gardening, reading books and traveling.
Adult and Youth Services Coordinator
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