Lauren Andrews graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in 2006 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Just months after graduating, she found her way into the field of vocational rehabilitation. In 2010, she became a Certified Disability Management Specialist. Lauren joined the Strategic team in July 2019 with 13 years of experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
Lauren enjoys helping injured workers on their recovery journey. She is skilled in assisting claimants with navigating the bureaucratic system and finding creative return to work solutions. Lauren works directly with workers, employers, and healthcare providers with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for the worker. She partners with all parties using a team-based approach to resolve claims as effectively and efficiently as possible.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family, riding her horse, traveling, and Crossfit.
Leslie obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Evergreen State College in 2013 and by 2015 she found her way into the Vocational Services world. Leslie is passionate about helping others, therefore she feels as though she has found her element as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Walking injured workers through the process, answering questions, and being their personal cheerleader, is Leslie’s favorite part of her job. She also enjoys working with employers, creatively exploring return to work options. Leslie believes that successful claim management and outcomes, are achieved with the following values: Unmitigated transparency, consistent communication, divergent thinking, and compassion.
In her free time, Leslie volunteers with at-risk youth, coaches her daughter’s Select Fastpitch team, and relishes making memories with her family.
Rebecca “Beckie” Hill is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Case Manager and has been practicing in this role since 2001. Beckie earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Washington University in 2017, and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Washington University in 1998. Beckie is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; a Certified Disability Management Specialist; a certified Progressive Goal Attainment Program Trained Activity Coach; a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist; and a Certified Case Manager. Ms. Hill is also an associate member of the American Board of Vocational Experts.
Beckie has provided vocational services to clients in Washington State and beyond and has worked with individuals with catastrophic, life altering injuries for many years. Her love of working with people with disabilities began at a very young age working with a child who suffered a traumatic brain injury, and another child with cerebral palsy. In addition, she volunteered at a summer camp for children with disabilities. Beckie has hands on skills in providing direct assistance with life care planning, legal cases, earning capacities, and self-insured work. Beckie is also an approved Vocational Expert for the Social Security Administration. In addition, Beckie provides rehabilitation counseling to clients in all phases of Department of Labor & Industries vocational services. Beckie is able to utilize her breadth of knowledge and skill-set to provide expert opinions in a diverse range of cases.
Beckie is a member of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. She is a member of International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) and served as the Washington State Chapter’s Member at Large for 2014-2015. Beckie was selected as a panel member for the WA IARP 2013 conference discussing On-The-Job training. Beckie is also a member of Washington Self-Insurers Association (WSIA). Beckie is past Treasurer of the organization Professionals in Workers Compensation. She is also a member of the Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and is past Co-Chair for the Events Committee.
Outside of work, Beckie enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, the Seahawks, playing with her dogs, doing water aerobics, and enjoying yoga.
Holly Stender is a Certified Disability Management Specialist. Holly has been a Vocational Consultant since 1996 providing direct case management for state-fund workers’ compensation claims, as well as providing training and supervision to others in this area. Holly has been with Strategic Consulting since June 2013. Holly is an experienced administrator of vocational interest and aptitude evaluations. Outside of work, Holly enjoys spending time with family.
Casey Kilduff is an experienced consultant who entered the field of vocational rehabilitation in 2003. She successfully obtained her CDMS in April 2007. Casey has been with Strategic Consulting Services since August 2013.
Casey has a Masters degree in Public Administration. Her Bachelors of Arts degree focused on Community Development and Social Work. Both degrees were obtained at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Utilizing her skills in community development, mediation, and collaboration, Casey specializes in establishing working relationships with employers, injured workers and physicians to facilitate the rehabilitation process. She is able to quickly and efficiently evaluate a worker’s skill set to assist them in focusing on successful return to work. Casey serves as an objective mediator between all parties involved in the vocational process.
Additionally, Casey has administered interest and aptitude testing to clients seeking new career paths since 2007. Casey excels in assisting vocational counselors to determine the strengths, weakness and opportunities for their clients to re-enter the job force.
In her spare time, Casey is an avid fan of the Seattle Sounders and Seattle Reign FC.
Barbara Kendrick has been working for Strategic Consulting Services since June 2013. Barbara previously worked for Strategic Consulting from August 2005 through March 2012.
Additionally, Barbara worked for the WA State Department of Labor and Industries for 17 years as a Claim Manager, Claim Consultant, Claim Unit Supervisor, Manager of the Pension Benefits section, and as a Vocational Services Specialist. Barbara was also the Constituent Services Manager for Governor Gary Locke.
Barbara has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of the State of New York, Albany.
Outside of work, Barbara enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and the Seattle Seahawks.
Claire has been with SCS since May 2013. Prior to SCS, she worked for another vocational rehabilitation firm and as an academic advisor graduate intern at her alma mater, Northern Illinois University.
She has her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University, and a Master’s of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from Northern Illinois University.
Outside of work, Claire enjoys spending time with her dogs, running and training for races, cooking, exploring restaurants and antique shops in Seattle, taking copious amounts of photos and spending time with family and friends.
Wendy Johnson has been practicing as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant in Washington since 1999, where she has primarily focused on self-insured case management. Wendy has broad experience handling cases in all referral types including ability to work assessment, plan development and plan implementation. Wendy has worked with a wide array of business and industry and has concentrated much of her work on cases involving complex medical and legal issues. Prior to becoming a VRC, Wendy gained several years of hands on experience working as a self-insured claims examiner and state fund employer representative. Wendy is certified as a Certified Disability Management Specialist. Wendy received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1994.
Trish began working at Strategic Consulting Services in March of 2004 and has provided vocational services for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and private attorneys since that time. Her career as a vocational consultant began in October of 1989. Over the course of this tenure, she has worked also with self-insured employers and Veteran’s Administration. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration. Ms. Vazanko has been a Certified Disability Management Specialist since September of 2007. She provides vocational services to claimant throughout Eastern Washington.