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July 1st 2022 - June 30th 2023

A Message from Dena

A Message from Innovative Services NW President & CEO, Dena Strong

As we reflect on ISNW’s 60th anniversary, we look back on our journey from a small parent-founded group in 1963 to what is now, an organization of 120+ employees serving 1,800 children, adults, and families in the community each year.


Our growth over the past sixty years has been driven by our dedication to adapting our services to the evolving needs of the community. This journey, driven by our mission to support possibilities for everyone, has been made achievable through the gracious support of our community, donors, and partners. We extend our heartfelt thank you to all who have been part of our story.


Here’s to another 60 years,

Dena Strong

President & CEO, Innovative Services NW

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60 Years of Possibilities: The Innovative Services NW Impact

Reflecting on our community impact and looking forward to a bright and innovative future.

Executive Staff & Board Members

Executive Staff & Innovative Services NW Board Members

Our work wouldn't be possible without the dedicated support of our team, board, and community.

Executive Staff

Dena Strong, President & CEO 

Susan Vanersuso, Chief Operating Officer 

Melody Partridge, Vice President 

Emily Castor, Vice President of Pediatric Therapy

Board of Directors

Ryan Hart, Chair

Darcey Reed, Vice-Chair

Megan Shank, Past Chair

Taylor Vilhauer, Secretary

Aimee Walter, Board Member

Bobbie Heitshmidt, Board Member

Dick James, Board Member

John Caton, Board Member

Karalee Ehline, Board Member

Mary Dunford, Board Member

Robert Woodard, Board Member

Rhonda Buck, Board Member

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During our 60th Anniversary, a few Board members shared the impact ISNW has had on the community:

ISNW Services

ISNW Services

Early Learning

This year, we've grown with two new classrooms at the Mary Firstenburg Center and enhanced our support for children with complex needs by receiving grant funding from the Department of Children, Youth & Family. This grant funded a mental health/behavioral consultant who provided classroom observation, staff intensive training, ongoing monthly observation, and consultation to our program throughout the year. Having well-trained staff who have the tools and knowledge for how to respond to children with complex needs facilitates stable and consistent relationships between these children and our teachers, creating a safer, healthier, and more supportive classroom learning environment.




Our Early Learning program offers a nurturing environment for 1-5 year olds of all abilities and income levels, with over 71% benefiting from Medicaid. Enrollment options include both full and part-time programs for toddlers ages 12-30 months and Pre-K for 2.5-5 years old. In addition, the ECEAP program, a free preschool for eligible 3-5 year olds, is available in 5 out of 9 of our classrooms.

Early Learning

Early Learning Highlights

Pediatric Therapy & Early Intervention

Pediatric Therapy & Early Intervention


This year, we added the Schroth Method Physical Therapy to our services, designed for 10-21 year-olds with scoliosis or kyphosis. This method combines muscle activation, breath work, and external forces to realign the spine, offering an effective approach to manage pain, halt the progression of spinal curvature, and reduce the need for surgical interventions.


Our Pediatric Therapy Program delivers Early Intervention services alongside outpatient offerings including Speech, Occupational, Physical, and Specialty Therapy. Catering to children with developmental delays, disabilities, or other diagnosed conditions, we provide essential support during pivotal developmental phases. As a designated neurodevelopmental center in Washington State, we assist families from any geographical location and seek to empower them to reach their maximum potential.

Pediatric Therapy & Early Intervention Highlights

Employment Services


This year, we have expanded to offer Independent Living Services and Job Foundation Services as we continue to meet client needs and work towards our mission of supporting possibilities for everyone. Our goal is to not just facilitate employment but to guide each individual's journey towards greater independence, economic autonomy, and a strengthened sense of belonging in the community.


For over 50 years, our Employment Services program has been a leader in helping individuals overcome disability-related employment barriers within Clark County. Our team of Job Developers and Employment Specialists focuses on aligning each job seeker's unique abilities with employer needs, through career planning, job development, and ongoing support.

Employment Services

Employment Services Highlights

List of businesses who support inclusive employment practices / employed clients from our Employment Services Program

Avamere Rehabilitation of Cascade Park


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Learning Avenues

Round One Entertainment, Inc.

The Salvation Army

Bath and Body Works


Humane Society


Safeway (Camas)

Timberline Physical Therapy

Carl’s Jr.

Déjà vu Consignment Boutique

Ilani Casino

MOD Pizza

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

Walmart (192nd & Hwy 99 stores)

City of Camas Operations Center

DSHS – Columbia River CSO

KFC (Orchards & Hazel Dell locations)

Panera Bread

The Heathman Lodge

Whole Foods Market

Janitorial Services


Businesses that engaged with our Janitorial Program:

Adventist Comm

CFM Advocates

Clark County Public Health Harm Reduction Center

Congregation Kol Ami

Electric Power

Family of Christ Lutheran Church


Nextworks, LLC

PointNorth Consulting, Inc.

North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Washington Department of Ecology

Western Electric Services

Cascades Church

Clark Co Sheriff Maritime

Clark County Sheriff

City of Washougal (15 locations)

ESD #112 (7 locations)

Fort Vancouver Historic Trust (9 locations)

Kidspace Child Enrichment Center

Northwest Gospel Church

Saint Andrew Lutheran Church

Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of Southwest Washington

Washington State Auditor

Yard 'n Garden

Catholic Community Services (Oak View Dr. & Hwy 99 locations)

Clark College Foundation

Clark County Family Justice

Dept. of Corrections

Fairway Village

Grayling Engineers, LLC

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

Partners in Careers

Sea Mar Community Health Center, Battle Ground

Dr. Tobias Ryan

Washington State Patrol Port of Entry

Janitorial Services
Donors & Grantors

Donors & Grantors

Granting Organizations

100 Women Who Care

Columbia Credit Union

Frank & Arlene Price Foundation

125 Club

Cowlitz Tribal Foundation

Sertoma - Lee & Dolores Robbins Charitable Trust Fund 2022

Assistance League of SW Washington

Kaiser Permanente

Clark County Realtors

Oregon Community Foundation

Cornhole Sponsors


Umpqua Bank




Cornhole Donors

Jay Gaspari

Mark Potter

Becky Weis

Corporate Gifts

Amazon Smile



Portland Honda Dealers

Dick Hannah

Hewlett Packard

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Bradly Carlson

Marty Forsmann Charitable Fund

Shiela K Osheroff

Launda Carroll

Debra Ham

Lindsey Salvestrin

Sandra Daller

Richard James

Daniel Wolf

Judy Dresser

Susan Kuhn

Individual Donors

Deb Arbuckle

Mary Dunford

Kim Handsaker

B. Johnson

Prebble La Dage

Cynthia Noonan

Megan Shank

Kevin Warford

Jami Asay

Karalee Ehline

Ryan Hart

D. Johnson

M. Maiocco

H. Pfaff

Susan Veneruso

Rhonda & David Buck

Lisa Frasieur

Kevin Heitschmidt

Edward Judd

Julianna Marler

Tasha Phon

Taylor Vilhauer

Judy Davis

Gregory J Hall

Richard James

John & Susan Kuhn

Marion Noe

Darcey Reed

Amy Walter

Financial Perfomance

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