November 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Online - Zoom
Wise Support

Coffee & Conversation:

Quality Lives: Fostering relationships during these times

Please join us on Monday, November 30th for our next webinar, “Coffee and Conversation” with Josie Sparks and Brandi Monts.


This 6-week series of Coffee and Conversation is an informative virtual, technical assistance forum for service professionals providing Community Inclusion. Every other week we will meet for a 1.5-hour session to connect and learn together. Conversations will include experts on various topics using tools, problem solving, finding and developing new resources and opportunities in a remote and virtual setting. 

Relationships are essential to the quality of our lives, and can have important impacts on our opportunities and experiences.  Through this work, we are often called to help people build and nourish their relationships.  This session will offer tools and ideas to foster relationships for the folks we are committed to serving during this pandemic. Please come prepared with an idea of someone you would like to assist in this way.

Learning Objectives (Info, tools, and skills attendees will receive):

  • Understand the value of relationships in service provision
  • Understand how to use networks to establish and maintain relationships
  • Understand how to foster relationships based on common skills, gifts, interests and activities


*Please note: Wise maintains registration and attendance records for our events and training programs. Attendees that fully participate in events and/or complete training programs will receive a certificate to document  full participation as back up for billing purposes.  Wise is required to monitor participation in our courses and provide reports to our funding sources so that they may utilize these records in the course of their audits of programs. These reports may include actual time spent by attendee name, event/training title, county and state. Reports are provided to ensure there is documented proof of the appropriate use of government funds for the purposes of professional development.

There are no refunds for those that do not attend the scheduled webinar. If you do miss the webinar, we will provide you with a code to access the next webinar free. 


Josie Sparks, Wise

Josie Sparks brings many years of experience leading teams utilizing her interdisciplinary background in Community Inclusion and Individualize Employment. It is her belief that community-based participation honors the experiences that each individual brings to the table, demanding inclusion from the ground up, and in the process, captures community values and encourages dialogue with social justice at heart. This keeps her motivated to deliver quality care and superior client outcomes to experience their full potential.

Josie is passionate about leading teams with the idea that opportunities for employment changes lives and creates a positive impact on the social-emotional health of an individual and the communities they live in. She is also passionate in delivering the message that every person is a contributing factor towards their community. In 2017, Josie Sparks had the pleasure of presenting and facilitating an engaging discussion on Community Inclusion and the Pathway to Employment at the TASH Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

In her personal time, Josie dedicates her time to family and competitive Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Paddling, representing the Pacific NW throughout the United States.

Phone: (206) 247-5482

Email: [email protected]

Brandi Monts, Wise

Brandi has a life-long personal connection to developmental disabilities, as well as over 18 years of work experience in the field. Her previous positions include residential services, supported employment, transition from school to work, teaching, and county government. Realizing her commitment to the disability field early in her education, Brandi earned a BA in Social Work from the University of Washington and later went on to obtain a Master in Public Administration, with a focus on Public Policy at The Evergreen State College. Brandi’s interests and expertise include agency organization, public policy and practice, community organizing, service systems collaboration, curriculum development and wrap around service coordination for people with significant support needs. Brandi has also taught English in Japan and is interested in cross-cultural service coordination and international disability issues.
With an employment consultant background in high school and adult service programs, Brandi has experience providing supports in a range of workplace settings and systems. Focusing on efficiency, independence and holistic supports, Brandi offers consultation, coaching and accommodation development in the following areas:
Helping individuals and their teams identify workplace settings and skills, systematic instruction, task design and analysis, resources for independence in the community, team organizing and coordination, service planning and implementation, family and residential communication and support development.
Assisting employers to develop customized accommodations, hiring processes, co-worker education, job description design and efficient work-flow systems.


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