Tuesday, September 15, 2020

1-Hr at 10:00am & available throughout the day!

Welcome! We are so excited to share with you, for the very first time on a virtual platform, the 14th annual, Champions of Inclusion! This year has brought about unprecedented events, but we are continually amazed at how our community has been able to rise above these challenges and come together to support one another. Especially the essential workers, who continue to be on the front lines of the pandemic, many of whom are people we serve. We welcome you to our event and thank you for changing the face of employment in our community.

The 2020 Virtual Champions of Inclusion was an incredible success and the best part is that we get to keep sharing it with you! Check out our event recording below, donate to support our mission, and most of all, enjoy the show!

Jennifer, an essential worker employed at Costco

Jennifer, an essential worker employed at Costco

King County
Dylan, employed at Canyon Creek Cabinet

Dylan, employed at Canyon Creek Cabinet Company

Snohomish County
Jerehmey, an essential worker employed at Walmart

Jerehmey, an essential worker employed at Walmart

Spokane County


We are proud to present:
David Silverman, Auctioneer

David Silverman


A benefit auctioneer for more than 10 years, David has worked with organizations ranging from the Humane Society Tux and Tails Gala, Swedish Hospital, and Susan G. Komen to Seattle County Day School and many others. With a background in stand-up comedy and theater, David brings a theatrical energy and wealth of entertainment experience to all his events.

Board Member, Greg Russell

Greg Russell

Chair, AtWork! Board of Directors

Greg is a partner in the Bellevue-based law firm of Peterson Russell Kelly Livengood. For more than 30 years, Greg has represented a broad range of business clients providing a wide variety of services. He is passionate about supporting and giving back to the communities where he lives and works. He has and continues to play an instrumental role in a variety of professional and civic programs.

Chris Brandt

Chris Brandt

CEO, AtWork!

Chris Brandt has been CEO of AtWork! since August of 2006. She led the transformation of AtWork! from reliance on service models that segregated and isolate people with disabilities, to a nationally recognized leader in integrated community employment and inclusion. She is known as a champion for equity and inclusion of all people with disabilities in our workforce and society.

Adam Pinsky

Adam Pinsky

CFO, SME Inc of Seattle

Adam Pinsky has been the CFO of SME Ince of Seattle – a full service commercial electrical construction company – since November 1997. He is grateful for the opportunity to have employed Michele and now Sehen, and therefore to have been able to put SME’s values of Safety, Integrity, Trust, and Community into action in this unique way. Adam is also a member and Board Treasurer of the Bellevue Rotary Club.

Michele, a person served by AtWork! with a successful career.

Michele Appell

A Champion with a successful career, supported by AtWork!

Michele moved to Washington in 1996, she had just been married the year prior and was excited to start her new journey. Michele had built a fantastic career with different companies prior, developing her skill set and exoerience. Once partnered with her Employment Consultant, it wasn’t long until she found SME Inc of Seattle and eventually her dream job where she is still supported by AtWork!.

Ivanova Smith, Activist Advocate AtWork!

Ivanova Smith

Activist Advocate, AtWork!

Ivanova Smith was born in 1988 in Soviet occupied Latvia where she lived in an institutional orphanage and was diagnosed as developmentally disabled. She was adopted at age five and brought to America. Ivanova received special education services from kindergarten to grade 12, and also received support in high education. Ivanova lives with her husband, Ian, who loves and supports her.

Alicia Crank, CDO

Alicia Crank

CDO, AtWork!

Prior to AtWork!, Alicia held several leadership positions in corporate banking, education, business, and the nonprofit sector in Silicon Valley. Having moved to Greater Seattle in 2014, she is now one of only a few women of color in corporate philanthropy. She currently serves on the City of Edmonds Planning Board, as well as Vice Chair of the Snohomish County / Paine Field Airport Commisssion.

Wally Tablit

Wally Tablit

VP of Mission Services, AtWork!

Wally is a recognized leader in the field of Supported Employment with over 19 years experience working with people with disabilities. He is known as a strong collaborator and colleague among employment providers. Wally has an extensive background executing employment strategies to a diverse population. Wally also currently serves as President of Washington State APSE.

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors!


Alicia Crank

Bob Thompson

Chris Brandt

John Hemion & Rama Tall

John Viniotis

Jono Rodgers

Kaiser Permanente

Kris Azizeh


Sam Davidson

Sasha Peranteau


Download our 2020 Sponsorship Packet and fill out the form below!