Our talented team represents a cross-section of cultures and nationalities with solid foundations in customer service and a wide array of professional and volunteer experience working with children.
Lois Parks – Parenting Coach & PCV Specialist
Lois Parks is a retired teacher, joining Joining Hands Visitation team in 2017 as a Parent/Child Visitation (PCV) Specialist. She is currently a certified counselor and parenting coach/instructor with JHV. Ms. Parks began her undergraduate studies in education and child development at CWSU (Central Washington State University) in 1969 and later received a BS and teacher certification from SUNY (State University of New York) at Oswego. After completing evangelical church planting missions which included establishing private schools and facilitating home-school cooperatives, Ms. Parks received the MS in Special Education from SUNY at Albany before returning to her NW roots with her husband and five children in 1988. While teaching in public education, she received her educational administrative certification as part of her Doctoral studies and research in educational leadership at SPU (Seattle Pacific University) in 1997. Ms. Parks served for several years as the school district special programs director and as an adjunct City University professor teaching Curriculum and Instruction and School Law to prospective educators. She finished the last ten years of her career in public education by teaching and supervising instruction of students from birth to 21 identified with autism and other severe disabilities.
Jeremy Wallace – Adaptive Dad’s Facilitator & PCV Specialist
Jeremy’s passion to help stemmed from his childhood, sharing what he had with those who had not. He has been a foster father for over 5 years and participated in countless hours of training. He has fostered 7 children; 4 of which were long-term care of more than 2 years. He has seen first hand what happened to children when they didn’t have a father-figure or had a “bad dad.” It has become Jeremy’s quest to help those he can to do what is right for their children by providing guidance and a positive change in fatherhood for those that are wanting to make that change.
Benjamin Parks – PCV Specialist Team Lead
Benjamin Parks has more than 10 years of extensive experience in Upper Management in the customer service industry with a focus on promoting a healthy, safe work environment while centering on work/home life balance. In addition to consistently managing restaurants in the top 5% nationwide, Benjamin also exercised his extensive inter-personal skills to hire only the best of the best to promote a team-centric work culture that praises success and offers constructive criticism to guide employees to succeed. In his youth, Benjamin spent almost a full year in the foster care system. During this time, he personally experienced the full spectrum of the family reunification process. The experience brought to light an entirely new perspective of life, and as an adult, Benjamin has been able to use his compassion for children and family to guide loved ones and those around him to live more family centric lives while encouraging them to be the best they can be.
Kimberly Nowells – Volunteer
Kimberly Nowells holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. Her deep background in child education includes 180 hours at the Teacher Academy of the Thurston County Public Schools and volunteer experience with the Volusia County Public Schools in Daytona Beach, FL. In addition to her background in education, Kimberly also has extensive customer service experience working in retail and fast casual dining environments. The combination of skills and experiences make her an ideal choice for working with the JHV visitation team.