At Next, we help young adults ages 16-24 get set for success by providing the holistic support and training they need to create the future they want—all in one place.

We provide a safe space where young adults can connect and socialize, get something to eat or access health services, and get the education and career help they need.

Young adults want to succeed in their careers and their lives. That’s why Next offers a place where they can take charge, walk up to opportunity’s door—and kick it wide open.

Next is a community-wide initiative developed by and comprised of numerous entities working together. With Workforce Southwest Washington at the helm and more than 15 community partners and businesses supporting its success, the future is limitless.

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Our Team

Morgan Parker - Next Director

Morgan Parker

Director

I’m Morgan and I am so excited to be part of Next! One of my favorite things in life is getting to know the young people in our community and connecting them to the right resources and opportunities to make their dreams a reality. In my free time I love spending time with my family, especially my two puppies, Charlie and Teddy. I also enjoy reading and traveling.

A quote that inspires me to always keep moving forward is “Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to happen every time, it is about accepting that whatever happens is the best for that moment.” – Unknown

360-890-7762
morgan.p@nextsuccess.org

Morgan Parker

Director
Hannah Lumbert - Next Office Manager

Hannah Lumbert

Office Manager

My name is Hannah and I am the Office Manager at Next. I have a passion for serving others and enjoy working with young people. In my free time I enjoy hiking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my two dogs, Loowi and Marley.

A quote I love is “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” – Malala Yousafzai

360-207-2628
hannah.l@nextsuccess.org

Hannah Lumbert

Office Manager
Colleen Vekich - Talent Development Specialist

Colleen Vekich

Talent Development Specialist

Hello! I’m Colleen, I have been working in employment and training programs for young people for 15 years. My job at Next is to provide youth with support for employment and training options in our community. If you’re looking for training or a job in Early Childhood Education, you’re in luck. One of my areas of expertise is helping people get into this field. I also work with anyone looking for a first job. My hobbies include spending time with my dog at the park, collecting baseball cards, attending sporting events, hiking, fishing, clam digging and Zumba.

One of my favorite quotes is “A goal without a timeline is simply a dream.” – Robert Herjavac

360-890-7766
colleen.v@nextsuccess.org

Colleen Vekich

Talent Development Specialist
Matthew Cox - Talent Development Specialist

Matthew Cox

Talent Development Specialist

I’m Matt and I have been working in workforce development and education for 20 years. I’m a man of many trades and can fix a computer, repair a car, tune a guitar, and build a deck! I live by the philosophy of Kaizen and convey it in my work. I’m a loyal Seahawk and Blazer fan and enjoy self-improvement activities and outdoor leisure in my free time.

360-890-7759
matthew.c@nextsuccess.org

Matthew Cox

Talent Development Specialist
Maria Cheeseman - Talent Development Specialist

Maria Cheeseman

Lead Talent Development Specialist

My passion is helping young people develop to their full potential. I have over 10 years of experience working with young adults and I’m excited to help anyone who is interested walk up to opportunity’s door and kick it wide open! My hobbies include riding my motorcycle, gardening, and spending time with my dog, Melton.

My favorite quote is “You are the books you read, the movies you watch, the music you listen to, the people you spend time with, the conversations you engage in. Choose wisely what you feed your mind.” – Unknown

360-890-7419
maria.c@nextsuccess.org

Maria Cheeseman

Lead Talent Development Specialist
Stefani Forgey - Career Development Specialist

Stefani Forgey

Career Development Specialist

I’m Stefani and I am excited to be teaching fun and valuable job training workshops at Next! I love to travel and I love inspiring others to travel to parts unknown. I also love teaching and especially loved my two years teaching English to students in Korea and Thailand. I hope you will be inspired by my favorite quote:

“Every day, think as you wake up,
today I am fortunate to be alive,
I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself,
To expand my heart out to others.” – The Dalai Lama

360-890-7754
stefani.f@nextsuccess.org

Stefani Forgey

Career Development Specialist
Ryan Cunningham - Business Development Specialist

Ryan Cunningham

Business Development Specialist

What’s happenin’?! I’m Ryan and I am pumped to be part of the Next team! I am a dad to three awesome children and we are a family all about sports and music. I am a writer of poetry and performer of spoken word as well. You may even catch me spttin’ a hot 16 (a nice rap verse) once in a while.

I am inspired by the quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

360-890-7763
ryan.c@nextsuccess.org

Ryan Cunningham

Business Development Specialist
Tyler Monk - Leadership Development Specialist

Tyler Monk

Leadership Development Specialist

I’m Tyler and I get to teach leadership classes at Next. I grew up in the inner-city of Portland, Oregon. I am a first-generation college graduate and an entrepreneur! I have started my own company called The Underdog Mentality, which helps youth develop confidence as they make decisions that will impact their future. My hobbies include spending time with my wife and five kids, talking about sports and music, cooking, and writing my own music.

My favorite quote is: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

503-420-7555
tyler.m@nextsuccess.org

Tyler Monk

Leadership Development Specialist
Matthew Stephens - Academic Development Specialist

Matthew Stephens

Academic Development Specialist

I’m Matt and I support students in making important decisions to help achieve their education and employment goals. At Next, I can help you with enrolling in the Open Doors program, understanding your transcripts, discussing the difference between a GED and a high school diploma, and creating a customized pathway to graduation. When I’m not at Next, you can find me on a playground with my toddler daughter or playing pool with friends.

My favorite quote is: “Don’t talk about it, be about it.” – Bob Burns

360-952-3613
matthew.s@nextsuccess.org

Matthew Stephens

Academic Development Specialist
Haley Hansen - Academic Development Specialist

Haley Jensen

Academic Development Specialist

My name is Haley and my job is to help young people achieve their education goals and support them in taking the next step after graduation, whether that is college or a career. I’m an animal lover, I enjoy watching sports, and I love hanging out with my friends. When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my son.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

360-952-3456
haley.h@nextsuccess.org

Haley Jensen

Academic Development Specialist

Brad Norman

Teacher

Good day! I am Brad and am happy to introduce myself. I have been a teacher for a while now and I am here to help you in Language Arts, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, and various other subjects. I have a lot of interests and hobbies, especially the outdoors, hiking, and soccer. Also, I am a big fan of movies. I love to talk and discuss world changing, riveting, and favorite movies with students!

I hope that students can feel at home and connected when they are here at Next. Students all are part of the community and I hope that they can feel that they all have some connection to the whole.

Consider this quote: ``No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.`` - John Donne, Devotions, 1624

360-207-2628
brad.n@nextsuccess.org

Brad Norman

Teacher

Glenn DeBuse

Teacher

My name is Glenn, and I am a teacher at Next. I really enjoy working with students and helping them overcome the difficulties they have had with their school subjects. I am happily married with five kids, and one granddaughter and a grandson on the way. My interests revolve around science, especially geology, and most especially earthquakes and volcanoes. I also like to go on walks and enjoy being out in nature.

One of my favorite quotes is “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration”—Thomas Edison

360-207-2628
glenn.d@nextsuccess.org

Glenn DeBuse

Teacher
Nikki Wetherington - Job Corps Admission Counselor

Nikki Wetherington

Job Corps Admission Counselor

I’m Nikki and I really enjoy helping students connect with opportunities that can get them set for success in life! I work with Job Corps at Next and help students get enrolled in the program and determine which pathway is the right pathway for their goals.

I’m inspired by this quote: “We all have dreams … but in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

360-207-2628
nikki.w@nextsuccess.org

Nikki Wetherington

Job Corps Admission Counselor
Whitney Keith - Job Corps Career Transitions Specialist

Whitney Keith

Job Corps Career Transitions Specialist

My name is Whitney and I have been working in this job for over six years and I LOVE it! I enjoy forming long-lasting relationships with all of the Job Corps graduates I work with. I hope I get to help you continue your journey toward success!

My favorite quote is, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

360-207-2628
whitney.k@nextsuccess.org

Whitney Keith

Job Corps Career Transitions Specialist
Becky Mohagen - SummerWorks Development Coordinator

Becky Mohagen

SummerWorks Development Coordinator

I’m Becky and I have been able to do this type of work with young people for 28 years! I enjoy being around my family, gardening, walking, and spending time at home. I have 5 children, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and one more great on the way!

360-207-2628
becky.m@nextsuccess.org

Becky Mohagen

SummerWorks Development Coordinator

Amber Coleman

Outreach Specialist

Hi, my name is Amber. I love to empower youth by helping them succeed in order to have a bright future. I believe everyone has the potential to be a changemaker. A life skill that I have learned is that it takes strength to ask for help. A perfect day, for me, would consist of a good book, being with those I love and coffee (lots and lots of coffee).

I live my life by this quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt

amber.c@nextsuccess.org

Amber Coleman

Outreach Specialist

Vitali Turlac

Talent Development Specialist

My name is Vitali Turlac and I'm a Talent Development Specialist. I love working with youth from different backgrounds and ethnicities. I was born and raised in Eastern Europe and I speak more than five languages. I strongly believe that we should invest our lives into younger generations by helping them become successful. I am a husband and a father of two beautiful girls and my life is pretty much pink.

My favorite quote goes: God gave you this life because He knew you were strong enough to live it.

360-890-7752
vitali.t@nextsuccess.org

Vitali Turlac

Talent Development Specialist

Nathan Abbott

Talent Development Specialist

Hello! I have worked with students for over 10 years. I can help you if you have questions about school and help you get connected with a paid internship. I love to watch college football, play video games and hang out with my family which usually means playing with cars and trucks in the dirt with my 2-year-old son.

A favorite quote of mine is, ``It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our life that we must draw our strength to live and our reason for acting.`` - Simone de Beauvoir

360-890-7768
nathan.a@nextsuccess.org

Nathan Abbott

Talent Development Specialist

Jackie Wetchler

Talent Development Specialist

Hello! I’m Jackie and I am a Talent Development Specialist. I am very excited to be part of Next. Working with youth and seeing participants succeed is something that I really enjoy. In my free time, I like to practice my calligraphy skills (I’m still learning!). I also like going on walks with my dog and watching sunsets.

One quote that I like is: No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution ... revolution is but thought carried into action. - Emma Goldman

360-890-7765
jackie.w@nextsuccess.org

Jackie Wetchler

Talent Development Specialist