Meet The Team

Sherri Jensen

CEO

Founder and CEO Sherri Jensen envisioned Valeo by combining her experience running the Resources to Initiate Successful Employment (RISE) program for a Tacoma-based nonprofit, with her previous career in the temporary staffing industry. Sherri brings eight years of workforce development experience to Valeo and believes meaningful employment not only provides a wage, but a sense of self-worth that helps each individual to grow and thrive.

 

The Valeo Vocation model emerged out of a dream of combining the value of a temporary staffing agency with the program success of RISE, creating an innovative social enterprise that transforms lives and communities. 

Mitch Austin

Chief Program Officer / Mentor

Orphaned at birth & adopted into a family immersed in abuse, addiction, divorce & poverty—Mitch has spent the last 50 years navigating his own way to health & sustainability. It was through this journey that he was able to strengthen & forge his resolve, causing him to adopt his own personal lifetime mission: To search out & defend the widows & orphans in their time of distress & to comfort the foreigner & homeless in crisis.

 

By combining his College education with the last 30 years working & volunteering in all levels of nonprofits, charities & state agencies. As a Janitor, Coach, Pastor, Counselor, Case Manager, Program Manager, Program Director, Security guard, Housing Navigator & Mentor in both paid & volunteer status— Coupled with 25+ years in the for-profit arena as an iron worker, construction worker, equipment operator, welder, truck driver, salesman & sales manager has offered Mitchell the opportunity to be a part of building something way bigger than himself & landing him in his life’s passion as the Chief Program Officer with Valeo Vocation!

Andrea Austin

Support Specialist

Andrea Austin brings over 25 years of experience in Management, Payroll, Bookkeeping, Customer Service & Sales, to help her manage the back-office operations at Valeo Vocation. Andrea also brings volunteer experience that includes mentoring young adults, PTA Treasurer Board Position, preparing & serving meals to people experiencing homelessness & several other positions that have given her experience in leading people & organizations toward the mission of serving the people they are passionate about.

 

Andrea’s passion is to serve people in need. To provide hope to people who desire the opportunity to make changes that allow for a better life for themselves & for their families.

 

In addition to her back-office responsibilities, Andrea loves to invest time into establishing relationships with Valeo’s clients & seeks mentor-ship opportunities whenever she can.