About Us

Who We Are

Skils’kin is a community-based, nonprofit organization that provides employment services to adults with disabilities, helping them grow and thrive within the community. Through these collaborative services, we help individuals with disabilities find meaningful employment and effectively manage their financial resources, promoting integration and, ultimately, a top quality of life in the process.

We directly employ individuals with and without disabilities to provide products and services for business and the government through our Commercial Services and our AbilityOne Contracts in Washington, Montana, and Wyoming. We also place individuals with disabilities in jobs in the community through our comprehensive Employment Services department. In addition to these employment services, we also provide representative payee services through our Payee Services department.

Our Mission

Empower people. Enhance opportunities. Enrich communities.

Our Vision

Be the company most known for creating and implementing the model for inclusion for adults with disabilities.

Corporate Values


Accountability is the acknowledgement and assumption of responsibility for actions, decisions, and policies. This includes the obligation to report, explain, and be answerable for resulting consequences.


Genuine awareness, recognition, and inclusion of the dynamic qualities, beliefs, and contributions of every individual.


Foster purposeful connections to better our communities.


The creation of more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas.


The honesty and accuracy of one’s actions.

What’s the meaning behind the name?

Skils’kin is a Salish word meaning “a place where a person goes to seek personal identity and self-empowerment”

Organizational Chart

  • Brian Behler
    President & CEO
    • Nick Bruck
      Board Member
    • KellieJo Timberlake
      Board Member
    • Jennifer McPherson
      Board Member
    • Delana Combs
      Board Member
    • Chrystal Ortega
      Board Member
    • Christina Laurie
      Board Member
    • Ben Luety
      Board Member
  • Brian Behler
    President & CEO
    • Nicolle Laporte
      Chief Financial Officer
    • Steve McBride
      Vice President of Operations
    • Ian Graves
      Vice President, Human Resources
    • Amanda Cross
      Vice President, Strategy and Innovation
    • Toby Broemmeling
      Vice President of State Programs


First-Year Strategic Plan Goals

This morning’s message is from VP of Strategy and Innovation, Amanda Cross. Good morning everyone, happy Monday. Mondays normally have me thinking about the week to come, what needs to be tackled, and getting organized to do so. But today, I’m reflecting on what...

Surround Yourself With People Better Than You

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Actively Seeking Wellness

When I began my current role, I knew I would have the opportunity to share with others what I’ve learned in my lifetime.  Primarily it has been my desire to help Project Managers and Assistants understand their jobs and how to collaborate with others, in order to...

Burnout & Capacity

I find myself in a space where I would like to share some thoughts that have been on my mind lately. The last couple of years have taught me some important lessons, and one of the biggest is around burnout and capacity. Toward the end of last year, I found myself out...