Meet Shaina Leiman, Employed

Meet Shaina Leiman, Employed

We’ve all arrived at the checkout lane of our local grocery store with a sense of completion; content that another errand has been checked of our to-do list. As the cashier punches in the codes for your two avocados, a sudden sense of panic strikes…You needed four avocados! Terror strikes. What happens now? Should you pay and come back around? Hold up the line and rush to the produce section? Concoct a way to blame your parents? Uncertainty everywhere.

Suddenly, a friendly voice exclaims, “Two bells!” You feel at ease. You remember that you’re shopping at Trader Joe’s. Shaina and the crew on 185th in Tanasbourne are ready and eager to help at a moment’s notice.

Shaina Leiman exudes friendliness and customer service. A successful student at the Beaverton Community Transition Program, Shaina was determined to get her first paying job in the community. After building a résumé and practicing interview skills, Shaina was able gain employment in an environment where she can help others, gain valuable experience, and be a reliable source of positive energy and integrity. Shaina arrives to work every day with a determination to learn, grow, and succeed.

Dirkse Counseling & Consulting has been providing job development services to outstanding individuals like Shaina since 1997. When Dirkse makes connections in the community with employers who value inclusion and diversity, people like Shaina get to go to work. “Captain” Ken Wong of Trader Joe’s saw Shaina’s potential, not her disability, and made her a crew member. Shaina is now bagging groceries, collecting carts, cleaning, and enthusiastically going to grab those two pesky avocados.

When Employment Specialist Michael Shareshian asked Shaina why she liked working at Trader Joe’s so much, Shaina talked highly of the customers, her fellow crew members, and Trader Joe’s determination to provide a unique customer service experience. Shaina’s potential is limitless and thanks to employers like Trader Joe’s, Shaina is building a strong foundation for career and personal development. She’s also happy to grab your last-minute guacamole needs.

To learn more about how your business can benefit from the inclusion and diversity that people with disabilities bring to the workplace register to attend the 2nd annual Amplify! Rock Stars event on May 23rd, 2019 or contact Director of Business Development & Amplify! Events, Cindy Bahl at: 503-258-7715 or