What is HIRE NW?

HIRE NW is dedicated to finding quality sustainable employment for adults with developmental disabilities. Our qualified team is excited to be part of your transition into employment.

Your strengths and attributes will be showcased to carefully chosen, local employers that match the needs of both employer and employees. It is our goal create not only a lasting employment setting but also a sense of community for all!


Judith O’Connell—Employment Specialist

At the young age of 21, Judith began working with seniors as a CNA, which further fueled her passion for working with this population. While raising her children, Judith worked to obtain her Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Portland- moving on to complete Master’s level coursework. When the opportunity arose to serve East Multnomah County’s senior population, Judith seized it. Mt. Hood Senior Solutions has been a catalyst for Judith’s true passion of serving her community by always providing “Life Enriching Care”. 

Judith serves on the board of Mt. Hood Community College’s Mental Health and Human Services program and the Alzheimer’s Association (Oregon Chapter). She is a proud mother and grandmother.

Garon Primmer—Program Director

An East County Native, Garon attended David Douglas High and Mt. Hood Community College before completing his Bachelor’s at Portland State University. He brings to Hire NW 10 years of field experience working with vulnerable adults where he has gained valuable skills, has become an expert in interpersonal relationships and community networking and is tremendously excited to now take a lead role in helping to guide individuals on their paths to meaningful employment.

In his spare time, Garon enjoys anything outdoors- with kayaking, camping, and hiking topping the list. He also loves spending time with his family and four-legged friends.

“Having the ability to change people’s lives is a humbling experience.” – Garon Primmer