Director of Employment Services
Debra Tober has worked in the vocational rehabilitation field for more than 25 years. Throughout her career, Deb has provided leadership, training and oversight of industrial, manufacturing and service organizations. She worked for 18 years at Kandu, Inc., a Holland, Mich.-based nonprofit industrial services supplier that employed a disabled workforce. Prior to entering the vocational rehabilitation field, Deb worked in a variety of manufacturing environments where she gained significant technical experience and leadership skills in key industrial practices including Kaizan, ISO, lean manufacturing and compliance with CARF, a national accreditation organization. Deb is a strong advocate for helping people with employment barriers overcome those challenges to become successful members of the West Michigan workforce.
Director of Mental Health & Community Support
Samantha Scott has been working with disabled and youth populations for more than a decade, starting when she was a college student in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Over the years, she has provided counsel, training, care and supervision in a variety of work and academic settings. She holds degrees in psychology, sports science and business administration from Northern Michigan University. Samantha stays active in her free time participating in activities such as snowboarding, cross country skiing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and giving back to the community by volunteering with her small church group. She is very passionate about the populations served by PELS and eager to assist in providing the help that they deserve.
Director of Operations
David Betlejewski began his career working as an Executive Director in the non-profit in Chicago developing senior housing complexes, renovating commercial, industrial and residential properties and working in partnership with the City of Chicago under Mayor Richard M. Daley. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Michigan State University and a Masters in Business Administration from North Park University. Since returning to his home town of Muskegon, David has become active with the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and received certification as an Employment and Training Specialist through Michigan APSE. A lover of travel, David has helped hundreds of people travel to some of the most exotic places on earth and stays active waterskiing, bike riding, downhill skiing and horseback riding. David is adamant in his belief that the world remains wide open to opportunity for everyone, regardless of their background.
If you’re interested in joining the PELS team, please visit our employment page.