"Never have I seen a person better suited to his life's work! Not only is Chris deeply and passionately
committed to serving the needs of the youth his organization works with, he has the vision and leadership
skills to run a top-notch organization that performs their very challenging work so well. Our community is
extremely fortunate to have Chris here transforming the lives of the youth who need him the most."
— Jason Swain, Owner and Principal Consultant at Jason Swain & Associates, LLC
"Chris helped manage a group home, which we rented to him, for at risk youth and adolescents. He did a
wonderful job, keeping the kids, the property and the staff safe and at their best. He communicates well, is
trustworthy, well motivated, capable and a good person. I recommend him highly."
— Mark Mays, PhD, JD, Clinical Professor at University of Washington
"I know Chris to be of high moral character, extremely dependable and have the well being and progress of his
clients as the most important goals of his company. On a personal note, Chris always amazes me with his deep
and genuine concern for others. It is true of Chris' that his word is indeed his bond."
— Edward Bryant, Executive Director at Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives Association
"The services Chris provides requires a high level of professionalism and apptitude. Chris runs his company
exceptionally well. His employees respect him as well as the families of the individuals he cares for. Chris
also works well with all the government agencies to ensure that these children are well taken care
— Jeff Kavadias, Owner, Jeff Kavadias CPA PC
"Chris was fully engaged and involved in his class year at Leadership Spokane. He both listened to and
inspired his fellow students. After graduation, he made a solid commitment to Leadership Spokane and expanded
his commitment to the community. Chris is a man of great integrity, very practical, yet with a kind heart. He
follows through and takes appropriate risks when they fit with his mission."
— Linda Finney, Executive Director, Leadership Spokane, Retired
"Breakthrough, under Chris' leadership, along with the team that he has assembled, has incorporated the
culture of impacting the children's lives who are under their care, in the most positive way that they can.
Their ambition is to have these children leave their care and to be better people because of their experience
under Breakthrough's oversight. It has been a blessing to know Chris and to see the impact that he and his
company have had in our community."
— Mark Lupton, Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
"My staff in Spokane and Kennewick appreciate the services that your agency and staff have provided to the
people in your care, the open lines of communication with the DDA staff, the willingness to go that extra
mile, the promptness of corrections that arise, the care that you take in the condition of your homes, the
philosophy of your company, and the attention to detail in your documentation sent to the social
— State employee, Department of Social and Health Services
"Our grandson has been a resident of a Breakthrough facility for four years. In the time he has been at
Breakthrough, he has improved tremendously. He is now able to control his behavior so that we are comfortable
taking him into most any social situation with confidence that he will behave appropriately. He has also
become more stable emotionally. We attribute these improvements to the program and environment fostered in the
Breakthrough home. We would not hesitate to recommend Breakthrough to anyone with a child in need of special
care and guidance."
— Warren and Judie Weimer, grandparents of Breakthrough resident
"Congratulations on your recognition as the DDA Agency of the year. As the award recognizes, to be the lead
agency requires more than a quality product. It requires quality customer service, a highly qualified and
professional staff, and attention to detail. I great respect that as you receive this award, you still have
the well-being of your clients in mind, above all else."
— David Condon, Mayor of Spokane
"I have had numerous students from Breakthrough with challenging behaviors. When working with those students,
it really helps to have support from their homes. I have been impressed with Breakthrough's support in any
situation I have encountered. Their knowledge about their clients has been a benefit when I have questions.
Their staff has the patience and rapport that you need when working with students who have considerable mental
or physical disabilities. Breakthrough has been tremendous to work with."
— Tim Carroll, Designed Instruction Teacher, Ferris High School