OUR team is dedicated to enhancing and customizing the Return-To-Work process for employers and employees. Our outstanding, high-quality boutique Return-to-Work management services allows for a flexible and robust Return-To-Work program.

Leadership Team

Erik Peterson
/President/
Erik Peterson, President of NPA Return-to-Work Services (NPA), joined NPA in the Return-to-Work (RTW) field in 2005. As President, Erik leads all aspects of operations, sales, client relations and design, development, and implementation of the OUR System Return-To-Work program. Erik’s unparalleled passion for Return-to-Work, dynamic people skills and creative approach to problem-solving are appreciated by both his customers and co-workers. Erik’s professional background and innate business sense provide NPA’s customers with practical, real-life solutions while carving the future of Return-To-Work with a client-centric approach.
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Sarah Morris-Peterson
/Vice President/
Sarah Morris-Peterson
Vice President
Sarah Morris-Peterson, Vice President, joined NPA in 2006. Sarah’s background in systems analysis, software design, and quality management provides the foundational expertise to effectively manage NPA’s operations. Originally from Canada, Sarah holds a degree in Information Technology as well as a Certificate in Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to overseeing daily operations at NPA, she performs data analysis for management reports and spearheads the BridgIT software project.
Skye Carlson
/Director of Sales & Marketing/
Skye Carlson
Director of Sales & Marketing
Joining NPA in 2016, Skye brings over 25 years of marketing, communications and project management excellence across a variety of industries including collegiate retail, software development and multi-media design. In addition to driving NPA’s marketing, Skye coordinates with the sales team and supports management in daily operations. Skye holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science, from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. During her free time, Skye is likely to be found playing outside with her family and friends, preferably near water on warmer days.
Michelle Eddy-Wels
/Director of Finance/
Michelle Eddy-Wels
Director of Finance
Since 1987, Michelle Eddy-Wels has been an integral part of the NPA team and brings over 30 years of accounting and business ownership experience. As NPA’s Director of Finance, Michelle manages all aspects of NPA’s finances, assists in HR and business development. Michelle’s longevity defines her as well-versed expert in the OUR System, from implementation and Bridge Assignment development to client management and strategic support. Outside of NPA, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family camping, at the coast or cooking for family gatherings.  She has a passion for zip lining and exploring the forest with her dog, Shadow and husband.
Megan Suess
/Office Manager/
Megan Suess
Office Manager
Raised in Oregon, Megan graduated from Southern Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Her background includes training staff, creating systems, efficiency, and management. In her free time, Megan loves being outside either rock climbing, laying by a lake, or gardening. She also enjoys travelling, cooking, and going to concerts.
Demetria Hebert
/Return-to-Work Supervisor/
Demetria Hebert
Return-to-Work Supervisor
Demetria graduated with honors from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with certification in Medical Coding and Medical Administration in 2014. After a few years of teaching pre-school, Demetria joined the NPA team in 2018 and today brings an in-depth knowledge about Return-To-Work and passion to her position as an Return-To-Work Supervisor. Her favorite place to visit is Rockaway Beach, Oregon, one of the many places she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Return-To-Work Team

Bonnie Banks
/Return-to-Work Specialist III/
Bonnie Banks
Return-to-Work Specialist III
Bonnie Banks, Senior Return-to-Work Specialist joined NPA in 1996. Bonnie’s strong leadership skills and creativity develop dynamic, customized OUR Systems for a variety of industries including; counties, school districts, rehabilitation and senior living facilities, airports and production and manufacturing companies. Bonnie enjoys the challenge of creating OUR Systems and working closely together with her clients to develop a robust, personalized OUR System specifically designed to meet their unique Return-to-Work needs. Bonnie’s heart passion was founded in 2016 when she began foster parenting dogs for her local animal shelter. The quirkiness of each dog leads to many humorous stories Bonnie loves to share. Bonnie holds Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Portland State University and has worked in the physical and vocational rehabilitation fields since 1986.
Jen Benton
/Return-to-Work Specialist II/
Jen Benton
Return-to-Work Specialist II
Relocating to Southern Oregon from Colorado in 2017, Jen came to work at NPA in January 2019.  Jen brings over 15 years of administrative management experience and has been tackling work in medical billing, specifically focused on pain management, since arriving in Oregon.  Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Design from the University of Northern Colorado.  Born to be outdoors wandering up mountains, exploring vineyards or chasing waves at the beach, on the occasion when Jen finds herself inside, she prefers the company of a ball of yarn, knitting needles, good music and most importantly her family and friends.
Alexandra Gastelum
/Return-to-Work Specialist II/
Alexandra Gastelum
Return-to-Work Specialist II
Alexandra Gastelum joined NPA in 2011 after returning to the Rogue Valley to finish her degree at Southern Oregon University. She joined our team as an Administrative Assistant and excelled in the position. Over the next two years, Alex demonstrated an aptitude for client interaction, task management, and team coordination suited to the demanding position of a Return-to-Work Specialist. The following year she obtained her Bachelor’s degree. Her volunteer experience outside the workplace for disability rights and local nonprofits provides an informed perspective on the challenges facing her clients and their impacted workers. Alex’s clients hail from across California stretching from the Bay Area to the Inland Empire.
Dakota Gonzales
/Return-to-Work Specialist II/
Dakota Gonzales
Return-to-Work Specialist II
Born and raised in Orange County, CA, Dakota moved to Oregon in 2015 where she attended Southern Oregon University (SOU) and graduated with a B.S. in Communications and a minor in Emerging Media and Digital Arts. Demonstrating her aptitude for leadership and excellent customer service, Dakota worked closely with the Board of Directors to design, build, and open the new Student Recreation Center - a vital resource for SOU campus athletics. Outside of work she enjoys going to the gym, shopping at TJ Maxx and Target, and exploring Southern Oregon.
Jasmine Accord
/Return-To-Work Specialist II/
Jasmine Accord
Return-To-Work Specialist II
Jasmine was born and raised in Portland, OR, moving to Ashland, OR to finish her undergraduate degree at Southern Oregon University in 2019, with a B.S. in Healthcare Administration with a focus in Data Analytics and a minor in Psychology. Currently Jasmine is pursuing a M.B.A in Healthcare Administration at Southern Oregon University. Jasmine career in healthcare began in 2021 at Providence Medical Group where she focused on improving patient satisfaction for an internship project. From there, she travelled with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), assisting nurses in Covid-19 testing and vaccine administration until joining the NPA team In Jasmine’s spare time, she enjoys day tripping with her side-pup, Oliver. Together they enjoy hiking, swimming - Oliver more so than Jasmine - and exploring all there is to see around the Southern Oregon and Northern California region.  
Annika Muser
/Return-To-Work Specialist II/
Annika Muser
Return-To-Work Specialist II
Born and raised in Paradise, CA, Anni moved to Oregon in 2019 with her family after losing their home in the Camp Fire of 2018. Anni holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Chico inspired by both of her parents working with individuals with disabilities all her life. Anni is excited to be part of NPA Return-to-Work and take advantage of her skills in communication and working with data. When she’s not on a plane on her way to explore a new country, you can find Anni enjoying theatre locally, dancing, spending time with family, or going to visit friends in Chico, CA.
Ali Marks
/Return-To-Work Specialist II/
Ali Marks
Return-To-Work Specialist II
As a lifelong resident of Southern Oregon, Ali received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Oregon University and graduated with honors from Southern New Hampshire University’s, Master’s in Writing program. Having previously worked in advertising, she joined the NPA team in the hopes of using her skills to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. In her free time, you can find her painting, drawing, practicing archery or attending local music events.
Courtney Stewart
/Return-To-Work Specialist II/
Courtney Stewart
Return-To-Work Specialist II
Born and raised in Mid-Michigan, Courtney Stewart, moved to Ashland Oregon in 2018 to pursue a Master of Science in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. During her studies she discovered her aptitude for administrative work and attention to detail. With her natural love for science, people and reaching individuals with a positive intention, she found herself a perfect fit with the NPA team. Courtney’s background in Scientific research, communication, education, and administration has provided her with the building blocks necessary to work effectively in the field of Return-To-Work.
Olivia Mesco
/Return-To-Work Specialist II/
Olivia Mesco
Return-To-Work Specialist II
Olivia Mesco joined the NPA team in January 2023; a longtime resident of Southern Oregon and University of Oregon alumni (‘Sco Ducks!), Olivia provides efficient, friendly, and collaborative assistance to the NPA team with over 6 years’ involvement in customer experience, digital marketing, and sales from Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Marriott International and local Oregon community-driven businesses including the Ross Ragland Theater. In her free time Olivia enjoys spending time with her dog Prudence Pugglesworth III, reading suspense novels and baking desserts for her friends and coworkers.
Kyah Mollahan
/Return-To-Work Specialist II/
Kyah Mollahan
Return-To-Work Specialist II
Kyah Mollahan was born and raised in Southern Oregon, where her and her partner still reside, raising their family. Upon completing an Associates of Arts degree in business, Kyah worked alongside multiple local coffee companies in Barista Training Management and Technical Advancement. Kyah joined NPA in 2023 and it has been a perfect fit - bringing outstanding communication, a passion for learning, dynamic interpersonal connection, and client focused service. Kyah spends most of her free time with her family and enjoys gardening and family trips to the lake and ocean.
Conor Summer
/Return-To-Work Specialist I/
Conor Summer
Return-To-Work Specialist I
Conor joined our NPA team in June of 2023, moving from the Big Sky Country to the Southern Rouge Valley to start a new life. A child of America, Conor was born in Fresno CA, was raised in Settle WA, Albuquerque NM, Fairfax VA, and then moved to Montana to attended Carroll College in the state capital of Helena. Conor graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, with a minor in economics and a minor in project management. While at Carroll, Conor participated in speech and debate, students in Free Enterprise, and student leadership commission throughout his time. When not at work, Conor likes to spend time with his family and two dogs, playing frisbee golf, hiking, enjoying games with friends, and experimenting with new foods and beverages.
Caleb Pelch
/Return-To-Work Assistant/
Caleb Pelch
Return-To-Work Assistant
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Chris Garcia
/Return-To-Work Assistant/
Chris Garcia
Return-To-Work Assistant
Coming Soon!
Jonathan Kimel
/Return-To-Work Assistant/
Jonathan Kimel
Return-To-Work Assistant
Coming soon!
Angeline Love
/Administrative Assistant/
Angeline Love
Administrative Assistant
A long-time resident of Ashland, Oregon, Angel joined NPA in 2023 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Emerging Media and Digital Art from Southern Oregon University. With 7 years in customer service and working as a freelance artist, Angel brings attention to detail, a caring demeanor, and excellent collaboration skills to the NPA team. In her free time, Angel enjoys drawing, listening to music, playing video games, exploring the outdoors, and hanging out with her two cats.