Rock Springs Office Staff

Paul Haapala

Paul Haapala is the Data and Billing Manager for WSIL.  Prior to working at WSIL, Paul had a variety of occupations which include being an IT/Building Maintenance Manager, auto claims adjuster, field technician for an archaeological firm, and a production worker in a cheese factory to name a few. Paul graduated from Western Wyoming Community College with an Associates of Science in Business Administration. He also earned his Human Resources certificate from the University of Utah continuing education program.  He takes pride in working for an organization that is here to help increase the quality of lives for people with disabilities.

When Paul is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, Elise, and their dog Haapals.  Paul and his twin brother, George, are huge fans of the NBA and their favorite team is the Dallas Mavericks.  He also enjoys traveling, building puzzles and watching movies and documentaries.

Sandy Knezovich

Sandy is a Transportation Specialist and an Independent Living Specialist, serving Sweetwater, Uinta and Lincoln Counties.  Sandy helps individuals with a disability remain independent in their own homes by coordinating personal care, home delivered meals, life lines, and skilled nursing.  She also helps provide resources, training and coordinating rides for individuals with a disability who have a barrier to transportation.

Sandy believes that there is nothing more rewarding than giving someone a reason to smile or an emotional thank you from someone you’ve helped to lead an active, independent life.  Outside of work Sandy loves to spend time camping, boating, hiking, biking, or any activity that consists of fresh air, family, friends and good times.

Pat Punches

Pat is an Independent Living Specialist and Care Coordinator for Sweetwater, Lincoln and Uinta Counties. Pat educates and advocates for individuals to enable them to maintain their independence.  He also informs and assists eligible individuals with utilizing community resources available to them.  Pat is a “retired” school administrator who can’t really retire.

Pat loves family (especially grandkids—six of them) golf, hunting, fishing and people.  Helping individuals maintain their independence is a  is a very gratifying endeavor for him!


Luke Freeman