Get Involved

As part of the Five-Year Plan for the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council for the period 2012-2016, the Council will be focusing on the five goals and respective objectives contained in the Plan. The Council has created committees to help address some of these areas.

Committees currently in place are: Executive, Multicultural, Planning and Grants, Legislative and Public Policy, and  an ad hoc Autism. The committees' chairpersons are Council members, but community members who are not Council members are invited and welcomed to join a committee.

Call or email the Council office if you are interested in joining one of the Council's committees.

Phone: 720-941-0176 Fax: 720-941-8490


Committees of the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council


Committee Meetings
listed below


Executive Committee
Held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Council offices, 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Mellisa Umphenour - Chairperson
Jeanette Cordova - Vice-Chairperson
Melissa Mannix
Ed George
Robert Buzogany


Legislative and Public Policy Committee
During the months the legislature is not in session, the Legislative and Public Policy Committee will meet at the State Capitol monthly on the first Monday of each month, from June to December 2013.
During the legislative session the Committee meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday
in Room 356 at the State Capitol from 11:00 AM to 1 PM, unless otherwise noted.

Ed George - Chair
Lisa Franklin                     Shannon P. Secrest
Jeanie Benfield                 Mellisa Umpanheur
Hal V. Wright
Anuska Ullal



Multicultural Committee
The Multicultural Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of every third month, beginning in March 2013, from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Beginning in January 2013, the Multicultural Committee meets every third month with the Planning and Grants Committee. All meetings are at the Council office, 1120 Lincoln, Suite 706, Denver, CO 80203.
Beginning in February 2013, the Multicultural Committee meets every third month with the Legislative and Public Policy Committee at the State Capitol.

Jeanette Cordova - Chair

Deon Gillespie

Anuska Ullal

Jessica Howard



Planning and Grants Committee
The Planning and Grants Committee meets every third Tuesday of the month at the Council offices, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Melissa Mannix - Chair

Sandra L Friedman

Robert Buzogany

Sarita Reddy

Shannon P. Secrest

Anuska Ullal

Lisa Franklin

Patricia Henke

Claire Dickson




ad hoc CO-CANDO Committee

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council created its ad hoc Autism Committee on September 22, 2010, in response to a Senate Joint Resolution (SJR10-027) and a recommendation from its Legislative & Public Policy Committee that the Council oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Colorado Autism Commission. The committee has been renamed as CO-CANDO (Colorado Collaborative for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Options). The CANDO website offers current information about CO-CANDO, its work and outcomes.

Shannon Secrest

Sandra Friedman