Council Members

Who We Are
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The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council (CDDC) members are citizens of the State of Colorado. Council membership reflects the geographical diversity of Colorado. Council members are people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, and representatives of state agencies, nongovernmental agencies and private nonprofit groups concerned with services for people with disabilities.

Citizens of Colorado interested in applying to be members of the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council apply for membership through the office of Boards and Commissions, and are appointed by the Governor. Terms begin on July 1st each year. Complete the online application or call the CDDC office for an application at (720) 941-0176.

CURRENT COUNCIL MEMBERS

Ali Thompson, Parent, Legislative Public Policy Chair

Berthoud, CO

Ali is the proud mom of a brilliant son with level one autism and a daughter with a neurological malformation called Polymicrogyria which includes diagnoses of epilepsy, IDD, and who is non-verbal.  Ali graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Criminology and has been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years.  She is currently a criminal investigator with the Colorado Attorney General's Office where she investigates abuse and neglect of at-risk individuals in facilities throughout the state.  Ali also presents local, state, and national training on communicating with people with disabilities and investigation techniques for at-risk crimes. Ali has a passion to fight for justice for our most vulnerable citizens and strives to be a voice for the voiceless.  Ali and her kids live in Berthoud.

 


Alicia Eakins, Parent

Denver, CO

My name is Alicia Eakins and I am the mother of Ezra (7) who is differently abled, and Imogen (2). I have a background in international community development and have lived in, and traveled throughout, Africa. Our work and life trajectory shifted drastically when Ezra was born, and I have been actively educating and advocating on behalf of the I/DD community since then. I currently serve on the Jefferson County School and District Accountability Committees and am the Executive Director and co-founder of Nexus Partners for Accessibility, an international development nonprofit working with local organizations to build inclusive communities for people with disabilities. I am honored to serve on the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council and to be part of the I/DD community.


Angie Moss, Parent, Council Chairperson 

Centennial, CO

Angie Moss, a parent advocate, has worked in public health for over 10 years. Working towards eliminating systematic barriers for services is a big motivator in her career. She has a Masters in Public Health and is a Registered Dietitian. Angie has four amazing young adult children, one of which has a rare chromosomal deletion. He is non-verbal but has a gift of connecting with people and has a contagious laugh that has been known to take a whole room down. Angie and her husband live in Ft. Collins and enjoy an active lifestyle that includes their kids and travel. Over the years she has volunteered in various ways, at the local and state level, and appreciates how complex the disability community can be. Angie believes that those closest to the challenges are often the ones closest to the solutions and she sees accessibility being the problem rather than the disability. Angie is excited to serve on the council and to be part of bringing awareness, accessibility and inclusivity to communities and individuals.

 


Bonnie Silva, Title XIX of Social Security Act

Aurora, CO

Bonnie Silva is the Director of the Office of Community Living for the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing and serves the role of guiding policy, strategy and system redesign. The Office of Community Living administers long-term services and supports benefits for people with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes long-term services and supports for people living in their home and community to services provided by nursing facilities. Prior to her current role, Silva was the long-term services and supports Division Director at the Department and has extensive experience in program administration, policy development, quality oversight and community engagement.

 


Cami Renfrow

Salida, CO

Cami is an herbalist, writer, self-advocate and parent advocate. A former hospice volunteer and computer programmer, she came to the council through Kristen Erby. From first becoming a mama she's tried to carve out space for her kids to be who they are, while finding ways to survive around many of the systemic obstacles the council addresses. That brings a person head-on with systems change and well-researched choices in multiple spheres, so she finds the CDDC's charter for systems change crucial to Colorado's I/DD community. Growing up in Montana, she traveled a few years and gave her kids a hands-on outdoor education, then chose Salida as home where she lives now with her two teens and dog, and creates digital educational materials. She keeps a home filled with creative projects and the joy of ideas and movement, and can often be found in the surrounding mountains.

 


Christine Owen, Parent of person formerly or currently residing institution of such

Colorado Springs, CO

Christine is serving on the Council as a parent of a person residing in an institution. She is the mother of two wonderful men, who are 23 and 25 years old. Both men have extensive special needs and collectively have diagnosis that include Hydrocephalus, Seizure Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Bi-polar Disorder. Christine provides care for one of her sons in her home, while the other resides at Wheat Ridge Regional Center. Christine has worked with and been involved with advocating and caring for people with special needs and their families for over 25 years. She is passionate about helping to make the world a more accepting and inclusive place for her children and others like them.


David Bukovinsky, Parent

Aurora, CO

Has lived in Colorado for 20 years, originally a native of Columbus, OH, and a graduate of The Ohio State University (Computer engineering). He and his wife Laurie have 2 wonderful children (Connor & Megan)  - both in high school. Connor was diagnosed with Autism at 2, and has made tremendous strides in his development thanks to the programs in place in Colorado at the State level, and school district level. David is grateful to the council, and Governor Polis, for the opportunity to bring his advocacy experience with Connor, as well as his business experience, to help deliver on the council's mission for the developmentally disabled.  Career-wise he has been focused on technology roles at companies such as Microsoft, Motorola, and many others. He is currently the head of product management for customer engagement solutions at CSG. He and his family reside in Aurora.

 

David Monroe, Disability Law Colorado

Grand Junction, CO

David Monroe joined Disability Law Colorado (DLC) as the Grand Junction Office Managing Attorney in January 2017. He graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1988 with a degree in history and obtained his law degree from CU in 1992. He began his career in law as criminal defense attorney in private practice in 1992. Over the past 25 years he has worked as an educator, educational program developer and grant administrator, as well as the Executive Director of non-profit agencies providing services to people with disabilities, while continuing in the practice of law. In his role as Managing Attorney of the DLC Grand Junction office he often represents individuals with workplace and housing discrimination issues as well as students and parents with disability-related educational concerns.


Dina Johnson, Centers for Excellence 

Aurora, CO

MA, Training Co-Director, Information Dissemination Director, and NIRS Coordinator, is an Instructor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, JFK Partners at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She supports the training program with curriculum updates and is a co-instructor for CLSC 6653/6654 Key Concepts in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities 1 & 2 and CLSC 6661/6662 Leadership Dialogues 1 & 2. Her degree in eLearning Development and Implementation (MA), included preparation in the principles of universal design. She is committed to ensuring that resources are available in multiple accessible formats and in a culturally competent manner. She was selected to represent JFK Partners at the 2016 Colorado Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities led by the University of Delaware. Ms. Johnson is an enthusiastic instigator of educational collaboration and adoption of technological advances in teaching and learning. She actively scans and widely disseminates Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) network and community partner announcements and resources throughout JFK Partners and the community to promote awareness of the UCEDD network as a significant source of expertise. Ms. Johnson has more than 22 years of experience at JFK Partners, advising syllabus development and interactive class experiences, bringing expertise in adult learning principles and tele-training strategies. She manages JFK Partners' information system (including NIRS), tele-education/continuing education capabilities, and the JFK Partners website, listserv and social media.

Dawn Russell, Self-Advocate

Denver, CO

Jodie Ryan, Parent

Colorado Springs, CO 

We moved here in 2017 after my husband retired from the Air Force. I have a young adult daughter with Down syndrome and I am her co-guardian/rep payee/IHSS provider. I enjoy reading, wildlife/outdoor photography, movies and my dog. I am excited to be a part of the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council and share my experiences and concerns regarding having an adult child with special needs.

Joseph Morrone

Professional/Self-Advocate- Serve as a person with a developmental disabilities.

Joe Morrone worked 17 years in the field of Developmental Disabilities, he has worked on both the residential side as well as the vocational side. Joe started at Martin Luther Homes in Fort Collins after graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He worked in apartment settings and later became a host home provider. Joe was also involved in training new staff and developed a new training on communication.

In 1999 Joe went to work for Employment Link (now Community Link) in Boulder. He worked in a variety of capacities to provide vocational services to people with disabilities.

In addition to his work in the field, Joe also has a disability and that makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the Developmental Disabilities Council. He has seen firsthand the challenges that people with disabilities face every day, and he has spent his professional career working to making inclusion second nature for everyone.

Joe is married to Elizabeth and loves sports, especially his Denver Broncos. He is very excited about serving and bringing all his experiences to the council.

 

 

Kara Harvey, Older Americans Act of 1965

Greeley, CO


Katie Oliver, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Katie Oliver is the Interagency Transition and School to Work Liaison for the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and has been since 2008. Katie's responsibilities include overseeing the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) in partnership with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), providing technical assistance and training to school districts around transition services for young adults with disabilities in school and coordinating with other adult service agencies. Katie is a member of several councils supporting people with disabilities. She has worked previously in the workforce centers and among adult agencies serving people with disabilities. Katie has a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership and Business Management.


Lisa Franklin, Private Non-profit Group

Highlands Ranch, CO

Lisa Franklin is the Program Manager at Parent to Parent of Colorado, a program of Ability Connection Colorado. She is a mom and grandparent of individuals with special needs and a long time special education teacher and administrator. Lisa is passionate about supporting families, providing high quality early learning opportunities that include all children, and increasing employment and education opportunities for individuals with disabilities. As a representative of non-profit organizations on The Council, Lisa believes that collaboration between families, public agencies and community organizations can lead to great outcomes for all individuals.


Lucinda Haro, Parent

Denver, CO

Lucinda is a native of the North Side of Denver Colorado. She is a Concorde Career College graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Surgical Technology. She has a beautiful 22 year old daughter with severe CP. This inspired her to become her full-time caregiver and has been employed by PASCO Home Health for the past 16 years. She is also a Family Liaison for the past 3 years with PASCO.Lucinda is also an advance advocate and community organizer for the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition.  She enjoys performing community outreach and is a graduate of the Advocacy program from Denver University sponsored by Colorado Cross Disability Coalition. She is very passionate about her career working with the disability community and continues to work towards the injustice and equality all Americans deserve. She has a long history striving for the rights relating to her Grandfather civil rights activists Juan Haro that fought for the equality of the Latino community in the 1970's. Lucinda lives in Henderson Colorado with her three beautiful children Estrella, Santiago and James II.

 


Mariah Gillaspie, Parent, Planning and Grants Chair

Centennial, CO

I'm Mariah, mom to Emma (3) and Abby (1) who each have their own unique abilities and needs. Our family is a genetic mystery, and while our girls show the same symptoms we are still searching for the underlying genetic cause. I am a firm believer in the idea that developmental disability is a natural part of the human experience and I am passionate about advocating that idea, especially in the younger community with the goal of raising a generation where inclusion and equality are the standard. I am an active member of the Special Needs, Epilepsy and Rare Disease communities and serve as the Denver Family Ambassador for the LGS Foundation. I am proud to sit on the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council and believe that together we can make Colorado a leading community for those with disabilities.


Meghan Greene, Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Windsor, CO

Competitive and Integrated Employment Manager for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Meghan is a native Coloradoan from Longmont. She attended Colorado State University and earned a Master's Degree in Social Work. She started out her career working as a case manager for Options for Long Term Care, a Single Entry Point in Fort Collins, working with individuals on the Community Mental Health Supports and Elderly, Blind and Disabled Medicaid waivers. She has also worked as an Adult Protection Caseworker for Boulder County investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation. She has worked for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for 5 years in various roles; as a Rehabilitation Counselor specializing in working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and a Supervisor of the Northglenn, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) office. Currently she is the Competitive and Integrated Employment Manager for DVR. She is passionate about access to employment being a right for all people, and the first and preferred option for services. Employment contributes positively financially, and to our happiness, health, confidence, self-esteem, and- of course- recovery. She works with her team to support employment First and Evidenced-based practices in DVR service delivery.

Milagritos Segura Cuba, Parent

Arvada, CO

Ronald Hutter, Self-Advocate

Aurora, CO

Susan, "Sami" Peterson, Parent

Fort Collins, CO

Tara Entwistle, Maternal & Child

Golden, CO

Tara is driven to the DD Council by the opportunity it provides her to lift and celebrate the voices of Colorado's ID/DD community. She serves as a representative of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's (CDPHE) Title V Maternal and Child Health programming. In her role with CDPHE, Tara currently partners with local public health agencies to strengthen the systems that serve children and youth with special health care needs and their families. Her background includes over ten years of experience in the field of public health and a Masters degree from the CUNY Hunter School of Public Health in East Harlem. Tara is energized by building bridges between people and identifying shared goals across groups. She currently chairs the Council's ad hoc Membership workgroup. Tara believes that a standing Membership committee will propel the work of the Council forward through strategic recruitment, expanded member development and universal meeting design that ensures accessibility for all.