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I have worked with folks with disabilities for as long as I can remember and been the E.D. of the Council since 2000.  I am pleased to have been exposed to some great best practices.  I lived in a L'Arche community in Syracuse, NY, worked at one of the first inclusive preschools, Jowonio School, also in Syracuse.  I had the pleasure of being exposed to great thinkers at Syracuse University such as Wolf Wolfensberger, the author of Normalization and Burt Blatt, the author of Christmas in Purgatory, a photo essay of the horrenous conditions in institutions at the time.  This interest also took me to look at best practices and public policy in Sweden , aka nirvana. My high expectations for supports for folks in service were set by that experience, but have yet to be met in the U.S..

I have always had the pleasure of working for organizations that are mission driven.  All groups that I have worked with do NOT support special people going special places on special transportation to do special activities.  Life has never been dull as a result.  My son Conor is busy renovating houses locally and Eamon is a hipster reference librarian at Long Island University in Brooklyn.  

Sue believes that her first teacher about living well with a disability was her best--her older brother who lives a life of his choosing in his community. This relationship has profoundly influenced her life, leading her to work professionally with people living with disabilities and their families for over 30 years. This work has honed Sue's keen sense of inclusion and advocacy. Sue has recently taken the Council Planner position as a result of the retirement of Marna Ares. Sue looks forward to continuing her service in collaboration with other council members committed to improving the lives of Colorado citizens living and working with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Robert A. Lawhead, Policy Analyst

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Bob Lawhead has been hired as Policy Advisor for the Colorado Developmental Disability Council effective March 2017.  Prior to that he was employed as CEO for Community Link, a non-profit agency supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Bob has supported self-advocacy for many years as advisor for Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered of Boulder County. 

Bob received his MA Ed. from the University of Colorado in 1985. He is Past President of the National Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) and presently serves as APSE's Public Policy Committee Co-Chair and CO-APSE's Public Policy Chair.  Bob also serves as Co-Chair of Colorado's Employment First implementation panel.  He authored Conversion: from Segregated, Sheltered Workshops to Supported Employment and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Bob has promoted inclusion for people with cognitive disabilities through parent education, systems change consultation and public policy advocacy. Bob and his wife Anastasia have one child Jess, who experiences Down syndrome and who has recently graduated from high school, where he was included in regular classes.  Jess' family trusts Jess will soon be entering the world of work!

Mackenzie, originally from Cleveland, Ohio has been in Colorado for the past 38 years.  He earned his degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University.  He is the Council's Fiscal Manager, all incoming correspondence with numbers finds its way to his desk.  Before coming to the Council he worked for the State Auditor's Office.  Mackenzie gets a break from the exacting requirements of accounting by gardening and quilt-making.


  • Administrative Assistant
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