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Board of Directors

DDRC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The membership of the Board represents families, consumers and the community at large. The Board of Directors provides overall direction to employees, sets policy, and develops and approves the budget. Board meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public and employees are welcome to attend. Meetings are usually held at the DDRC Building.

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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings of the DDRC Board of Directors are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., at the DDRC central office located at 11177 W. 8th Ave., Lakewood. There is no meeting in July and the November/December date is determined in September. All meetings are open to the public. Please contact Annette Rogers at 303-462-6508 if you plan to attend.

Download the Board meeting schedule.

Public Comment During Board Meetings

During the two public comment opportunities in the agenda, members of the public have up to 5 minutes to address the Board. The total time for public comment will not exceed 15 minutes per comment period unless extended by the presiding officer. The public comment time is not for questions and answers: it is your time to express your views. Any questions need to be submitted in writing and will be answered within 5 business days of the meeting. Audience participation at Board meetings is limited to the public comment portion of the meeting. At all other times the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the Board.

Current Board Members

C. David Pemberton, II


Parent of Individual in Services

C. David Pemberton, II"I see my role as providing direction to the Community Centered Board in helping to gain understanding of how to get the most services from the funding dollars that we receive. And, how to utilize those services to provide the best we can for the consumers. In order to do this, I am required to gain understanding of the organization by learning about the many programs we administer. Being a director is satisfying to me especially when employees are recognized for the good work they do, advancements and joy they get from their work. It is wonderful when consumers show me they are happy with their program and the individual services they receive from staff. I have seen many occasions where strong bonds of friendship have developed between consumers and employees." - David

Additional Associations and Roles:

  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Appointed by and Representing Jefferson County Commissioners
  • Chair - Executive Committee
  • Past Chair of the Family Support Council

Joanne Elliott, M.A.

Vice President

Parent of Individual in Services

Joanne Elliott"My involvement with the Board began with serving on the Family Support Council. This experience allowed me to see the severe difficulties facing DD families emotionally, physically and financially. Parental involvement is very important because it is one way to learn. I want to help other parents who are looking for programs and funding for their family member with DD. Being part of the DDRC Board of Directors has helped me to understand the importance of Community Centered Boards and their goal of helping the DD population. It has been very enriching." - Joanne

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Adult Vocational Services Representative
  • Chair - Adult Vocational Services Committee
  • Past Chair of the Family Support Council

Corinne Gray


Parent of Individual in Services

Corinne Gray"Our biggest responsibility is making sure that parents and families have access to the information, resources and support that they need to be involved with their family member throughout their life. We are responsible for people having access in order to be good parents and supporters of the individual with disabilities. I am in a new role now with an 18 year old. I always felt responsible as a young parent to educate young families for the journey I know they have ahead of them. I am proud to represent an agency that has a good reputation and plays a very powerful role in people's lives." - Corinne

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Arc of Jefferson County
  • Supported Living Services Representative
  • Former Chair of Family Support Council
  • Former ARC Board President

Frankie Cole


ANB Bank

I am excited to be on the Board of Directors and utilize my finance and business experience to contribute to the leadership and management of DDRC. I hope to be able to support the mission of DDRC in creating opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the community. As a mother of four young children, I have a passion for organizations that promote and support families in their times of need.

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • ANB Bank – President
  • Victim Outreach, Inc. – Advisory Board Member

Jean Armour, B.S.N., L.P.C.

Armour Consulting, Inc.

Parent of Individual in Services

Jean Armour"I see my role as being in an oversight position to ensure quality of services and stability of the agency. More specifically for myself, I have the responsibility of overseeing the residential programs and services as chairperson of that particular committee. My role there is simply to guide committee process and work towards ensuring that we take advantage of all possible opportunities for clients. And, that we do it in a cost and service effective way while maintaining a level that meets the need. I also feel some commitment to the Board to ensure that services remain for other people because my own family has benefited for some time. My son was two years old when we first enrolled him in DDRC services and he is now forty-one. I am very grateful that we have been able to benefit from those services." - Jean

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Owner, Armour Consulting, Inc
  • Brain Chemistry Expert
  • Quality Living Options (QLO) Representative
  • Chair - QLO, Recreation, Supported Living Services Committee

Jan Beckett

President, Speaking for Ourselves of Colorado
Retired, Bureau of Reclamation
Individual Receiving Services

Jan Beckett"I love my role as consumer representative.I see a lot of my fellow consumers at activities and we talk about our needs.I have held, and currently hold, many offices with local advocacy groups.I love to travel and went to a self-advocacy conference in Washington D.C. whereI met Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Ken Salazar." - Jan

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Inidividual in Services
  • Individuals in Service Representative
  • Past Treasurer - People First
  • Past President & Vice President of People First
  • Past Sergeant of Arms - Speaking for Ourselves
  • President – Speaking for Ourselves
  • Vice President – People First

Pat Bolton

Red Rocks Community College

Pat Bolton""My work for several years has been involvement in early childhood and more specifically in advocacy and improving the quality, availability and access of services. In particular for children birth through age eight. When it comes to children with special care needs, both through my work at Red Rocks and even before that, I have worked to ensure that all children have access to the highest level of services. We have increased the ability of childcare facilities to effectively respond to special care needs. Through my work with DDRC and the Early Childhood Council, we have been able to engage community partners to address this issue. We are very excited about the partnership we have with DDRC and the opportunity we both have to learn about each other. My dream is that some day we won't have to advocate specifically for kids with developmental disabilities, but that all children will be able to access high quality services that meet their needs." - Pat

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Director of Child Care Innovations
  • Community Representative

Dan Fishbein, Ph.D.

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Dan Fishbein, Ph.D."I am the representative from Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH) and have direct involvement in making sure our organizations are working together and supporting each other. Board members are advocates and community leaders for the cause of developmental disabilities. We also exercise governance and fiduciary responsibilities for DDRC activities. One of the neat and unique things about the DDRC Board is that it is comprised of a broad cross section of the community, everything from consumers to community partners to business leaders and family members. The strength of a board and organization is the extent to which it reaches out and touches the community at large. JCMH and DDRC have had a longstanding and very positive relationship in which each organization promotes and supports the other." - Dan

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Corporate Business Director
  • Representing Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Susan Hartley


Parent of Individual in Services

Susan Hartley"First, as a parent of a young child with severe developmental disabilities, parents want to learn when and how to get services. Over the years, my family has received so much help from the staff at Margaret Walters School and the Jefferson County Community Center, now DDRC. I felt more compelled to get involved not only to give back, but to get more educated and, hopefully, to share with others. As a member of the Board, what I have learned is incredible in terms of the structure to provide services, especially now that my son is an adult. I can understand the frustrations of families having to decide where and how to get help for their child with special needs. Every single issue is so complicated, but you don't know that or have appreciation for it until you've looked at the whole picture as Board members. Some decisions we've made have been difficult when dealing with the realities of funding, care providers and ensuring safety and consistent monitoring to meet all obligations to our clients, each other as parents and the community at large. We really do have to be committed to understanding the system. The Board is blessed to have leadership with a passionate commitment to improving services." - Susan

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Vice President, Mid Market Sales & Care
  • Services at Large Representative

Margaret Huffman

Jefferson County Public Health Department

Margaret Huffman " I am privileged to be a member of the Board of Directors and contribute my public health nursing and community collective impact experience to support the leadership and management of DDRC. My experiences in coordinating and consulting with families of children with special health care needs will enable me to reinforce the mission of DDRC in assuring holistic for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the community. " - Margaret

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Director, Community Health Services Division, Jefferson County Public Health Department
  • Previous Nurse Manager for Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Tonya Kelly

University of Denver

Parent of Individual in Services

Tonya Kelly"When my daughter was born 8 years ago my husband and I felt lost and unsure how to care and support her. DDRC helped us navigate the world of disabilities and provided the much needed early intervention to guide her and us. Today, I feel grateful to DDRC and feel it is my duty to give back to an organization that has been so critical to not just my family but to my community. I feel honored to serve on this board and believe we as a community should support and empower those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live fulfilling and connected lives." - Tonya

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Director of Development, University of Denver
  • Vice President, Colorado ARC Board of Directors

Joni Krickbaum


Parent of Individual in Services

Joni Krickbaum"My husband and I adopted a four month old baby with special needs 24 years ago. The natural progression of growing with him through this process and attempting to figure out the best path for him has caused my world to take some different turns completely changing what I thought I would be doing. A major change was when I decided to take a new career path away from the business world to work with people who have varying needs. I teach special classes for older adults at the YMCA including Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and arthritis. It is all interconnected and I feel the path that has been chosen for me by adopting our son has made me a better person and instructor because I am able to relate to people on a one-to-one basis. I think people with developmental disabilities need a voice and for whatever reason, I have been put on this earth to be that voice for my son. Being on the DDRC Board of Directors has been part of our natural progression to help other families with similar situations. My family had not learned of DDRC until our son was 16 years old, but we found that DDRC is probably the best organization to help people with developmental disabilities. We are grateful to have the ability to work with quality staff that really care and are committed to understanding the process." - Joni

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Active Older Adult Coordinator
  • Family Support Services Representative
  • Chair - Family Support Council

Carolyn Kwerneland

Tri-County Public Health Department

Carolyn Kwerneland " I was a member of the DDRC Board for thirteen years as the representative from Jefferson County Public Health. I took a short break because of a new career opportunity, but missed my involvement with the board and all that DDRC has to offer. I am now a community representative, and am glad to be back. I have worked with children with special health care needs for many years. I feel that my participation on the DDRC Board not only helps me to serve my clients, fellow staff, and community partners better, but that my knowledge and experience will be beneficial to the Board and staff. I have learned a great deal about the legislative process and how it affects the population of people with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. I look forward to seeing what the future brings. " - Carolyn

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Chair-NICU Consortium Steering Committee
  • Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) Civic Design Team for the Arc of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties
  • Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC) Advisory Council
  • National Sports Center for the Disabled-volunteer
  • Previous Vice-Chair, Triad Early Childhood Council
  • Previous member-DDRC Family Support Council

Doreen Raad, M.S., C.R.C

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Doreen Raad"I was excited by the opportunity to become a part of the Board of Directors at DDRC when I came to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Golden office as a supervisor. DVR’s mission is to assist persons with disabilities to succeed at work and live independently and we partner with DDRC to achieve this goal for individuals with developmental disabilities. I have learned something each time I have met with the members of the Board and the knowledgeable and helpful staff from DDRC. As a vocational rehabilitation counselor, I have worked with many individuals with varying disabilities, but this opportunity gives me the chance to learn more about DDRC, their staff, and most importantly the people with developmental disabilities whom we serve." -Doreen

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Adult Vocational Services Committee Member
  • Tri-County Workforce Investment Board Member

Sarah Rivard


Sarah Rivard"After learning about the DDRC and the services they provide I felt compelled to contribute to this critical organization. I have been impressed with the level of commitment the staff, board or directors, and volunteers bring to serving individuals in our community. Having been involved with several non-profits over the years, I am proud to be working with such an amazing group of fellow board members. I look forward to bringing my professional and personal experience to this group and finding ways I can be of value to this community." - Sarah

Jodi Schoemer

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Sister of Individual in Services

Jodi Schoemer"In the late 70s when I was eight and my sister was ten, our family moved to Arvada to give my developmentally-disabled sister and our family access to DDRC and its resources, knowledge, and terrific community of support. From the school Walters, several group homes, a wonderful host home, and day programs both at Weiland and Walters, my sister has received not only care but friendship, and not only services but an extended family. Both my parents supported DDRC while my sister and I were growing up, from helping build new group homes to lobbying to finding opportunities for work crews. I joined the Board to continue our family involvement and give back to help this wonderful organization meet evolving needs, opportunities, and challenges." - Jodi

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Director of Exhibits & Digital Media - Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Kent Willis, Esq.

Willis & Associates, P.C.

Parent of Individual in Services

Kent Willis"We raised our daughter with Down Syndrome the same as all our other children. She has always been a part of everything we do. We tried to teach her that she can do whatever she wants and that we would help her along the way. She is currently attending college in New Mexico and lives independently in the campus dorm. I have enjoyed being part of DDRC and the Board. DDRC has always worked hard to make a difference for children and adults with developmental disabilities. I have found that staff genuinely cares about the clients we serve. I am amazed by the longevity of the staff at the middle management level. These are people who have worked their way up through the organization because they like what they are doing and who they are serving. Senior staff are always looking at what is 'over the horizon' and issues that could really affect us." - Kent

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Willis & Associates, P.C.
  • Community Representative
  • Chair - Resource Coordination, Children's, Early Intervention Committee
  • Frisco Town Council Member
  • PEAK Parent Center Board

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