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.


For more information about the role of DDRC's Board of Directors click here.

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. Speakers must sign up by signing the public comment sheet available at the Board meeting. 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. If the speaker requests a Board response, the response may be done in writing or by email to the speaker within 5 business days of the meeting. Audience participation is limited to the public comment opportunities at the meeting. For full details, click here.


Current Board Members


C. David Pemberton, II

President

Parent of individual receiving services

DPemberton@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

C. David Pemberton, II "I see my role as providing direction to DDRC, the Community Centered Board, regarding how to achieve the most services from the funding dollars that we receive; and how to utilize those services to provide the best we can for the individuals served. 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 the individuals served show me they are happy with their program and the services they receive from staff. I have seen many occasions where strong bonds of friendship have developed between those served and employees." - David

Additional Associations and Roles:

  • Retired insurance claims professional
  • Appointed by and Representing Jefferson County Commissioners
  • Chair - Executive Committee

Joanne Elliott, MA

Vice President

Parent of individual receiving services

joanne.elliott@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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 Day Services Representative
  • Chair - Governance Committee
  • Past Chair of the Family Support Council

Corinne Gray

Secretary

Parent of individual receiving services

cgray@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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
  • Chair - Direct Services Committee
  • Supported Living Services Representative
  • Former Chair of Family Support Council
  • Former Arc Board President

Frankie Cole

Treasurer

ANB Bank

FCole@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

Frankie Cole

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 – Senior Credit Operations Officer
  • Chair - Finance Committee
  • Victim Outreach, Inc. – Advisory Board Member

Jean Armour, BSN, MA, LPC, CAC III

Armour Consulting, Inc.

Parent of individual receiving services

jarmour@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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 serving as the representative of the residential programs and the services they provide. In addition I represent the Board in the Human Rights Committee and assume the responsibility of sharing appropriate information from the Committee at the Board meetings. 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-nine. 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
  • Liaison – Human Right Committee

Jan Beckett

President, Speaking for Ourselves of Colorado
Individual Receiving Services

JBeckett@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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:

  • Individuals Receiving Service Representative
  • Past Treasurer - People First
  • Past President & Vice President of People First
  • Past Sergeant of Arms - Speaking for Ourselves
  • Vice President – People First
  • Retired, Bureau of Reclamation

Pat Bolton, BSN, MA

Red Rocks Community College

PBolton@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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 someday 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:

  • Executive Director of Triad Early Childhood Council
  • Director of Child Care Innovations
  • National Association for Regulatory Administrators
  • Community Representative

Dan Fishbein, PhD

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

DFishbein@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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:

  • Vice President of Business Development and Systems Management
  • Representing Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Susan Hartley

Parent of individual receiving services

SHartley@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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:

  • Retired - CenturyLink
  • Services at Large Representative

Margaret Huffman, RN, MBA, ND

Jefferson County Public Health Department

MHuffman@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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, MNM

University of Denver

Parent of individual receiving services

TKelly@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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
  • Infant and Adolescent Services Representative
  • Vice President, Colorado Arc Board of Directors

Joni Krickbaum

YMCA

Parent of individual receiving services

JKrickbaum@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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

Doreen Raad, MS, CRC

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

DRaad@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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 intellectual and 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 intellectual and developmental disabilities whom we serve." -Doreen

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Tri-County Workforce Development Member

Sarah Rivard

FirstBank

srivard@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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, MS

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Sister of individual receiving services

JSchoemer@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

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 receiving services

KWillis@DDRC.onmicrosoft.com

Kent Willis"Our daughter with Down Syndrome attended our neighborhood schools in regular classrooms. She attended college in New Mexico taking classes and living independently in the campus dorm and then in an apartment. She has always been a part of everything we do and is an integral part of our local community, where everyone knows her. DDRC has helped us achieve these goals for our daughter. 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. Staff is always looking at what is 'over the horizon' for the issues that could affect us in the future, so we can address them now. I have enjoyed being part of DDRC and am proud to be a Board member. " - Kent

Additional Associations & Roles:

  • Community Representative on DDRC Board
  • Chair - Resource Coordination, Children's, Early Intervention Committee
  • Former Frisco Town Council Member
  • Past Board Member PEAK Parent Center

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