Executive Management Team
The DDRC Executive Management Team consists of dedicated professionals who bring several decades of non-profit, program & business management experience to DDRC.
Beverly Winters, MSW
Beverly Winters brings over 25 years of nonprofit, human services, management and leadership experience to DDRC. She has served as Executive Director since 2014. She was recognized as an Extraordinary Woman of Jefferson County by the West Chamber in 2016. Some of the highlights in Beverly's career have been developing DDRC's case management services, the first Family Support Program and Council, DDRC's behavioral health services and shaping the self-determination initiative. She has provided leadership in strategic planning, residential, vocational, supported living, quality assurance and human resources. She has been a leader in transitioning to person-centered thinking and has been a champion for prevention of abuse and neglect. Beverly has served in many leadership roles including executive officer positions for the Colorado Alliance Association. She has served on Jefferson County's Children's Youth Leadership Commission, Health Care Policy and Financing Mental Health Advisory Board, Colorado's Conflict-free Case-management task force, Jefferson County Infant/Toddler Interagency Council, CORE Services Commission, Adult Protection Advisory Committee and chaired a Jefferson County non-profit collaboration task force. Beverly volunteered in a lead role for the successful DDRC mill levy campaign. She is a proud recipient of the MACK award from the Arc in Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties. Prior to DDRC she was the Administrator of a residential care facility and a Clinical Services Coordinator for a mental health clinic in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a Master of Social Work degree in Social Planning and Administration from the University of Denver. Beverly is committed to building a community of services and supports that are responsive to the needs of individuals and families.
Rob DeHerrera, CPA, CGMA
Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer
Rob has worked for DDRC since 1997 and is currently the Deputy Director/Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Before becoming the Deputy Director/ CFO, Rob held the following positions at DDRC: Assistant Director of Finance, Director of Finance and CFO. He has been one of a select few to serve on the state Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for rate development, the Comprehensive Rate Group and the Supported Living Services (SLS) and Children's Extensive Support (CES) Rate group. These groups were responsible for the establishment of the standardized rate setting methodology for the 3 waivers in the State of Colorado. He has also served on the DDD Audit Committee which is responsible for revisions to the Uniform Accounting and Reporting Procedures Manual for Community Center Boards and Program Approved Service Agencies.
He is currently serving on the Alliance/Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Early Intervention (EI) Task force, the OEC EI Fiscal Cohort Team and EI Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council Fiscal Issues Task Force. He is also a current member of the Department of Health Care Policy and Finance (HCPF) Adult Home and Community Based Services Waiver Redesign Group, HCPF Care Coordination Subcommittee subject matter expert and a former member of the HCPF Full Benefit Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees Advisory Committee.
Over the past few years Rob has often been sought out as one of a select few to assist in matters that impact the DD system on items including legislation, system redesign and budget negotiations.
Rob is the winner of Alliance's (an association of Community Center Boards and Program Approved Service Agencies) prestigious 2011 Jane Cavode Award for his outstanding work on behalf of those in the DD field and the Alliance Special Recognition Award in 2009. In addition, Rob was the recipient of the TRIAD Early Childhood Council 2012 State Children's Champion Award.
Prior to DDRC, Rob served as an Audit Supervisor with Grant Thornton LLP specializing in the non-profit sector. Robert is a graduate of the Adams State College (B.S. Accounting). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Pat Jefferson, PACG
Director of Access and Community
Pat has been with DDRC since 1984 and is currently the Director of Access and Community, responsible for oversight and planning for Resource Coordination and access to service options and community resources. In addition Pat manages Behavioral Health Services, Quality Assurance, Recreation Services and is liaison to DDRC's service agencies. She has served on state and local task forces, commissions, boards and statewide work groups and is currently a member of the Aging and Disability Resource Center Advisory Council.
Pat's history includes working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as Residential Supervisor/QMRP, Resource Coordinator, Resource Manager and Director of Resource Coordination Services. Pat worked to develop the DDRC Consumer Council Self-Advocacy group, and to establish DDRC's Self Determination Initiative. She has significant experience in the areas of developmental disability determination, due process and HIPAA.
Prior to DDRC, Pat worked with children and adolescents with disabilities in both education and child welfare services. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in special education, has a Professional Advancement Certificate in Gerontology from Colorado State University and is a member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Pat also serves as DDRC's HIPAA Privacy Officer and liaison to the Human Rights Committee.
Jane Byron, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
Jane has served as the Director of Human Resources for DDRC since 1999. She has dedicated her career to supporting persons with Developmental Disabilities since 1984 when she worked in a residential program in Michigan. Jane has worked with DDRC since 1986 and served in several positions prior to becoming HR Director including Residential Counselor, House Manager, Program Manager and Human Resources Manager.
She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and the Colorado Human Resources Association (CHRA). Jane has been certified by the National Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 2001. She earned the Advanced Certificate in Employment Law from the Institute for Applied Management and Law in 2009 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.
Kristie Braaten, MSW
Senior Director of Waiver Programs
Kristie Braaten joined DDRC's Senior Management Team in September 2014. She began her career working with men and women with developmental disabilities in 1991 as a direct support professional, and during the past 23 years has developed a depth and breadth of experiences that include providing case management services, supervising direct services and supports, policy making and senior leadership roles.
Prior to coming to DDRC Kristie worked for the state Medicaid agency, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, as a subject matter expert for HCBS-waivers. Her leadership experience with Community Centered Boards in Colorado includes serving as Case Management Director and then Vice-President of Business Operations for Mesa Developmental Services in western Colorado.
Kristie has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in Philosophy from Colorado Mesa University, and a Master's degree in Social Work from Colorado State University.
Annette Rogers, MA
Annette Rogers, a native Coloradoan, joined DDRC in 2014 as the Executive Assistant. She supports the Executive Director as well as the 17-member Board of Directors. In addition, Annette is the office manager for the DDRC building, a 66,000 square foot facility in Lakewood, Colorado. Prior to joining DDRC, Annette's career has been dedicated to nonprofits. She has worked as executive assistant, director of communications and executive director for a number of professional associations, including the North American Nature Photography Association, the American Association of Medical Audit Specialists and the American Society for Indexing. Other nonprofits she worked for include the Estes Park Institute (a healthcare education organization) and South Dakota Public Broadcasting. She comes to DDRC with a Master of Arts degree in mass communication with a focus on nonprofit marketing. Working at DDRC has a special place in Annette's heart as her daughter received early intervention services when she was having trouble learning to walk and with other motor planning issues. Annette lives in Roxborough with her family, including husband Dave and daughters Anna and Kate..