Our Mission: Create Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Families to Participate Fully in the Community
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Senior Management Team

As we seek to provide leading edge services that create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, our dedicated senior management team brings a vast and valuable collection of experience to our efforts. From information technology to recreational services, and from supported living services to community relations, these individuals provide guidance and direction that is essential to our successful, meaningful, and sustained operations.

Gena Colbert, CPA, CGMA

Director, Finance

Phone Number(303) 462-6509

Gena has been the Director of Finance for DDRC since 2004. She has over 15 years of experience in governmental and not-for-profit accounting.

Prior to DDRC, Gena served as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Gena participated in the management of several engagements, two of which were Fortune 500 companies. Gena graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado Denver and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Gena is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Society of Women Accountants, Denver.

Deb Gordon

Director, IRSS

Phone Number(303) 462-6555

Deb GordonDeb has worked for DDRC since 1983 and served in several positions prior to becoming Residential Director including Residential Counselor, House Manager, Program Manager and Assistant Director. She has dedicated her career to supporting persons with developmental disabilities since 1979. While obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from West Virginia State College, Deb worked at Shawnee Hills Regional Center's day program for children with developmental disabilities during the day and in one of their adult group homes on weekends.

In addition to her work in the field of developmental disabilities, Deb is the co-founder and Vice president of Orlando's Way, a housing program for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Deb is also a very talented artist and has produced incredible works of art in stain glass.

Diana Holland

Director, AVS (Weiland)

Phone Number(720) 544-8188

Diana Holland

Terri Hulstrom, CTRS

Manager, Recreation

Phone Number(720) 544-8152

Terri HulstromTerri was hired by DDRC in 1981 as a Recreation Specialist. In 2010 Terri became the Recreation Manager, after the retirement of Howard Murray. Terri has a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Minors in psychology and counseling. She also holds Certification through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Society. Additional certifications and trainings include Basic Water Safety Instructor, Colorado Pool Operator, CPR/First Aid instructor, Investigator, and fluent in American Sign Language. Terri developed and implemented a basic sign language class for DDRC in the early 90's.

Prior to becoming part of the DDRC family, Terri worked for The City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation (Special Populations Program), Wheat Ridge Regional Center (Recreation Department), North Jeffco Parks and Recreation (Outdoor sports) and R-1 School District (Summer Camps for special needs children).

Throughout her career she has received a variety of awards and recognition. Inducted into the Colorado Special Olympics Hall of Fames as Coach of the Year, Two Dynamo awards from DDRC, The Charlie Alison Award, Outstanding accomplishment award through City of Lakewood, Youth Group Volunteer of the year award from the Wheat Ridge Regional center which also included a 2 year scholarship. At the age of 12 Terri became a volunteer at the Wheat ridge Regional Center which introduced her to the field of Therapeutic Recreation and serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Over the years Terri has made volunteering an important part of her life and presently is a volunteer at Long Hopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett CO., where they rehabilitate abused and neglected donkeys and find them new and safe homes.

Susan Johnson, MS

Director, Children & Family Services

Phone Number(303) 462-6612

Susan Johnson, M.S.Susan Johnson has worked for DDRC since 1981. She has held several positions in the agency including Residential Counselor, Adult Resource Coordinator, Family Support Services Manager and now Children and Family Services Director. Susan has served on numerous state and local committees and task forces including the Governor's Office Part C Transition Advisory Committee, the Footnote 89 Families Most In Need Task Force, and the CACCB/Alliance Children and Family Services Committee. She is currently Chair of the Triad Early Childhood Council, and is a member of the Jefferson County House Bill 1451 Collaborative Management- Design and Implementation Committee. Susan has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Secondary Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Susan was acknowledged as an Outstanding Case Management Provider by the Columbine Chapter of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed. She received a Triad Early Childhood Council Children's Champion Award in 2009 and the prestigious Charlie Allison Advocacy Award in 2010.

Micki Klawes

Director, Early Intervention

Phone Number(303) 462-6655

Micki Klawes
Micki has been the Director of Early Intervention for DDRC since August 2019. She started at DDRC in 2010 as a physical therapist on the Early Intervention Team and transitioned into the role of Assistant Director for that program in 2013, before being promoted to her current position. Micki has been practicing as an early intervention provider for more than 20 years, and is truly passionate about working alongside children in this age range, and their families. She also recognizes the incredible value of ensuring the focus for those who work closely with children and families is not only on the ongoing growth & development of their skills for providing this support, but also emphasizes recognizing, preventing and healing secondary trauma that may occur as a professional working in that field.

Prior to working at DDRC, Micki lived in Wisconsin where she spent the majority of her career as an Early Intervention physical therapist, with a few years working at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin mixed in there. Micki graduated summa cum laude with her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. In her free time, you’ll find her enjoying time with her family and baking cakes & cupcakes for her bakery.

Michele Majeune, MPA

Director, Community Relations

Phone Number(303) 462-6623

Michele Majeune

Michele joined DDRC in 2018 as the Director of Community Relations, bringing 20 years of experience in community relations, communications and cause-marketing while working with government, businesses and nonprofits.

Before coming to DDRC, Michele led public relations for projects that improved community infrastructure, the environment and quality of life, working with CH2M, a project management and engineering firm. She co-led a CH2M corporate community engagement program that encouraged children-of-color and girls to pursue STEM careers. She also worked with B:CIVIC, a nonprofit focused on business social responsibility and with the Regional Air Quality Council.

Michele has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado (UCCS), an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the CU Leeds School of Business /CESR. She resides in Jefferson County.

Diana Patty

Director, Supported Living Services

Phone Number(303) 462-6638

Diana Patty, B.S.Diana has worked at DDRC since 1979. She has held several positions in the agency including Internal Finance Auditor, Residential Counselor, Live-in Counselor, House Manager, and Residential Program Manager for the apartment settings. Diana served on a state level steering committee that was developing a federally funded pilot project called Community Supported Living Arrangement (CSLA) which became a reality for the DDRC community in 1992. Diana implemented the CSLA pilot project at DDRC and when the federal pilot ended she developed its replacement, the Supported Living Services Program (SLS). In addition to her continued role as Supported Living Services Director at DDRC, Diana has served on numerous state committees such as the State SLS Director's Committee, the State Self-Directed Waiver Development Committee, CACCB/Alliance State Directors Committee, and the State Children's Extensive Support Committee (CES) as well as many internal DDRC committees.

Diana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Regis University.

Lisa Strachan

Director, Development

Phone Number(720) 547-7370

Lisa Strachan has a successful career in non-profit development starting in 2013 with a year of service with the AmeriCorps VISTA program. As an AmeriCorps volunteer, Lisa spent a year serving as a Development Assistant for First Alaskans Institute. Following this year of service, she returned to her home state of Colorado to work as a direct service provider for Imagine! in Lafayette, CO.

After working as direct service provider, Lisa returned to development work and completed her Masters in Grant Writing and Development Management. Following graduation from Concordia University, Lisa worked in Institutional Giving and Corporate Sponsorship for the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Lisa is excited to have returned to Colorado and be working with the IDD community. On her weekends you can find Lisa hiking with her dog, dancing, cheering on the local teams, or generally enjoying colorful Colorado.

Jeanne Terrell

Director, GRSS

Phone Number(303) 462-6569

Jeanne TerrellJeanne began her career working in the field of developmental disabilities in 1986 with Jefferson County schools transporting children with special needs. She came to work at DDRC in 1991 and during her tenure at DDRC has worked as a residential counselor in the Quality Living Options, the nursing assistant, Program Manager, Team Leader and Assistant Director prior to becoming the Director for Group Settings in 2013. She also worked with the Jefferson County Sheriff Department Victim Services as an advocate. Her education is in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Victim Advocacy. She has completed much additional training which includes Victim Advocacy Training with the Colorado State Patrol and Citizen Academy with Jefferson County Sheriff Department. She has taken advantage of the many educational opportunities offered at DDRC and has developed a special knack for working with individual with behavioral problems. Most recently she was trained in person centered thinking. Jeanne is native of Colorado and enjoys working with people, especially those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Melanie White

Director, AVS (Walters)

Phone Number(720) 544-8126

Melanie White Biography coming soon.

Page Last Updated: 2020-07-16