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
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.
Roanna Davis, MA, CCC/SLP
Director, Early Intervention
Roanna has worked at DDRC since 2001. She worked as a speech-language pathologist on the Early Intervention Team for three years and is now Director of the Early Intervention Program.
Roanna is a member of the Triad Early Childhood Council and serves on the Lakewood Head Start Policy Council. She is also a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and received her Certificate of Clinical Competence in 1996. Roanna has 15 years of experience working with the pediatric population.
Before coming to DDRC Roanna worked as an SLP for Health South Rehabilitation Corporation where she assisted in the development of the outpatient pediatric program. She graduated from Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe) in 1995 with a masters degree in Communicative Disorders where she received the award for most promising therapist.
Keith Frambro, CHPS
Director, Information Technology
Keith has been the Director of Information Technology with the DDRC since 2004. Keith has over 30 years experience in various businesses and organizations with a focus on Information Technology management, systems integration & security and implementation management. Prior to working with the DDRC, Keith led the services group of Syngistix Inc as the Vice President of Services. His leadership at Syngistix included the consulting services, customer support, network services & training areas.
Prior to joining Syngistix, Keith served as Regional Director of IT for Gretag, a large Swiss conglomerate. His responsibilities included the operations of the IT groups within North and South America.
Beside Keith's role as Director of Information Technology, he also serves as DDRC's HIPAA Security Officer. Keith graduated from Wayne State University with a major in Information Systems. Keith is an active member of HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society). Additionally Keith has earned certification in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) from the American Healthcare Information Management Association.
Director of IRSS
Deb 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.
Dianne Hitchingham, MA, CFRE
Dianne Hitchingham has been Director of Development and Community Resources at the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC) since 1992. She coordinates fundraising, grants and special events such as our golf tournament. For the past 18 years she has worked to build a strong homeownership program for people with disabilities and serves on the Board of the HERO Alliance (Homeowner Education and Resource Opportunities) for low-income people with disabilities in Colorado.
She chairs DDRC's Aging Task Force and serves on associated committees such as the Jefferson County Council on Aging, Aging Well, and the Senior Law Day. She does presentations on Planning for the Future of a Person with Medicaid considerations which includes Medicaid asset limits, Special Needs Trusts, wills, letters of intent, and homeownership options for people with disabilities, as well as talks in collaboration with The Arc in Jeffco on Guardianship and Alternatives such as powers of attorney and proxies. Dianne volunteers as Executive Director of the Developmental Disabilities Foundation which assists people with the 25th Hour Fund for emergency needs, the Bridge Fund for people on the waiting list, and memorials. She has a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and demonstrated her professionalism by earning the designation of CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive), which is professional certification in the field of fund raising that must be renewed every three years.
Terri Hulstrom, CTRS
Terri 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
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.
Wendy joined DDRC in March 2010 as Executive Secretary. She has previously worked in a variety of industries including the insurance, engineering and legal professions. Most recently she was office manager for Mark E. Litvin, Ph.D., LLC, a vocational rehabilitation consultant, and served as Executive Assistant to the CEO of Quality Life Management, a nursing home management company. Wendy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln Christian College, Lincoln, IL.
Director, Supported Living Services
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.
Director of GRSS
Jeanne 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.