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Disability Law Colorado

Your support helps to change the lives of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado for the better. In providing legal services and advocacy, Disability Law Colorado recognizes the inherent value of all people, and embraces empowerment, self-determination, independence, and inclusion.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
0
Full Time Staff:
28
Contract Staff:
1
Volunteers Annually:
16
Retention Rate:
82%

Mary Anne Harvey, Executive Director
Start Date: 1980

Mary Anne Harvey has been the Executive Director of The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People since 1980. She has been active in the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) as a former Board member, past president, and trainer. She developed the orientation NDRN sponsors for new executive directors and serves on the NDRN committee that advises staff on training for management of these organizations. In addition, she participated in the development of national standards and outcome measurements for protection and advocacy systems.

She currently serves on the Public Policy Committee of the Colorado Nonprofit Association. As a previous member of this Board, she was also a past president. In addition, she is a past president of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Warren Village, an organization providing housing, childcare and services to single parents who have been on welfare or need support to become self-sufficient. One of her personal goals is to help develop organizations through empowering staff members and Board members to achieve their mission and provide excellent services.

Ms. Harvey has a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Wyoming and has taken graduate course work in education at Wichita State University and in public administration at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Alison L. Butler, Director of Legal Services
Start Date: 2007

Alison Butler, Esq., Director of Legal Services joined Disability Law Colorado in 2007 as the Special Education Program Attorney and was later named the Program Coordinator for the Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights Program. She was later promoted to Supervising Attorney. Alison helps people with disabilities that are facing evictions or need reasonable accommodations in housing. She also continues to represent children in the Special Education program who need assistance in obtaining a free and appropriate public education. Prior to joining Disability Law Colorado, Ms. Butler worked in private practice representing employees in discrimination cases. She has also worked with public and Indian housing authorities and she worked as an assistant public defender in Palm Beach County, Florida. Ms. Butler received her B.A. in political science in 1994 from Florida State University and her law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1997.

David Monroe, Grand Junction Managing Attorney
Start Date: 2017

David Monroe joined Disability Law Colorado as the Grand Junction Office Managing Attorney in January 2017. He graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1988 with a degree in history and obtained his law degree from CU in 1992. David began his career in law as criminal defense attorney in private practice back in 1992. Over the past 25 years he has worked as an educator, educational and grant administrator and as executive director of a non-profit agency providing services to people with disabilities, as well as continuing in the practice of law. In his role as managing attorney of the Grand Junction office he represents individuals with workplace and housing discrimination issues as well as students and parents with disability-related legal issues in schools. dmonroe@disabilitylawco.org

Mark Ivandick, Managing Attorney, Coordinator of PAIMI Program
Start Date: 2001

Mark J. Ivandick, Esq. started as an attorney in the Protection and Advocacy System for Individuals with Mental Illness program at The Legal Center in 1999 and in 2004 was promoted to Managing Attorney for The Legal Center's Denver Office. As managing attorney, he works in all protection and advocacy programs, with an emphasis in the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program, investigating complaints from county jails, San Carlos Psychiatric Prison and other Department of Correction facilities. He also works on legislation and systemic issues affecting individuals with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. Prior to coming to The Legal Center, he was in private practice in Tennessee since 1984. Mark graduated in 1973 from the United States Military Academy, served in the U.S. Army as an airborne infantry officer and as a member of The Judge Advocate General's Corps with the 101st Airborne Division. He received a Master's Degree in Public Service from Western Kentucky University and a Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University. Mark's legal career has required his admission to practice in Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Colorado. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, 6th and 10th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The U.S. Claims Court and all Courts of Military Review.

Mike Robbins, Director of Development & Marketing
Start Date: 2017

Mike Robbins joined Disability Law Colorado as Director of Development & Marketing in 2017. Previously he worked at Mental Health Colorado and Warren Village. Mike recently graduated from the Institute for Leaders in Development which Community First Foundation sponsors. Mike has an undergraduate degree in journalism & marketing from Kansas State University. mrobbins@disabilitylawco.org

Kelsey Lesco, Legal Assistance Developer for the Elderly
Start Date: 2017

Kelsey Lesco obtained her master's degree in public administration from the University of Arizona and her law degree from the University of Oregon. In July 2014, Kelsey was hired as a staff attorney for the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program. Kelsey coordinates Disability Law Colorado's Olmstead Program, including extensive work on the Nursing Home Project, which helps to move people with mental illness and developmental disabilities living in nursing homes back into the community. In April 2017 Kelsey became the Director of Legal Assistance Developer for the Elderly program.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
6
Term Length:
3
Term Limit:
2
Total # of Board Members:
15
Clients on Board:
Yes
# of Client Board Members:
3

Board Demographics:

Female:
7
Male:
6
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
13
Hispanic or Latino:
1
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

3

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

79%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

Yes

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