Ron Hutter, Events & Training Assistant
Start Date: 2016
Ron Hutter joined the CCDC staff in 2016, after almost two decades of volunteer work with the organization. Ron has previous experience as a transportation assistant at the Cherry Creek School district where he accompanied children with disabilities on school busses, secured them in their seats and when necessary secured mobility devices. He was then promoted and was an assistant at their Options program and was responsible for checking, cleaning and restocking books.
His retirement freed him up to spend more time as our part-time Events Assistant. He is also a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of The Arc of Aurora. Very active in Special Olympics, Ron has numerous medals from competitions in many different events. Ron lives in Aurora and helps care for other family members who also have disabilities.
Ron won the CCDC Dan Davidson Award for Inclusion in Employment in July 2011. In one of our first interviews with Ron, we asked Ron, why he wants to help others so much - knowing that so many in our society are not interested in supporting neighbors, coworkers, or even family members. He was shocked at the question and said that helping people when he can, how he can and where he can is just who he is-a core component of his personality. Anyone who has met Ron will know this to be true. We cannot remember any CCDC event since Ron started volunteering with CCDC where he has not come in cheerfully and asked what he can do to help-and whatever it is that is asked he does it with a smile. He says helping people and being part of the workforce is important to him. Ron explains that his favorite quote is the CCDC's very own: Nothing about Us, Without Us.
Ron has several hobbies. His family has owned an auto repair shop since the 60's so fixing stuff was probably in his blood. He took apart his first carburetor at age six. He also likes to work on computers and loves trucks. His other big hobby is sports and he has participated in Special Olympics since he was eight years old. He does cross country skiing, snow shoes, bowling, cycling, golf, and swimming.
I asked him what is different for kids today than it was for him as a child, growing up with a disability. He said that when he was a child most disabled children were institutionalized. He proudly mentioned that his parents would "never let that happen". He was proud that the school district he works for, (Cherry Creek) has been recognized for having quality programs for children with disabilities.
CCDC member Donna Sablan presented the Davidson Award to Ron in 2011 and referred to him as a hero. Ron said "I don't see myself as a hero-I don't know what it is like to be without a disability. I only know my life as it is and I like my life."
Ron was honored with the Davidson award because he is a perfect role model for a modern person with a disability. He will advocate for himself and others as needed, and does not see his disability as a reason to be less than anyone else. He is proud of taking extra responsibilities at work as needed. While he has always been fully integrated at work, he has not distanced himself from the disability community, rather he embraces it. Too many of us have acted as if integration must be all or nothing. Folks who get mainstream jobs often distance themselves from the disability community-conversely some of us in the disability community are too insular and do not venture outside of our world enough. Ron strikes the perfect balance and is a role model. He does not separate who he is from his disability and does not see his disability as a deficit.
Michelle McHenry-Edrington, Other
Start Date: 2016
Michelle McHenry-Edrington joined the Individual Advocacy team as the Advocacy Coordinator at CCDC in July 2016, having most recently been with Bayaud Enterprises. Michelle is a native of Texas and veteran of the United States Air Force USAFE. She was a researcher at the Burnes Institute on Poverty and Homelessness at DU. She is an active member of C-PAWW (Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors) and Veterans Voices, which is a mental health advisory board for the Denver VA. Listed among her credits is being one of the authors of the book, "Ending Homelessness." edited by Donald W. Burnes and David L. DiLeo.
Angela Nevin, Other
Start Date: 2017
Angela Nevin's career path can be described as a unique and winding one - one that has brought her to a great home with CCDC as the new communications manager. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in the early 1990's with a degree in English and a Special Education endorsement. She then accepted the position of special education teacher at West Middle School in the Cherry Creek School District. She founded their first inclusive program for middle-school students with severe and profound needs. Years later living in Philadelphia in 2014, when David's Bridal downsized where she was a corporate trainer, Angela and her husband saw the opportunity to return to Colorado - long considered their home. Not wanting to work in the corporate world again, Angela returned to her roots with the disability community as a care partner in a residential home and eventually as an attendant in the Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS) program. It was through CDASS that Angela was introduced to CCDC and eventually offered the position as the new communications manager in January 2017. In her role, she is building an online advocate training program (a companion to the Beginning Advocacy Training classes), is the administrator for the CCDC Advocates Forum, and manager of the CCDC disability Wiki project.
Julie Reiskin, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 1996
Julie Reiskin is the Executive Director of CCDC. Under Julie's leadership CCDC has taken a leadership role within Colorado on publicly funded long-term health care. Julie has proposed and helped to implement many solutions to create a sustainable and client friendly Medicaid program, acted as a respected advocate for individuals and has trained many others in health advocacy and health policy. Prior to becoming the Executive Director for CCDC in 1996, she served as CCDC's' policy analyst. Julie moved to Colorado from Connecticut in 1994. In Connecticut, she was a partner in a consulting firm, specializing in diversity issues throughout Southern New England. She also had a private psychotherapy practice. Julie has taught extensively in the areas of disability rights, disability culture and disability policy, along with other areas related to diversity in human services. Julie is an appointed member of the Obama Administration's Legal Services Board. She works in the position of CEO/Executive Director for CCDC as a volunteer.
Kevin Williams, Other
Jaime Lewis, Other
Tram Ha, Other
Sheryle Hutter, Other
Jose Torres-Vega, Other
Heather Morrow, Other
Kristen Castor, Other
Dawn Howard, Other
Donna Sablan, Other
Andrew Montoya, Other
Marlene Murillo, Other
Tom Carter, Other
Joe Beaver, Other
Laura Gabbay, Other
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