The Center for People With Disabilities

Staff

Meet Our Staff

Aaron Pasterz

Aaron Pasterz

Independent Living Advisor

Aaron attended the University of Northern Colorado where he received a bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in sociology. Aaron has been an Independent Living Advisor with CPWD for 3 years and is passionate about helping people living independently.

Anna Finkelstein

Anna Finkelstein

Community Organizer

Anna has traveled around the world from a young age which helped shape her view of the world and how she works with people. She has done advocacy work for many years both in the disability community and outside of it  including working to help save the environment with Environment Colorado and doing work with the LGBTQ community.  She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MA in mental health counseling and expressive arts therapy from Lesley University and the European Graduate School. She enjoys working with people of all different ages and backgrounds to empower them to lead beautiful, fulfilling lives, and take action in their community.

Amy Dixon

Amy Dixon

Transitions Coordinator

Amy is a former Certified Nursing Assistant. Her education includes a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from Fresno City College and Baccalaureate in Social Work form Fresno State which included 9 units of Gerontology. Her personal experience in dealing with Type I Diabetes and its side affects for over 41 years adds to her ability to assist people that are differently able.

Barbara Stark

Barbara Stark

QAPI Nurse/ IHSS Nurse

Barbara has been with CPWD for more than 4 years as a Home Health nurse, and has been a nurse for more than 50 years. She works onsite in the office and in the field with consumers in their own homes. 

Bertha Meads

Bertha Meads

Receptionist

Bertha has been with CPWD for 29 years. As our receptionist, she’s the friendly face at the door, and keeps everybody in touch with each other. Bertha loves working with other people and supporting the work at CPWD.

Brandy McIntosh

Brandy McIntosh

Independent Living Advisor

Brandy attended Mississippi State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. She worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services for 4 years. She is excited about working with CPWD because she strongly supports the mission of assisting individuals with disabilities in overcoming barriers to living independently.  

 

Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore

Accounting Assistant

Bio coming soon…

Cheryl Hodgson

Cheryl Hodgson

Independent Living Advisor

Cheryl has been with CPWD for 9 years. Prior to that she worked with Community Link and Fairview High School in the Life Skills program. She loves the challenge and the reward of working with people and supporting them in their growth and independent living.

Christopher DiRosa

Christopher DiRosa

Independent Living Advisors - Program Manager

Christopher has been in disability services field for 6 years, managing teams responsible for the implementation of innovative efficiencies, trainings, and advocacy designed to better meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. He is a strong advocate for incorporating technology into a variety of settings through skill acquisition goals as well as environmental enhancements for independent living and individualized community based solutions. 

Chris O'Brien

Chris O'Brien

Director of Development & Communications

Chris has worked with CPWD since August 2013 as a fundraising and communications consultant. His background includes marketing and fundraising for various nonprofit and for-profit pro-social organizations in the community.

Cindy Shaffer

Cindy Shaffer

Employment Specialist

Cindy has a BA from Neumann University and a Non-Profit Management Certification from the University of Delaware. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2012, she worked as an advocate and educator for the Genesis Employee Foundation, while raising her son,  (one of 4 children) who has an ASD diagnosis. She currently serves as a volunteer for the Spectrum Foundation of Colorado.

Darcy McLean

Darcy McLean

Beyond Vision Skills Trainer

Darcy McLean is a Low Vision Skills Educator and Low Vision Support Group Facilitator in the Beyond Vision Program. Darcy has lifelong experience in low vision & blindness, with an Bachelors of Science in Human Services Counseling and 20+ years living with low vision herself. She is an avid kayaker, hiker, and gardener.  Darcy feels a strong connection to those with low vision and those caring for people with vision loss.

Debbie Brandon

Debbie Brandon

Independent Living Skills Trainer

Debbie has been working with the elderly since 2007 as a Certified Nurse’s Aide and in the Life Enrichment department. She worked as a independent home care aide for two years before coming to CPWD. Debbie has two granddaughters who were both born with moderated hearing loss. She loves helping people  live a full and independent life.

Dee Peterson

Dee Peterson

Home Health Manager

Dee joined CPWD in August of 2016.  She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and CPR instructor with more than 20 years experience in the health care field.

Diane Groff

Diane Groff

Longmont Manager

Diane has worked at CPWD since 1984 in a variety of roles including independent living, youth summer employment and as the Longmont manager. She serves on several local committees including the St. Vrain Community Council Executive Committee, Longmont Housing Opportunities Team, and as a Peer Educator for Strength Based Professional Development through Boulder County’s Building Livable and Caring Communities for All.

Diane Jessee

Diane Jessee

Accounting and Administrative Assistant

Diane started working for CPWD in March of 2016 as the Accounting and Administrative Assistant. Prior, she was a bookkeeper at an assisted living home. She also worked in a manufacturing company as an office manager, oversseeing finances and human resources.

Estefania Corral

Estefania Corral

Beyond Vision Skills Trainer

Estefania started her journey at CPWD in 2017 as a volunteer. She developed a close relationship with consumers and staff during this time. She then joined the Beyond Vision team as the Bilingual Beyond Vision Skills Trainer to bring her knowledge and experience to the Beyond Vision Program . Having a passion for Orientation and Mobility instruction and accessible technology, she is currently pursuing further education in the field. 

Holly Ewing

Holly Ewing

Program Manager

Holly has a wealth of experience assisting people with disabilities in achieving independence. Prior to CPWD, she worked for more than 20 years managing an employment program that  assisted people with disabilities increase their job skills, employment readiness training, job development and placement support,  and long term supports for those employed.

Howard Levett

Howard Levett

Independent Living Advisor

Howard Levett has worked at the Center for People with Disabilities since 2009. He has worked in the disability community since retiring from law enforcement in 1999.

Jan Dabroski

Jan Dabroski

Employment Coordinator / Office Manager

Jan has a life time passion for people who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. She has a Deaf sister who was her inspiration and she has been involved with the Deaf community for many years. Jan finds great fulfillment being an advocate, teaching, and assisting people in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. Jan also has a passion for people who are Blind and Low-Vision and has volunteered at the Anchor Center for Blind Children. Her deepest desire has always been to work with people who are Deaf and Blind.

Jan McIntosh

Jan McIntosh

Home Health Administrator

Jan McIntosh has been a nurse for 37 years and has been in home health care for 12 years.

Jane Sinclare

Jane Sinclare

Transitions Program Manager

Jane started working in the independent living movement in 2000.  She feels passionately about disability  rights and finds that it is the strength of the human heart and spirit that keeps her  so deeply engaged in this work.

Janelle Barto

Janelle Barto

Employment Specialist

Janelle is an Employment Specialist & Work Incentives Counselor certified by Virginia Commonwealth University in collaboration with the Social Security Administration to provide in-depth benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries so they can understand how their benefits may be impacted when they start working. Janelle offers services in American Sign Language (ASL) and English.

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor

Director or Nursing/ Clinical Manager

Jennifer has degrees in Nursing and Psychology. She has worked at CPWD since 2007 and enjoys providing quality care to consumers in their homes.

Joni Daniels

Joni Daniels

Independent Living Skills Trainer

Joni has been a cook and chef since the early 90’s, and has worked with people with disabilities for more than 20 years. She taught Special Education at the elementary school level and has 4 children of her own. Last year, Joni traveled to Ghana to study African dance, drumming, and language, and is helping to build a cultural center for children in Kokorobite, Ghana.

Kia Akin

Kia Akin

Independent Living Program Manager

Serving for more then 3  years in the persons with disabilities community, Kia Corbett is dedicated to excellence with the Independent Living Program. Conducting training with experience and inspiring commitment to CPWD’s mission, Kia is passionate about the results of the program as well as the welfare of the consumers.

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson

Director of Core Services

Lisa returned to CPWD in June 2017 working with all grant funding programs in Boulder, Longmont and Thornton.  Lisa began working for non-profit organizations in 2005 and managing programs for individuals with disabilities in 2011.  She is excited to be returning to CPWD to supports it’s mission of assisting individuals with disabilities in overcoming barriers to independent living.  

Margaret Catterall

Margaret Catterall

Finance Manager

Margaret joined CPWD in 2012 after moving to Colorado from Michigan where she worked in administration and accounting. She has two children and enjoys the Colorado outdoors.

Marni Tharler

Marni Tharler

HR Coordinator

Marni has been the HR Coordinator since October of 2017. Previously, she worked at CPWD for 5 years.  

Martha Fierro

Martha Fierro

Bilingual Independent Living Advisor

Martha Fierro has long-term experience with seniors and people with disabilities. She has a passion for assisting people to overcome struggles and strive for personal growth. Martha is representing CPWD as a member fo the Supporting Action for Mental Health steering committee.

Maria Stepanyan

Maria Stepanyan

Executive Director

Maria has been with CPWD since 2010. Originally from Armenia, she started her career in human rights organizations in 2001 in Moscow, Russia, where she was part of the management team for an Art Rehabilitation Studio for orphans with disabilities. She is also the Founder and Board member of the Colorado Chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief. Maria is a graduate of the Moscow Financial College and 2017 graduate of the Leadership Academy of Georgetown University.

Melanie Shotwell

Melanie Shotwell

Beyond Vision Skills Trainer

Melanie received her undergraduate from Colorado State University and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver. She has been with CPWD since September of 2012 as a Beyond Vision Skills Trainer. She enjoys working with older adults, which is her passion. Working with people have low vision has been a wonderful opportunity for her as her mother has been dealing with vision loss since her mid-twenties. 

Neil Pappas

Neil Pappas

Veterans Independence Program Advisor

Neil enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2000, completing two combat tours of Iraq as a communications specialist. Then, serving with the Colorado Army National Guard as a Combat Medic and Human Resource Specialist, he completed two additional combat rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, serving as a traditional reservist and an AGR (Active Guard Reserve) soldier. Neil recently retired from the Army and joined CPWD to support veterans enrolled in the Veterans Independence program. He has 15+ years of experience with veterans and DOD programs.
Samantha Villegas

Samantha Villegas

Home Health Department Assistant

Samantha has worked at CPWD as a CNA for three years and continues CNA duties while working as the new Home Health Department Administrative Assistant. 

Teresa Greene

Teresa Greene

Youth Independent Living Skills Adviser

Teresa Greene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with a focus on Special Education and Youth Mental Health. She has over 15 years of professional and personal experience working with people with a range of disabilities.  She has a compassionate heart and is always willing to help out.

Thank you to our approximately 30 Home Health Staff: CNAs, RNs, Skilled Staff, Homemakers and PCPs

In an independent living environment, people with disabilities have more control and choice over their lives, more freedom to reach for their full potential, and more opportunity to integrate with community.

1675 Range Street
Boulder Colorado 80301

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