Board of Directors
Peter Konrad serves as advisor and consultant to foundations in setting strategic direction, managing operations, developing programs, establishing financial discipline and investing endowments. A particular area of emphasis is working with new and emerging family foundations to help maintain donor intent, develop focused and effective grant-making programs, and to establish the organizational infrastructure to support such programs. In this capacity, he has served as the sole staff person for a first generation foundation, the Harvey Family Foundation, a three generation foundation, the JFM Foundation, and a seventh generation foundation, the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation. For 15 years, Peter served as Vice President of The Colorado Trust, where he was responsible for all aspects of foundation management.
Peter has been particularly active in the foundation community. He received recognition in 1998 as Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy in Colorado, served two terms as President of the Colorado Association of Foundations, and served individual terms as President and Chairman of the Board of the Conference of Southwest Foundations, an association of over 250 foundations. He has also been active on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations, including serving as Trustee of his alma mater, the University of Redlands and as a trustee of a private foundation in Denver. As Adjunct Professor of Nonprofit Management at Regis University, he received recognition as Teacher of the Year for his excellence in teaching. He has co-authored a third edition of a textbook, Financial Management of Non-Profits and has assisted the Council on Foundations in writing The Guide to Small Foundation Management.
While only actively participating in the last six years with disability rights issues, Damian has long been involved within the movement at large, owing to his father championing the cause for over forty years. Much of his youth was spent at board/bored meetings, demonstrating unfair practices, marching, shouting, carrying banners, riding on the laps of newly deinstitutionalized wheelchair users, surrounded by influential leaders such as Wade Blank, and Ed Roberts, all the while being familiar with the “medical model” not necessarily being the best paradigm for disabled Americans. Early on it was apparent to Damian that the fight would not be on a level playing field, as early disability rights advocates, fought against established institutions and many cultural biases.
With a degree in history, Damian earned his Master’s in Education from Brooklyn College. While earning his degree, Damian taught writing to elementary students, in Bushwick, a hardscrabble neighborhood in Brooklyn known for its problems with drugs and violence. The inequity and marginalization of students, based upon class and race, was another reminder that systems needed fixing, and were inherently imbalanced.
Moving back to Denver in 2006, Damian began working at Personal Assistance Services of Colorado (PASCO), a Denver area home-health agency. A licensed CNA, who has worked within the administration of the company, and is currently PASCO’s Consumer Liaison, Damian has worked closely with advocacy groups and the Colorado state legislature to fight discriminatory practices. He has worked with many consumers from southern parts of the country, where home-health services are insufficient, subsequently, helping move a handful of said consumers to Colorado.
When not working, Damian enjoys being a new father, to Matilda (14 months), spending time with his wife, Marti, hiking with his dogs, Irma and Darwin, and reading.
Lloyd Lewis has served as President and CEO for Arc Thrift Stores since December 2005, a Colorado non-profit corporation whose primary lines of business include the popular arc Thrift stores as well as the Vehicles for Charity program. In this capacity, Lloyd is responsible for generating funding to support advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities in the state of Colorado for 12 Arc chapters, including Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, autism, and other forms of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lloyd’s role includes oversight and management of arc’s 21 retail stores, corporate and support operations and a staff of over 1,000 employees. Arc Thriftstores is one of the largest employers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the State of Colorado, and since Lloyd’s tenure, has been an employer of other significantly challenged populations as needs arise, including refugees, people from substance abuse programs, people from homeless programs, women from safe houses, etc. Under Lloyd’s leadership and partnership with Volunteers of America, Arc’s annual food drive to supply meals on wheels and soup kitchens and food pantries has grown to the second largest in the State, and this year nearly 170 tons of food were collected and distributed.
Non profit boards of directors - In addition to the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, Lloyd also serves as the chair of the board of the Mile High Down Syndrome Association. Past committees/boards include the marketing and resource committee for the Arc of the United States and the Arc of Colorado, among others. He is the father of five children, including a nine year old with Down syndrome and a seven year old who has sensory processing disorder.
Community - At Arc, he is instrumental in forging relationships with communities of color, including Clinica Tepeyac, the Latina Safehouse, as well as other community organizations including the Mayor’s Road Home project.
Education - Lloyd holds a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago Graduate Business School, and has prior corporate experience with companies including IBM and Smith Barney. Prior to Arc, Lloyd had extensive financial experience, including serving as Director of Finance for a publicly traded company, and as Controller and CFO for a high tech start-up company.
Awards - Additionally, Lloyd is the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Vision & Leadership Award from the Arc Thrift Stores Board of Directors; the Arc of Pikes Peak 2007 President’s Award; and a Civil Rights Award from NewsEd Corporation for his work with challenged communities in 2008. He is also the recipient of an award as one of Denver’s “unsung heroes” in celebration of Denver’s 150th anniversary in 2009, and Lloyd and Arc werer named as a 2010 “Changemaker” for the City of Denver Changemaker program sponsored by Ashoka and the City of Denver.
With more than twenty years of experience in the marketing field, Lori brings top retail, consumer product, business-to-business and non-profit organizations knowledge and experience in all aspects of marketing, advertising, PR, management, business and employee motivation. This includes business planning, development of growth objectives and goals, development and analysis of strategic business initiatives and implementation of staff accountability programs.
Her experience with brands such as Big O Tires, Pentax Imaging, Papa John’s Pizza, Arc Thrift Stores, Hain Celestial and Orange Glo, and entrepreneurial start-ups, enable her to contribute a strong understanding of the intricacies today's businesses. She has presented at numerous industry sales meetings and small business forums on topics such as “Selling on the Trade Show Floor”, “Tips on Growing a Small Business in a Down Economy,” “Marketing Small Businesses with a Small Budget,” “Whale Hunting: Sales Development Strategy,” others.
Her work with private, non-profit, state and federal government organizations and her experience in the field of advertising, enable her to contribute a strong understanding of the intricacies of running a business, program, campaign or event. She served as a Director of the Business Marketing Association (BMA) for seven years, has served on the board of directors of D.A.R.E. Colorado for nine years and is past Chairman of the D.A.R.E. program for the State of Colorado.
Josh has had the opportunity to live with both life-long and acquired disabilities, each giving him unique perspectives on life. Born with a birth defect in his leg, Josh’s parents refused to do as the doctors suggested and have his leg amputated, instead kept seeing doctors until they found one willing to attempt to make his leg functional. While this was the more painful and complex option, it seemed most logical since it still allowed for amputation if the foot could not be made functional. About 10 years and a half dozen surgeries later, he was able to walk with only a slight limp; running, jumping, and lengthy walking would cause severe stress fractures however, so his activities were still limited.
As a teen, Josh normalized his disability, and never saw himself as disabled. He had a modified PE class at school, but rode dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and horses, drove with regular foot pedals, and worked around his family’s farm. While he didn’t see himself as disabled, classmates did, which nearly caused him to quit school when he turned 16.
Again Josh’s parents did what they thought was best, and he and his dad moved to California from Pennsylvania so he could attend a different school. While back in Pennsylvania over summer break between his junior and senior year of high school, Josh rolled his Jeep, resulting in the death of his friend and a broken neck for himself. After 3 weeks in ICU, Josh came to Craig Hospital for rehab for 4 months, returned to the school he despised for his senior year, then moved to Denver 7 days after graduating high school.
Colorado has brought Josh numerous opportunities and experiences, including: his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from CU Denver, working as an engineer for a NASCAR team, exposure to all facets of the disability rights movement, and comfort of living in one of the most accessible cities in the world. An implosion of “work incentives” resulting in the loss of his Medicaid benefits after getting laid off has brought Josh into the disability rights arena, though he does intend to return to the “regular” world eventually.
You can learn more about Josh and his companies at http://www.about.me/joshuawinkler
Board member Rebecca Wallace graduated from University of Michigan Law School in 2006. Her experience includes clerking for the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court of Colorado, and a few years in private practice doing plaintiffs' side civil rights law at Killmer, Lane and Newman. Rebecca landed her “dream job” at ACLU of Colorado as a staff attorney in 2010.
While at the ACLU, she has worked on a wide range of civil rights issues. Most notably, she has played a substantial leadership role in the organization's campaign to end solitary confinement of mentally ill prisoners within the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC). As part of these efforts, she has worked closely with seriously mentally ill prisoners, other human rights advocates, and CDOC leadership. During the course of her work, she wrote a report on CDOC's continued confinement of mentally ill prisoners in solitary based on about 18 months of data collection, and she spearheaded the making of a film about Samuel Mandez, a prisoner who spent fifteen years in solitary confinement where he was driven insane. In part, because of her work, CDOC has taken an important first step that was a centerpiece of ACLU’s demands over the last two years. CDOC has adopted an internal policy to bar seriously mentally ill prisoners from placement in administrative segregation. Rebecca and the ACLU are working to codify this policy in law. Rebecca also serves on the PAIMI Advisory Council. Rebecca was the recipient of the CCDC’s 2013 Peter Robinson Civil Rights Award.
David E. Henninger
David E. Henninger has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1973, as the executive director of Bayaud Enterprises, Inc. , (Nee- Bayaud Industries) which has been in operation since May of 1969 creating jobs for thousands of persons with disability. Bayaud serves over 1000 people a year and currently employs over 180 individuals with an operating budget of $8.2 million.
He obtained a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the School of Business at the University of San Francisco and pursued doctoral studies in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management at the University of Colorado/Denver.
He has served as a Board member of numerous nonprofit organizations including:
Mental Health Assoc. of Colo. (includes being Board Chair twice)
The Legal Center (Serving People With Disabilities) (includes being Board Chair)
Center for Nonprofit Excellence (includes being Board Chair)
Rocky Mountain Stroke Assoc. (includes being Board Chair)
Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO - now known as the Colorado Nonprofit Association) (includes being on the founding Board)
Escuela de Guadalupe
University Hills Rotary Club of Denver (includes being Club President)
The Community Resource Center (includes being Board Chair) (Current)
Victim and Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver (VORP) (Current)
Domestic Violence Initiative (DVI) (Current)
For the past 16 years Henninger has been an affiliate faculty member in the Masters of Nonprofit Management Program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He has facilitated courses in History, Theory, and Future of Nonprofit Organizations; Governance of Nonprofits/Organizational Change; Leadership; and Critical Issues in Nonprofit Organizations. He has been a featured speaker at numerous association meetings and has received numerous honors and recognition as a passionate advocate for the nonprofit sector.
- “Compassion Award” presented by the Longmont Rotary Club at the Rotary 5450 District Conference 1990.
- Tribute Honoree presented by the Mental Health Association of Colorado 1992
- The Leadership Denver Association named Henninger “Outstanding Alumni” 1995
- Recognized for “Outstanding Teacher” Master of Nonprofit Management Program, Regis University 2000
- Honored with the “William Funk Building Community Award” by the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (CANPO) for “Building Community on a State-Wide Basis” 2002
- Honored with the “Judy Kaufmann Civic Entrepreneurship Award” presented by the Denver Foundation 2005
- Honored with the “Management Excellence Award” presented by the National Council of Work Centers 2010
- Nominated as mid-size company CEO of the Year by Colorado Business Magazine 2012
- Honored with the Milt Cohen National Leadership Award presented by the AbilityOne-NISH organization at their national conference 2012
Scott began serving the communities of Colorado back in 1990. While working for a large steel company, he began volunteering his spare time with the Colorado Mounted Patrol and received extensive training in map and compass orientation along with numerous back country survival and search techniques. Four years of back country search and rescue only made Scott want to be a bigger and more active part of the emergency services community and he was presented with the opportunity to become a member of the Civil Air Patrol. In the next three years he received many certifications including his “master mission observer” rating on a search and rescue aircraft, his EMT certification, and he was ultimately promoted to the rank of second Lieutenant. The more training he received, the more he wanted, when he was offered the chance to become a member of a specialized team of the Civil Air Patrol, he jumped at the chance. The team was specifically trained to respond to both military and civilian aircraft incidents, mediate any hazards and provide assistance in evacuating and attending to passengers. Scott had already taken a strong interest in providing medical care to people and the first time he entered a “working fire” during his training, he was hooked. Suddenly he became one of those people whose first instinct was to run into a fire, instead of away.
The next logical step was to pursue both passions and start the long, difficult process of becoming a paramedic, then approaching the difficult task of pursuing a career in the fire service. So he gave up a lucrative career as a foreman with a steel company, enrolled in paramedic school and took a job driving limousines. This actually permitted him not only to make ends meet, but to be able to spend several hours sitting in the back of a limousine with a stack of books while his clients were having dinner, seeing a concert or whatever the case may have been, it was perfect. Scott began like most paramedics when he graduated, working for a private ambulance company, ultimately working his way up to Supervisor/Field training officer. He aggressively continued to build on his experience, after several years and several tests came and went, he finally got the “call” in 1998. Scott would spend the next twelve years working as a paramedic with the fire department as well as performing various ancillary duties that included holding the position of team leader for Colorado’s largest Hazardous materials response team. He was also very active and donated a significant amount of time to causes such as MDA, St. Baldrick’s and Children’s Hospital.
Unfortunately, Scott was injured on the job in 2010 and suddenly found himself struggling the next few years. Like many members of CCDC, he struggled against “systems” that don’t necessarily seem to have a person’s best interest in mind. When an old friend, Josh Winkler, a person Scott had worked with, personally cared for, and had a great amount of respect for, asked him one day to become a prospective board member for CCDC, he didn’t hesitate. The general rule of approaching any situation in emergency services is to provide the greatest amount of good for the most amount of people. Scott is honored to continue that belief for the members of CCDC as a member of the board. While he is now “retired” Scott has several interests, including his love for travel, classic cars and his passion for competition BBQ, a “hobby” that has now become a part time career that occupies much of his time.
Emily Quinn is currently a student at Ithaca College studying Physical Therapy with a minor in Asian American Studies. She is a Chinese adoptee who loves to volunteer and help others. One of her main involvements at Ithaca College is the Diversity Peer Educator Program, where she is a part of a group of student volunteers who facilitate workshops on diversity, social justice, and identity. She interned with CCDC in the summer of 2014 as part of The Denver Foundation's Nonprofit Internship Program. Through her work with the Diversity Peer Educator Program and her internship with CCDC, she has decided that after she finishes up her Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Ithaca College that she wants to specialize in pediatrics and return to Colorado to serve unserved and underserved communities in the Denver Metro area.
My name is Jeanie Benfield. I'm 53 years old. I grew up with my parents. and brothers. When I was 14, I started going to a day program in the Developmental Disabilities system. The day program was supposed to be about helping people with DD learn to do things for themselves, but it was actually about pumshing people for having disabilities. It was set up for people who had severe cognitive disabilities, so it was totally inappropriate for my needs. Though my parents and I tried to get the day program to flex, we had little support and thus no real power to make changes. My path from there to the advocate I am now, has been quite interesting.
Though the system didn't let my parents get very far, they did a lot to advocate for me. Their advocacy became my blueprint of how to advocate for myself as I got older. My self-advocacy was greated with mixed results: a few of the day program supervisors encouraged me to advocate for myself, but they always got in trouble for doing so. I never knew whether my self-advocacy would help me get what I needed and wanted or whether it would get me in trouble. It shouldn't have been a big deal- I was only asking to be treated like a human being and to be given opportunities that most people take for granted. The main thing I wanted as I grew older was a volunteer job. Some of the day program staff found writing jobs for me, but I wanted a volunteer job outside the agency. I was given lots of promises, but they never happened. It was a very disempowering situation. I often got the message that I was being too demanding because of my attempts to self-advocate. My parents and I didn't know who to seek help from outside the agency. Looking back now, I can see that lack of support was my main problem in those early years, especially because many of the supports I did have worked for the very entity that was the problem.
Over the years, I built up a support network. In 2003, I met Kristen Castor. By that time, I was desperate for some kind of day service that would allow me to actually be productive. Lacking other options, my aide and I Googled 'disability advocacy' and ended up calling ADAPT. ADAPT referred me to Kristen Castor, who told me about CCDC. My self-advocacy took a leap forward in 2006 when two provider agencies threatened to force me to get a g-tube though I didn't yet need one. That was the last straw for me. It was very difficult because I had so many people telling me I had no choice over what happened to my body. With help from my brother and Kristen, I was able to get the agencies to back off. Kristen had told me about Pueblo Access for All and the Pueblo ADA Advisory Committee. They were the perfect volunteer jobs for me, but at that time I still couldn't get a service agency to allow me to attend them.
The one perk of the g-tube situation was that it brought my self-advocacy to Barb Yaeger's attention. In 2008, Barb contacted me about an opening in one of her group homes. I accepted the offer and it changed my life. She immediately found ways that CR&R could help me get to the community meetings I wanted to attend. It was a little bit of culture shock at first - up until that point, my advocates and I had had to put up a tremendous struggle for every millimeter of forward progress. Once I was in Barb's care, I got everything I asked for to help me reach my goals.
Recently, I was faced with a situation in which I had to deal with a bully who serves on the same committees as I do. Even though I was the vice-president of one of the committees, he had no respect for me and often said to others that I was stupid and couldn't communicate, so why should I be allowed to be a leader? At first, his words really got me down. His bullying didn't make me feel any different about myself, but it reminded me a lot of what had gone on at the day program. As the bullying went on, I realized that I'm in a very different situation now: instead of having a handful of people not allowed to help me, I have a ton of friends and contacts in the community who have come to respect me. They helped me get the courage to stand up to him. I ended up running for co-chair ofthe committee, the office the bully held but never did the work for. I was confident in my ability to be the co-chair: since he hadn't been doing the work, I had been doing it for a year. Half an hour before I had to leave my house to get to the election meeting, my aide called to tell me that the bully had decided that every candidate had to present a platform speech before they could run for office. I was incensed, but also galvanized: he had completely underestimated my abilities. My aide and I whipped up a platform speech in ten minutes. I never had to present it, though - everyone was disgusted with him and let him know it. I was able that day to tell him to his face that I knew he thought I was stupid, but I wasn't, and that I knew he thought I couldn't be the co-chair, but I could.
It's been a long road to get from there to here. Over the years, I have grown in confidence and have become a better advocate for it. The challenges have been many, but they have taught me what I need to know in order to help improve people with disabilities' lives.
Patrick Mahncke was born in Colorado Springs, a third generation native to Colorado. Patrick attended the University of San Diego, where he graduated with a business degree in Finance and Management. Upon graduation, he moved back to Colorado and founded USA Mobility, where he is currently serving as President and CEO. USA Mobility is a medical equipment company providing customized mobility solutions for people with disabilities. USA Mobility is Colorado’s largest independent provider of custom manual and power wheelchairs and services clients throughout the state. Patrick is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and a Certified Complex Rehabilitation Supplier (CRTS). His responsibilities include business development, local and national legislative efforts, and community relations. Patrick also serves on several non-profit board including: President of the Colorado Association for Medical Equipment Services (CAMES), Treasurer of the Spina Bifida Association of Colorado (SBACO), and the Colorado Medicaid DME Advisory Board.