Fort Collins Staff
Nancy Jackson, Executive Director
A graduate of Cal State University at Los Angeles in 1972 with a Sociology degree, I worked for the Los Angeles County Dept. of Social Services with welfare recipients in the East Los Angeles area, then for the Calif. Dept. of Voc. Rehab. as a rehabilitation counselor at area high schools preparing special ed. students with disabilities for the work force. A move to CO brought me to DRS in 1982 as its Executive Director. Achievements include state-certification as a center for independent living, establishment of our Loveland satellite office and instituting our Wine Fest fundraiser.
Marj Grell, Office Manager
Worked at DRS for since 2003. Worked at HP for 23 years in Finance and Human Resources Graduated from CSU with a BA in Liberal Arts
Dave Swinehart, Donor Development
David Swinehart joined Disabled Resource Servies in October, 2012 as the agency’s first full time staff development director. He is responsible for creating and implementing a strategic, sustainable and multifaceted fundraising plan that utilizes best practices and excellence in donor stewardship to support the long-term operation of the agency. The development program includes the cultivation and solicitation of individuals, corporations and foundations. David is active in the David graduated from Colorado State University, majoring in Social Science and Anthropology. He has over sixteen years of fundraising experience, the last six in health care at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls, Iowa. While at Sartori, he served as director of development & volunteer services and executive director of the Sartori Health Care Foundation. In 2004, he earned the Certified Fund Raising Professional designation from CFRE International.
Christine Kruger-Remus, Case Manager/IT Specialist
Christine Kruger-Remus is a “Jack-of-all-trades” (or maybe “Jill-of-all-trades”) at DRS. Primarily she is a case manager at the Loveland branch office, but she also is the IT Manager for both offices, conducts the Client Survey each year, and is responsible for the website for the annual parade and festival fundraiser for the agency. Christine holds a Masters of Social Work from Colorado State University. While there, she did an internship which led to her interest in working with people who have disabilities, and this work has become her passion. She has been with DRS since 2010. In spite of her busy schedule, Christine has successfully self-published a number of books, several of which are about different disabilities and techniques for managing them. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and six cats, reading, playing her flute, and interior decorating.
Jerry Welch, Case Manager/Employment Specialist
Worked at DRS 6 years. Worked as Therapist at Turning Point most recently before DRS. BS in Forestry form Northern Arizona University. MS Candidate for Marriage and Family Therapy at Colorado State University.
Sherri Reichow, Social Security Advocate
The activist arm of Disabled Resource Servies is Sherri Reichow, LSW, who serves as DRS’s Social Security Disability Advocate. She is a licensed Social Worker holding a Master’s degree from the University of Kansas. Sherri is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and The Golden Key National Honor Society. She launched the DRS Grass Roots festival in 2012, and is an avid leader in today’s Disability Rights Movement. She can be reached at (970) 449-6979 or [email protected].
I graduated from Colorado State University in 2012 with a BSW. I started with DRS as an intern and have worked in many capacities with office, including focus group leader, serving on special event committees, and assisting with general office duties. I am also a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Fort Collins; I have been serving in the 2-year position since January 2014. I am extremely passionate about the Independent Living philosophy and a strong advocate for equal rights and equal access for people with disabilities.
I am a graduate of Colorado State University with my BSW. I started at Disabled Resource Servies as an intern my final semester and fell in love with IL Philosophy and advocating for those who are disabled. I also have a background as a CNA and I am passionate about helping people move back to the community through the transitions program. I am passionate about advocating for people who are homeless and especially for those who have disabilities and are homeless. I am also passionate about advocating for people with mental health disabilities.
Jenny Miller, Hard of Hearing Specialist Specialist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Worked at DRS for over 10 years Certified Sign Language Interpreter for over 20 years with Specialties in the Legal, Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation settings Member of the Colorado Association of the Deaf and the Colorado Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Associates Degree in Interpreting, Bachelors degree in Political Science.
Patric Van Campen, Loan Closet Technician
Born in Steamboat Springs, CO. My education includes A.A.S. in Veterinary Medicine Technology, Animal Sciences certification, Renewable Energy Certification, Turf Master Certification, and Loan Closet Technician. Did an internship at CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Worked at Centennial Livestock Auction, City of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation, Brickman landscaping, and Phelan Gardens. Married to Jana and have 2 daughters of my own Abby and Nikki and 3 step children Jeff, Zachary and Dakota. Lived in Fort Collins most of my life but also lived in Sterling, Colorado Springs and Yucca Valley, CA.
30 years working in Human Services including: Denver Public Schools- Special Education Bethphage/Mosaic-Management Boulder County Enterprises-Case Worker Disabled Resource Servies-Job Coach, Employment Coordinator, Case Manager, Ft. Collins Loveland Office Manager AT&T-Utility Worker, Lineman; BA in History, Metropolitan State College.
I am currently a case manager at Disabled Resource Servies in the Loveland office and I advocate for individuals will all types of disabilities. My previous work experience includes serving the community in Big Bear Lake, California for over 15 years, as a counselor/legal advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I hold a Masters of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Administration of Justice and Security. Over the years, I have earned many certificates and awards in various areas from mediation to anger management. In my personal life; I enjoy boating, gardening, shopping, and spending time with my family.
Karen Norton, Blind/Low Vision Program Manager
The pathways traveled before me are irrelevant. The “Vision After 55” Program Mission Statement is to ensure no senior, age 55 or older, who did not plan on losing their eyesight later in life will find the services and resources guiding them to cope and live as independently as possible. Personal experience, gained through losing my sight , now working with a Guide Dog, having previously worked as a geriatric nurse and struggling through 15 years not knowing the services and resources availed to blind and low-vision adults fuels the Mission Statement above, to serve and not struggle, to cope guided by compassion and lead by example.
Sharon Bottoms, Blind/Low Vision Program Facilitator