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/Accountant
Worked at DRS 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 Director
David Swinehart joined Disabled Resource Servies in October, 2012 as the agency’s first full time Donor 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.
I am a graduate of Colorado State University with my BSW. I started at Disabled Resource Servies as an intern in 2014 during 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 Colorado Choice Transitions program. As Housing Coordinator I enjoy helping people remain independent in the community by managing Section 8 vouchers and helping them continue to meet the requirements of the program. I also step in as a case manager and connect our consumers with much needed resources.
Jenny Miller, 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.
Terry Ellis, Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator
Prior to coming to Disabled Resource Services, I worked with computer mainframes and provided technical support at Larimer County, Colorado State University and the USDA. I came to DRS in May of 2014 as an intern through the Larimer County Workforce Center. I was hired to my present position in March of 2015.
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, “Vision Matters After 55” Program Coordinator
The “Vision Matters After 55” Program Mission Statement is to ensure all seniors, age 55 and older, have access to low-vision/blindness services and resources. None of us plan to lose their eyesight later in life as I did, to feel isolated by blindness, and none of us is born knowing how to navigate the emotional aspects of vision loss.
I lost most of my usable eyesight in my late twenties. I learned to manage and muddle through, my family survived the ups and downs of my frustrations; especially, when I had to give up driving, transitioned from working as an L.P.N. specializing in geriatric and emergency care services, doing many types of jobs until I found DRS and the possibilities that led to becoming Coordinator for “Vision Matters After 55” Program. I again moved through all of the life changes inherent to losing eyesight, like learning to work again using assistive technology, using a white cane and a guide dog, and giving up driving (that one was hard).
I struggled through 15 years not knowing the services/resources availed for people who have low-vision or are blind. Thus, our Mission Statement was developed to not have anyone struggle for lack of knowing, to enable coping, to encourage peer mentoring, guide families and friends to understand the life changes inherent to vision loss and, most of all, to lead by example. There IS life after vision loss and, if I can do it, I know you can too!
Even though I was born and raised in Texas, I’m truly a Colorado girl. I love working with different people from all walks of life. And what’s even better than meeting people-is getting to know their story. In Texas, I worked with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, and now that the “Vision Matters After 55 Program” found me, I’m able to help people in a completely different way. Although I’m sighted, hopefully one day I will be considered “blind at heart” by the many people who touch our hearts in the “Vision Matters” Program.