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 Services 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.
Alison Dawson, Case Manager
Alison has worked at DRS since 2002. She has also worked at Poudre School District for four years. She has extensive personal experience with disability with self and family members. Alison has a BA with Areas of Emphasis in Psychology/Social Work from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
Marcella Young, Case Manager
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/Transition Specialist
The activist arm of Disabled Resource Services is Sherri Reichow, LSW, who serves as DRS’s Social Security Disability Advocate, Community Transitions Specialist and Grass Roots Festival Event Coordinator. 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].
Patric Van Campen, Loan Closet Technician
Born 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.
Gail Barrera, Volunteer Coordinator
Gail moved to Fort Collins in 1989 and has been working with DRS as the Volunteer Coordinator since 2007. She worked for Catholic Charities Northern for 10 years and is the former Director at Homelessness Prevention. She is also well known in the non-profit community for her work with a number of initiatives, committees, and legislative efforts to promote systemic change for chronically homeless and low-income individuals and families, including the Ombuds Program for Mental Health of Colorado, the Fair Welfare Reform Act, and affordable housing. Gail was diagnosed with a chronic illness in 2003, which has only fueled her commitment to supporting the disadvantaged in the Larimer County community.
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.
Dave McDanal, Branch Manager/Case Manager
30 years working in Human Services including:
Denver Public Schools- Special Education
Boulder County Enterprises-Case Worker
Disabled Resource Services-Job Coach,
Employment Coordinator, Case Manager, Ft. Collins
Loveland Office Manager
AT&T-Utility Worker, Lineman
BA in History, Metropolitan State College
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. Christine may be reached at the Loveland office at (970) 667-0816 or by email at [email protected].
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