Before being officially hired at Disabled Resource Services, Denise volunteered her time as an Independent Living Specialist and Loan Closet Specialist for two years. Denise has been with the organization since 2011 working her way up through the ranks. Denise states, “My passion was to share my knowledge with individuals from any background specifically those individuals with disabilities in their quest to live independently.” Denise has a firm belief in inspiring individuals to develop their own strengths promoting self-accomplished goals.
Within the community, Denise has her finger on the pulse of resources including applying for Social Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formally food stamps, Aid to The Needy and Disabled (A.N.D.) and more. In addition to working on benefits applications, peer counseling and much more, she advocates for people with disabilities for many reasons such as, but not limited to, landlord or employment disputes and service/companion animal related issues.
Denise’s work is well known in Larimer and Jackson Counties and has a good working relationship within the community. She works closely with law enforcement and the courts to ensure that individuals are receiving the services that they need. Denise has respect and compassion for everyone she works with.
Denise was promoted to Executive Director of Disabled Resource Services in February 2022. She is excited to bring a new vision to the position and encourages people from all walks of life to live the best life possible.
Denise holds a Master of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security.
Emmy has been working in accounting for 20 years. She previously had her own accounting/bookkeeping company, was a Controller for a large drilling company and has also worked for a CPA firm, which is how she was introduced to Disabled Resource Services and has worked closely with Marj.
She has volunteered several years with various nonprofits in Weld and Larimer County and for Disabled Resource Services at Wine Fest.
Emmy enjoys the outdoors, sports and spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. She has two children that are both actively involved in sports.
She is excited to be a part of the team at Disabled Resource Services.
Marj worked at Hewlett-Packard for 23 years in accounting and Human Resources. She has an associate’s degree from Front Range Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University. She came to DRS in 2002 as the assistant to the Executive Director and that entailed many diverse duties. She left in June 2020 and came back in February 2022. Per Marj, “It feels good to be back. I have missed my fellow employees and the important work we do for the disabled community in Larimer County.”
Fort Collins Staff
IL Program Manager
Katie joined DRS in late 2016. She is an active intergenerational Independent Living specialist with education and experience that spans across a lifetime. Katie has a Bachelor’s of Science from CU Boulder and a Masters of Art, Gerontology from UNC, Greeley CO. She has studied and taught grief, loss, and its effects on individuals with disabilities. With over ten years of experience working in Centers for Independence Living, Katie has developed a strong passion for the ILC philosophy and is a strong advocate for individual positive change and personal choice.
Specialist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Jenny has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an Associate’s degree in interpreting. She has worked for DRS for over 10 years and has been an ASL interpreter for over 20 years. Her specialties include mental health, legal, and vocational rehabilitation. She is a member of the Colorado Association of the Deaf and the Colorado Registry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Ana is from Greeley, where she worked as an Independent Living Specialist for seven years at Connections for Independent Living. She has worked in the human services field for over 20 years, from being a woman’s advocate for survivors of domestic violence, to working with at-risk youth. Since the age of 16, Ana worked and also volunteered with various non-profits, then took a break to go back to school and work as Graphic Artist for the Greeley Tribune. She then found herself working with non-profits again, but still finds time to be creative with her artistic skills.
Ana enjoys her position at DRS and hopes to get to know the Fort Collins /Loveland areas a lot better.
IL/Disabilities Matter Specialist
New to Fort Collins, Jo has worked in disability services since before finishing their time at Pikes Peak Community College. Jo comes from a background of program management and crisis intervention, working directly with disenfranchised communities. In their free time, Jo likes to spend time at home in their garden with their cats and dogs, or venture into the mountains for a good hike with some fishing thrown in. Jo loves their work and is tremendously excited to be a part of the team here!
Youth Program Coordinator
Evan initially came to DRS to receive services as a consumer. He brought with him, both handyman and customer service experience. He started working for us in the fall of 2017 by maintaining the durable medical equipment we rent from our loan closet. He had been a youth peer support and is now a strong representative for our center in the state’s Youth Leadership Forum.
In the spring of 2020 accepted a position with us as our newest Independent Living Specialist. He worked with our Vision Matters program coordinator for a few months before applying for the Youth Program Coordinator Position.
Evan was recently nominated and is now serving on a national board of directors for The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living. He also is a member, and works at the local Elks lodge, promoting charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity.
Office Assistant/Loan Closet Specialist
Terry came to DRS through an internship and liked us so much, she ended up staying! Terry does a variety of things in her work at DRS. She is the main ‘voice’ of the DRS Fort Collins office answering phones and greeting people as they come in to our office. Additionally, she manages the Fort Collins loan closet, coordinates volunteers and completes many other tasks as needed.
Fort Collins and Loveland Staff
Loan Closet Technician
Darold grew up on the western side of Colorado in a small mining town. He played with tools and equipment as far back as he can remember, then in high school he took automotive repair. Following high school, he went into the National Guard as a Helicopter Mechanic and in the Army he was a mechanic. Darold got out of the Army in 1989 and went to work in Cleveland, OH as an Industrial Equipment Repairman. He had multiple medical procedures done on his legs, and came back to Fort Collins where he was finally able to get his legs back under him, and came to work for DRS.
IL Program Manager
Vicki has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Mental Health and Substance Abuse; both from Washburn University. She is passionate about championing for people disabilities and raising awareness with a human rights approach to advocacy. Her mission is to empower those with disabilities so that they are able to lead more autonomous lives. Prior to joining DRS, Vicki worked with and advocated for the dual-diagnosis, homeless population who are involved in the Criminal Justice System.
Charlene recently moved to Fort Collins from Western Colorado with her family. She loves helping others and making a difference in someone’s day. A random fact about Charlene – she LOVES LOVES LOVES roosters. Why? Because they are beautiful creatures, they protect their flock, and she is a very protective person. They are also misunderstood, and Charlene knows that she is, as well, just like a lot of DRS’ consumers.
Carrie has a degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. She is well diversified in multiple populations and is passionate about the helping profession. Her mission is to be the person she needed in life’s challenges and to promote independence and remove stigmas attached to anyone with disabilities.
Marketing & Development Manager
Mel has been in marketing and communications for over 20 years. She has worked in various industries including consumer, government, and non-profit. Mel has partnered with a variety of clients to focus on effective message delivery & fundraising tactics and the past several years focused on social media.