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 2021 Virtual IDD Awareness Day at the Capitol: Videos and Important Handouts

 

IDD Policy Webinar by your IDD Awareness Day Hosts

 

IDD Awareness Day Virtual Luncheon Speakers

 

Direct Support Professional of the Year Award Presentation

Featured: 2021 Awareness Day Virtual Luncheon Speaker Video 

Meet the 2021 IDD Awareness Day Speakers

The 2021 Awareness Day Luncheon Video will be posted on this page on March 25 at 12:30pm

 

Representative Daneya Esgar

2020 Alliance Legislator of the Year

Representative Daneya Esgar is the Majority Leader for the Colorado House of Representatives. She is in her fourth term serving Pueblo County as the Representative for House District 46.

During her six years in the legislature, Rep. Esgar has experienced success passing bills on a wide range of subjects. She has worked to improve affordability and access to healthcare through the elimination of surprise medical billing, expanded treatment options for Coloradans with opioid or other substance use disorders, and enabled patients to be covered for healthcare services provided by a pharmacist. She also led the fight to end conversion therapy, provide identity documents for transgender Coloradans, and grant state employees the right to unionize.

Born and raised in Pueblo, Esgar is the proud granddaughter of steelworkers, a product of Pueblo City Schools and a graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo. She has worked as a television news producer, in higher education, and as a community organizer focusing on poverty and communities of color in Pueblo. She is known for her work on issues of equality, education, justice, and poverty.

Rep. Esgar lives with her wife, Heather, in Pueblo with their two dogs, Bella and Huck.

Kathy Hingtgen

2020 Direct Support Professional of the Year

Kathy Hingtgen has worked at Foothills Gateway for 17 years providing supported living services (SLS) to six individuals. 

She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Fort Collins in 1982 after marrying her husband. They have two sweet Golden Retrievers, a puppy on the way, and five delightfully silly pet Nubian goats.

She finished an English degree at Colorado State University in 2003. As an older student, she was deemed “non-traditional”, which corresponds well to her work: no two days are the same. The people she serves teach her something new every time she sees them. The past 17 years she has shared happiness, sadness, and everything in between with them, making her work so fulfilling.

Kathy is honored and proud to be the Alliance DSP Honoree of 2020.

Julian Wang

Self - Advocate

Julian Wang is President of Speaking For Ourselves Colorado, Treasurer of People First of Larimer County, and Self Advocacy Resource and Fellow for the Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) fellow at The Arc of Larimer County. As President of Speaking For Ourselves, Julian is interested in increasing participation from self-advocacy groups across Colorado – especially in remote areas. Julian is exploring the use of assistive technology and video conferencing to see if this could be useful to self-advocacy chapters across the state. Julian is also active in his local community as a speaker, Special Olympics participant, and a former Board Member for The Arc of Larimer County. He is currently employed at The Home Depot as a Sales Associate. In his free time, Julian enjoys traveling, playing basketball, spending time with family, and attending church.

Ashley Steinbach

Parent

Ashley Rose Steinbach was raised in a small South Dakota town and spent her high school years on the outskirts of Atlanta, GA. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2005, and she loves everything about this city – especially its open-minded population and acceptance of adaptations. In 2006, Ashley’s daughter Avalee was born and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at eight months old. Since that day, Avalee has received a new diagnosis almost every year, including autism, epilepsy, unilateral deafness, CMV (cytomegalovirus), and others. 

When Avalee was 10 months old, Ashley found her voice. At the 2007 Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform, Ashley had the opportunity to share her journey with Avalee and the broken Medicaid system. This experience opened doors to do articles with the Colorado Springs Independent, more speaking, and a testimonial at the Colorado Capitol. Here, she saw her voice be put into action for the first time. Ashley spoke again in 2014 at the Capitol about Medicaid cuts to CNA hours. Within an hour of giving her testimony at the Capitol, she received word of an immediate stop to the current Pediatric Assessment Tool used at that time. That was the day that Ashley saw the magnitude of her voice. In 2018, Ashley spoke again at the Capital on behalf of HB-1006 to modernize the newborn screen, which had not been updated in more than 20 years – that was the day she saw the need for her voice.

 

Ashley experienced her biggest challenge in 2014, when she had her daughter Brielee and had to learn how to navigate the “typical” world, which has felt much more unnatural to her. But seeing the natural bond and acceptance between the two has been the biggest blessing of her life. Because of her daughters, Ashley finds her voice more every day, understanding the impact and responsibility that comes with it. As a single mom of two girls, Ashley is very mindful of the world and the legacy she will leave for them. Even after breaking so many boundaries and stereotypes, Ashley dreamt of a way for her daughters to play together and enjoy inclusive fun. Because of the lack of opportunities to meet this need, Ashley created one. She became a Special Olympics coach, currently in her third season of coaching the Cool CATS (Children of All Types Succeeding) adaptive cycling team. She enjoys the growth she sees each season, including the grateful families and bonds that are created. Ashley sees the power of her voice and actions every day, and she is humbled and motivated by the opportunity provided by The Arc PPR for not only her voice, but the voices of her families, to be heard.

Meet the 2021 Direct Support Professionals of the Year Finalists

The 2021 Awareness Day Luncheon Video will be posted on this page on March 25 at 12:30pm

Read the Finalists' nominations HERE!

 

Seth Ritchey

Organization: Ariel Clinical Services             
Time with Ariel: 6.5 years                     
Years as a DSP: 16 years

Taylor VanAllen

Organization: A Brighter Community               
Time with ABC: 7 years                
Years as a DSP: 7 years

Theresa Bolton

Organization: Mosaic
Time with Mosaic: 14 years
Years as a DSP: 14 years

Scott Leyva

Organization: Parker Personal Care Homes          
Time with PPCH: 6.5 years                       
Years as a DSP: 6.5 years

Ursula Mbene

Organization: Starpoint
Time with Starpoint: 23 years
Years as a DSP: 3+ years

Congratulations to all 2021 DSP of the Year Nominees

Ariel Clinical Services: Monica Rodriquez
Time with Ariel Clinical Services: 1.5 years
Years as a DSP: 1.5 years

Ariel Clinical Services: Paul Isabel
Time with Ariel Clinical Services: 1 year
Years as a DSP: 1 year

Ascendigo Autism Services: Nina Morhman
Time with Ascendigo Autism Services: 13 months
Years as a DSP: 13 years

Ascendigo Autism Services: Ryan Williams
Time with Ascendigo Autism Services: 1.3 years
Years as a DSP: 4 years

Bethesda: Lezlie Orlowski
Time with Bethesda: 16 months
Years as a DSP: 16 months

Bethesda: Sherree Perez
Time with Bethesda: 8 years
Years as a DSP: 13 years

Blue Peaks Developmental Services: Angelica Valencia
Time with Blue Peaks Developmental Services: 2 years
Years as a DSP: 2 years

Cheyenne Village: Danylyn Margiotta
Time with Cheyenne Village: 2 years
Years as a DSP: 2 years

Cheyenne Village: Georgeann Kulton
Time with Cheyenne Village: 7 years
Years as a DSP: 20 years

Cheyenne Village: Karen Coder
Time with Cheyenne Village: 7 years
Years as a DSP: 11 years

Community Connections: Bryan Paul
Time with Community Connections: 1 year, 4 months
Years as a DSP: 10+ years

Community Connections: Pandora Funk
Time with Community Connections: 3 years, 7 months
Years as a DSP: 3 years, 7 months

Community Link: Billie Romero
Time with Community Link: 16+ years
Years as a DSP: 16+ years

Continuum of Colorado: All of our CoC DSPs won the CoC DSP of the month award
Time with Continuum of Colorado: Varies
Years as a DSP: Varies

DDRC: Andrea Samuelson
Time with DDRC: 4.5 years
Years as a DSP: 16 years

DDRC: Elizabeth Polivka
Time with DDRC: 7 years
Years as a DSP: 7 years

Dungarvin: Connie Healey
Time with Dungarvin: 4 years
Years as a DSP: 23 years

Envision: Myriah Hudgens
Time with Envision: 10 years, 8 months
Years as a DSP: 10 years, 8 months

Envision: Rosie Soria
Time with Envision: 1 year
Years as a DSP: 12 years

Foothills Gateway, Inc: Mary Jo McBride
Time with FGI: 4 years
Years as a DSP: 9 years

Horizons Specialized Services: Colleen Sherwood
Time with Horizons Specialized Services: 15 years
Years as a DSP: 15 years

Horizons Specialized Services: Kathy Johnson

Time with Horizons Specialized Services: 5 years

Years as a DSP: 5 years

Imagine!: Erin Schram
Time with Imagine!: 4 years, 4 months
Years as a DSP: unknown

Imagine!: Tara Spires
Time with Imagine!: 1 year, 7 months
Years as a DSP: 1 year, 7 months

Inspiration Field: Steven Encinias
Time with Inspiration Field: 13 years
Years as a DSP: 13 years

Karuna Care Services: Page Gogan
Time with Karuna Care Services: 2 years
Years as a DSP: 5 years

Laradon: Christina Coney
Time with Laradon: 1 year, 10 months
Years as a DSP: 5 years

Laradon: Lisa Gallegos
Time with Laradon: 5 years, 7 months
Years as a DSP: 10 years

Mosaic: Ariana Alameda
Time with Mosaic: 1.9 years
Years as a DSP: 1.9 years

North Metro Community Services: Corrine Farney
Time with North Metro Community Services: 22 years
Years as a DSP: 22 years

North Metro Community Services: Kathy Habenicht
Time with North Metro Community Services: 8.5 years
Years as a DSP: 8.5 years

Overture: Bonnie Dimas
Time with Overture: 1.5 years
Years as a DSP: 20+ years

Parker Personal Care Homes: Jacque Nordstrom-Ledoux
Time with Parker Personal Care Homes: 3.5 years
Years as a DSP: unknown

Parker Personal Care Homes: Sean Carlson
Time with Parker Personal Care Homes: 1.5 years
Years as a DSP: 3 years

Rocky Mountain Human Services: Royce Paglomutan
Time with Rocky Mountain Human Services: 7 years
Years as a DSP: 7 years

Southeastern Developmental Services: Isidra Mungaray
Time with SDS: 5years
Years as a DSP: 5 years

Southeastern Developmental Services: Lucia Gonzalez
Time with SDS: 8 years
Years as a DSP: 8 years

Starpoint: Tom Papathakis
Time with Starpoint: 4 years
Years as a DSP: 4 years

Stepping Stone Support Center: Michael Jennrich
Time with Stepping Stone: 6 months
Years as a DSP: 4 years

Stepping Stone Support Center: Pam Richardson
Time with Stepping Stone: 2.5 years
Years as a DSP: 15 years

 

STRiVE: George James
Time with STRiVE: 31 years

Years as a DSP: 31 years

STRiVE: Jarmel “Mel” Smith
Time with STRiVE: 350 days

Years as a DSP: 5 years


Support, Inc: Ashley Brown
Time with Stepping Stone: 5 months
Years as a DSP: 5+ years

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