A Few Words From Our New Director
I am proud to have been a member of the dis
Connections (dC) staff for the last six and a half years. During that time I have had the opportunity to work with great staff and community partners and engage in teaching and learning from students, first as the Youth Program Manager and then the Youth Services Director. I have learned a lot about the resilience and abilities of people in our community as well as the challenges and needs of this same community. I have had the opportunity to work in a setting that considers the skills and abilities of all people and has offered me the opportunity to grow as a person and a professional.
Now I have a greater opportunity to give back to the staff, consumers, and community of dis
Connections as the new Executive Director. Under our former Executive Director Lesia Pikaart, dis
Connections made great strides in the community to ensure the greater inclusion of persons with disabilities. From parking, education, health care to schooling, the influence of dC and its supporters has been impactful. dis
Connections will continue to strive to include even more people in society through systems change and advocacy, educational inclusion, accessibility, peer programming, and representation in the community. Through the combined focused efforts of the staff, managers, Lesia, and our boards, dis
Connections is in a good position to continue and grow this important work.
I am also extremely pleased to welcome our new Deputy Director Travis Barnett, who comes to us from the Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. The experience Travis brings will serve to assist and bolster dis
Connections work in the community. He will be a valuable asset in our future work together.
Together, we look forward to continuing to break down barriers and welcome more people to the table of inclusion.
Executive Director, dis