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Staff

Meet Our Staff

Aaron Pasterz

Aaron Pasterz

Independent Living Advisor

Aaron attended the University of Northern Colorado where he received a bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in sociology. Aaron has been an Independent Living Advisor with CPWD for 3 years and is passionate about helping people living independently.

Anna Finkelstein

Anna Finkelstein

Community Organizer

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Amy Dixon

Amy Dixon

Beyond Vision Skills Trainer

Amy is a former Certified Nursing Assistant. Her education includes a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from Fresno City College and Baccalaureate in Social Work form Fresno State which included 9 units of Gerontology. Her personal experience in dealing with Type I Diabetes and its side affects for over 41 years adds to her ability to assist people that are differently able.

Bertha Meads

Bertha Meads

Receptionist

Bertha has been with CPWD for 29 years. As our receptionist, she’s the friendly face at the door, and keeps everybody in touch with each other. Bertha loves working with other people and supporting the work at CPWD.

Cheryl Hodgson

Cheryl Hodgson

Independent Living Advisor

Cheryl has been with CPWD for 9 years. Prior to that she worked with Community Link and Fairview High School in the Life Skills program. She loves the challenge and the reward of working with people and supporting them in their growth and independent living.

Chris O'Brien

Chris O'Brien

Director of Development & Communications

Chris has worked with CPWD since August 2013 as a fundraising and communications consultant. His background includes marketing and fundraising for various nonprofit and for-profit pro-social organizations in the community.

Cindy Shaffer

Cindy Shaffer

Independent Living Advisor

Cindy has a BA from Neumann University and a Non-Profit Management Certification from the University of Delaware. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2012, she worked as an advocate and educator for the Genesis Employee Foundation, while raising her son,  (one of 4 children) who has an ASD diagnosis. She currently serves as a volunteer for the Spectrum Foundation of Colorado.

Darcy McLean

Darcy McLean

Low Vision Skills Educator

Darcy McLean is a Low Vision Skills Educator and Low Vision Support Group Facilitator in the Beyond Vision Program. Darcy has lifelong experience in low vision & blindness, with an Bachelors of Science in Human Services Counseling and 20+ years living with low vision herself. She is an avid kayaker, hiker, and gardener.  Darcy feels a strong connection to those with low vision and those caring for people with vision loss.

Debbie Brandon

Debbie Brandon

Independent Living Skills Trainer

Debbie has been working with the elderly since 2007 as a Certified Nurse’s Aide and in the Life Enrichment department. She worked as a independent home care aide for two years before coming to CPWD. Debbie has two granddaughters who were both born with moderated hearing loss. She loves helping people  live a full and independent life.

Dee Peterson

Dee Peterson

Home Health Manager

Dee joined CPWD in August of 2016.  She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and CPR instructor with more than 20 years experience in the health care field.

Diane Groff

Diane Groff

Longmont Manager

Diane has worked at CPWD since 1984 in a variety of roles including independent living, youth summer employment and as the Longmont manager. She serves on several local committees including the St. Vrain Community Council Executive Committee, Longmont Housing Opportunities Team, and as a Peer Educator for Strength Based Professional Development through Boulder County’s Building Livable and Caring Communities for All.

Estefania Corral

Estefania Corral

Beyond Vision Skills Trainer

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Gisela Hernandez

Gisela Hernandez

Bilingual Independent living Advisor

Gisela started working with CPWD Longmont in June of 2016, after completing her Bachelors of Science in Social Work. She believes every individual has strengths, potential, and skills to be able to live independently. She provides Independent Living Advisor Services to our Spanish Speaking members of our community and facilitates a weekly Peer Support Group.

Howard Levett

Howard Levett

Independent Living Advisor

Howard Levett has worked at the Center for People with Disabilities since 2009. He has worked in the disability community since retiring from law enforcement in 1999.

Jan Dabroski

Jan Dabroski

Independent Living Advisor

Jan has a life time passion for people who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. She has a Deaf sister who was her inspiration and she has been involved with the Deaf community for many years. Jan finds great fulfillment being an advocate, teaching, and assisting people in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. Jan also has a passion for people who are Blind and Low-Vision and has volunteered at the Anchor Center for Blind Children. Her deepest desire has always been to work with people who are Deaf and Blind.

Jan McIntosh

Jan McIntosh

Home Health Administrator

Jan McIntosh has been a nurse for 37 years and has been in home health care for 12 years.

Jane Sinclare

Jane Sinclare

Transitions Program Manager

Jane started working in the independent living movement in 2000.  She feels passionately about disability  rights and finds that it is the strength of the human heart and spirit that keeps her  so deeply engaged in this work.

Janelle Dalvit

Janelle Dalvit

Employment Specialist

Janelle has a background in care giving and working with seniors in independent living/skilled nursing for the last 8 years.  She studied in the Interpreter Preparation Program at Front Range Community college from 2010-2013, and is fluent in Sign Language.

Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor

Nursing Supervisor, Home Health

Jennifer has degrees in Nursing and Psychology. She has worked at CPWD since 2007 and enjoys providing quality care to consumers in their homes.

Jessica Neumann

Jessica Neumann

HCBS Manager/Administrative Assistant

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Joni Daniels

Joni Daniels

Independent Living Skills Trainer

Joni has been a cook and chef since the early 90’s, and has worked with people with disabilities for more than 20 years. She taught Special Education at the elementary school level and has 4 children of her own. Last year, Joni traveled to Ghana to study African dance, drumming, and language, and is helping to build a cultural center for children in Kokorobite, Ghana.

Kia Akin

Kia Akin

Independent Living Program Manager

Serving for more then 3  years in the persons with disabilities community, Kia Corbett is dedicated to excellence with the Independent Living Program. Conducting training with experience and inspiring commitment to CPWD’s mission, Kia is passionate about the results of the program as well as the welfare of the consumers.

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson

Director of Core Services

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Margaret Catterall

Margaret Catterall

Finance Manager

Margaret joined CPWD in 2012 after moving to Colorado from Michigan where she worked in administration and accounting. She has two children and enjoys the Colorado outdoors.

Marni J. Tharler

Marni J. Tharler

HR Coordinator

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Maria Stepanyan

Maria Stepanyan

Executive Director

Maria has been with CPWD since 2010. Through her passion, energy and expertise in financial management, she as grown with and become a key employee at CWPD over the past 7 years. Originally from Armenia, Maria studied finances in Moscow, Russia. She was the Operations Manager of the Art Rehabilitation Center for orphans with disabilities. She is also the Founder and Board member of the Colorado Chapter of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief.

Melanie Shotwell

Melanie Shotwell

Independent Living Advisor

Aaron attended the University of Northern Colorado where he received a bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in sociology. Aaron has been an Independent Living Advisor with CPWD for 3 years and is passionate about helping people living independently.

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Program Manager

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