Mary Anne Harvey
Mary Anne Harvey has extensive experience in the management and leadership of human service organizations. Since 1980, she has been executive director of Disability Law Colorado.
Mary Anne has been active in the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) as a former board member, past president, and trainer. She developed the orientation that NDRN sponsors for new executive directors. In addition, she participated in the development of national standards and outcome measurements for Protection and Advocacy systems. Mary Anne has also served as a volunteer on multiple boards and committees including the Colorado Nonprofit Association, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Warren Village, the Executive Leadership Institute and the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council.
Mary Anne was initially attracted to Disability Law Colorado because the organization enforced the recently passed federal special education law, and she thought it would be an interesting job for a few years. She found that she loved all of the aspects of the organization’s civil rights work and making the law accessible to individuals, families and professionals. Since 2005 she has edited and published Disability Law Colorado’s award-winning publications for national distribution.
In 2012 she received the prestigious William Funk Award for Building Community from the Colorado Nonprofit Association.
Mary Anne has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wyoming. She has taken graduate course work in education at Wichita State University, and in public administration at the University of Colorado at Denver. email@example.com
Alison L. Butler, Esq.
Director of Legal Services
Alison L. Butler is the Director of Legal Services. She was named to this position in 2015. In her role, Alison oversees all of the legal work at Disability Law Colorado, including investigations of abuse and neglect, individual representation in workplace or housing discrimination issues, assistance to students and parents with disability-related legal issues in schools and working with residents of institutions when they seek a less restrictive placement in the community, among others.
Alison is active in providing trainings state-wide to other lawyers, organizations and members of the community on a multitude of disability topics, including: special education law, housing discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, service and companion animal issues, the use of restraint in public schools and general disability awareness. She also advocates for the rights of people with disabilities through legislative and committee work.
Alison joined Disability Law Colorado in 2007 and previously coordinated the Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) program and worked in the Special Education program. Prior to joining Disability Law Colorado, Alison worked in private practice on employment and housing discrimination issues, as well as in the Public Defender’s Office in Palm Beach County, Florida. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Florida and New York. Alison received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University in 1994 and her law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1997. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Ivandick, Esq.
Denver Office Managing Attorney/Program Coordinator
Mark J. Ivandick, Esq. started as an attorney in the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program at Disability Law Colorado in 1999, and in 2004 was promoted to Managing Attorney for the Disability Law Colorado Denver Office. Mark works in all protection & advocacy programs, with an emphasis in the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program, investigating complaints from facilities such as county jails, state and federal prisons, youth corrections and psychiatric hospitals. He also works on legislation and systemic issues affecting individuals with mental illness. Prior to coming to Disability Law Colorado, Mark was in private practice in Tennessee and worked for the Judge Advocate General’s Corps while assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. He holds degrees from The United States Military Academy, Western Kentucky University and St. Louis University School of Law. email@example.com
Grand Junction Office Managing Attorney
David Monroe joined Disability Law Colorado as the Grand Junction Office Managing Attorney in January 2017. He graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1988 with a degree in history and obtained his law degree from CU in 1992. David began his career in law as criminal defense attorney in private practice back in 1992. Over the past 25 years he has worked as an educator, educational and grant administrator and as executive director of a non-profit agency providing services to people with disabilities, as well as continuing in the practice of law. In his role as managing attorney of the Grand Junction office he represents individuals with workplace and housing discrimination issues as well as students and parents with disability-related legal issues in schools. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaytie Angeli is originally from Louisiana and graduated from LSU, in 2014, with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. Two years ago, Kaytie visited Colorado and loved it so much she decided to stay indefinitely and joined Disability Law Colorado in 2016. She has always wanted to be able to constructively help others who have difficulties helping themselves. Therefore, she strives to create a sense of comfort and relief by positively engaging and interacting with those in need. Kaytie believes that working at DLC allows her to use her skills to better influence and impact the lives of others in and around the community. At DLC, she is able fulfill that desire on a daily basis. email@example.com
Meghan Baker, JD, MSW
Meghan Baker has been practicing law in Colorado since 2011. Meghan completed her undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Plan II Honors. Meghan graduated from the University of Houston with a JD and an MSW in May 2011, after which she accepted a position with the Colorado Office of the State Public Defender. In that capacity, Meghan represented adults and youth charged with crimes, in El Paso and Arapahoe counties. From 2015-2017, Ms. Baker worked as a guardian ad litem through The Law Offices of Meghan Baker LLC, advocating for the best interest of children involved in various types of court cases, in Denver County. Having worked at the Protection and Advocacy organization in Texas during law school, Meghan is thrilled to return to serving people with disabilities and applying the knowledge and experience she has gained about systems in Colorado to bringing about lasting and systemic change for youth and adults in our state. Meghan has a particular interest in issues related to juvenile justice and the child welfare system, as well as special education and mental health treatment in jails and prisons. Meghan lives in Denver with her wife, two dogs, and a cat. In her spare time, Meghan mentors young people and also enjoys yoga, the arts, and travel.
Julie Bansch-Wickert joined Disability Law Colorado in May 2015 as the Medicare/Medicaid Advocate for the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC). The ACC-Medicare/Medicaid Program serves people in Colorado who are dually eligible for both health programs, and is designed to integrate and coordinate their physical, behavioral and social health needs. Julie has a 20-year career in the Community Centered Board system where her various roles included case management, investigations and advocacy on behalf of children and adults with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. She received her Master of Social Work degree in Chicago, Illinois and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the state of Colorado. firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Z. Busby
Julie Z. Busby was Disability Law Colorado’s office manager from 2000 to 2013. From 1/2014 - 12/2016, she was Disability Law Colorado’s director of development where she had the opportunity learn about donor relations, fundraising and event planning. In January 2017 Julie returned to the role of office manager. Her hobbies include gardening, rooting for the Broncos and finding treasures at second-hand stores. email@example.com
Marcy already had a lot of first-hand experience with the disability community prior to working at Disability Law Colorado. She went to school with students with disabilities who were integrated into her classes. Her entire school learned American Sign Language to better communicate with students who were deaf or hard of hearing. Marcy’s Girl Scout troop included a girl with Down Syndrome who “ALWAYS spoke her mind. I’ve always been surrounded in one way or another with people with disabilities. They have been my friends and classmates throughout my life.” When Marcy came to Disability Law Colorado she was immediately inspired and moved by our impact and our important role as the voice for people with disabilities and older people throughout Colorado. “When I got the chance to work for Disability Law Colorado as an administrative assistant I was excited!” Marcy works in the Disability Law Colorado Grand Junction office with David Monroe, managing attorney, and Olivia Pilcher, rights advocate. “I appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given to be a part of Disability Law Colorado and its mission to fight for the civil rights of people with disabilities. I learn something new every day!” firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Integration Team Leader, Attorney
Claire Dickson joined Disability Law Colorado in February 2016 and is the leader of the Community Integration Team. Claire’s work focuses on investigations of allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, community integration, and Medicaid waiver denials and terminations, and is done through systemic advocacy as well as individual representation. Claire has prior experience working on behalf of individuals with disabilities, having worked for seven years at New Mexico Protection & Advocacy System (now Disability Rights New Mexico). While there, Claire worked on issues involving Medicaid coverage, rights of individuals with disabilities in jails, abuse and neglect, and special education, among others. Claire also worked at the Senior Citizens’ Law Office in Albuquerque, representing seniors regarding Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI and other elder law issues, and at DNA People’s Legal Services on the Navajo Nation representing low income individuals in a variety of civil law matters. Claire graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1993, and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, New Mexico, and with the Navajo Nation. email@example.com
Anna Dubnikov was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and moved to America when she was eight years old. Anna graduated from University of Denver in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in international business. She has always had a passion for volunteering and community service. Anna speaks Russian and Spanish fluently, and has lived in Beijing, China. Anna has a deep interest in learning about other cultures, and she received the International Global Scholars Award in 2008. She has been with Disability Law Colorado since 2009. firstname.lastname@example.org
Older Americans Program Assistant
Vinni Ferrara became a long-term care ombudsman in 2008 after taking care of her parents for seven years so they could live out their lives in their own home surrounded by family. The experience of being their caregiver and serving as a hospice volunteer, gave her a passion for advocacy for seniors. The ombudsman position offered the opportunity to create positive change in long-term care communities and to be the voice of the residents. She finds the work of an ombudsman to be both gratifying and educational, and feels fulfilled when she can see the joy in a grateful resident who has a better quality of life and care because of the ombudsman’s efforts. email@example.com
Program Coordinator, Rights Advocate
Anna French’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a graduate certificate in alternative dispute resolution from the University of Denver, and a background in small business and biotechnology. She has been with Disability Law Colorado since 2002. Anna is an advocate in the Client Assistance and the Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security programs. She advocates for the rights of clients who receive services from the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Colorado’s independent living centers, and the state’s employment networks. firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Intake Specialist
Angie Garberding has been with Disability Law Colorado since September 1998. She is the intake specialist for the Special Education, Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights, and Protection and Advocacy for Developmental Disabilities programs. Angie received her paralegal certificate from the Denver Paralegal Institute in 1997. She graduated in 1993 from Arapahoe Community College with an associate’s degree. Angie enjoys spending time with her family, birds and hiking Colorado 14ers. email@example.com
Seth Greiner joined Disability Law Colorado in June 2016 working on the Dual Eligible Medicare/Medicaid Ombudsman Program. Seth’s main responsibilities are to help to grow, develop, and manage this demonstration ombudsman program, serving tens of thousands of residents across the state. Seth, along with the Ombudsman Julie Bantsch-Wickert, will help clients navigate and access services between and across these two programs. Prior to joining Disability Law Colorado Seth worked as a legislative aide at the Colorado General Assembly during the 2016 session where he was integral in efforts surrounding affordable housing, transportation, and aging policy. Previous to this, Seth was involved in veterans, senior, and homeless policy over the 2015 legislative session as the public policy advocate for the Volunteers of America-Colorado Branch. While at Volunteers Seth became aquatinted with the all-volunteer Colorado Senior Lobby as an outside member of their legislative committee, before being elected to the organizations board of directors in September 2015. Before launching into his new career in advocacy, Seth spent almost a decade teaching English, history, and political science to exceptional high school and university students in Poland, the Czech Republic, and South Korea. Seth holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and a graduate degree in political science from Colorado State University. What drives and motivates Seth in his new position is a passion for social justice and the basic ideals of equity and fairness. firstname.lastname@example.org
J. Patrick Hackney
Facilities Team Leader
J. Patrick Hackney joined Disability Law Colorado as Facilities Team Leader in June 2017. Prior to coming to DLC, Patrick worked at the Alabama P&A, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (“ADAP”), for 10 years. While at ADAP, Patrick represented clients with disabilities on a variety of issues, including Medicaid waivers, community integration, and the American with Disabilities Act. As a strong advocate of educating persons about their rights, Patrick has conducted numerous in person trainings on subjects such as alternatives to guardianship, services available through a Medicaid waiver, accessing the voting process, and reasonable accommodations in employment. Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts from Samford University in 1994 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1998. Outside of work, Patrick enjoys reading, traveling and playing golf. email@example.com
Emily Harvey, Esq.
Team Leader, Attorney
Emily Harvey always knew she wanted a career working with people with disabilities. After college, Emily worked in the Prosthetics Department at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center intending to become a prosthetist. This was a career that was familiar to her because she had worn a prosthetic leg since the age of two, but along the way she decided to pursue law instead. Emily attended George Mason University School of Law where she was a research editor on the Civil Rights Law Journal, which fueled her passion for disability rights. Emily is a staff attorney with Disability Law Colorado and is the Team Leader of the Intake Team. Emily is also the co-founder and president of LIM359, a nonprofit that provides an activities-based support system for people with limb loss and limb difference, Board co-chair of the Cycle of Hope, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for women who use wheelchairs, and an ambassador for Skirt Sports. In her spare time, Emily enjoys training for triathlons, reading, and spending time with her husband and friends. firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Assistance Developer for the Elderly
Kelsey Lesco obtained her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona and her law degree from the University of Oregon. In July 2014, Kelsey was hired as a staff attorney for the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program. Kelsey coordinates Disability Law Colorado's Olmstead Program, including extensive work on the Nursing Home Project, which helps to move people with mental illness and developmental disabilities living in nursing homes back into the community. email@example.com
Jennifer Levin, Esq.
Education Team Leader, Attorney
Jennifer Levin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991 and from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1994. She joined Disability Law Colorado in 2009 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by the law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLC. In 2011, Jennifer became a full-time employee working on the Individual Rights, Client Assistance, Beneficiaries of Social Security, and the Special Education programs. In 2014, Jennifer became coordinator of the Vote! Program, and in 2015, she became the leader of the Education Team, which focuses on rights of students in pre-school through 12th grade. In addition to representing individuals with disability rights claims, Jennifer presents trainings on voting rights for people with disabilities, special education, and the rules governing restraint of school children with disabilities. firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon MacKenzie is a Colorado native who graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a B.A. in English Literature, Regis University with a Master’s degree in Education, and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Shannon has dedicated her life to public interest work and, prior to attending law school, she was a high school English teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools where she fueled her passion for advocacy and disability rights. Shannon is a staff attorney on the Access Team, which focuses on housing and employment discrimination, as well as public accommodations and higher education. email@example.com
Director of Administrative Services
Jim McBride began working for Disability Law Colorado in 1987 and for 28 years he has managed our accounting systems. Before coming to Disability Law Colorado, Jim worked in theatre and opera production management. Originally from Ohio, he came to Colorado in 1981 with his wife, Beth, to work at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. His hobbies include woodworking, gardening, and golf. firstname.lastname@example.org
State PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Ombudsman
Leah McMahon joined Disability Law Colorado as the State PACE Ombudsman in 2017. The PACE program serves people 55 and older in Colorado who qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid. PACE organizations promote independent living and provide all-inclusive services in the home, community and PACE centers. Previously, she worked in the Single Entry Point managing the care manager program for home community based services. She has also been a local Ombudsman, at Denver Regional Council of Governments and supervised the assisted living team. Early in her career, she served as a counselor for children and adolescents who live with trauma and severe mental illness. Leah has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Counseling from Regis University. email@example.com
State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Anne K. Meier joined Disability Law Colorado as the state long-term care ombudsman in 2014. Previously she worked for six years at Exempla Lutheran Hospice as part of a team of social workers providing a continuum of care from home hospice to the inpatient unit. She has also been a social service coordinator for the Denver Adult Down Syndrome Clinic and a casework supervisor for Clear Creek County Department of Human Services. Early in her career, she served as the coordinator of Disability Law Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program. Anne has an undergraduate degree in social work and a master of social work degree from the University of Denver. firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia Pilcher is a Rights Advocate in Disability Law Colorado's Grand Junction office. She joined Disability Law Colorado in May 2017. Prior to joining Disability Law Colorado, she worked in various capacities in the mental health and substance abuse field, for the Department of Human Services, and for the Arizona House of Representatives. Olivia has a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. email@example.com
Jennifer Purrington, Esq.
Access Team Leader, Attorney
Jennifer Purrington is a staff attorney with Disability Law Colorado and leads the Access Team, which focuses on housing and employment discrimination, as well as public accommodations and higher education. She graduated from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law in May 2012. Prior to her law school experience, Jennifer was a special education teacher and AmeriCorps member, teaching in California, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Development & Marketing
Mike Robbins joined Disability Law Colorado as Director of Development and Marketing in April 2017. In his role, Mike directs resource development efforts including the identification, cultivation and stewardship of fundraising to support DLC programs and services. Additionally, he leads DLC’s marketing and communications initiatives via storytelling, messaging, community engagement, and brand awareness by employing a balanced marketing equation of print, electronic, video, and social media strategies. Prior to joining Disability Law Colorado, Mike worked with youth and families at Littleton United Methodist Church; Mental Health Colorado in development and communications; and Warren Village in public relations and marketing. What drives and motivates Mike is his passion for cause-driven storytelling, social justice, disability rights, mental health, poverty, homelessness, and youth issues. Mike received his bachelor's degree in journalism and marketing from Kansas State University, and is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. email@example.com
Dolly Tarachand was brought up and educated in India and brings a world (literally) of diversified administrative experience, spanning 38 years, to Disability Law Colorado. She started her career with IBM and Hyatt Hotels internationally, and worked for a large corporation and law firms in the United States. She is an avid advocate of justice, abhors cruelty, and feels she is finally getting to do what she wants to by helping people with disabilities, older people and people who have been abused. firstname.lastname@example.org