The Colorado Disability Partnership believes:
- The disability community, which includes people with disabilities, their families, and allies is a significant voting bloc that should be appreciated by all elected officials.
- People with disabilities desire to participate in the political process. Our government and elected officials have the responsibility to ensure the disability community is included.
- Disability policy must be part of all public policy.
- People with any type of disability, regardless of severity, can live and participate in the community with the right supports and public policy should aim to create these supports.
The mission of the Colorado Disability Partnership is to strengthen, protect and promote the disability community by drawing together a broad representation of stakeholders from across the state including individuals, associations and non-governmental organizations with the common thread of activism to create champions that support people with disabilities.
The vision of the Colorado Disability Partnership is to be the preeminent disability organization created to ensure that disability champions are created, educated, and elected into all levels of government and that the disability community is fully included and participate in all decisions affecting disability policy.
Radhika Nath, PhD, has worked to make healthcare systems more humane and effective. She brings national and international experience having worked in academia, the private sector and the nonprofit sector. She has worked in the areas of Medicaid expansion, healthcare compliance, delivery and payment reform, accountable care entities, medical homes, patient safety, hospital claims data and All Payer Claims Data. As a mother of two young children with disabilities, she is engaged in issues of education and learning. Most recently, she ran for a position on the Denver Public Schools Board of Directors, and she continues to work on issues of special education and political engagement to fight for children with special needs in our schools....Read More
Pat currently serves as the Executive Director of the Atlantis Community Foundation. His primary responsibilities as Executive Director include managing the Foundation’s existing affordable housing properties and developing new affordable rental housing in Denver. These properties are designed and managed to offer affordable housing to persons with disabilities. Before joining the Atlantis Community Foundation Pat served at al three levels of government: federal, state, and local. He has served as Deputy Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Director of the Colorado Division of Housing, Housing developer for Denver’s Road Home, and Deputy Director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Prior to coming to Colorado, he was employed by HUD in Washington D.C. and Columbus, Ohio....Read More
Christiano has been with The Arc of Colorado since 2018. Prior to joining The Arc of Colorado, Christiano was the Director of Capacity Building and Philanthropic Partnerships at The Denver Foundation, a position he held for twelve years. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of the Northern Colorado AIDS Project in Ft. Collins where he engaged extensively in public policy advocacy for men, women, and children living with HIV. Christiano is a Colorado Trust Fellow and former Commissioner for the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. He has taught courses in “Wealth and Philanthropy”, “Resource Development”, and “The Student Oriented Field Experience” in the Masters of Nonprofit Management Program at Regis University. Most recently, he served as President of the…...Read More
Lloyd Lewis has served as president and CEO for arc Thrift Stores since December 2005. Now celebrating its 50th year, arc Thrift Stores operates 27 thrift stores and 17 donation stations throughout Colorado. Store operations provide funding to 14 Arc Chapters, which in turn provide advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lewis is responsible for generating funding to support advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities in Colorado for all 14 Arc chapters. Disabilities include Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, autism, and other forms of cognitive deficit. Lewis’ role includes oversight and management of arc’s retail stores, donation stations and 1,600 employees. arc Thrift Stores is one of the largest employers of people with developmental disabilities in the state. Since…...Read More
Julie Reiskin, LCSW is the Executive Director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC). CCDC advocates for social justice for people with all types of disabilities. CCDC is a leading disability rights organization whose unique model of blending legal and non-attorney advocacy has achieved results for thousands of Coloradoans with disabilities. With a motto of “Nothing About Us Without Us – Ever,” CCDC has led the way in citizen or “client” engagement and CCDC trained advocates permeate the Colorado public policy arena. CCDC and Ms. Reiskin assist other organizations with assuring real and meaningful participation by “clients” at all levels. Through CCDC and the disability community, Ms. Reiskin has gained expertise on nonprofit accountability and best practices, publically funded long-term community…...Read More
David E. Henninger has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1973, as the executive director of Bayaud Enterprises, Inc., (Nee- Bayaud Industries) which has been in operation since May of 1969 creating jobs for thousands of individuals who have a disability and/or economic challenges. Bayaud serves over 1500 people a year and currently employs over 200 individuals with an operating budget of $8.8 million. He obtained a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the School of Business at the University of San Francisco and pursued doctoral studies in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management at the University of Colorado/Denver. He has served as a Board member of numerous nonprofit organizations including: Mental Health Assoc. of Colo. (includes being…...Read More
Ben Hanna is a veteran community and political organizer who designs, implements, and manages large-scale electoral and issue campaigns, and currently serves as National Political Field Director with the Center for Community Change. He has experience in managing grassroots legislative, leadership development, and organizing programs for membership organizations of primarily low-income people and communities of color. A 2003 graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he majored in Political Science. Prior to coming to the Center for Community Change in 2012, Ben spent six years with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and two years with the Colorado Progressive Coalition as a Political and Organizing Director. Ben is passionate about community-led social change work that builds power with…...Read More