Meet the CPSH Team
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CPSH Co-founder & President
As Co-founder and President of CPSH, Robin LeoGrande is always looking for ways to improve the lives of adults with IDD in the DFW area of Texas. Before starting CPSH, she worked at Texas Instruments as a Manager and Engineering Director of product lines that developed semiconductors for computers and automotives.
City of Residence: Plano, Texas
Expertise: Disability, HUD housing programs, support services, nonprofit management, strategic planning, program management, and networking.
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CPSH Cofounder & Vice President
Irene Niemotka is a retired Director of Business Operations for a national youth organization and volunteered for over 25 years with Special Olympics and as an Officer of South Collin County ARC. She is the parent of an individual that has intellectual disabilities but is happy and fulfilled in life.
City of Residence: Plano, Texas
Expertise: Accounting and nonprofit management.
Why CPSH?: I co-founded CPSH to provide choices for the young adults ready for independent living. I wanted to do something locally in the DFW area to help people with IDD.
CPSH Director & Tarrant County Liaison
Kimberly Rogers is a DFW special needs housing advocate and a parent to a teen who will need safe, affordable and enriching housing. She has been a volunteer and board member with CPSH since 2012 and comes to us with eleven years of non-profit management experience.
City of Residence: Colleyville, TX
Expertise: Being a DFW special needs parent; co-founder of GCISD Parents Supporting Parents; served on GCISD Special Ed Parent Advisory Council since 2011; serving on Tarrant County IDD Council and ADRC ( Aging & Disability Resource Center); and worked for non-profit Big Brothers Big Sisters 1994-2005 as case manager, Program Director, and Human Resource Director.
Why CPSH?: As a parent of a teen with special needs I recognize the need for DFW special needs housing, most specifically DFW IDD housing in a safe, affordable neighborhood. If I am not part of helping to create more housing options my son will be limited when he is an adult. He deserves to have a DFW supportive housing program as an adult so that he can live as independently as possible.
Jane Drake is mom of three adult children (Taylor, Ellen, Maddie) and wife to Paul, Jane spends her time playing with her new grand baby, Esme, who was born Christmas Day! She enjoys singing in the church choir, attending Bible studies, looking for typos, and reading. She gets a kick out of her dog, Liesel, and likes to mess around the kitchen and meet friends for coffee.
City of Residence: Richardson, TX
Expertise: Writing, editing, and sense of humor.
Why CPSH?: We have a 27 year old son, Taylor, who has IDD and needs to live in safe, affordable housing.
CPSH Director, Marketing, PR & MarCom
Kelly Thompson has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Monmouth University, is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing from Washington State University, and has worked in the marketing industry since 2004. Her experience includes developing integrated print and digital campaigns, CRO, and building large scale corporate social media strategies. She is also email and search engine optimization (SEO) certified.
City of Residence: San Diego, CA
Expertise: Digital marketing, social media, SEO, marcom, CRO, UX, and content.
Why CPSH?: Growing up, my next door neighbor had Down Syndrome and I saw firsthand the struggles that she and her family went through on a daily basis. If I can help just one person with special needs improve their quality of life, my work is a success. I am extremely impressed with the amount of special needs adults who have been helped in the DFW area and how passionate everyone in the organization is about the cause.
CPSH Director, Property Development
Kathy Lipnick is a real estate professional in the DFW area and extensive experience in marketing and sales. Kathy is the aunt of a young man living with autism.
CPSH Community Liaison
Jacky Sylvie is a native Texan with over 15 years in the non-profit arena and has a passion for helping people help themselves and improve their lives. She loves experiencing the great outdoors with her husband, two amazing kids, and three crazy cats.
City of Residence: Arlington, Texas
Expertise: Community awareness and collaboration.
Why CPSH?: Housing promotes independence and CPSH has the drive and moxie to create positive, innovative changes in the DFW area.
Art and Publication
Since her son’s autism diagnosis at age 3, Brenda Catlett has researched and engaged available medical, educational, therapeutic and social resources to help him reach his maximum potential for independence and happiness. Through this process she has grown and learned much about compassion, perceptual differences and unconditional love. She wouldn’t have had it any other way. Her son is a gift who has enriched the lives of all their family members. Brenda is a former CPSH Board Member.
City of Residence: Dallas, TX
Expertise: Background in instructional design and corporate training.
Why CPSH?: CPSH offers a way to network with parents who want to help their differently-abled adult children live independently and sustainably with a high quality of life in a community-based setting.
Lake Dallas ISD
DLynn Killham (Transition Specialist), Kelly Pickens (LDISD Board of Trustees), and Desiree Beard (Lake Dallas Middle School Library Media Teacher) have teamed up to create resources for families of students of special needs.
Director, UTN Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE)
Lucy Gafford worked for several years as the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Transition Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (TVRC) for Plano ISD. She worked for several years as Texas Workforce Services Denton, Tx Field Office Manager.
Lucy is currently the director of UNTWISE. Located at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, UNTWISE is the premier training and consultancy group for programs seeking to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. UNTWISE conducts training, hosts conferences, and provides technical assistance to community rehabilitation programs (CRP) and organizations serving individuals with disabilities. UNTWISE provides over 100 training events, serving more than 2,300 individuals, annually.
Nancy has many years of experience in Marketing. Nancy is currently a Senior Account Executive at Groupon. Nancy has been a CPSH volunteer for several years. Nancy has a son with a disability.