Community Liaison

Jackie Sylvie

Jacky 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 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. 

 

Core Team

Lake Dallas ISD 

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DLynn Killham (Transition Specialist), Kelly Pickens ( LDISD Board of Trustees), Desiree Beard (Lake Dallas Middle School Library Media Teacher) have teamed up to create resources for families of students of special needs.  Subscribe to their video channel!


Lucy Gafford - TWC Liaison to CPSH

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Lucy worked for several years as the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Transition Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (TVRC) for Plano ISD. Lucy is currently the Texas Workforce Services Denton, Tx Field Office Manager. Lucy has been a CPSH volunteer since 2012. email Lucy.


Kathy Kelchner - Expert on Autism

Kathy is a Autism Program Itinerant Teacher with the Dallas ISD, a consultant and an author.

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Richard Kurz - CPSH Taxes and Audits

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Richard is a Certified Public Accountant (retired). Ruchard was a Chief Financial Officer of small and larger public and private companies. Richard has been a CPSH volunteer for three years. Richard is the father of an adult child with disabilities. email Richard.


Nancy Weakley - Volunteer

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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. Email Nancy.


Board of Directors

Robin LeoGrande - CPSH Cofounder, President

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As Co-founder and President of CPSH, Robin 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.
Why CPSH?:  
Email Robin
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Phone: 214-632-8115


Irene Niemotka - CPSH Cofounder, Vice President

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Irene is a retired Director of Business Operations for a national youth organization and volunteered for over 25 years with Special Olympics and 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 to the young adults ready for independent living. I wanted to do something locally in the DFW area to help people with IDD.
Email Irene


Kimberly Rogers - CPSH Director & Tarrant County Liaison

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Kimberly 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. 
Email Kimberly

 


Brenda Catlett - CPSH Director, Transporation

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City: Dallas, Tx
Self Employed: The PerceptionDrawing Company
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Jane Drake - CPSH Director & Optum Government Solutions Liaison

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Mom of three adult children (Taylor, Ellen, Maddie) and wife to Paul, Jane spends her time working at Optum, attending Bible studies, gardening, and reading. She gets a kick out of her two dogs, Brindi and 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.   
Email Jane


Virginia Phillips - CPSH Director & Leader, Independent Living with Supports Project

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City: Plano, Tx
Employer: Leadership Worth Following
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Kelly Thompson - Director of Marketing, PR & MarCom

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Kelly 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, building large scale corporate social media strategies, and launching multi-million dollar trade show events. She is also email and search engine optimization (SEO) certified.

City of Residence: San Diego, CA
Expertise: Marketing, social media, SEO, marcom, PR, and content.
Why CPSH?: Growing up, my next door neighbor had Downs Syndrome and I saw firsthand the struggles that her 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 have volunteered with many nonprofits and I was extremely impressed with the amount of adults with IDD the CPSH has helped in the DFW area and how passionate everyone in the organization is about the cause.  
Email Kelly  
Connect with Kelly on LinkedIn


Peggy Shadduck - CPSH Director, College Relations Liaison

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Experts
 

Rick O'Connor, Attorney

Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, (214) 691-3400
 

Frances Espinoza

Executive Director, North Texas Fair Housing Center