The majority of our staff members are people with disabilities; we share many of your dreams and struggles, because we have lived them ourselves.
CDE’s Executive Director and Charter Board Members have more than 100 years of combined experience with disability, advocacy and the independent living philosophy. Meetings take place at 10 am, the first Monday of the month. Please call for this month’s location.
The CDE staff includes people from all walks of life who are dedicated to helping you make a plan to succeed through information and resources.
Debra is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Consumer Economics. Her internship was with former Ohio House Rep. Mike Stinziano Sr.
In 2015 she retired as Church Relations Manager from Joni and Friends International Disability Center, where she served 10 years training pastors/churches in four states as well as in Honduras and El Salvador, on how to intentionally include and empower people with disabilities.
For the past 20 years, Debra has served as the director of Bridge Builders, a disability ministry for people with disabilities, their families and friends at Vineyard Columbus Church. She occasionally speaks at churches and periodically serves as a support person for a national speaker on autism.
Debra is married, has two daughters and is the sibling of a man who had developmental disabilities and autism.
Olivia earned her Ph.D. from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She has presented at Disability Studies conferences in the US and Canada, and contributed a chapter to Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Disability, Health, and Trauma (2015). She has been involved in disability advocacy since high school as a volunteer, a therapeutic consultant, a direct support provider and ally. Olivia is particularly interested in community access, involvement and employment.
She is also involved in her second grant through CDE, DODD, and Employment First of Ohio, which focuses on employment and community safety.
He has also served as a Technical Specialist at ADA-OHIO. Richard was a Paralympian, and marathon runner who previously coached junior athletes with disabilities in the discipline of wheelchair track and road racing. He has also worked as an operations manager and corporate liaison with Maxim Crane Works, the largest national crane rental company in the country.