Sharon Starkey graduated in 1985 with a degree in Human Relations, now called Nonprofit Leadership and Management from High Point University, and holds an American Humanics Nonprofit Management Certification. Sharon has worked in the field with children and adults in the nonprofit sector and the corporate settings since graduating. Her son was officially diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of 6 and she began becoming active in the Autism community. She was on the board of directors for Autism and Asperger Connections from 2014 to 2018. Her husband is also on the spectrum.
Suzanne Johnson graduated in 2001 with a certificate in accounting/bookkeeping. After graduating she worked in the accounting field in the Bay Area, California from 2001 - 2003. Then, in 2004 she moved to rural Nevada. She worked and lived in rural Nevada as a business bookkeeper for a local school district from 2004 - 2011. In 2011 after her 3rd child was born she moved to Colorado Springs, CO. This was her new journey as a stay at home mom and caregiver. In 2017 she became a licensed CNA in the state of Colorado and takes care of two of her daughters who qualify for CNA hours. Currently, all 5 of her children are diagnosed on the spectrum with other varying disabilities.
Mark Davidson began working in the allied healthcare industry in 1988 while serving in the Army as a combat flight medic and transitioned to pediatric nursing in 1991. He has served the greater Colorado Springs area for 30 years while working with children, adults, and families in hospitals and homecare while collaborating with specific groups to raise awareness and seek means to ensure they receive quality care.
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Chris Newman received a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University in 2003 and worked in state agencies supporting people with disabilities in Indiana and Wyoming for over 20 years before retiring in 2019. Her most recent position was serving as the Senior Administrator for the Wyoming Behavioral Health Division, which included community based and facility based services to children and adults with mental health, substance abuse, intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries.
Prior to working at Your Choice, William’s dedication to the people he serves was sparked 15 years ago while providing behavioral intervention focused work in Romania for children. He continued his work in Nebraska, as a Behavioral Support Coordinator and later as a Forensic Interviewer. He has 15 years of leadership experience and has worked in nearly every facet of waiver program systems. William has managed a day program, coordinated residential services, and has developed Behavioral Plans for over 200 developmentally/intellectually disabled adults, with a goal of reducing or eliminating their levels of psychotropic medication and other restrictions they faced. William was also a member of the Quality Enhancement Team, and has a strong understanding of regulatory statues and standards for people in services. He loves the work and the fact that he is able to serve this population, and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Christopher Wingate is a graduate of UCCS and has a bachelors degree in Communications. He writes about autism and has served on a board for two years in the position of Secretary. Recently he was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. He is on the autism spectrum.