Staff

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Mary Anne Harvey

Executive Director

Mary Anne Harvey has extensive experience in the management and leadership of human service organizations. Since 1980, she has been executive director of Disability Law Colorado.

Mary Anne has been active in the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) as a former board member, past president, and trainer. She developed the orientation that NDRN sponsors for new executive directors. In addition, she participated in the development of national standards and outcome measurements for Protection and Advocacy systems. Mary Anne has also served as a volunteer on multiple boards and committees including the Colorado Nonprofit Association, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Warren Village, the Executive Leadership Institute and the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council. 

Mary Anne was initially attracted to Disability Law Colorado because the organization enforced the recently passed federal special education law, and she thought it would be an interesting job for a few years. She found that she loved all of the aspects of the organization’s civil rights work and making the law accessible to individuals, families and professionals. Since 2005 she has edited and published Disability Law Colorado’s award-winning publications for national distribution.

In 2012 she received the prestigious William Funk Award for Building Community from the Colorado Nonprofit Association. 

Mary Anne has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wyoming. She has taken graduate course work in education at Wichita State University, and in public administration at the University of Colorado at Denver. [email protected]

Alison Butler Daniels, Esq.

Director of Legal Services

Alison Butler Daniels is the Director of Legal Services.  She was named to this position in 2015.  In her role, Alison oversees all of the legal work at Disability Law Colorado, including investigations of abuse and neglect, individual representation in workplace or housing discrimination issues, assistance to students and parents with disability-related legal issues in schools and working with residents of institutions when they seek a less restrictive placement in the community, among others. 

Alison is active in providing trainings state-wide to other lawyers, organizations and members of the community on a multitude of disability topics, including:  special education law, housing discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, service and companion animal issues, the use of restraint in public schools and general disability awareness.  She also advocates for the rights of people with disabilities through legislative and committee work. 

Alison joined Disability Law Colorado in 2007 and previously coordinated the Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) program and worked in the Special Education program.  Prior to joining Disability Law Colorado, Alison worked in private practice on employment and housing discrimination issues, as well as in the Public Defender’s Office in Palm Beach County, Florida. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Florida and New York. Alison received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University in 1994 and her law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1997. [email protected]

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Mark Ivandick, Esq.

Denver Office Managing Attorney/Program Coordinator

Mark J. Ivandick, Esq. started as an attorney in the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program at Disability Law Colorado in 1999, and in 2004 was promoted to Managing Attorney for the Disability Law Colorado Denver Office. Mark works in all protection & advocacy programs, with an emphasis in the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program, investigating complaints from facilities such as county jails, state and federal prisons, youth corrections and psychiatric hospitals. He also works on legislation and systemic issues affecting individuals with mental illness. Prior to coming to Disability Law Colorado, Mark was in private practice in Tennessee and worked for the Judge Advocate General’s Corps while assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. He holds degrees from The United States Military Academy, Western Kentucky University and St. Louis University School of Law. [email protected]

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Randy Chapman, Esq.

Of Counsel

Randy Chapman has worked with Disability Law Colorado since 1977, and was the director of legal services from 1980 to 2015. On October 1, 2015 he stepped down as director of legal services, he continues as of counsel.  He played a pivotal role in the development of disability law and helped break ground in implementing special education law.

Randy’s influence is reflected in Colorado statute and policy. In the developmental disabilities area, he established human rights committees in legislation to review medications, behavioral programs, and ensure investigation of abuse and neglect. He added the requirement that people with developmental disabilities be represented on the boards of directors of community service organizations. He also drafted the due process language in the state statute and had significant input in the development of the Colorado Department of Education’s complaint process for children in special education. 

Randy has overseen legal representation to more than 25,000 people with disabilities in Colorado and made more than 700 presentations on disability law. In 1998, he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission. In 2010, he was recognized by the Parents Encouraging Parents program of the Colorado Department of Education for 30 years of “making a difference in the lives of students with disabilities and their families.” 

Randy is the author of Assistive Technology: Universe of Opportunities,The New Handbook for Special Education Rights, three editions of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, and co-author of Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook. He has also written numerous articles for both legal and lay publications and two video scripts. Randy holds a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. [email protected]

Kaytie Angeli

Administrative Assistant

Kaytie Angeli is originally from Louisiana and graduated from LSU, in 2014, with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. Two years ago, Kaytie visited Colorado and loved it so much she decided to stay indefinitely and joined Disability Law Colorado in 2016. She has always wanted to be able to constructively help others who have difficulties helping themselves. Therefore, she strives to create a sense of comfort and relief by positively engaging and interacting with those in need. Kaytie believes that working at DLC allows her to use her skills to better influence and impact the lives of others in and around the community. At DLC, she is able fulfill that desire on a daily basis. [email protected]

Julie Bansch-Wickert

Medicare/Medicaid Advocate

Julie Bansch-Wickert joined Disability Law Colorado in May 2015 as the Medicare/Medicaid Advocate for the Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC). The ACC-Medicare/Medicaid Program serves people in Colorado who are dually eligible for both health programs, and is designed to integrate and coordinate their physical, behavioral and social health needs. Julie has a 20-year career in the Community Centered Board system where her various roles included case management, investigations and advocacy on behalf of children and adults with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. She received her Master of Social Work degree in Chicago, Illinois and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the state of Colorado. [email protected]

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Julie Z. Busby

Office Manager

Julie Z. Busby was Disability Law Colorado’s office manager from 2000 to 2013. From 1/2014 - 12/2016, she was Disability Law Colorado’s director of development where she had the opportunity learn about donor relations, fundraising and event planning. In January 2017 Julie returned to the role of office manager. Her hobbies include gardening, rooting for the Broncos and finding treasures at second-hand stores. [email protected]

Claire Dickson

Program Coordinator, Attorney

Claire Dickson joined Disability Law Colorado in February 2016 as the coordinator for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (PADD) program.  Claire’s work focuses on investigations of allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation, community integration, and Medicaid waiver denials and terminations, and is done through systemic advocacy as well as individual representation.  Claire has prior experience working on behalf of individuals with disabilities, having worked for seven years at New Mexico Protection & Advocacy System (now Disability Rights New Mexico).  While there, Claire worked on issues involving Medicaid coverage, rights of individuals with disabilities in jails, abuse and neglect, and special education, among others.  Claire also worked at the Senior Citizens’ Law Office in Albuquerque, representing seniors regarding Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI and other elder law issues, and at DNA People’s Legal Services on the Navajo Nation representing low income individuals in a variety of civil law matters.  Claire graduated from the University of Denver College of Law in 1993, and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, New Mexico, and with the Navajo Nation.  [email protected]

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Anna Dubnikov

Accounting Assistant

Anna Dubnikov was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and moved to America when she was eight years old. Anna graduated from University of Denver in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in international business. She has always had a passion for volunteering and community service. Anna speaks Russian and Spanish fluently, and has lived in Beijing, China. Anna has a deep interest in learning about other cultures, and she received the International Global Scholars Award in 2008. She has been with Disability Law Colorado since 2009. [email protected]

Kathleen Dwyer, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Kathleen M. Dwyer graduated from University of Richmond School of Law where she argued a pro bono criminal appeal in the Virginia Court of Appeals and helped write a veteran’s law update for the Federal Circuit Bar Association, published in the FCBA Journal.  As a result of her public interest contributions, the Virginia State Bar presented Kathleen with the 2014 Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award.  After moving to Colorado, Kathleen provided pro bono legal services through the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, as a Guardian ad Litem, and through the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, where she wrote an amicus curiae brief to the Colorado Supreme Court.  Kathleen is now a staff attorney with Disability Law Colorado and serves on the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Initiative. [email protected]

Vinni Ferrara

Older Americans Program Assistant

Vinni Ferrara became a long-term care ombudsman in 2008 after taking care of her parents for seven years so they could live out their lives in their own home surrounded by family. The experience of being their caregiver and serving as a hospice volunteer, gave her a passion for advocacy for seniors. The ombudsman position offered the opportunity to create positive change in long-term care communities and to be the voice of the residents. She finds the work of an ombudsman to be both gratifying and educational, and feels fulfilled when she can see the joy in a grateful resident who has a better quality of life and care because of the ombudsman’s efforts. [email protected]

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Anna French

Program Coordinator, Rights Advocate

Anna French’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a graduate certificate in alternative dispute resolution from the University of Denver, and a background in small business and biotechnology.  She has been with Disability Law Colorado since 2002. Anna is an advocate in the Client Assistance and the Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security programs.  She advocates for the rights of clients who receive services from the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Colorado’s independent living centers, and the state’s employment networks. [email protected]

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Angela Garberding

Senior Intake Specialist

Angie Garberding has been with Disability Law Colorado since September 1998. She is the intake specialist for the Special Education, Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights, and Protection and Advocacy for Developmental Disabilities programs. Angie received her paralegal certificate from the Denver Paralegal Institute in 1997. She graduated in 1993 from Arapahoe Community College with an associate’s degree. Angie enjoys spending time with her family, birds and hiking Colorado 14ers. [email protected]

Seth Greiner

Medicare/Medicaid Assistant

Seth Greiner joined Disability Law Colorado in June 2016 working on the Dual Eligible Medicare/Medicaid Ombudsman Program.  Seth’s main responsibilities are to help to grow, develop, and manage this demonstration ombudsman program, serving tens of thousands of residents across the state.  Seth, along with the Ombudsman Julie Bantsch-Wickert, will help clients navigate and access services between and across these two programs.  Prior to joining Disability Law Colorado Seth worked as a legislative aide at the Colorado General Assembly during the 2016 session where he was integral in efforts surrounding affordable housing, transportation, and aging policy.  Previous to this, Seth was involved in veterans, senior, and homeless policy over the 2015 legislative session as the public policy advocate for the Volunteers of America-Colorado Branch.  While at Volunteers Seth became aquatinted with the all-volunteer Colorado Senior Lobby as an outside member of their legislative committee, before being elected to the organizations board of directors in September 2015.  Before launching into his new career in advocacy, Seth spent almost a decade teaching English, history, and political science to exceptional high school and university students in Poland, the Czech Republic, and South Korea.  Seth holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and a graduate degree in political science from Colorado State University.  What drives and motivates Seth in his new position is a passion for social justice and the basic ideals of equity and fairness. [email protected]

 

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Emily Harvey, Esq.

Program Coordinator, Attorney

Emily Harvey always knew she wanted a career working with people with disabilities. After college, Emily worked in the Prosthetics Department at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center intending to become a prosthetist. This was a career that was familiar to her because she had worn a prosthetic leg since the age of two, but along the way she decided to pursue law instead. Emily attended George Mason University School of Law where she was a research editor on the Civil Rights Law Journal, which fueled her passion for disability rights.  Emily is a staff attorney with Disability Law Colorado and coordinates the Assistive Technology Program.  Emily is also the co-founder and president of LIM359, a nonprofit that provides an activities-based support system for people with limb loss and limb difference, Board co-chair of the Cycle of Hope, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for women who use wheelchairs, and an ambassador for Skirt Sports.  In her spare time, Emily enjoys training for triathlons, reading, and spending time with her husband and friends. [email protected]

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Kelsey Lesco

Program Coordinator, Attorney

Kelsey Lesco obtained her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona and her law degree from the University of Oregon. In July 2014, Kelsey was hired as a staff attorney for the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program.  Kelsey coordinates Disability Law Colorado's Olmstead Program, including extensive work on the Nursing Home Project, which helps to move people with mental illness and developmental disabilities living in nursing homes back into the community. [email protected]

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Jennifer Levin, Esq.

Program Coordinator, Attorney

Jennifer Levin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991 and from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1994. She joined Disability Law Colorado in 2009 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by the law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLC. In 2011, Jennifer became a full-time employee working on the Individual Rights, Client Assistance, Beneficiaries of Social Security, and the Special Education programs. In 2014, Jennifer became coordinator of the Vote! Program, and in 2015, she became the coodinator of the Special Education Program.  In addition to representing individuals with disability rights claims, Jennifer presents trainings on voting rights for people with disabilities, special education, and the rules governing restraint of school children with disabilities. [email protected]

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Michele Manning

Office Assistant

Michele Manning was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Her family settled in Denver, Colorado by the time she was in third grade. She graduated from the work study program at Arapahoe High School and earned her associate’s degree in business/administration from Denver Community College.  Michele has been with Disability Law Colorado as an office assistant since 2007. [email protected]

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Jim McBride

Director of Administrative Services

Jim McBride began working for Disability Law Colorado in 1987 and for 28 years he has managed our accounting systems. Before coming to Disability Law Colorado, Jim worked in theatre and opera production management. Originally from Ohio, he came to Colorado in 1981 with his wife, Beth, to work at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. His hobbies include woodworking, gardening, and golf. [email protected]

Leah McMahon

State PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Ombudsman

Leah McMahon joined Disability Law Colorado as the State PACE Ombudsman in 2017. The PACE program serves people 55 and older in Colorado who qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid. PACE organizations promote independent living and provide all-inclusive services in the home, community and PACE centers. Previously, she worked in the Single Entry Point managing the care manager program for home community based services. She has also been a local Ombudsman, at Denver Regional Council of Governments and supervised the assisted living team.  Early in her career, she served as a counselor for children and adolescents who live with trauma and severe mental illness. Leah has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Counseling from Regis University. [email protected]

Anne Meier

State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Anne K. Meier joined Disability Law Colorado as the state long-term care ombudsman in 2014. Previously she worked for six years at Exempla Lutheran Hospice as part of a team of social workers providing a continuum of care from home hospice to the inpatient unit. She has also been a social service coordinator for the Denver Adult Down Syndrome Clinic and a casework supervisor for Clear Creek County Department of Human Services. Early in her career, she served as the coordinator of Disability Law Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program. Anne has an undergraduate degree in social work and a master of social work degree from the University of Denver. [email protected]

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Jennifer Purrington, Esq.

Program Coordinator, Attorney

Jennifer Purrington is a staff attorney with Disability Law Colorado and coordinates the Individual Rights Program, which focuses on housing and employment discrimination. She graduated from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law in May 2012. Prior to her law school experience, Jennifer was a special education teacher and AmeriCorps member, teaching in California, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. [email protected]

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Dolly Tarachand

Administrative Assistant

Dolly Tarachand was brought up and educated in India and brings a world (literally) of diversified administrative experience, spanning 38 years, to Disability Law Colorado. She started her career with IBM and Hyatt Hotels internationally, and worked for a large corporation and law firms in the United States. She is an avid advocate of justice, abhors cruelty, and feels she is finally getting to do what she wants to by helping people with disabilities, older people and people who have been abused. [email protected]