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The members of the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities are responsible to carry out the provisions of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). Serving a maximum of two four-year terms, the 40-member Council represents the state and is composed of 60% of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) or family members or guardians. Of those, at least 33% is required to be self-advocates. The remainder of the Council is made up of representatives from state agencies, nonprofit and professional organizations.

Current Chair and Council Members

Dawn Wilson

Wilson, Dawn/Chair
507 W. State Street
Erie, KS 66733
Parent/Term 1/16/13-11/1/16
C: (620) 778-2592

Council Members

Alters, Josh
3334 SW Mariposa Place
Topeka, KS 66614
Self Advocate/Term:
H: (785) 246-2027
C: (785) 383-3526

Chaffin, Nancy
1105 Centennial Boulevard
Hays, KS 67601
Parent/Term: 12/30/16-11/01/20
C: (785) 628-2873

brendan darnell

Darnell, Brendan
617 N. Mill, Apt. #2
Beloit, KS 67420
Self Advocate/Term: 06/01/16 – 11/01/19
C: (785) 534-3308

Donnelly, Michael
555 SW Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
VR/Term: 09/02/15-11/01/18
(785) 368-8204

Fairbank, Kristin
1341 College
Hays, KS 67601
Parent/Term: 10/9/05-11/01/15
H: (785) 625-9173
C: (785) 259-0613

Nikki Heiman

Heiman, Nikki
341 176th Road
Baileyville, KS 66404-8406
Term: 09/26/17 – 11/01/20
(785) 547-5936

nancy johnson

Johnson, Nancy
714 SW Wayne Ave.
Topeka, KS 66606
Self Advocate/Term: 3/25/14-11/1/16
H: (785) 234-8449
C: (785) 213-8712

Stephanie King

King, Stephanie
506 S. Main. Apt #253
Ottawa, KS 66067
Self Advocate/Term: 1/16/9-11/1/12
H: (785) 418-4107
W: (785) 242-5035
C: (785) 418-4107

McLemore, Kimberly
305 N. Walnut St.
Medicine Lodge, KS 67104
Parent/Term: 12/30/16-11/01/20
(620) 930-8055

Rocky Nichols

Nichols, Rocky
214 SW 6th Ave, Ste 100
Topeka, KS 66603
DRC/Term: 8/2/03 – 9/1/17
(785) 273-9661

Alternate: Burgess, Mike
(785) 273-9661

Penrod, Amy
503 S. Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66603
KDADS/Term: 06/02/17 -
(785) 368-7327

Alternate: Bowles, Russell

Riley, Colleen
900 SW Jackson, Suite 620
Topeka, KS 66612
IDEA/Term: 7/29/08 -7/29/17
(785) 291-3097

Alternate: Zajics, Dean
(785) 296-3201

La Rae Santiago

Santiago, La Rae
1145 N. Lakewind St.
Wichita, KS 67212
Parent/Term:09/2/15-11/1/17
(316) 708-4968

Shogren, Karrie
1200 Sunnyside Ave., Rm 3136
Lawrence, KS 66605
KUCDD/Term: 10/1/14-10/1/18
(785) 864-8044

Alternate: Sean Swindler
(913) 897-8472

Smith, Heather
1000 SW Jackson, Ste 220
Topeka, KS 66612
Title V, Social Security Act, KDHE
Term: 04/1/14-04/1/18
W: (785) 296-4747
C: (785) 221-2733

Alternate: Bigler, Kayzy
(785) 296-1316

Bill Story

Story, Bill
6564 W. 91st St.
Overland Park, KS 66212
Self Advocate/Term: 11/27/13-11/1/17
(913) 642-5974

Charting the
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Develop a vision for a good life.
Think about what you need to know and do.
Identify how to find or develop supports.
Discover what it takes to live the life you want to live.

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Five Year State Plan
2017-2021

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