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KCDD is welcoming applications from Self Advocates to become a Council member and help us achieve our goals in building a more inclusive state.
Fill out the application at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Self-Advocate_Application


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

Kathy Keck
Keck, Kathy
KCDD Chairperson
Wakarusa, KS

Council Members


Josh Alters

Josh Alters
Topeka, KS



Nancy Chaffin

Nancy Chaffin
Hays, KS



brendan darnell

Brendan Darnell
Beloit, KS



Daniel Decker

Daniel Decker
Topeka, KS


Michael Fairchild

Michael Fairchild
Abilene, KS

Michael Fairchild

Shirley Fessler,
Topeka, KS


Nikki Heiman

Nikki Heiman
Baileyville, KS


Richard Martinez

Richard Martinez
Topeka, KS

Kimberly McLemore

Kimberly McLemore
Medicine Lodge, KS

Sarah Meitner

Sarah Meitner
Hays, KS

Rocky Nichols

Rocky Nichols
Topeka, KS


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 Karey Padding,
Andover, KS


Amy Penrod
Topeka, KS

Russell Bowles

Alternate: Russell Bowles


Colleen Riley
Topeka, KS 

Dean Zajic

Alternate: Dean Zajic



Skylar Schwindt

Skylar Schwindt
Wichita, KS


Kacy Seitz kcdd council member

Kacy Seitz
Shawnee, KS 


 Karrie Shogren
Lawrence, KS

thumb Sean Swindler kcdd alternate council member

Alternate: Sean Swindler

karey padding kcdd council member

 Fran Seymore,
Topeka, KS

Alternate: Lisa Goins 


heather smith kcdd council member

Heather Smith
Topeka, KS

Alternate: Kayzy Bigler

Bill Story

Bill Story
Overland Park, KS

Dr. Kathy Stiffler,
Ozawkie, KS


Sarah Tweedy

Sarah Tweedy
Tecumseh, KS



Charting the

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

Quality assurance
Systems change

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