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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

Kathy Keck
Keck, Kathy
KCDD Chairperson
Wakarusa, KS

Council Members


 Josh Alters

Josh Alters
Topeka, KS


 Kayzy Bigler
Topeka, KS 


Nancy Chaffin

Nancy Chaffin
Hays, KS



Daniel Decker

Daniel Decker
Topeka, KS



 Michael Fairchild

Shirley Fessler,
Topeka, KS


Nikki Heiman

Austin Hanson,
Topeka, KS


Nikki Heiman

Nikki Heiman
Baileyville, KS

Sarah Meitner

Sarah Meitner
Hays, KS 

Bert Moore, 
Topeka, KS 

Dean Zajic

Alternate: Dean Zajic


 Rocky Nichols

Rocky Nichols
Topeka, KS

Alternate: Mike Burgess


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 Colin Olenick,
Olathe, KS


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 Karey Padding,
Andover, KS


Michele Heydon
Topeka, KS


Alternate: Paula Morgan



Skylar Schwindt

Skylar Schwindt
Wichita, KS


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Kacy Seitz
Shawnee, KS 



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Fran Seymour-Hunter,
Topeka, KS

Alternate: Lisa Goins 


Karrie Shogren
Lawrence, KS

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Alternate: Sean Swindler

Bill Story

Bill Story
Overland Park, 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

· Creating Leaders & Empowering Advocacy
· Leading Systems Change


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