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Vision: The future can be a scary path to travel down,
so let’s take it one STEP at a time together…

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    • We want to create a lifestyle for our participants to be able to work and provide for themselves. This goal looks different for each individual, but Stepping Stone values independence. To that end, we stress life skills such as cooking, budgeting, shopping, and housekeeping. Our goal is for each participant to live as autonomously as possible, and we strive to provide the necessary supports needed to help make this a reality!

  • More Teamwork

    • Life is all about relationships and community. We value this and want to support our participants by teaching how to make and maintain lifelong friendships. Our many celebrations and holiday events, exciting outings, and monthly Friday Night Events are just some of the many opportunities for making friends and getting out into the real world!

  • More Exercise

    • We value physical fitness and provide activities and health talks to encourage more healthy lifestyles. Opportunities include light weights, Zumba, yoga, and cardio workouts at the center, as well as regular off-site fitness-related activities, such as bowling and soccer.

  • More Purpose

    • We provide work opportunities and job simulations to empower our participants as they work toward more independent lives. Our participants are all members of the Stepping Stone Cooperative where they learn to run their own businesses!

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About Us

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The “First Steps” of Stepping Stone

Stepping Stone Support Center was created by Bryn Galisewski, Barb Ziegler and a group of supporters in November of 2013. Bryn attended Chatfield Senior High School in Littleton, CO where she frequently volunteered to help her fellow students with special needs. She graduated from Colorado State University in Spring 2013 to find herself back with her high school peers at a new stage in life.

Barb is a parent of an adult with a developmental disability and like other families, she was searching for a productive program with close proximity. With Bryn’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and interest in Occupational Therapy, Barb’s M.A. in Communications and Business background, and the support from family, friends and the community, they explored ways to create a world where these participants could find purpose and community.

Quotes from our participants...

“Stepping Stone has changed my life in an extreme way. I became more independent and I’m more of an adult around myself and other people. It’s like a second home.”

- Lexi

 

“I have met so many great people at Stepping Stone and I enjoy being around people that make me feel at peace.”

- Jimmy

 

“I learned how to give a helping hand.”

- Justin

 

“Working hard. I love this program. I am happy when I come here.”

- Steph H.

 

“The staff members are great mentors. Always helping when people are in need. Just like family.”

- Angel

 

“It’s good! I love to work for Hannah!”

- Kathrine

 

“It’s like a second home here now, there is a whole lot of people here. I love all the people here. Nice people.”

- Fred

 

“Everyone is like a brother and sister to me. I love everyone here. Since day one we have been so supportive of each other. Stepping Stone is my family now.”

- Matt

 

“It’s a really fun place to go. There are always happy people here. There are great activities. It’s a fun great place to be.”

- Hally

 

“Stepping helped turn my life around. I used to get all mad for all these years and Stepping Stone helped me become a better person than the person I was for the last 26 years. Changed my life.”

- Brandon

 

“The Stepping Stone staff is such an inspiration to me. I’m so thankful to have them in my life.”

- Steffani

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Services

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Stepping Stone is primarily a prevocational training center. We have job skill training activities to equip our participants to work in an environment attainable for long-term employment. With our Stepping Stone Co-op and development in supported employment, we want to set our participants up for best case scenario for a sustainable lifestyle. We also offer other services that can help set our participants up for success.

Community Center Boards we Serve:

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    • Developmental Disability Resource Center -
      DDRC Resource Coordination provides resources and person-centered service coordination for children and adults with developmental disabilities in Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Summit counties in Colorado.

  • More Developmental Pathways

    • Developmental Pathways -
      Developmental Pathways serves Arapahoe and Douglas Counties and the city of Aurora. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, they serve thousands of people with developmental disabilities and their families in a variety of settings and services, depending on need.

  • More Rocky Mountain Human Services

    • Rocky Mountain Human Services -
      Rocky Mountain Human Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves more than 10,000 individuals, including almost 3,000 professionals and more than 7,500 Colorado and Wyoming residents through seven distinct programs. Our goal is to serve vulnerable populations throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Services through SLS and COMP:

  • More Prevocational

    • We promote self-employment with the ultimate goal of paid jobs either out in the community, or through the Stepping Stone Co-op. The participants will have opportunities to engage in vocational training alongside their peers to build their resume and expand their abilities. Stepping Stone believes that with responsibility and encouragement, each participant can grow and display their unique skills. We are committed to help each participant gain the skills they need to reach their maximum potential in the working world.

  • More Specialized Habilitation

    • We have blocks of time dedicated toward physical fitness throughout the week. Whether it’s lifting weights, zumba, yoga, or cardio, Stepping Stone values a healthy lifestyle and encourages our participants to participant in these activities.

  • More Supported Community Connection

    • We encourage the participants to access the community so that they can grow in social skills, get involved in activities, and have fun hanging out with friends. We have field trips scheduled once a month to a variety of places in the community.

  • More Personal Care

    • Assistance with daily living tasks such as personal hygiene, grocery shopping, budgeting, healthy eating, bathing, toileting, and appropriate clothing. Stepping Stone encourages staff to allow participants to express themselves while mentoring them on what is generally appropriate.

  • More Residential

    • Stepping Stone Support Center offers choice-driven residential supports with a variety of service models including Host Homes, Companionship, Independent Living, or Family Caregiver. We can also accommodate privately paid services for individuals not receiving waiver funding. SEE MORE INFO

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    • Stepping Stone understands the need to provide a caregiver a break and ensures that each participant will be kept safe during that time. We provide hourly as well as overnight respite.

  • More Homemaker

    • Assistance with basic tasks around the house such as cleanliness, laundry, meal preparation, household safety with the goal of the greatest possible autonomy at home for each participant.

  • More Mentorship

    • Assists participants with realistic thinking, appropriate interactions with others, self-advocacy, social and relationship difficulties, safety, problem-solving, advising and modeling behaviors. Stepping Stone believes that each participant is an adult and can and should make decisions for themselves. Stepping Stone's staff will model realistic methods and goals in that process.

  • More Supported Employment

    • Helps participants find and keep jobs out in the community. Stepping Stone will work with a business in the community and supply them with support so a participant can find a sustainable job at their company.

  • More Transportation

    • Stepping Stone provides transportation to and from program Monday through Friday within a specified distance. For private pay clients, we charge .50 to the mile for transportation. Participants who live further away may take RTD to a nearer designated pick-up spot or take Access-a-ride.
      ** We are in the process of researching an affordable and efficient way to provide transportation to and from community employment for our participants. Please feel free to ask where we are in this process.**

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  • More Respite

    • Stepping Stone understands the need to provide a caregiver a break and ensures that each participant will be kept safe during that time. We provide hourly as well as overnight respite.

  • More Homemaker

    • Assistance with basic tasks around the house such as cleanliness, laundry, meal preparation, household safety with the goal of the greatest possible autonomy at home for each participant.

  • More Mentorship

    • Assists participants with realistic thinking, appropriate interactions with others, self-advocacy, social and relationship difficulties, safety, problem-solving, advising and modeling behaviors. Stepping Stone believes that each participant is an adult and can and should make decisions for themselves. Stepping Stone's staff will model realistic methods and goals in that process.

  • More Supported Employment

    • Helps participants find and keep jobs out in the community. Stepping Stone will work with a business in the community and supply them with support so a participant can find a sustainable job at their company.

  • More Transportation

    • Stepping Stone provides transportation to and from program Monday through Friday within a specified distance. For private pay clients, we charge .50 to the mile for transportation. Participants who live further away may take RTD to a nearer designated pick-up spot or take Access-a-ride.
      ** We are in the process of researching an affordable and efficient way to provide transportation to and from community employment for our participants. Please feel free to ask where we are in this process.**

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Residential
Services

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Stepping Stone recognizes the need for independence not only in a work setting, but also in a living environment. Our thorough intake process recognizes that finding the best living situation for each individual takes time. We want every placement we do to be centered around the individual so they can live a fulfilling life and capitalize on their strengths. We recognize that support doesn’t only need to be given to the individuals we serve, but also to our care providers. We aim to create a loving and supportive environment for our providers so they can provide the best support to our individuals.


Types of Models we serve:

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    • A host home is designed to provide live-in support in a warm, stable family environment for individuals requiring more intensive support needs. Individuals in this service setting typically require 24-hour support. This service is funded through the Comprehensive Service Waiver.

  • More Companionship Model

    • The companionship model is designed to provide live-in support in a caring, stable environment with more of a housemate feel. Individuals in this service setting have 24-hour direct access to staff. However, this setting offers more freedom and independence when this is appropriate for the individual. This service is funded through the Comprehensive Service Waiver.

  • More Independent Living Model

    • The independent living model offers support for individuals who have the ability and desire to live on their own, and is appropriate for individuals who do not require live-in supports. In this setting, people have access to the agency on a 24/7 basis for emergencies, but otherwise receive support on an hourly basis. This service is funded through the Comprehensive Service Waiver.

  • More Family Caregiver Model

    • The family caregiver model is the newest service model to Colorado and offers individuals the opportunity to remain in the family home, or live in the home of a family member. In this setting, a family member may apply with the agency to provide all or some of the support services an individual requires. This service is funded through the Comprehensive Service Waiver.

  • More Private Pay Services

    • In the private pay model, Stepping Stone contracts directly with the family and/or person requesting services. Residential services under this model are not waiver funded. This is the most unique and flexible model as it is driven by the wants and needs of the individual, but may look similar to the service options outlined above.


COMING SOON: RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT COMMUNITY

Trailhead Community is our sister non-profit organization who is developing housing solutions for adults with disabilities. Their mission is designing and creating an extraordinary opportunity for people to come together in an integrated and intentional apartment community. Trailhead Community's first project is an 84 unit apartment building in Littleton, CO. Trailhead intends to allocate 50% of the apartments for adults with disabilities and the rest for tenants from the general population. The emphasis of this facility will be upon independent living with opportunities for making social connections in a family-like atmosphere.

The building will include state-of-the-art technology and “Universal Design” features to promote independence and safety for all residents. A cooperative management model will integrate all residents to make decisions about how their community will operate! There will be on-site concierge staff to provide 24/7 oversite for the building, social events, meal preparation and encourage mutual exchange and support between tenants. The building will have many unique and intentional features to promote community including a sport court, sound-proof multimedia room for music, large screen viewing and mini jam sessions, a community kitchen and common dining room serving optional meals daily, and large common areas both indoors and outdoors!

Prospective residents and/or their caregivers should fill out the survey of interest on the Trailhead website: www.trailheadcommunity.org

For more information contact: info@trailheadcommunity.org

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Events

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Monthly Friday Night Events

Stepping Stone Support Center puts on monthly social events for adults with developmental disabilities in the community. We invite volunteers to come to all of our events to pair up with a participant so they can have a buddy for the night.

This Month's Event

What:

Virtual Talent Show

When:

Friday, August 21, 2020 at 7:00pm 

Where:

Via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8930094238
 

Admission:

Free! 

Event Details:

We are hosting our Annual Talent Show virtually this year! Please feel free to join us via zoom to watch all of our Stepping Stone showcase their talents! 

Please contact us for additional information
Email Us!
or
Call 303-872-6882 ex. 725


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Get Involved

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PARTICIPANTS:

If you are interested in our services as a participant, please contact us below and we will get back to you with more information about getting started at Stepping Stone.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

If you are interested in working at Stepping Stone, please Contact Us Here to check for possible job openings and feel free to download and fill out the employment application below.

VOLUNTEERS:

If you are interested in volunteering, please Contact Us Here and we will get back to you about volunteer opportunities. Feel free to download and fill out a volunteer application. See More

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Funding

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Funding we receive:

- Supported Living Services (SLS)
- Comprehensive Services (COMP)
- Private Pay (Please see our sister non-profit Lexi & Carly & Friends for financial assistance)

Lexi & Carly & Friends

L&C&Friends provides scholarships to those individuals who need some financial assistance to attend Stepping Stone.
Donate to Lexi & Carly & Friends



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Co-op Store

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A business owned and managed by our very own participants!

Stepping Stone Co-op is designed to empower our participants by teaching them the skills it takes to work hard, make decisions as a team, and see concrete benefits. The participants are all equal members of the Co-op, and all of our prevocational activities are run under auspices of the Co-op.


How it works?

The Stepping Stone Co-op consists of 5 teams:
Food Bank, Culinary, Product, Coffee Shop, and F.L.A.M.E.S.. Participants, upon coming to Stepping Stone, go through a job application and interview to apply for the team they want to join. Once they’re on a team, they work there for a month and learn the ins and outs of running their team’s business.

At the end of each month, they can apply for a transfer to another team. Transfers are considered and approved based on certain criteria. There are regular co-op meetings, and the participants vote on any changes or implementations that each team proposes at the meetings. Although there are teams within the co-op, all the teams are working together. The income made by each team goes back to the co-op as a whole. We are proud to say all the decisions are made by the participants!

Teams

  • More Food Bank Team

    • Food Bank Team
      The Food Bank team operates out of Calvary South Denver church, at 9052 W. Ken Caryl Ave. in Littleton, on Fridays from 10:00-noon. Throughout the week, they are busy soliciting for donations, stocking and doing inventory, sorting food bank goods, marketing the food bank, and picking up Food Bank of the Rockies orders. They also work with Light of the World Catholic Church supporting their BAKPAK program. They sort out two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and two snacks and deliver them to schools in the area for children who are in need of food on weekends. During the summer, they run a community garden and harvest vegetables that they give out to people in the community. While the food bank does not contribute to Stepping Stone Co-op profits, all co-op members voted that they want to give back to their community!

  • More Culinary Team

    • Culinary Team: A Taste of Love
      The Culinary team is designed to allow our participants to work on their cooking skills. They bake sweet treats with seasonal ingredients, while learning to incorporate locally sourced ingredients. They also cook lunch and sell it to co-op members and Stepping Stone staff, one day a week, to work on meal-preparation skills. Throughout the week, the Culinary team is busy taking inventory, shopping for items, researching and developing new recipes, going over financials on how their items are selling, baking, and visiting bakeries to get new ideas for how to market their goods.

  • More Product Team

    • Product Team: A Touch of Love
      The Product team makes lip balms, candles, and occasional specialty items. Each week, this team works extremely hard to make sure their products are high quality. They work on inventory, ordering new materials, marketing, research and development, task analysis, and creativity. They are constantly making sure they work together as a team to produce amazing products that our customers love.

  • More Coffee Shop Team

    • Coffee Shop Team: A Latte Love
      The Coffee Shop team opens their doors at the northwest entrance of Calvary South Denver Church, 9052 W. Ken Caryl Ave. in Littleton, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Operating a functional coffee shop, open to the community, they serve lattes, coffee, tea, baked goods, chai lattes, etc. This team works hard throughout the week to prepare for their coffee shop by doing inventory, purchasing supplies, marketing their coffee shop through commercials on Facebook (be sure to visit our page), learning how to make their drinks, and researching how to become a better business. They also make coffee for the food bank visitors and serve them during food bank hours on Fridays.

  • More F.L.A.M.E.S. Team

    • F.L.A.M.E.S. Team
      The F.L.A.M.E.S. team stands for Financial and consumer skills, Learning new skills, Active, Making and marketing, Evolving to meet the needs of participants, and excellence, and Supporting the co-op with sales and tasks. The F.L.A.M.E.S. team members came up with this acronym, and they stand by it! They make innovative and seasonal products to sell to the public (be sure to come see available products at the coffee shop). They also work hard to run the cash register during the coffee shop’s hours, as well as count and pass out dividends to co-op members when payday comes around! The sky is the limit with this team; whatever fun ideas participants have, they try to make them a reality!

Please check out our products
and support the Stepping Stone Co-op!
You can also call 303-872-6882 Ext. 4
to get more information about the
Stepping Stone Store!

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Meet our Team

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Bryn Baldassari (Galisewski)
Executive Director
Ext. 700

 

About Bryn

Bryn is a graduate from Chatfield Senior High School and Colorado State University. She majored in Human Development and Family Studies and specified in Occupational Therapy courses. Bryn loves to dance, hang out with friends, and play games of all sorts. She couldn’t stay away from the wonderful community in Littleton and came back to work with this amazing population in the heart of her hometown.

Barb Ziegler
Co-Founder

 

About Barb

Every organization needs a paper pusher, and Barb's brings her 40-plus years' experience in small business administration to help keep Stepping Stone's records up to date and organized. As a parent of one of our participants, Barb has been excited to see Stepping Stone's evolution into a life-changing experience for so many wonderful adults. When she is not shuffling papers, Barb's eight grown children and eleven grandchildren keep her happily occupied.

Mark Haddock
Director of Operations
Ext. 702

 

About Mark

Mark is originally from Wyoming, and he loves the Denver, Colorado lifestyle—especially the mountains. Mark and his wife Darlene, an RN, share a passion for caring for others, and his background has spanned from healthcare to homecare, from medical clinics—providing surgical services—to in-home care for seniors and those with disabilities. Mark enjoys being a part of teams with a mission of providing exceptional service, and he is thrilled to have joined the outstanding team at Stepping Stone Support Center. Mark enjoys playing drums in Denver-area country/classic rock bands, riding his Harley in the mountains, hiking, attending concerts, and rooting for the Broncos. Mark has an MBA from the University of Denver and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is also a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE).

Chelsea Krupa
Director of In-Home and Employment Services
Ext. 704

 

About Chelsea

Chelsea graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with Behavioral Science and Sociology. Following graduation, she began supporting this population as a Direct Care Provider and has become increasingly passionate about this population. She has over 5 years’ experience in managing Residential Services. Chelsea is thrilled to be part of the Stepping Stone team and looks forward to growing innovative and affordable housing opportunities for the individuals we support!

Coneda Weatherly
In-Home Services Manager
Ext. 720

 

About Coneda

Coneda is a Colorado native. She grew up in Lafayette, Colorado and graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. As a native, she enjoys all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer in summertime: swimming, hiking, back- or front-porch sitting, and any kind of live music. She has been caring for others since she was young and looks forward to caring for others well into the future. She is excited to start a new adventure with the staff and participants at Stepping Stone.

Amy Porter
In-Home Services Manager
Ext. 729

 

About Amy

Amy was born in California and moved to Colorado when she was a teen. She considers herself to be a native. She recently spent three years in Sydney, Australia and is glad to be back in the Rocky Mountains. Amy is so excited to be joining the Stepping Stone family! When she is at home, you can find her baking, cooking, and doing a multitude of crafts. She has two daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and a beautiful grandson whom she adores.

Matt McCalla
Employment Services Manager
Ext. 717

 

About Matt

Matt is originally from Jackson, Wyoming and moved to Colorado 10 years ago to finish his B.S. in Psychology from University of Phoenix in Lone Tree. When Matt lived in Wyoming, he worked in ski operations management and was a ski instructor for eight years. Since 2017, he has served clientele with disabilities through job coaching, providing in-home services, and offering behavioral-based health care. Matt is determined to provide his clientele with excellent coaching and to share his knowledge with other job coaches. Matt enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and (on weekends) teaching defensive driving at a local driving school.

Crista Carnes
People Care Manager
Ext. 707

 

About Crista

Crista is originally from NM and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Science. She has lived in CO since 2000 and has worked with individuals with IDD since 2014. She enjoys attending and volunteering for church events, singing, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her incredible family and friends. Crista considers the Stepping Stone family one of her greatest gifts!

Suzanne Ogborn
Program Manager
Ext. 719

 

About Suzanne

Suzanne has lived in beautiful Colorado most of her life. She received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from UC Med Center and her master’s degree in Education from Regis University. Her career passion is teaching and differentiating learning experiences to meet the needs of all people. She enjoys camping and traveling in her small travel trailer, spending time with friends camping or having game nights, baking, and spending as much time as she can with her three adult sons. She feels very blessed to be a part of the Stepping Stone family and has loved getting to work with an amazing staff and participant community that truly cares about each other!

Nicole Chase
Program Manager
Ext. 727

 

About Nicole

Nicole moved to Colorado last year from Nebraska. In March she started volunteering with Stepping Stone on Mondays. Nicole has worked in a salon for the last 3 years, and she is excited to be using that experience to help the Product Team and to work with this community. Nicole enjoys playing kickball, spending time outdoors, traveling back to Omaha to spend time with family, and of course cheering on the Huskers!

Susan L. Conrad, PhD, RN

 

About Susie

Susie’s educational and RN experiences have focused on providing community health services for individuals with developmental disabilities and/or chronic illness. She retired after a long career as a nurse educator in both Texas and Massachusetts before moving to Denver in 2018. She is the mother of an adult son who has provided her with valuable and rewarding learning opportunities as he has progressed toward independent living. Susie looks forward to this opportunity to be a resource person to providers, participants, and staff in order to promote individualized optimal health for each participant.

Hannah Kruse
Billing Specialist
Ext. 726

 

About Hannah

Hannah is a native of Colorado and graduate of the University of Colorado, with a degree in Communications and Ethnic Studies. It was in 2015 that Hannah began working with the IDD Community, gaining her waiver knowledge with collaboration among different CCBs and PASAs. On the weekends, you can find Hannah with her family, hiking in the Colorado back country, exploring the newest exhibit at the museum, or cuddling up with her cat, Carl! Go Broncos!

Tucker Riley

 

About Tucker

Tucker is a graduate from Boulder high school, shortly after graduating he began working for two years as a live in aid for a man with autism. He has had a passion for the special needs population from a young age. Creating and listening to music, dancing and doing outdoor activities are just a few of his passions. He is very thrilled to be able to be a part of stepping stones!

Kendall Beck

 

About Kendall

Kendall is an outgoing and energetic person who loves trying new things and being around other people. She’s married, has two beautiful kids, Mayci and Reid, and an unusual collection of pets, including a hedgehog and a lizard! Kendall has had the privilege of working with people and families, directly, for most of her adult life. Her background is in coaching, teaching, directing programs, and event planning. She is excited to be joining the Stepping Stone team of amazing adults and families and begin to learn as much from them as she plans to share.

Caroline Giles

 

About Caroline

Caroline is so excited to be on the Stepping Stone team! She graduated Baylor University in 2016 and then spent a year living in the Republic of Uganda, working for the non-profit organization “Ekisa” that advocates for children with special needs. Caroline loves traveling and hiking and hopes to climb all of Colorado’s 14ers one day.

Lexi Ziegler

 

About Lexi

Lexi is a Colorado native who has been a part of Stepping Stone since the planning phase. She is extremely proud of her beginnings as a participant and the hard work she put in to become a staff member. Lexi calls Stepping Stone her “second family.” In her free time, she enjoys bowling, getting manicures, playing basketball, doing craft projects, hanging out with friends, and SHOPPING!

Louie Cohn

 

About Louie

Louie is new to Colorado and loves getting to know the area. After living in Massachusetts for much of her life, she is happy to have found the amazing community at Stepping Stone. Her experience as a theater teacher at a school for children with disabilities, as a caregiver, and a mother has taught her that kindness and compassion are the cornerstones of her life. Louie enjoys riding her bike, running, rock climbing, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Terry Skinner

 

About Terry

Terry is a Colorado native, graduating from Arvada West High School and the University of Northern Colorado. She retired from Jeffco schools after teaching for over 30 years. While she has several hobbies, including hiking and cooking, her favorite activity is spending time with friends and her daughter and son. As trite as it may sound, her current passion is Stepping Stones Support Center. Simply stated, the participants are her “peeps.”

Lori Zachman

 

About Lori

Lori is a retired elementary and special education teacher who began working with adults with special needs while she was in college. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Lori started as a volunteer and substitute advisor at Stepping Stone and is very excited to now be on staff!

Kaylan Goodwin

 

About Kaylan

Kaylan is a Colorado native who grew up in Rocky Ford—a small town in Southeastern Colorado. After graduating in 2001, she moved to Colorado Springs and then to Denver. Kaylan went to Colorado Christian University and loves music, going to church, spending time with friends and family, and reading the Bible. She also enjoys serving coffee, being in the kitchen, and spending time with her black and white cat who watches for her to come home every night.

Sandra Shields

 

About Sandra

Sandra has lived in Colorado since elementary school and graduated from Alameda High School. She attended CU Boulder, immediately began teaching in Denver Public Schools, and retired after 25 wonderful years. Sandra is the proud mom of three children. She loves traveling, reading, arts and crafts, and the beach.

Melissa Parsons

 

About Melissa

Melissa is originally from Massachusetts but has spent most of her life in the west. She has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education. After teaching for 32 years, she decided to retire and find another adventure. Her great passions in life are her nieces and nephews. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, knitting, and reading. Melissa is beyond excited to be working at Stepping Stone with the wonderful participants!

Pam Richardson

 

About Pam

Pam grew up as an Air Force brat and, as such, had the opportunity to live in many different countries. Pam and her family moved to Colorado 22 years ago, and this is really home for her! Her background is as a “para” at Chatfield High School, for Transition Services, and as a Special Education teacher. Pam has two grown children and is going to have her first grandchild in March! She is happy to be at Stepping Stone, working with some familiar faces and lots of new ones.

Hannah Harder

 

About Hannah

Hannah is a graduate of Colorado Christian University with a B.S. in Communication and Media Studies. She has worked in radio, ministry, and has been with Stepping Stone since the beginning. She is a Colorado native and loves fitness, writing, and meeting new people. She has a huge heart for Stepping Stone and all its participants, and her passion is to see them thrive wherever they are.

Todd Ausfahl

 

About Todd

Todd is a CO native, born and raised in Englewood, who later lived in Texas for 15 years. He grew up around a family hardware store in Englewood and, years later, transitioned to sales. Todd has taught and coached at many different levels and is currently a singer/songwriter who loves his two dogs and bearded dragon. He also loves people and enjoys the whole learning experience life offers.

Megan Cure

 

About Megan

Megan is a Colorado native who grew up in Littleton. She graduated with a Therapeutic Recreation degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver and has since been working as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist—most recently as the director of Camp Paha in Lakewood. She has over 13 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, mostly in a recreational settings, and has a passion for working with people and making a difference in their lives. Megan loves spending time with her family and being outdoors in beautiful Colorado.

 

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