About Us

Our History

The Starkloff Disability Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities participate fully and equally in all aspects of society.

Founded in 2003 by Max & Colleen Starkloff and David Newburger, the Starkloff Disability Institute works on changing societal attitudes and perceptions about people with disabilities through activities that send a positive message about living with disability in order to create a world that welcomes disabled people.

The Starkloff Disabilities Institute is the Workforce, Workplace Disability Advisor. The Starkloff Career Academy prepares candidates for competitive employment, and Starkloff Workplace Advisors prepares companies to welcome them.


Colleen Kelly Starkloff Founder, Co-director cstarkloff@starkloff.org David J. Newburger, J.D. Founder, Co-director dnewburger@starkloff.org Lori Becker Chief Operating Officer
Director of Development and Communications
Brian Chao Business Manager bchao@starkloff.org
Deborah Davis Executive Administrative Assistant ddavis@starkloff.org
Steven Foelsch, M. Ed. Director of Disability Studies sfoelsch@starkloff.org
Meg Geiger Development Associate mgeiger@starkloff.org
Jason Hartsfield, MSW Career Academy Associate jhartsfield@starkloff.org
Susan Menhard, MSW Career Academy Director smenhard@starkloff.org
Debby Torretti Office Administrator dtorretti@starkloff.org

Board of Directors

Board President

Steve Degnan Vice President Chief Human Resources Officer/North America Nestlé Purina Pet Care

Board Members

Allison Bruns

Vice President
Advice Quality Communications
Wells Fargo Advisors

David A. Blanton, III

Community Volunteer

Robert C. Butler

Managing Director
Office Head

November Champion

Senior Online Accessibility Strategist
Wells Fargo Clearing Services

Charles E. Claggett, Jr.

Retired, Vice President
Warson Brands

B.W. Durham, Jr.

Retired, Managing Partner
Simmons Durham

Richard Engelsmann

Beltservice Corporation

James Frost

President & Owner
Accessible Strategies Group, LLC

Ray Hartmann

St. Louis Magazine

Gina Hilberry

Cohen Hilberry Architects

Brent Layton

Executive Vice President
Business Development
Centene Corporation

Ned O. Lemkemeier

Senior Counsel
Bryan Cave LLP

Kelly Martin

Director of Human Resources
BDS GS&S Aircraft Modernization & Sustainment
The Boeing Company

Lisa D. McLaughlin

Reilly, McLaughlin LLC

John Jacob Meier, III

Sales Associate
Janet McAfee

Bruce Miller

Community Volunteer

David J. Newburger

Starkloff Disability Institute

Trent Barnes Phelps

Community Volunteer

William Bixby Sheldon

Retired Director, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs
Paraquad, Inc

Colleen Kelly Starkloff

Starkloff Disability Institute

Susan A. Stith

Vice President
Diversity, Inclusion, & Corporate Giving
Express Scripts

Richard K. Weil, Jr.

Retired Journalist

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