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 Disability 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 Co-Founder cstarkloff@starkloff.org Lori Becker Chief Operating Officer
Director of Communications
lbecker@starkloff.org Brian Chao Chief Financial Officer bchao@starkloff.org
Dallas Adams Communications Manager dadams@starkloff.org
Blair Dammerman Youth Programs Manager bdammerman@starkloff.org
Katie Fields College Outreach Coordinator kfields@starkloff.org
Steven Foelsch, M. Ed. Director of Disability Studies sfoelsch@starkloff.org
Danielle Giuffrida DREAM BIG Camp Coordinator dgiuffrida@starkloff.org
Jason Hartsfield, MSW Adult Career Services Coordinator jhartsfield@starkloff.org
Maggie Mahoney Development Associate mmahoney@starkloff.org
Susan Menhard, MSW Career Academy Director smenhard@starkloff.org
Lisa Roberts Events Coordinator lroberts@starkloff.org
Scott Thompson Director of Development sthompson@starkloff.org

Board of Directors

Board President

Steve Degnan Vice President
Chief HR Officer
Nestlé Purina PetCare North America

Board Members

Dave Baker, Vice Chairperson

Assistant Superintendent, Retired
Special School District of St. Louis County

David A. Blanton, III

Community Volunteer

November Champion

Senior HX Accessibility Specialist
Edward Jones

Richard Engelsmann, Treasurer

Beltservice Corporation

Kevin Erbs

Olin United Way Board Fellow

James Frost

President and General Counsel
Signing Edge

Jacqueline Jefferson, MA, SHRM

Systems Leader
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion COE
SSM Health Care

Kara Kopplin

Director of Regulatory Science
Permobil Seating & Mobility

Ned O. Lemkemeier

Senior Counsel
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP

Joe McGauley, Secretary

McGauley Real Estate

Bruce Miller

Community Volunteer

John M. Nations

Evans & Dixon, LLC

David J. Newburger

Office on the Disabled
City of St. Louis

Dan Nielsen

Senior Director
Talent Acquisition — Global Occupier Services
Cushman & Wakefield

Bryan Parrish


Bhavik Patel

CEO and Managing Partner
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.

Michael Reese

Assistant Vice President
Analytics / Chief Operating Officers Division
Wells Fargo Advisors

Adewalé Soluade
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Colleen Kelly Starkloff

Starkloff Disability Institute

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