Darla has over 34 years of experience connecting businesses to people with disabilities for employment. She has owned her own consulting business, the CSI Network, since 2010 and continues to provide consultation and training specific to the employment of people with disabilities. In 2014 Darla contracted with Disabilit:y:IN GKC, now named Center for Disability Inclusion, becoming Executive Director in 2019 and then CEO in 2021. She drives the direction of the organization and works with our partners to help them advance their disability inclusion efforts in the workplace, marketplace and supply chain. Darla self identifies as a person with a disability since acquiring a brain injury in 2006. She holds a master’s degree in public administration with a non-profit emphasis from University of Missouri-Kansas City and has served on many national and statewide boards focusing on increased employment for people with disabilities. Partnering with businesses to assist in elevating inclusion in the workplace, as well has providing employment services training and consultation, is her passion.
Brenda has spent her career as a small business owner in the employee benefits and communications arena working with business and HR leaders to improve employee appreciation, engagement and retention. She was co-founder and senior communications consultant of Joshua Communications and holds the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation. She has extensive volunteer leadership experience with SHRM-KC and Missouri SHRM, serving as President and State Director respectively. She then served on the SHRM national Membership Advisory Council, reporting to the SHRM CEO. Brenda understands the challenges of disability inclusion and talent acquisition. Having two nephews with a developmental disability was the catalyst for her role as a founding board member and past president of the Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network, later changed to Disability:IN GKC and now the Center for Disability Inclusion. As Director of Business Relations, Brenda is the liaison with corporate partners and leads our partnership and communications efforts.
Jill has been in the workforce inclusion field for 11 years and completed her Master’s degree in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from Park University in 2019. During that time, she started her own business and individual consulting to increase training and employment opportunities. She recently revitalized an employment program at Sherwood Autism Center. Previously, she worked at Easterseals Midwest, where she was the Employment, Pre-Employment, and Community Integration Manager. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Pre-Law from University of Missouri Kansas City, in addition to being a Certified Employment Support Professional, CESP Facilitator, and an active member of the Missouri Association of People Supporting Employment First. Jill’s passion for helping adults find meaningful work stems from her belief that employment is an important part of living a fulfilling life and should be an option regardless of the disability. Jill joined our team in March 2020 as Social Media Coordinator and February 2021 became our Assistant Direct for responsible for programs and services and community partner relations. In September 2021 her role changed to Director of Programs & Services.
Meaghan is responsible for partner acquisition and communications for the Omaha region. She is also the President/CEO of Assistology, LLC, in Omaha, Nebraska which provides Assistive Technology (AT), Rehab Engineering, Accessibility and Universal Design consultation that enable an individual to have increased participation in activities that improve functional abilities for daily living, as well as overall quality of life, as well as help businesses increase their ability to create inclusive spaces, services, products and practices. Previously, Meaghan served as Director of Rehabilitation Services at Children’s Respite Care Center in Omaha. Her career also includes positions as a Biomedical Sales Engineer at ADInstruments in Boston, and as an Assistive Technology Specialist, Assistive Technology Regional Center Coordinator, project leader and researcher for Easter Seals Massachusetts. Most recently, Walls was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the Omaha Children’s Museum. She was an award recipient of the Midland’s Business Journal 2019 40 Under 40. In 2019 Walls was appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Commission for Citizens with Disabilities and in 2020 was elected as the Vice Chair of the Commission. She is also the elected Board President of Angel Guardians, Inc. Meaghan is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) who holds a Master of Science in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology from the University of Illinois-Chicago under a 2 year Rehab Technology Fellowship. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.