Board of Directors
Terry R. Farmer
ACCSES President & CEO
Terry was born and raised in Southern California. He is a graduate of the University of California and the University of Redlands. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Johnston College, University of Redlands. He received practicum experience in the disabilities field in the Redlands Unified School District where he served students with special needs. Terry’s interest in the field originally stems from living with relatives who have disabilities. His mother died in 1981 at the age of fifty-one subsequent to a long-term disabling condition.
Corporate Vice President, Witco, Inc.
Maureen Niland Stokes is the Corporate Vice President of WITCO, a non-profit community rehabilitation program providing services to individuals with disabilities in Idaho and Oregon. Ms. Niland Stokes has been employed by the company since 1980. Ms. Niland Stokes received her degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington. She is a past President of ACCSES Idaho, a state wide association representing the non-profit providers of vocational services in Idaho.
She serves on the Employers Counsel for the local Idaho Department of Labor Employment and is involved in many community organizations. Ms. Niland Stokes is proud to be a member of the ACCSES Board of Directors and is committed to its mission of providing support and services to community rehabilitation programs throughout the United States. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading and watching her son Liam hit the baseball out of the park!
President/CEO, Adelante Development Center, Inc.
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and under Mr. Kivitz’ leadership since 1979, Adelante’s operating budget has grown from $64,000 to $33 million, now serving over 1000 individuals annually. Adelante provides vocational, day and residential services for people with disabilities, and serve seniors and people with disadvantages as well. Adelante operates on the Social Enterprise model, which blends the practices of small business, entrepreneurial values, and a social mission. In Adelante’s case the social mission includes affirmative hiring of individuals with disabilities, as well as services to people with disadvantages and seniors.
Mr. Kravitz earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master's in Business Administration and was named to the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Business Hall of Fame. He has served on numerous local and national non-profit boards of directors and governor-appointed task forces. In addition, he was instrumental in having a state use law passed in New Mexico and secured federal line item appropriations and state capital outlay appropriations. Mr. Kivitz is highly involved in advocacy at the local, state, and federal government levels. He frequently testifies in state legislative matters and has been extensively involved in the passage of numerous pieces of legislation affecting the disability community.
ACCSES Board Chair
Executive Director, Aspiro, Inc.
Lincoln Burr has been working in the field of disability services for over 20 years. He started his career by supporting people in their own homes and leading a community integrated employment agency. Linc was hired as the Executive Director of Paragon Industries in 1994. Before he left, Paragon was operating two CRP locations, three integrated enclaves and five day programs scattered throughout Wisconsin. He left the world of employment to go to residential in 2001 where he was hired to run Homes for Independent Living, a company that grew to provide community based residential services to over 500 people through the combined efforts of over a 1000 staff. Previously to joining Aspiro, Inc. He was the Executive Director of Disability Service Provider Network, a state-wide trade association that has been supporting and advocating for providers for over 50 years in Wisconsin.
President/CEO, Challenge Unlimited, Inc.
Charlotte Hammond is the President and CEO of Challenge Unlimited, Inc. She has been with the organization since 2006 and has over 20 years of extensive finance, accounting and operations management experience. Charlotte’s vision for Challenge Unlimited is to become a national leader in providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities that empower them to reach their full potential.
Charlotte’s role as President and CEO involves the corporate oversight of all divisions within the Challenge Unlimited organization. Hammond works closely with all departments and collaborates with the management teams to develop, evaluate and implement plans that will further enhance Challenge Unlimited's operational infrastructure and position the company for a competitive edge in the market place.
Through Charlotte’s leadership, Challenge Unlimited continues to thrive as a thought leader with a strategic plan for growth and a vision for a greater presence in the disability field.
President/CEO, North Bay Industries
Robert Hutt, CEO of North Bay Industries (NBI), has been instrumental in providing a variety of work opportunities for people with disabilities in Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa and Monterey counties. Since 1996, Mr. Hutt has embraced the mission of NBI by expanding our Federal contracts in grounds maintenance, custodial, food service and flag manufacturing. Our government customers include the U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard and the Department of Veterans Affairs’.
NBI is a California non-profit organization established in 1968. The mission of NBI is to provide vocational training and employment to adults with disabilities. NBI is headquartered in Rohnert Park where people with disabilities are honored to manufacture the American Interment Flag for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
President/CEO, TECH Inc.
Brenda Maxey, President/CEO of TECH, Inc. in Hutchinson, Kansas, serves as Chair of the ACCSES Board of Directors. Maxey was first elected to the Board in January 1998 during a period of transition for the organization, and then selected by her peers to be the ACCSES Board Chair in 2003. Since that time, her steadfast leadership ushered in a period of stability that helped to complete a re-organization process, successful merger with the Disability Service Providers of America, continued growth in membership and numerous legislative accomplishments.
Maxey has been employed at TECH, Inc. since 1989, where she started as a Residential Coordinator. Prior to being hired in 1999 to serve as TECH’s President/CEO, she also worked as a Residential Manager and Director of Services. During her tenure, TECH, Inc. has grown to over a $7 million agency employing 175 staff and providing direct supports and services for 250 adults and 500 children with disabilities.
President/CEO, Grand Traverse Industries
• Born in Lansing, Michigan.
• Graduated HS 1964, Willow Glen High School, San Jose, Calif.
• Varsity Track Letter(pole vault and high jump) College of Idaho, 1965.
• BA - History and Physical Sciences - San Jose State University - 1969
• Graduate Degree in Education - Secondary Teaching Credential - Sonoma State University -1971
• Married - 1971 to present - six adult children and 20 grandchildren
• Member, Christ The King Catholic Church & Knights of Columbus
CEO, Cottonwood, Inc.
Sharon Spratt has over 40 years of experience in the provision of rehabilitative services to persons with developmental disabilities. As Chief Executive Officer of Cottonwood, Inc., she is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the overall operation and funding of the non-profit organization. Prior to her appointment as CEO of Cottonwood in 1994, Sharon worked with community service providers in both Kansas and Florida in various service and administrative capacities.
She holds a B.S. in education from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and has completed graduate courses at the University of South Florida, Fort Hays State University and the University of Kansas.
Ms. Tefelski has over 28 years of experience advocating on behalf of children with special needs and adults with disabilities. Karen was appointed by two Governors as the first and only Chairperson of the Employment Subcommittee of Virginia’s Olmstead Steering Committee and currently serves on other statewide advisory boards including Virginia’s Money Follows the Person Advisory Council, VA’s DOL Disability Employment Initiative Executive Board, VA’s federal Mental Health Employment Development Initiative Advisory Committee, VA’s ID/DD Waiver Advisory Committee, and sits as a member of the Virginia Supported Employment Leadership Network (SELN).
Ms. Tefelski has been an advocate in the field of disability policy since she joined ServiceSource as Business Development Director in 1996. Karen and vaACCSES are recognized as experts on SSI, SSDI and available state and federal work incentives for Virginians with disabilities as the Social Security Administration’s Work Incentives, Planning and Assistance (WIPA - formerly BPAO) grantee since 2001.
Before arriving in Virginia, Karen was a lobbyist and association executive in DC and California – representing Children’s Hospitals, the American Academy of Pediatricians – Region 9, the California Children’s Lobby, the Children’s Research Institute of California, and the National Association of Homes and Services for Children.
Ms. Tefelski has a M.S. in Forensic Criminology from California State University – Sacramento.
ACCSES Board Secretary/Treasurer
CEO, Employment Solutions
Rick Christman has been the CEO of Employment Solutions in Lexington Kentucky since 1989. Among the operations of Employment Solutions are employment and residential services for people with developmental disabilities as well as a career college for people with general employment barriers. Rick holds a BA degree in Special Education and MS in Vocational Rehabilitation. He also serves of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), Lexington Transit Authority, and the Kentucky Assn. for Private Providers.
ACCSES Board Vice Chair
Senior Vice President of Community Rehabilitation, CW Resources, Inc.
Sandie has worked in the disability employment field for over 30 years. She started her career with Goodwill Industries of the Springfield/Hartford Area in CT and MA and began working with CW Resources, headquartered in CT in 1997. She holds a M.S. in Organizational Psychology. Sandie oversees the rehabilitation services at five facilities in Connecticut that provide day and employment opportunities for over 500 individuals daily. These programs and services help individuals to explore work and learn transferable job and interpersonal skills, which empower people to increase their employability and advocate for themselves. Sandie believes in employment first for all people and supports the right to choose where one works and spends their time.
She is an active member with the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, serves as board secretary for Disability:IN CT (formerly CT Business Leadership Network), and is active in her home community.