Brenda graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Criminology, minor in Abnormal Psychology in 1976. After graduation, Brenda started working for Big Lakes Developmental Services in Manhattan, Kansas and had a case load of the most severely involved adults in the day program setting. She worked with behavioral issues as well as ADL’s, and pre-vocational job skills. She was promoted to the Vocational Evaluator and Case Manager position in the same agency. After almost 5 years there, Brenda was contacted to apply for the Adult Director position here at Mountain valley Developmental Services. For the first year she worked as the Adult Director over the residential and adult day program services. The agency was growing at that time, so she then became the Vocational Director. Brenda oversaw all in house vocational services including the implementation of the grant bringing Mountain Valley two large green houses. She supervised the move of the very large facility from Parker, CO to Glenwood Springs. Brenda also helped establish new day program services for Glenwood Springs and the Vail area.
After approximately 14 years as the Vocational Director, Brenda was promoted to the Support Services Director and has supervised the Case Managers for adult and children services for the past eight years. In addition to her services as supervisor, Brenda manages the Human Rights Committee, is the lead for internal investigations, and is a resource for all staff in the agency for issues of confidentiality, rights, and behavioral concerns. Brenda has been with MVDS since 1981 and really enjoys her work. Along with being an employee with MVDS Brenda has been a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for over 15 years. This is an international accreditation organization that conducts surveys all over the United States and Canada. For the past 8 years Brenda have been a SIS Trainer for the state of Colorado, and an independent contractor for the state in teaching staff how to conduct the SIS Assessment, conducting re-certifications for staff throughout Colorado, conducting the SIS Interviews statewide, and reviewing support levels when the state has questions about the accuracy of a person’s support level.