Our Team

Dana Barton, Director, Meeting the Challenge

Dana Barton Headshot

Dana Barton, Director, Meeting the Challenge

Dana Barton is the Director of Meeting the Challenge Inc. (MTC) a CP&Y company. The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is a project of Meeting the Challenge, Inc. who has operated the center under a federal grant since 1991.

Before joining the Meeting the Challenge Barton served as the Business Relations and Employment Development Director at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

In 2019, Barton was named a “Woman of Influence” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal and in 2014, she was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the same publication. In addition, in 2014, Barton received the “Young Professional of the Year” award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Dana is a featured writer for the Colorado Springs Moms Collective where she has written for several years in an effort to support mothers on topics that impact the daily lives of families in southern Colorado.

When she is not working or writing Dana enjoys spending time with her two children and husband hiking in the mountains, raising backyard chickens and participating as team manager for her son’s hockey team. She also loves cheering for her Alma Mater the Michigan State Spartans!

Emily Shuman, Director, Rocky Mountain ADA Center

Emily Shuman, Director, Rocky Mountain ADA Center

As director, Emily Shuman leads the Rocky Mountain ADA Center’s staff and the organization’s daily operations including technical assistance calls, regional training coordination, information dissemination and more. Shuman also works closely with center directors from across the national network to improve operational practices and program(s) expansion.

Working for the organization since 2018, Shuman began as the center’s media coordinator and was quickly promoted to deputy director before being appointed director in 2020. Emily has passion for empowering and working with businesses and individuals so they can obtain a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities under the ADA.

She is the center’s spokesperson and regularly works with local, regional, and national media. An accomplished writer, Shuman contributes op ed pieces and informational articles for the organization. In addition, she produces the center’s podcast which features many nationally recognized guests including Senator Tammy Duckworth and attorney/advocate/writer Haley Moss.

A highly regarded Young Professional, Emily is one of the youngest directors in the 30-year history of the ADA National Network. She is a writer for the Colorado Springs Mom Collective. The Colorado Springs native enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her teen son.

Ed Neuberg, Training Facilitator

Ed Neuberg, Training Facilitator

Training Facilitator

Maggie Sims, Project Manager

Maggie Sims, Project Manager

Maggie Sims is the Project Manager for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center and is the longest-tenured employee of the center. She specializes in providing information, technical guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act for the center’s six-state region.

Maggie joined the RMADAC in 1992 (one year after the ADA was signed into law by President George HW Bush) as an ADA Information Specialist, with a deep interest in reducing communication barriers for those with hearing, speech, and visual losses. An expert on the ADA and effective communication processes and fluent in sign language, Maggie also provides guidance on technical assistance calls focused on helping the RMADAC’s region. Maggie travels extensively throughout the region, representing RMADAC at many community events and conferences. In addition, she acts as one of the media spokespeople for the center. Sims received an associate’s degree from Colorado Christian University and graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a Bachelor’s Degree in political science.

Chris Murphy, Information Specialist

Chris Murphy, Information Specialist

Chris Murphy is an Information Specialist who focuses on architectural elements of the ADA, and title II/III of the law. He focuses on covered entity’s obligations for providing accessibility interplay with existing structures and new design elements for The Rocky Mountain ADA Center. He joined the team in 2016. 

Chris lives with an invisible disability, Brachial Plexus Palsy, which is permanent nerve damage in his left arm/hand/shoulder caused by a traumatic birth injury. He is a current Team USA Para-Cycling National Team member, 2017 2x world champion, 2016 Paralympian, 15x national champion.  He grew up in southern California, moved to Colorado Springs in 2014 to train for the Paralympic Games.

A true renaissance man, Chris worked as a musician for Disneyland from 2007-2012 and can be seen playing trombone in the 2012 Warner Bros. movie Gangster Squad, starring Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling.

Chris studied music performance in college at California State University, Fullerton with a focus on BM Trombone performance.

Jaime Harter, ADA Information Specialist

Jaime Harter, ADA Information Specialist

ADA Information Specialist