Dana Barton, Director

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Dana Barton, Director

Dana Barton is the Director for The Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADAC). Her role within the organization is to lead the staff’s daily efforts to provide the Rocky Mountain Region with technical support, training, guidance and the most updated information pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is also the organization’s spokesperson for public media and community relations initiatives within the region.

Prior to joining RMADAC, Barton served as the Business Relations and Employment Development Director at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. In this role, she planned and implemented business services, and youth and adult programming under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In this role, Dana worked closely with community partners to provide training and development opportunities to individuals with disabilities to increase their employment opportunities.

She brings to RMADAC over 10 years of extensive work within the ADA’s Title I and Title III with the experience she gained as Director of Recruitment for the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel. Among her many accomplishments at The Broadmoor; she led a program that recruited students with disabilities from local school districts to work for the hotel as paid interns.

Throughout her life, Dana has worked tirelessly in support of people with disabilities. Her work has included supporting initiatives for families with deaf children so that their loved ones are empowered to fulfill their life dreams. She is also an active volunteer in her children’s elementary school, and serves on the School District 11 Mill Levy Override Financial Oversight Committee. Dana is also heavily involved with efforts in Colorado to educate employers on hiring combat-wounded veterans.

In 2014, she was recognized as a Rising Star through the Colorado Springs Business Journal and received the Young Professional of the Year award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

When she is not working, Dana enjoys spending time hiking in the mountains, raising backyard chickens, and cheering on her Alma Mater's Michigan State Spartans!

Maggie Sims, Project Director

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Maggie Sims, Project Director

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.

Emily Shuman, Media Coordinator

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Emily Shuman, Media Coordinator

Emily Shuman is the media coordinator for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADAC). Often considered the gatekeeper within the organization, Shuman is responsible for engaging individuals within the center’s six-state region through both social and public media along with inbound communications.

Of her many responsibilities within RMADAC, Shuman manages inbound Technical Assistance calls ensuring those seeking information on the ADA are matched with a RMADAC specialists to assist them. She has specific passion for helping businesses and individuals better understand the tools available to them on social media to make these communication items accessible for everyone and is energized each time she is able to provide tips and tools to individuals looking to make their communication channels accessible.

Before joining RMADAC, Emily was the program coordinator for volunteer services with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. In addition, Shuman previously worked as a host Home supervisor with Special Kids/Special Families.

A Colorado Springs native, Emily enjoys her free time by exploring the great state of Colorado with her 10-year-old daughter!

Paul Simmons, Information Specialist

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Paul Simmons, Information Specialist

Paul Simmons is an Information Specialist for The Rocky Mountain ADA Center. He has served RMADAC’s region since 2015 and specializes in technical assistance and training for the center.

Paul has a strong interest in Deaf history, International Deaf issues, and International Disability Rights. For many years, Paul has been involved with a number of Deaf organizations in a variety of capacities and the International Deaf Emergency (IDE) as a consultant. Since then, Paul has taken a keen interest in equal access for people with hearing and speech disabilities in emergency planning.

Simmons was the President of the Colorado Association for the Deaf from 2016 to 2017. Paul also provides direct consultation in ASL (American Sign Language) on ADA issues to Deaf individuals across the United States.

Paul is a dynamic media personality who has interviewed countless times in his career. He has a lengthy educational background including:

- MS, Deaf Education, McDaniel College, 2004
- MS, Administration, Gallaudet University, 2000
- BA, Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University, 1999
- BA, History, Gallaudet University, 1998

Chris Murphy, Information Specialist

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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.

Mike Shea, Instructional Designer

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Mike Shea, Instructional Designer

Mike Shae is the instructional designer for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADAC). He is responsible for researching, developing and designing both e-learning curriculum and training materials for the center’s public outreach efforts.

A true believer that inspiring design combined with thought-provoking content is the center of creating engaging training, Shea works closely with the technical support and training teams within RMADAC to ensure materials that are intended for public consumption are completed with updated ADA information while being pleasing to navigate for the eye.

Shea worked as an instructional media developer for Atos and as a communication center/facilities specialist for Boulder Community Health before joining RMADAC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in digital media design.

When not designing top-tier materials, Mike can be found knee deep within Colorado’s many rivers as he is known as a fanatical fly fisherman by his friends and family.

Sarah Garcia, Training Facilitator

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Sarah Garcia, Training Facilitator

Sarah Garcia is the training facilitator for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADAC). She is responsible for conducting customized ADA-related training across many channels within the center’s six-state region. Garcia spends the majority of her time guiding both large and small groups of training attendees through several ADA-exercises including General ADA standards, Service Animals (Do’s and don’t(s)), ADA and the workplace, responsibilities by both public and private entities under the law and much more.

Previous to joining the RMADAC, Garcia spent several years as an educator where the enjoyed inspiring young minds through her efforts as an English teacher. As a classroom leader, Garcia was passionate about promoting inclusion, diversity, equity and access with students as a channel to help them better understand all diversified populations across the world.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology and a master’s in education from Truman State University. Sarah’s hobbies include training and performing with her Cardigan Welsh Corgi (Edward) and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of the mountain west.