Our Team

Dana Barton, Director, Meeting the Challenge

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.

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.

Jenny DeVries, Training Facilitator

Jenny DeVries, Training Facilitator

Jenny DeVries is the lead training facilitator for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. She is responsible for conducting customized ADA-related training(s) within the center’s six state region. Jenny trains both large and small groups within the public and private sector on several ADA-topics including: general ADA standards, service animals (Dos and don’ts), ADA and the workplace, implicit bias and responsibilities of both public and private entities under the federal law and much more.

Previous to joining the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, DeVries worked in marketing for Stockman Kast Ryan + Company where she was responsible for designing the firm’s brand style guide and leading the relaunch efforts of the organization’s video and social media campaigns which increased engagement on firm’s social media by almost 50% in less than a year. Before joining SRK+CO, Jenny was the community organizer with the Opportunity Harrison Campaign where she managed over 30 volunteers and supervised a team of campaign fellows.

A Colorado Springs’ native, DeVries earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis on Strategic Political Communication from Drake University.

When not traveling the region training people on the intricacies of the ADA you can find Jenny volunteering with small businesses helping them plan their social media programs and finding the perfect antique at local estate sales throughout Colorado.

Paul Simmons, Information Specialist

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

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

Mike Shea, Instructional Designer

Mike Shea 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.