Experience that counts! Our program management team has an average of ten years of service with our agency, a majority of our staff has personal experience with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and two of our program managers have been host home providers.
Barbara Kenyon Mohrlang, Executive Director
Barb has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. She started out when she was a teenager at a day camp in Long Island, NY in the summers and has worked with individuals with I/DD ever since. She worked in recreational programs, was a job coach, was live-in staff and was an assistant group home manager.
Barb also worked with the Residential Director of the CCB to open the first PCA (24 hour staffed apartments) in Glenwood Springs in the 80’s. While there, she was an advisor for People First and had the opportunity to travel in Europe with a group of self-advocates following the International People First Conference in London.
When she moved to Denver, she worked for a short time as relief staff for an apartment program, and as direct support staff in respite apartments. Then she began working at CLA in 1989 as a Program Manager. After a few years she became Assistant Director and, in 1995, she became the Executive Director. Barb has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from St. John’s University, New York. Barb has been with CLA since 1989.
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Gregg Wilson, Day Program Director
Gregg started working in this field because he truly wanted to help people. He began working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities at another agency in 2000, providing direct care for individuals living in apartments.
Gregg started with CLA in 2001 working with individuals to integrate them into the community and help them become more independent. In addition, he assisted individuals obtain jobs in the community. From 2001 to 2005, he was also an adviser for People First of Denver, a self-advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In 2013, Gregg became the Day Program Director and was a main player in developing and implementing C.L.A.S.S. Gregg has a background in music education and plays in a blues band when he’s not at CLA.
Bill Peters, Residential Director/Intake Coordinator
Bill and his family moved to Denver in 2010 from Mesa Arizona. Since that time Bill has worked in the DD/ID field for almost 10 years in different roles with other agencies such as para-professional with Jeff-CO public Schools, direct care provider, supported employment and day program services with Goodwill of Denver, and most recently case management with Developmental Pathways. Bill graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2014 with his Master’s in Psychology.
Bill has a speech impediment and actively advocates for others who experience adversity due to their disability. He started doing public speaking in 2019 to raise awareness in the community about the experiences and challenges of having a speech impediment. In 2019 Bill served on the Colorado Governor’s Employment Coaching Corps and represented job seekers in the ID/DD community and worked with other employment professionals from all over Colorado to bridge the gap between job seekers, employers, through accessible services and resources.
Outside of work, Bill and his family volunteer at the Molly Brown House Museum and Special Olympics. Bill’s son Adam participates in Curling with the Denver Curling Club in Golden and so they are involved with the Juniors Program. Bill enjoys creative activities, playing sports, and the outdoors. He hopes to stay with CLA for a very long time and get to serve amazing people.
Carmen Matthews, Program Manager
Carmen received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas in 2000. She started working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities shortly after. She started at CLA as an Employment Consultant and Community Partner and then became a Program Manager. Carmen has been with CLA since 2001.
Melanie Carroll, Program Manager
Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan University, Denver. She has been working at Community Living Alternatives’ CLASS Day Program since June 2019, until starting a position as a Program Manager in 2021. Melanie spends most of her time enjoying outings with her family, and she has always enjoyed helping people. She is proud to be a part of the CLA Team and looks forward to continuing the work of helping persons with disabilities.
Debi Kerr, Nurse Consultant
Debi started volunteering in a nursing home at the age of twelve and started getting paid when she was 15. Debi went to school while she worked in the nursing home and became an RN in 1985. She worked as evening charge nurse RN at the same nursing home until 1987.
She then worked at the Medical Center of Aurora as a charge nurse for a 38 bed medical/cardiac floor for ten years. She taught cardiac rehabilitation for post cardiac patients for 3 years and volunteered as respite camp nurse at Easter Seals for three summers. Debi has volunteered as a nurse for Boy Scouts, school outings, muscular dystrophy camp, and vision and hearing screening through Cherry Creek schools for nine years. She then started working at Heritage Club of Aurora when it first opened its doors and was a wellness coordinator supervisor with 96 elderly residents. Debi has also worked at a twelve bed Alzheimer’s unit. Debi then joined CLA in 2001.
Allison Kennedy, Nurse
Allison is a caring advocate for our service recipients. She has been an RN since 2008 and thoroughly enjoys monitoring the health of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. She is instrumental in all aspects of our medical program, assisting our nurse consultant with the specialized medical needs of our service recipients.
Allison takes great pride in her regular personal visits to individuals in our program to ensure their health and well-being and has become a compassionate advocate for their medical concerns.
Allison often volunteers with Special Olympics and has served as a mentor for many of the recreational activities of our service recipients.
She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in nursing through Frontier Nursing University with the goal of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Taylor Jones, Administrative Director
Taylor has been with CLA since September 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Science at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where she majored in Sociology. Before moving to Colorado she worked in the nonprofit field as an Advocate and Executive Assistant for an agency that assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She spends most of her time chasing around her two sons and enjoys working on projects and spending time with her family. Taylor has always had a heart for helping people and was thrilled to join the CLA team.
Betty Piperato, Controller
Betty has a Bachelor of Science Business degree with an emphasis in Accounting. She has been working in all aspects of the accounting field for almost 30 years. She has worked for various types of companies including non-profit and for-profit, but her heart has been set in the non-profit world! Betty started with CLA in 2009.