In providing exceptional services and supports to people with disabilities, no one element is of more critical importance than the quality of our staff. Successful habilitation and supports of people with developmental disabilities requires specialized training and knowledge. Developing Potential staff are trained in all areas of personalized supports.
Our commitment to quality is seen in not only the sources of our training, but also in the number of trainings we hold each year. Far exceeding state and accreditation requirements, Developing Potential staff attend approximately 25 trainings each year. Topics range from American Sign Language and uses of assistive technology to positive behavioral supports and crisis intervention. We host presenters from outside our agency as well as employ a staff development specialist in house.
Our Board of Directors
Sheryl Malloy - Chair
Ms. Mallory is the Board Chairperson for Developing Potential. She is the Grandview School District Special Services Director. She was elected to the board in 1993 and continues to support Developing Potential to implement our mission of assisting people with disabilities to "reach their visions and dreams."
Tim Shrout - Secretary
Mr. Shrout is the Board secretary for the Developing Potential Board. He is a Financial Advisor and Benefits Specialist at Bukaty.
James Mitchum - Customer Representative
Mr. Mitchum has been on the board as a Customer Representative since October 2001. James has attended Developing Potential's Day and Community Integration programs since 1995. James is a recipient of the Jackson County Board of Services Day Program Achievement Award.
George Pickering - Vice Chair
Mr. Pickering has been involved with Developing Potential since 1998. He is the CEO of Corporate Resource Group. His older brother John had cerebral palsy which gives him a heartfelt perspective for the DPI community, and provides a place where he can fulfill his own personal mission to promote inclusion for adults with developmental disabilities.
Bill Gibbs - Treasurer
Mr. Gibbs has been a member of our board since 1997. He is a counselor at Open Door Ministries. He is also a member of the International Association of Biblical Counselors and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Ruth Lehr - Member
Ms. Lehr recently joined the Developing Potential board. She is an Attorney at Law.
Rebecca Case, Executive Director - Email - DPI Extension 101
Rebecca Case founded Developing Potential, Inc. in 1993 with only eight individuals at the downtown site. Today, there are three locations for day services and the community employment department was added in 2012 and named DPI Employment Connections. DPI now serves an average of 150 people in all programs. Rebecca holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters Degree in Administration from Oakland City University. She is a member of the Missouri Association of Residential Facilities.
Kari Wiss, Director of Operations/Staff Training and Development - Email - DPI Extension 104
Kari holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri and has been with Developing Potential since 1999. Kari is a Certified Gentle Teaching Mentor and a member of the Heart of America Gentle Teaching Mentoring Network. She provides training at community events to educate stakeholders about people with developmental disabilities. She has presented at local and national conferences for both Therap and Gentle Teaching.
Lori Oxborough, Intake Coordinator for Community Employment and Day Services - Email - DPI Extension 112
Lori Oxborough graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. She was drawn to the disability field after seeing the impact therapists and other amazing people had on her twin brother, Kevin, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Lori joined Developing Potential, Inc. in 2001as a Qualified Developmental Disability Specialist. Lori is now the Intake Coordinator for Community Employment and Day Services.
Mary Theis - Office Manager/Billing - Email - DPI Extension 103
Mary Theis is the Office Manager of Developing Potential and has been with DPI since 2002. As the Medicaid waiver billing specialist, she provides oversight to ensure CARF Medicaid billing standards are met with her excellent detailed management skills. Mary received her degree in Business Administration from Rockhurst University while working full- time and raising her son, Luke. Since starting at DPI, Mary has been vital in the day-to-day business operations of DPI programs. Throughout the years, Mary has developed close several relationships with individuals we serve. Mary resides in Lee’s Summit with her husband, Chris, while their son, Luke is away at college.
Heather Brock, RN BSN - Email - DPI Extension 304
Heather Brock, RN, has been with the Developing Potential team since 2012. She assists the individuals and staff at all three program sites by promoting and supporting healthy living. Heather received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from William Jewell College and has 15 years of experience in the field of nursing. Heather brings to the DPI team a background in critical care, emergency services, and school nursing.
*DPI’s Registered Nurse position is partially funded through the generosity of the Greater Kansas City Heath Care Foundation.
Amy Cox - Capital Campaign Development Director - Email - DPI Extension 107
Amy Cox leads the development team for Developing Potential, overseeing DPI's presence in the communities in which they provide services. Ms. Cox worked over the years for Developing Potential as a contractor supporting DPI's growth in the community before coming on board in 2014. As of March 2017, Amy was given the task as Capital Campaign Development Director. Amy’s compassion and love for all persons is demonstrated in many facets at DPI. She advocates and does networking for the Community Employment Department and assist with Lunch and Learns at DPI to spread awareness of services. In 2017, Amy started the "12 Days of Caring" campaign for the holiday season and ensured each and every person DPI touched had amazing holiday gifts that were personalized, (AKA – Amy Claus.) Amy has three children, Reagan, Noah and Olivia.
Angie Clark - Community Employment QDDP/Specialist - Email - DPI Extension 106
Angela Clark has over 21 years of experience of working with adults with developmental disabilities. She has been with the Developing Potential team since July 2005. In 2012, she began the journey with DPI’s employment program where she continues today. Angela brought a passion with her gentleness and excitability to see individuals succeed in all avenues of their lives, and has assisted several individuals with meeting their desires for competitive employment work in the community. She has been an active member of APSE since 2012 and continues to gain specialized training through attending the National and Regional conferences. DPI is very proud of Angie and her person centered employment strategies.
Stacy Arnold - QDDP Kansas City - Email - DPI Extension 402
Stacy Arnold has been with DPI since 2000 and is the QDDP for the Kansas City location. Stacy enjoys the relationships she has built with the individuals and their families, and enjoys seeing the positive impact that DPI has in their lives. Stacy has a passion for documentation, and enjoys assisting with the implementation of electronic documentation systems at DPI. Stacy has a degree in Psychology from Truman State University.
Meredith Kesterson - Site Coordinator Kansas City - Email - DPI Extension - 403
Meredith Kesterson has been a part of the Developing Potential team since 2008, where she started as team leader. Meredith currently serves as the Site Coordinator at the Kansas City location. She looks forward to spending each day with the energetic individuals at the Kansas City site. Meredith holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri and has been working with individuals having disabilities for more than 10 years.
Rebekah Hamlett - QDDP Independence - Email - DPI Extension - DPI Extension 302
Rebekah Turner started her journey at DPI in 2005 at the Kansas City Location and transferred to the Independence Site in 2007 where she continues to reside as the Qualified Developmental Disability Professional. Rebekah graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation as well as a Bachelors degree in Corporate Recreation and Wellness.
Jennifer Crownover - Site Coordinator Independence - Email - DPI Extension 303
Jennifer Crownover started working at DPI in 2010. She started her journey as a Team Leader and transitioned into the Site Coordinator position in 2015, in Independence, in which she remains. Her passion for supporting individuals with disabilities started all the way back in her teenage years when initially volunteering, and continues to be a core focus in her life.
Brittian Rhodes - Site Coordinator Lee's Summit - Email - DPI Extension 201
Brittian Rhodes has been with Developing Potential since 2012 and serves as the Site Coordinator and QDDP at the Lee’s Summit location. She has been working with individuals having developmental disabilities for over 10 years and enjoys the relationships she shares with individuals and their families to help each person reach their fullest potential. Brittian holds a degree in Business Administration from Drury University and is a Certified Gentle Teaching Mentor.
Leslie Patterson-Lynn - Yoga Instructor
Leslie Lynn has been passionate about teaching yoga since 2005. She is a E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 continuing education hours) and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Certified Educational Provider). The accumulation of her yoga education has most recently resulted in the title of "Certified Yoga Therapist" through IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy). The way she Leslie sees it, shifting from yoga teacher to yoga therapist gave her occupation of choice the dignity it deserves, and it gives her true joy to be able to work with the individuals at DPI.