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Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Board

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The Advisory Board is made up of broad representation from across the state: urban and rural locations, parents, educators, CDE, teacher education programs, and community agency personnel.

Advisory Co-Chairs

Katherine Rains, J.D.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist
Colorado Department of Education

Rhonda Berry  
ADR Consultant to PEAK Parent Center, 
Advocacy Director, The Arc of Pueblo

Advisory Board Members

  • Heather Alderman  Parent, Poudre Valley School District
  • Tracy Gershwin Professor, University of Northern Colorado
  • Roxanne Bradley Advocate, Learning Differences World
  • Faye Gibson  Director of Strategic Partnerships, CDE
  • Fran Herbert  Retired Supervisor of Results Driven Accountability, CDE
  • Gerry Olvey Retired Director of Student Services, Colorado Springs
  • Jill Pidcock  Parent and Executive Director, ARC of the Central Mountains
  • Michael Ramirez Equity Supervisor of Strategic Partnerships, CDE
  • KimNichelle Rivera  Parent/Educational Advocate, Empower Colorado
  • David Sheppard  Parent and General Educator, Pueblo School District 70
  • Joyce Thiessen-Barrett, Coordinator of Family, School and Community Partnering, CDE
  • Jocelyn Walters  Special Education Director, Centennial BOCES
  • Ann Wilson  Parent/RSA Shift Connector, PEAK Parent Center

Special Education Regional Facilitators

  • Kim Bundgaard, M.Ed.
  • Michelle Nay, M.Ed.
  • Beth Niznik, M.Ed., NCSP
  • Katherine Rains, J.D.


Katherine Rains, J.D.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist
Exceptional Student Services Unit
1560 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 866-6649
Email Katherine Rains

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