Discussion Group Facilitators

Jessica Barczewski is a graduate of Colorado State University and a former AmeriCorps VISTA program volunteer. For 8 years, she has worked in the non-profit sector providing services to people in Weld County. She recognizes many of the struggles that the people receiving services and the non-profits that help them face. Inclusion is especially important when it comes to matching people needed services and the correct agencies to meet individual needs. Ensuring that everyone feels included and happy is something that Jessica works hard to do. 

Marilee Boylan, the executive director of The Arc of Larimer County since 2014, has over 20 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of the original founders of the Arc of Larimer County in 2007, she also worked 14 years as a Transition Specialist for Poudre School District in the field of supported employment. Marilee uses her passion and collaborative community experience to broaden Arc of Larimer County’s community impact through advocacy and education.

Linda Akey, best known for her work helping nonprofit organizations through her company Competent Assistance for Nonprofits DBA CANDO!, has resided in Colorado since childhood.  She is a graduate of Metropolitan State College in Denver with a BA in Sociology and Public Administration.  In 1991, Linda, suffered severe injuries from a car accident that altered her life.  She overcame Traumatic Brain Injury and paralysis, to move into the corporate workforce.  Linda has served on youth advisory boards,  shared her singing gifts, worked, and functioned in  her daily life with her invisible disabilities for nearly 26 years.  In October 2016, Linda decided to begin using a wheelchair to reduce pain and live a healthier life.  

Cynthia Kruse is a family leadership coach and a Master Educator in the field of Special Education. With more than 10 years' experience working with students one-on-one and in classroom settings, Cynthia specializes in individualized mentoring of executive functioning skills for students ages 9-19.  Her unique methods of “Think, Do, & Be" build a foundation for a fully successful and happy adult life for students.