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Robert H. Gattis, Jr.Robert H. Gattis, Jr. is a founding partner and the President of Meeting the Challenge, Inc. Mr. Gattis provides the leadership for all day to day activities of MTC and establishes the vision for the organization. He is a Senior Advisor to the Rocky Mountain ADA Technical Assistance Center. In this capacity he oversees the performance evaluation for the Center. Mr. Gattis received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1971 and the M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1987. Mr. Gattis currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia providing MTC with a Canadian presence for work in that country.

Randy W. DipnerRandy W. Dipner is a founding partner of and senior advisor to Meeting the Challenge, Inc. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Rocky Mountain Technical Assistance Center. In 1981 Mr. Dipner was recognized by the Johns Hopkins 1st National Search for Computer Applications to Aid People with Disabilities for his invention of a desk top Braille production system. From 1994 through 1999, Mr. Dipner sat on two Federal Advisory Committees to establish accessibility standards for electronic and information technology and facilities. Mr. Dipner provides leadership for all of MTC's facility survey activities. Mr. Dipner received B.S. degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University in 1972.

Maggie SimsMaggie Sims is an Information Specialist with the Rocky Mountain ADA Technical Assistance Center. She is also the editor of the Center's print and electronic newsletters. Ms. Sims has a particular interest in the areas of effective communication. She has done course work in American Sign Language and has received ADA training from the U.S. Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and The National Technical Institute for the Deaf. She has worked at MTC since 1992.

Rob GilkersonRob Gilkerson is MTC’s accessibility specialist on the Rocky Mountain ADA Technical Assistance Center staff. Mr. Gilkerson has an extensive background in accessibility related issues and has authored six wheelchair access guides starting with his first in 1988. He has worked with numerous organizations to develop ADA transition plans including Colorado State University, the White River and Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests, the Colorado Springs School District 11, and Kaiser Permanente medical facilities. Rob was instrumental in creating a DVD based on the "Existing Facility Checklist" by providing both photos and technical interpretation of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Mr. Gilkerson earned his B.A. in Sociology from Colorado State University in 1992.

Chantal WoodyardChantal Woodyard has worked with the disability community since 1989. Prior to joining the MTC staff, She was an Independant Living Specialist for the Independent Living Center in Southern Colorado. At the IL Center, She was responsible for the blind, outreach, and employment programs, as well as case management. Ms. Woodyard spent many years working in residential services for people with developmental disabilities. This included various positions such as Senior Medical Coordinator and Program Manager. She completed her bachelor's degree in Human Services at The University of Phoenix.

Geoff AmesGeoff Ames came to MTC as an accountant/office manager in 2001, and became an Information Specialist on the Rocky Mountain ADA Technical Assistance Center in April, 2002. He has specialized in ADA transportation issues. Mr. Ames continues to function as MTC's corporate accountant. Mr. Ames has owned and operated small businesses in Colorado for 20 years and uses this background to provide guidance to small businesses on effective ways to improve business opportunities by complying with the ADA. Mr. Ames holds a bachelor's degree in theology and philosophy from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

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