Colin Killick- Executive Director   Colin is a 2012 graduate of Williams College and a 2018 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he founded the student Disability Justice Caucus and won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service. In addition to to leading the organization forward, Colin directly oversees DPC’s advocacy and research teams. Colin first worked at DPC as a JOIN for Justice fellow and community organizer from 2014 to 2016. During this time, he cofounded the Housing Advocacy Leadership Team (HALT), a partnership with Boston Center for Independent Living that has successfully advocated for nearly $3 million in new state funding and has provided housing to over 400 low-income people with disabilities since 2013. Colin has a neuromotor disorder and a learning disability, and he believes that 504 accommodations – which were secured by trailblazing disability advocates like Judy Heumann – changed his life. Colin lives in Somerville, MA, where he chairs the Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities, and in his spare time he writes and performs poetry, has a cooking blog, and obsesses over Star Trek and Dungeons and Dragons.

Colin Killick- Executive Director

Colin is a 2012 graduate of Williams College and a 2018 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he founded the student Disability Justice Caucus and won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service. In addition to to leading the organization forward, Colin directly oversees DPC’s advocacy and research teams. Colin first worked at DPC as a JOIN for Justice fellow and community organizer from 2014 to 2016. During this time, he cofounded the Housing Advocacy Leadership Team (HALT), a partnership with Boston Center for Independent Living that has successfully advocated for nearly $3 million in new state funding and has provided housing to over 400 low-income people with disabilities since 2013. Colin has a neuromotor disorder and a learning disability, and he believes that 504 accommodations – which were secured by trailblazing disability advocates like Judy Heumann – changed his life. Colin lives in Somerville, MA, where he chairs the Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities, and in his spare time he writes and performs poetry, has a cooking blog, and obsesses over Star Trek and Dungeons and Dragons.

John Winske - Deputy Director   John has over thirty years’ experience providing executive leadership for cross-disability nonprofit organizations and private sector companies that are focused on creating the policy change and developing a more inclusive world. Under John’s term as Executive Director from 2014 - June 2019 DPC grew from a small advocacy and policy shop to a disability led research, direct service, and advocacy organization that is completely led by people with disabilities and employs over twenty talented staff members - 80% of whom are members of the disability community.  John is skilled at creating innovative research, policy development, direct service initiatives and securing funding from partners like the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, and Brandeis University that drive those initiatives forward. John's time at DPC has allowed him to introduce a new vision for the disability civil rights movement under the banner of "About Us, By Us." This theory posits that people with disabilities now possess the requisite skills, experience and educational background to successfully direct and run the organizations which provide services to our community.  Before his time at DPC, John started four businesses and served as the the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. He also served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Development for the Boston Center for Independent Living.  John holds a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst University Without Walls. When not working, he is a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots and is old enough to remember all the heartbreaking years before the Duck Boats rolled.

John Winske - Deputy Director

John has over thirty years’ experience providing executive leadership for cross-disability nonprofit organizations and private sector companies that are focused on creating the policy change and developing a more inclusive world. Under John’s term as Executive Director from 2014 - June 2019 DPC grew from a small advocacy and policy shop to a disability led research, direct service, and advocacy organization that is completely led by people with disabilities and employs over twenty talented staff members - 80% of whom are members of the disability community.

John is skilled at creating innovative research, policy development, direct service initiatives and securing funding from partners like the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, and Brandeis University that drive those initiatives forward. John's time at DPC has allowed him to introduce a new vision for the disability civil rights movement under the banner of "About Us, By Us." This theory posits that people with disabilities now possess the requisite skills, experience and educational background to successfully direct and run the organizations which provide services to our community.

Before his time at DPC, John started four businesses and served as the the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. He also served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Development for the Boston Center for Independent Living.

John holds a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst University Without Walls. When not working, he is a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots and is old enough to remember all the heartbreaking years before the Duck Boats rolled.

Jeff Gentry - Director of Operations   Jeff holds a Master of Divinity degree and is deeply committed to creating an inclusive society through community engagement and workforce development. Whether Jeff is booking a meeting, approving a W.B. Mason purchase, or writing a grant, he is dedicated to working beside and behind the gifted leaders at DPC. Jeff is also proud to serve as the Executive Director of 70/30 Partners, a workforce development nonprofit that is aggressively pursuing a 70% workforce engagement rate for people with disabilities. For 12 years Jeff was an Executive leader at Triangle, Inc., a Malden-based nonprofit that provides abuse prevention, leadership development, and workforce development services for over 2,000 individuals and families every year. When he’s not working, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Kellie and forcing his children to watch the 11-time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Jeff Gentry - Director of Operations

Jeff holds a Master of Divinity degree and is deeply committed to creating an inclusive society through community engagement and workforce development. Whether Jeff is booking a meeting, approving a W.B. Mason purchase, or writing a grant, he is dedicated to working beside and behind the gifted leaders at DPC. Jeff is also proud to serve as the Executive Director of 70/30 Partners, a workforce development nonprofit that is aggressively pursuing a 70% workforce engagement rate for people with disabilities. For 12 years Jeff was an Executive leader at Triangle, Inc., a Malden-based nonprofit that provides abuse prevention, leadership development, and workforce development services for over 2,000 individuals and families every year. When he’s not working, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Kellie and forcing his children to watch the 11-time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Dennis Heaphy - Healthcare Advocate   Dennis Heaphy is a Health Justice Policy Advocate at the Disability Policy Consortium in Massachusetts. Dennis is active in a number of state and federal initiatives that advance the values of the independent living, and recovery movements as key elements of health and wellness equity. Working from an intersectional framework, he is passionate about shifting the healthcare delivery system away from a medical paradigm that perpetuates disproportionality in disability among ethnic minority populations, and stigmatizes disability, making people with disabilities “other.” Dennis heads DPC’s YesHealth Participatory Action Research team which among its projects, is currently working on two initiatives that strive to advance the voice of people with disabilities in the Opioid Substance Use Disorder community and enhance the integration of independent living and recovery principles within the Massachusetts dual eligibles demonstration. Prior to DPC, Dennis’ experiences include leading the Americans With Disabilities Act compliance initiative at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, working in direct service with community-based organizations and serving as a chaplain in several community-based and university settings.

Dennis Heaphy - Healthcare Advocate

Dennis Heaphy is a Health Justice Policy Advocate at the Disability Policy Consortium in Massachusetts. Dennis is active in a number of state and federal initiatives that advance the values of the independent living, and recovery movements as key elements of health and wellness equity. Working from an intersectional framework, he is passionate about shifting the healthcare delivery system away from a medical paradigm that perpetuates disproportionality in disability among ethnic minority populations, and stigmatizes disability, making people with disabilities “other.” Dennis heads DPC’s YesHealth Participatory Action Research team which among its projects, is currently working on two initiatives that strive to advance the voice of people with disabilities in the Opioid Substance Use Disorder community and enhance the integration of independent living and recovery principles within the Massachusetts dual eligibles demonstration. Prior to DPC, Dennis’ experiences include leading the Americans With Disabilities Act compliance initiative at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, working in direct service with community-based organizations and serving as a chaplain in several community-based and university settings.

 
Lenny Somervell - Lead Organizer   Lenny is DPC’s Lead Organizer and she graduated from Brandeis University in 2012. Lenny works on organizing and advocacy around issues of housing, workplace access, and healthcare as they relate to people with disabilities. Her accomplishments at DPC include securing a $1.5 million increase to the Alternative Housing Voucher program, which brought the total number of vouchers up from 475 to 618, and advancing the cause of accessible workplaces and housing through coalition building and legislative advocacy. She has previously worked in museum education, youth development, and penny whistle fabrication, though not simultaneously.

Lenny Somervell - Lead Organizer

Lenny is DPC’s Lead Organizer and she graduated from Brandeis University in 2012. Lenny works on organizing and advocacy around issues of housing, workplace access, and healthcare as they relate to people with disabilities. Her accomplishments at DPC include securing a $1.5 million increase to the Alternative Housing Voucher program, which brought the total number of vouchers up from 475 to 618, and advancing the cause of accessible workplaces and housing through coalition building and legislative advocacy. She has previously worked in museum education, youth development, and penny whistle fabrication, though not simultaneously.

 
Joseph A. - Ombudsman

Joseph A. - Ombudsman

Bridget T. - Ombudsman

Bridget T. - Ombudsman

Pili Kamenju- YesHealth! Research Team

Pili Kamenju- YesHealth! Research Team

Jammika D. - Community Liaison

Jammika D. - Community Liaison

Dr. Jennifer Morazes- My Ombudsman Director   Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she holds a Ph D. in Social Welfare from the University of California Berkeley and a BA from Harvard University. She is a proud first-generation college student. During the day, Jennifer serves as the Director of My Ombudsman, a DPC service that empowers over 200,000 Massachusetts individuals, families, and caregivers to access services provided by MassHealth and its managed care plans. My Ombudsman is the only healthcare ombudsman program in the country staffed by peers with lived experience across disabilities. In addition to her vital work at DPC, Jennifer leads Genesis Coaching and Consulting Services which specializes in equipping people with disabilities and first-generation college students with the resilience required to not only survive, but thrive. Jennifer has spoken, performed and written about her lived experience with a mental health condition. In her down time Jennifer loves spending time with her family and punching her way to self-care by boxing

Dr. Jennifer Morazes- My Ombudsman Director

Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she holds a Ph D. in Social Welfare from the University of California Berkeley and a BA from Harvard University. She is a proud first-generation college student. During the day, Jennifer serves as the Director of My Ombudsman, a DPC service that empowers over 200,000 Massachusetts individuals, families, and caregivers to access services provided by MassHealth and its managed care plans. My Ombudsman is the only healthcare ombudsman program in the country staffed by peers with lived experience across disabilities. In addition to her vital work at DPC, Jennifer leads Genesis Coaching and Consulting Services which specializes in equipping people with disabilities and first-generation college students with the resilience required to not only survive, but thrive. Jennifer has spoken, performed and written about her lived experience with a mental health condition. In her down time Jennifer loves spending time with her family and punching her way to self-care by boxing

 
Peter St. John – Chief Technology Officer   Pete is a talented Systems Administrator who has worked for companies in Rochester, NY, Washington D.C., the Bay Area in California and here in Boston. Originally from Massachusetts, Pete attended Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton and completed his Bachelor’s in I.T. from RIT in Rochester, New York. When he’s not meeting the DPC and MyOmbudsman I.T. support needs, reading fine literature, or getting his beauty rest, Pete competes in extreme races like the 100km Survival Run and Death Races. He reports that there is nothing like hypothermia, blistered feet, and nasty cuts from barbed wire – though his colleagues may beg to differ. Pete also loves to travel, has seen most of Europe and is eager to visit the rest of Europe before visiting Austria and New Zealand. As Pete says, “Life is an adventure!”

Peter St. John – Chief Technology Officer

Pete is a talented Systems Administrator who has worked for companies in Rochester, NY, Washington D.C., the Bay Area in California and here in Boston. Originally from Massachusetts, Pete attended Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton and completed his Bachelor’s in I.T. from RIT in Rochester, New York. When he’s not meeting the DPC and MyOmbudsman I.T. support needs, reading fine literature, or getting his beauty rest, Pete competes in extreme races like the 100km Survival Run and Death Races. He reports that there is nothing like hypothermia, blistered feet, and nasty cuts from barbed wire – though his colleagues may beg to differ. Pete also loves to travel, has seen most of Europe and is eager to visit the rest of Europe before visiting Austria and New Zealand. As Pete says, “Life is an adventure!”

 
Alice Gatua  - Administrative Staff

Alice Gatua -Administrative Staff

Leslie D. - Lead Ombudsman

Leslie D. - Lead Ombudsman

Ezekiel R. - Ombudsman

Ezekiel R. - Ombudsman

Holly A. - Community Liaison

Holly A. - Community Liaison

Charlie Carr -Advocacy Team

Charlie Carr -Advocacy Team

 
Maggie S. Administrative Assistant

Maggie S. Administrative Assistant

 
Harry Weissman - Advocacy Team

Harry Weissman - Advocacy Team

Shea D. -  Operations Manager

Shea D. - Operations Manager

Lori S.- Deaf and hard of Hearing Ombudsman

Lori S.- Deaf and hard of Hearing Ombudsman

Jess M. - Ombudsman

Jess M. - Ombudsman