Founding Board of Directors
The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program is governed by a volunteer board of directors which provides organizational structure and fiscal oversight to our inclusive college movement. Our board of directors is highly qualified because we have a diverse combination of passionate individuals with the expertise, capability, and resolve to oversee and deliver inclusive higher education programming for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, the executive director, board of directors, and advisory council participate in community awareness and partnership building with local school districts, business and industry leaders, and community service agencies.
Cathleen Allen, MA Ed.
As Executive Director of the IHECP, Cathi is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of the Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program. She first fell in love with students and adults with special needs while in high school when she volunteered at the Ruth M. Wood School in Boulder. After more than 16 years managing the daily functions of a retail furniture store, Cathi earned her Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science, Psychology Emphasis, and Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Generalist teaching licensure from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision, Principal Licensure Program, is from the University of Phoenix. Before launching the IHECP, Cathi served as the Highlands Ranch Bridge Program significant support needs transition teacher during the last seven years of her 15-year tenure with the Douglas County School District.
An accomplished professional, with proven success building cohesive teams, Cathi spent the last 16 years cultivating community awareness and natural supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. Through collaboration with adult agencies, community partners, service providers, schools and families, Cathi has coordinated timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and person-centered programming for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Rising Star Award, Douglas County School District, “In recognition for outstanding innovation and creativity to support our students.” – January 2014
- Douglas County Commissioners’ Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Grant Committee –2010 – 2014
- Presenter: “Health Care Transitions for Students in Douglas County,” Douglas County School District, Registered Nurses – January 2013, November 2013
- Presenter: “Using Adaptive Behavior Assessments to Guide Transition Programming for Students with Severe Needs,” Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Career Development and Transition, Regional Conference, Denver, Colorado – October 2012
- Presenter: “Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care Systems,” Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs Study Group – November 2012
- Master of Arts in Education, Administration and Supervision, Principal Licensure Program, University of Phoenix, 2011
- Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum laude, Behavioral Science – Psychology Emphasis, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2004
Jill Malone lives in Highlands Ranch, CO where she operates Jill Malone Accounting Services. She and her husband, Scott, have four adult children and three grandchildren. Her youngest son, Thomas, has Down Syndrome and is currently, and quite happily, enrolled as a College Prep student in IHECP.
She is passionate about giving her son, and other adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the same college, social, and work experiences as their peers. She believes that college will help those with IDD continue to grow intellectually and socially, become independent, and obtain employment which will allow them to actively contribute to society.
Jill graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She has 25 years of oil and gas accounting experience in public accounting, corporate accounting, and consulting in Texas and Colorado: including her last 11 years as Manager of Financial Reporting and consultant for the Forest Oil Corporation.
Jill is an active member of South Suburban Christian Church in Littleton, CO. She enjoys hiking, golfing, downhill and cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. She loves Montana where she grew up and is often found spending time with family and friends enjoying the outdoors.
Hospitality Industry Liaison
Kimmie Dunlay is a southern girl from the great state of Texas. After high school, she headed straight to Austin, TX where she was introduced to the hospitality industry. Kimmie worked in restaurant operations starting as a server and studied the industry as a General Manager, Regional Manager, Director of Operations, and concept restaurant owner (3 units). After fifteen years in restaurant operations, Kimmie joined the manufacturing side of the food service industry. Since, she has dabbled in design, worked for a rep agency (which she later acquired), and created CWE Hospitality Group (Chicks With Equipment).
Currently, Kimmie serves as National Sales Executive for Restaurant Technology, Inc. (RTI), Board Member of the ACF Colorado Chefs Association, and Advisory Committee Member – Career and Technical Education – ThunderRidge High School. In the past year, Kimmie has been awarded: 2015 ACF President’s Growing the Culinary Community Award; 2015 RTI President’s Club; 2015 RTI Elite Team Member.
Kimmie is committed to creating work opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the hospitality industry through competitive, integrated employment. She sees synergy between the industry’s need for well-trained, efficient workers and our more educated and competent IDD workforce.
Kimmie loves spending time with her family, husband Ryan, and their daughters: Cori and KK. You can usually find her on the golf course or skiing in the mountains.