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Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Board

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.

ADR Advisory Board Mission: To reduce the need for formal dispute resolution measures by providing a funded support system and toolbox of options for all special education stakeholders that lead to a more collaborative IEP process and relationships.

Advisory Co-Chairs

Katherine Rains, J.D.
Dispute Prevention and Assisted Resolution Supervisor
Colorado Department of Education

Ann Wilson 
ADR Consultant to PEAK Parent Center, 

Advisory Board Members

  • Tracy Gershwin Professor, University of Northern Colorado
  • Roxanne Bradley Advocate, Learning Differences World
  • Gerry Olvey Retired Director of Student Services, Colorado Springs
  • Jill Pidcock  Parent and Executive Director, ARC of the Central Mountains
  • David Sheppard  Parent and General Educator, Pueblo School District 70
  • Jocelyn Walters  Special Education Director, Centennial BOCES
  • Rhonda Berry Advocacy Director, the Arc of Pueblo  

Special Education Regional Facilitators

  • Michelle Nay, M.Ed.
  • Beth Niznik, M.Ed., NCSP


Katherine Rains, J.D.

Dispute Prevention and Assisted Resolution Supervisor
Exceptional Student Services Unit
201 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 720-990-1464
Email Katherine Rains

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