Our Staff

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Dennis Borel

Executive Director

Since 2000, Dennis is frequently called upon for research, policy analysis, and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies on issues surrounding disabilities. Read full bio

 

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Chase Bearden

Deputy Executive Director

Chase is called upon for research, policy analysis, and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies on issues surrounding disabilities. Read full bio

 

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Denise Ellison

Chief Operating Officer

CTD's day-to-day operations fall upon the desk of Denise Ellison.

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Jolene Sanders-Foster

Advocacy Director

Jolene is called upon for research, policy analysis, and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies on issues surrounding disabilities, particularly those affecting children and youth, including special education and ECI. Read full bio

 

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Communications Director

Laura manages CTD's communications, including reports and member outreach, as well as co-coordinates the Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing Competition, which she founded in 2010. Read full bio

 

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William Greer

Film Festival Director

William began working with CTD as a volunteer in 2003 and has since joined the full time staff. He founded the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival in 2004. Read full bio

 

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Susie Angel

Editor & Research Specialist

Susie edits CTD's monthly newsletter, co-coordinates the Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing Competition, and heads up CTD's research department. Read full bio

 

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Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow

Jennifer is a criminal justice and mental health advocate currently working as CTD's Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow.
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J Canciglia

Public Policy Fellow

As CTD's 2022-2023 Public Policy Fellow, J's primary areas of focus are the personal attendant workforce and Medicaid dental benefits.
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CDS Director

Kit assists his colleagues with special projects and assignments that fall out of the normal day-to-day operations of the Coalition.
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Rosie Williams

CDS Payroll Specialist

Rosie brings exceptional organizational skills and a commitment to outstanding customer service to the CTD/ CDS Division.
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CDS Payroll Specialist

Laura brings a diverse background and commitment to her clients to the CDS team.
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CDS Payroll Specialist

Glenn strives to provide excellent customer service to all of his employers and their employees.
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