Staff

Julie Brinkhoff, Co-Director/PI

Julie directs the Great Plains ADA Center's core service activities including training, technical assistance, product development, and dissemination.  Julie has extensive experience in designing and disseminating training programs and materials on a variety of topics related to the ADA. She has assisted numerous communities in meeting ADA compliance obligations, developing ADA implementation policies/strategies, and meeting Project Civic Access requirements.   Her primary areas of expertise are ADA employment provisions, service animals, accessible web design, customer service, and Title II and III ADA implementation.  She is especially interested in designing and disseminating  information in effective, user-friendly formats through multi-media.  She holds a  Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Missouri and has been involved with the Center since 1995.


Chuck Graham, Co-Director/PI

Chuck Graham serves as the Co-Director for the Great Plains ADA Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently serves as the Chair of the Columbia Disabilities Commission, Vice Chair of the Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corporation and a founding member of Anthem’s Anthem National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities. Mr. Graham was recently appointed to the Columbia Airport Advisory Board and is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Missouri College on Human and Environmental Sciences. Mr. Graham also served eight years in the Missouri House of Representatives and four years in the Missouri Senate where he was the Assistant Minority Floor Leader. Mr. Graham founded the Mizzou Wheelchair Basketball team has been a leader in the disability and civil rights movement for more than 30 years in a variety of roles.


Mike Edwards, Associate Director

Mike has been with the Great Plains ADA Center since 2001. In 2010, Mike developed the ADA Coordinators Training Certification Program (ACTCP) in conjunction with the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences and manages all ACTCP activities. Mike also coordinates training activities across the region and assists co-directors in management of regional core services and the National ADA Symposium.  Mike has extensive experience in conducting access surveys, training on all areas of the ADA as well as providing technical assistance and consultation to individuals, businesses and communities.


Ray Petty, Technical Assistance/Capacity Building Coordinator

Ray has been with the Great Plains ADA Center since 1995 when he began as capacity-building and program evaluation subcontractor. He is primarily responsible for the delivery of ADA Network services throughout the State of Kansas.  Ray provides training, technical assistance, consultation, outreach and capacity building activities to individuals and entities throughout Region VII.  He serves on the advisory board of the Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) and is President of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas governing board. 


 

Richard Sternadori, Research Coordinator/ICC Liaison

Richard is the Project Coordinator and Principal Research Investigator for the University of Missouri (MU) Great Plains ADA Center since 2008.  He holds a Masters of Architecture from MU where he is an Instructor with the Department of Architecture. He also has Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology, with a specialty in disabilities rehabilitation.  Richard is the liaison between the ADA Centers and the International Code Council (ICC) and directs the design track for the annual ADA National Symposiums. His background includes 14 years as a union master carpenter,  followed by 16 years as Chief Building Official and Zoning Administrator. Highlights include two awards from the International Code Council for leadership. Richard chaired the ICC Contractor Licensing Committee, whose work led to the current contractor licensing exams used today by all 50 states. Governor Joan Finney appointed Rich to the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, which oversees education and licensing for architects, engineers and surveyors.  He’s a published researcher and author, conducting a four state study of City and County governments. Richard is a published author, providing accessibility research analysis of community accessibility, design, aging and livability.


 

Lisa Tucker, Event Manager

Lisa is a 1985 graduate of Southeastern Academy in Kissimmee, FL.  She joined the Great Plains ADA Center in 1995. As the Events Manager, Lisa is responsible for the myriad of details and contracts associated with trainings and conferences; including registration, billing, material collection and sharing, airfare and travel accommodations, and evaluation and surveys. She serves as the liaison between the Center and all conference venues as well as all training and conference attendees. Lisa also manages the Center's electronic communication systems and list serves and numerous other duties. Although a native Missourian, in 2011 Lisa became a teleworker when she and her family relocated to Florida.


 

Martha Jennings, Senior Business Specialist

Martha has been with the Great Plains ADA Center since 2008. She manages all fiscal aspects of the project, including budget development, financial transactions, procurement, PCI compliance, and HR activities.  She assists in the planning and implementation of the National ADA Symposium and conferences, and works closely with the Executive Director in the annual grant renewal process, preparation of project reports. Martha is the liaison for University of Missouri departments, with whom she works closely to ensure compliance with University policies and procedures.


Troy Balthzaor, Technical Assistance/Training Specialist
Troy Balthazor, Troy Balthazor, M.Ed., develops and provides training on behalf of the Great Plains ADA Center and the ACTCP.  He provides technical assistance on all areas of the ADA and researches issues related to the ADA to expand the Center's technical assistance knowledge and capacity.  Troy is actively involved locally and in the region promoting the work of the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium, focusing on transportation and community participation equity for all stakeholders.  Troy specializes in outdoor recreation and is an innovator in the application of Universal Design principles in the public and corporate sectors.


Espoir Mabengo, Information Specialist/ACTCP Coordinator

Espoir provides technical assistance and manages administration of ACTCP membership. He assists in developing and implementing ADA Coordinator Training Conferences and other regional trainings. Espoir received his Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Missouri, Columbia.