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

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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Jennifer Toon

TCDD 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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Kittrick Cuny

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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Laura Harrell

CDS Coordinator

Laura brings a diverse background and commitment to her clients to the CDS team.
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Glenn Erickson

CDS Coordinator

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