Independence. Inclusion. Innovation.
InterHab’s roots go back to the 1960s and the movement to extend civil rights to those populations who had been denied. From time immemorial to the start of the movement, Kansans with disabilities and their families had faced profound isolation and discrimination. Thereafter, rising public awareness of disabilities and investment in community services led to gradual deinstitutionalization and the need for mobilized grassroots advocacy.
In 1969, an alliance of community service professionals and skilled family advocates formed—the Kansas Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (“KARF”). It soon became the predominant voice in representing the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (“I/DD”). Now known as InterHab, this association is the largest and most respected statewide organization that champions the interests of Kansans with disabilities. For more than 40 years, we’ve taught communities in Kansas to be inclusive to all. Our members have created community-based supports, homes in residential neighborhoods, and jobs in local business. We’ve made every library in America a source for information on the Americans with Disabilities Act. In just the last few years, we’ve generated more than $50 million for the continued improvement of DD services. Hand-in-hand with community leaders, lawmakers and individuals with disabilities, we have changed our state forever. And we will continue to do so!
We promise to continue to promote independence for individuals with disabilities. We promise to continue to encourage inclusion among all communities all across the state! And we promise to continue to provide innovative strategies to provide the best possible support to individuals with disabilities in the state of Kansas. This is the InterHab promise and through this promise we continue to build a bright future for persons with disabilities.
Tim Wood | Executive Director
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As Executive Director of InterHab, Tim Wood leads members in strategic advocacy efforts with Kansas legislators and stakeholders to improve the lives of Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Wood joins InterHab from Johnson County Developmental Supports where he worked as the CDDO Director. Wood has a breadth of experience supporting and advocating for persons with disabilities including Disability Rights Tennessee and Disability Rights Center of Kansas. In total, Wood has more than 18 years of experience working in government relations and disability policy.
Timothy Graham | Associate Director
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Timothy assists the executive director in all aspects of InterHab affairs, including its government relations prerogative. He joins InterHab after sixteen years of service to the Kansas legislature, including the last 12 as chief of staff to the Senate Minority Leader. Graham is a native of Salina and graduate of Fort Hays State University, with a degree in Political Science. He started his career in government as a legislative intern for Rep. Eber Phelps.
Christa Murphy | Director of Trainings and Conference
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Christa coordinates the InterHab Division of Professional Development by working with members to determine the training needs of professionals in the DD and human services fields. Christa has been with InterHab for more than 15 years, working with dynamic and knowledgeable speakers to present information in a variety of mediums including webinars, on-site trainings and even video instruction. Christa has a degree in Public Relations from Kansas State University. In addition to being a mother of three and a small business owner, she enjoys running, teaching pilates, reading and art.
Christopher Gunn | General Counsel and Director of Communications
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Chris serves as InterHab's in-house attorney and manages its public profile. He joined us from private legal practice. Prior to law school, he taught high school English, and briefly served in state government. He received his Juris Doctor from the Washburn School of Law, and his Bachelor's in English from the University of North Dakota. Chris is a native of northeastern North Dakota, but proudly claims Kansas and its mild winters as his home. Whether or not he is in the office, Chris secretly harbors the desire to write a great American novel.
Janet Middendorf | Office Manager
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Janet keeps her finger on the pulse of all things InterHab! Janet has been with InterHab for more than 16 years. As Office Manager, she provides coordination for a number of InterHab Board Meetings and other activities. Janet also provides critical, up-to-date information to InterHab members.