Independence. Inclusion. Innovation.

For almost 50 years, InterHab has been working to improve the lives of Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities ("I/DD").  In 1969, an alliance of community service professionals and skilled family advocates formed the Kansas Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (“KARF”).  They found common purpose in collaborating for the extension of civil rights to Kansans with I/DD.  From time immemorial to that point in time, Kansans with I/DD and their families had suffered through profound isolation and discrimination.  Through KARF's efforts to raise public awareness of developmental disabilities and the value of investing in home and community-based services, Kansas lead a national movement towards de-institutionalization.

Now known as InterHab, the association has become the predominant voice in Kansas for persons with I/DD, their families, and the providers of the services and supports they need to live independently and inclusively within their communities.  We continue to educate lawmakers and communities about the benefits of community inclusivity.  Our 40+ member organizations have long been the vanguard of innovation for home and community-based services ("HCBS"), employment opportunities, and life enrichment activities for Kansans with I/DD.  And, in just the last year, we've led the battle to increase funding for all HCBS services in Kansas—the first in 10 years!

We believe in the inherent dignity of the individual.  We believe community services, employment, and housing should be available to all Kansans, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disability.  We believe that community services should reflect the needs of the individual, and that they should reflect a reasonable response to the whole community's needs.  We believe that supports and services for Kansans with I/DD should be available in their respective communities or geographic regions of choice.  We believe that government, industry, and business should form partnerships to create and promote employment opportunities for Kansans with I/DD.  We believe that all persons are responsible for advocating against discrimination through education and training, promoting needed supports and services, and providing resources to assist individuals to live as independently as possible.

 

InterHab Executive Committee 2015-2017

President — Chad VonAhnen (Johnson County Developmental Supports)
Past President — Lori Feldkamp (
Big Lakes Developmental Center)
Vice President — Doug Wisby (Multi Community Diversified Services)
Treasurer — Mary Rose Sudbeck (Nemaha County Training Center)
Secretary — Shelia Nelson-Stout (OCCK, Inc.)
At-Large — Jerry Henry (Achievement Services of Northeast Kansas)
At-Large — Kathy Walter (Flinthills Services)
At-Large — Tim Cunningham (Tri-Valley Developmental Services)

InterHab Staff

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.

Janet Middendorf | Director of Membership Services
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Janet keeps her finger on the pulse of all things InterHab! Janet has been with InterHab for more 19 years. As Director of Member Services, Janet makes sure that all membership events run smoothly.  Janet attended Highland Community College and Allen County Community College.  When she can steal away from the office, Janet is most likely enjoying the sun on a lake.

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 18 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/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.