Our Team

Emily Shuman, Director, Rocky Mountain ADA Center

Emily Shuman, Director, Rocky Mountain ADA Center

Emily Shuman leads all of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center’s workforce and daily operations. She mentors RMADAC’s staff to ensure her team has the tools needed to deliver on the center’s mission to supply informative technical assistance, customized eLearning courses & (online and in person) training(s), effective information dissemination and concise outbound communications.

Shuman works closely with center directors from across the national network to improve operational practices and program(s) including spearheading efforts to increase accessible social media & website practices within the collective.

She is RMADAC’s public spokesperson and works directly with regional, and national media to ensure the public understands their rights and responsibilities under the ADA. An accomplished writer, Shuman contributes op-ed pieces and informational articles. She also hosts the center’s popular podcast initiative which features many noted guests including Senator Tammy Duckworth and former Major League Baseball All-Star Jim Abbott.

Before joining RMADAC, Shuman spent four years as in workforce development, serving Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recipients as a case and program manager. She specialized in supporting youth with disabilities by educating them on their ADA employment rights. Shuman also facilitated compliance with ADA Title II responsibilities for youth requiring reasonable modifications to access workforce services. Prior to those roles, she spent three years as a program supervisor for adults with developmental disabilities living in host homes under an HCBS waiver.

Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Information Technology-Management. She contributes articles to the Colorado Springs Mom Collective and the Southern Colorado native enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her teen son.

Dana Barton, Director, Meeting the Challenge

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Dana Barton, Director, Meeting the Challenge

Dana Barton is the Director of Meeting the Challenge Inc. (MTC) a CP&Y company. The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is a project of Meeting the Challenge, Inc. who has operated the center under a federal grant since 1991.

Before joining the Meeting the Challenge Barton served as the Business Relations and Employment Development Director at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

In 2019, Barton was named a “Woman of Influence” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal and in 2014, she was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the same publication. In addition, in 2014, Barton received the “Young Professional of the Year” award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Dana is a featured writer for the Colorado Springs Moms Collective where she has written for several years in an effort to support mothers on topics that impact the daily lives of families in southern Colorado.

When she is not working or writing Dana enjoys spending time with her two children and husband hiking in the mountains, raising backyard chickens and participating as team manager for her son’s hockey team. She also loves cheering for her Alma Mater the Michigan State Spartans!

Maggie Sims, Project Manager

Maggie Sims, Project Manager

Maggie Sims is the Project Manager for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center and is the longest-tenured employee of the center. She specializes in providing information, technical guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act for the center’s six-state region.

Maggie joined the RMADAC in 1992 (one year after the ADA was signed into law by President George HW Bush) as an ADA Information Specialist, with a deep interest in reducing communication barriers for those with hearing, speech, and visual losses. An expert on the ADA and effective communication processes and fluent in sign language, Maggie also provides guidance on technical assistance calls focused on helping the RMADAC’s region. Maggie travels extensively throughout the region, representing RMADAC at many community events and conferences. In addition, she acts as one of the media spokespeople for the center. Sims received an associate’s degree from Colorado Christian University and graduated from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a Bachelor’s Degree in political science.

Chris Murphy, Information Specialist

Chris Murphy, Information Specialist

Chris Murphy is an Information Specialist who focuses on architectural elements of the ADA, and title II/III of the law. He focuses on covered entity’s obligations for providing accessibility interplay with existing structures and new design elements for The Rocky Mountain ADA Center. He joined the team in 2016. 

Chris lives with an invisible disability, Brachial Plexus Palsy, which is permanent nerve damage in his left arm/hand/shoulder caused by a traumatic birth injury. He is a current Team USA Para-Cycling National Team member, 2017 2x world champion, 2016 Paralympian, 15x national champion.  He grew up in southern California, moved to Colorado Springs in 2014 to train for the Paralympic Games.

A true renaissance man, Chris worked as a musician for Disneyland from 2007-2012 and can be seen playing trombone in the 2012 Warner Bros. movie Gangster Squad, starring Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling.

Chris studied music performance in college at California State University, Fullerton with a focus on BM Trombone performance.

Jaime Harter, ADA Information Specialist

Jaime Harter, ADA Information Specialist

Jaime Harter is an ADA informational specialist for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Her primary duty is to respond to technical assistance calls and emails from the general public to help people understand their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jaime also manages the center’s social media pages and enjoys interacting with residents across the region through them.

Before working with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center, Harter was the operations coordinator for the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Mass. Prior to that, she was a health information management technician for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where she studied marketing.

A native of Missouri, Jaime loves hiking the Rocky Mountains, improving upon her culinary skills, reading a great novel, and spending time with her cat, Baby!

Jessica Luzanilla, Instructional Designer

Jessica Luzanilla, Instructional Designer

Jessica Luzanilla is the Instructional Designer for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. In this role, Jessica is responsible for developing curricula for adult learners to be delivered in both facilitated and self-directed settings, as well as maintaining and building all of the center’s e-learning platforms including the organization’s free online training catalog. She works closely with the center’s training facilitator to ensure the center’s in-person and virtual trainings are maintained and customized for clients in a way that ensures effective knowledge translation that will meet the needs of learners. In addition to managing the online and eLearning training options within the center, Jessica also produces the Rocky Mountain ADA Center’s podcast which features guests from across the country.

A seasoned e-learning designer, Jessica came to the Rocky Mountain ADA Center after spending time as a private contractor where she developed various learning content including eLearning modules, instructor-led training along with user guides, knowledge-based assessments, and surveys for customers. Before contracting, Jessica spent several years as the lead eLearning Developer for AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) in Southern California where she developed and implemented training programs while building the organizations first learning management system.

A Southern California Native, Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and her master’s degree in educational multimedia from Cal Poly Pomona. She is a lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan and passionate crafting expert where she specializes in creating original ornaments and enjoys working with vinyl and wood. Jessica is mom to her 13-month-old daughter, Lucy, who is the love of her life.