Staff Listing

Operations Department

Candie Burnham

Candie Burnham

Executive Director

Candie Burnham (She/Her) is the Executive Director of Atlantis Community, Inc., and has been working at the organization for five years. She has 28 years of experience in the disability community, including 12 years at the State of Colorado advocating for disability rights, community living, and equal access through program development and public policy design. She identifies as having a disability, her adult son has a disability and she grew up with two aunts who have disabilities. She has a master’s in public administration. Her interests include music and building miniatures. “Atlantis is a community where we support one another. We are committed to offering the tools and resources to increase independence, choice, control, and autonomy. Atlantis has a rich history that shows we will not accept any policy that removes those rights.”

Anaya Robinson

Anaya Robinson

Associate Director

Anaya Robinson (He/Him) is the Associate Director and has been working with Atlantis Community, Inc., for two years. Anaya Robinson is a Latinx queer trans man, born and raised in West Michigan, who now calls Denver home. He has been working in disability advocacy with a systems focus for nearly 9 years. He has 8 years of non-profit management experience and believes that collectively working from an intersectional anti-oppressive lens is the only way to fully dismantle systems of privilege and power and achieve true equity and justice. Anaya is one of three co-founders of Transformative Freedom Fund, a Denver-based non-profit that supports the authentic selves of transgender Coloradans by removing financial barriers to transition-related healthcare. Anaya enjoys hiking, camping, paddle boarding, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with his dog. “No one is free until we are all free” – MLK

Linnea Brutlag

Linnea Brutlag

Bookkeeping

Linnea Brutlag (She/Her) is the Bookkeeper at Atlantis Community, Inc., and has been working with our organization for six years. She has been working for 20 plus years in Bookkeeping and Payroll. She paints and helps her brother out on his food truck. “I love working for a place that does so much good in our world.”

Candie Burnham (She/Her) is the Executive Director of Atlantis Community, Inc., and has been working at the organization for five years. She has 28 years of experience in the disability community, including 12 years at the State of Colorado advocating for disability rights, community living, and equal access through program development and public policy design. She identifies as having a disability, her adult son has a disability and she grew up with two aunts who have disabilities. She has a master’s in public administration. Her interests include music and building miniatures. “Atlantis is a community where we support one another. As a community, we walk our talk and offer the tools and resources to increase independence, choice, control, and autonomy. Atlantis has a rich history that shows we will not accept any policy that removes those rights.”

Anaya Robinson (He/Him) is the Associate Director and has been working with Atlantis Community, Inc., for two years. Anaya Robinson is a Latinx queer trans man, born and raised in West Michigan, who now calls Denver home. He has been working in disability advocacy with a systems focus for nearly 9 years. He has 8 years of non-profit management experience and believes that collectively working from an intersectional anti-oppressive lens is the only way to fully dismantle systems of privilege and power and achieve true equity and justice. Anaya is one of three co-founders of Transformative Freedom Fund, a Denver-based non-profit that supports the authentic selves of transgender Coloradans by removing financial barriers to transition-related healthcare. Anaya enjoys hiking, camping, paddle boarding, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with his dog. “No one is free until we are all free” – MLK

Linnea Brutlag (She/Her) is the Bookkeeper at Atlantis Community, Inc., and has been working with our organization for six years. She has been working for 20 plus years in Bookkeeping and Payroll. She paints and helps her brother out on his food truck. “I love working for a place that does so much good in our world.”

Cherish Marquez

Cherish Marquez

Grant & Project Coordinator

Cherish Marquez (She/Her/Hers) identifies as a Queer Latine woman. She is the Grant and Project Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., and has been working at the organization for five years. Her work at Atlantis Community involves being a co-chair of the EDI committee. Throughout her employment, she has held the titles of IL Specialist, Operations Coordinator, and IT Administrator before her most recent position. She has been an advocate for victims of sexual abuse and people with disabilities for over 10 years. She fights against mental health stigma and is an active member of the Queer community. She holds a BA in Fine Arts and Creative Writing at the New Mexico State University and an MFA in Emergent Digital Practices from the University of Denver. She is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on digital media. She is currently an artist in residence at Redline Contemporary Art Center where she mentors students in the (E)ducation (P)artnership (I)nitiative for the (C)reative, aka EPIC Arts Program. She has shown her work in galleries around the world. “I chose to work at Atlantis Community, Inc. because my fellow staff members are the most caring and supportive people I have ever met. I have a mental health disability and never felt like I could truly be myself until I walked into that building with the neon rainbow sign.”

Catherine Gomez

Catherine Gomez

Operations Coordinator/HR

Catherine Gomez is the Operations Coordinator/HR for Atlantis Community, Inc., for three years. Her career began several years ago with a focus on early childhood education, she switched gears and focused heavily on the administrative side of the business working largely with corporate accounting firms. She found her place at Atlantis Community, Inc. She currently holds my federal aPHR certification, with plans on obtaining more certifications in the future. “Although HR can sometimes be tough, It is truly the people-focused side of the organization. As a heart-led, people person, I am honored to work alongside the amazing humans that make Atlantis the incredible organization it is! I have recently discovered a love for Diamond Painting! For someone with zero artistic ability, I love that it feels like I am creating something beautiful, without requiring talent!”

Cherish Marquez (She/Her/Hers) identifies as a Queer Latine woman. She is the Grant and Project Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., and has been working at the organization for five years. Her work at Atlantis Community involves being a co-chair of the EDI committee. Throughout her employment, she has held the titles of IL Specialist, Operations Coordinator, and IT Administrator before her most recent position. She has been an advocate for victims of sexual abuse and people with disabilities for over 10 years. She fights against mental health stigma and is an active member of the Queer community. She holds a BA in Fine Arts and Creative Writing at the New Mexico State University and an MFA in Emergent Digital Practices from the University of Denver. She is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on digital media. She is currently an artist in residence at Redline Contemporary Art Center where she mentors students in the (E)ducation (P)artnership (I)nitiative for the (C)reative, aka EPIC Arts Program. She has shown her work in galleries around the world. “I chose to work at Atlantis Community, Inc. because my fellow staff members are the most caring and supportive people I have ever met. I have a mental health disability and never felt like I could truly be myself until I walked into that building with the neon rainbow sign.”

Catherine Gomez is the Operations Coordinator/HR for Atlantis Community, Inc., for three years. Her career began several years ago with a focus on early childhood education, she switched gears and focused heavily on the administrative side of the business working largely with corporate accounting firms. She found her place at Atlantis Community, Inc. She currently holds my federal aPHR certification, with plans on obtaining more certifications in the future. “Although HR can sometimes be tough, It is truly the people-focused side of the organization. As a heart-led, people person, I am honored to work alongside the amazing humans that make Atlantis the incredible organization it is! I have recently discovered a love for Diamond Painting! For someone with zero artistic ability, I love that it feels like I am creating something beautiful, without requiring talent!”

Administrative Department

Dominic Sisneros

Dominic Sisneros

Office Support

Dominic Sisneros (he/him) is a part of the office support team who is also in charge of supplies and Swag. He has been working at Atlantis Community, Inc., for 10 years. Before coming to Atlantis, he volunteered at the YMCA taking care of the pre-school children. He came to Atlantis and began working in Housing. After doing this for several years, he moved on to Office Support staff, helping out around the office, answering phones, and doing an inventory of office supplies and swag. He has been very active in the Special Olympics, becoming Fitness Captain about 3 years ago and earning several medals in various sports. He has demonstrated excellent customer service and has been a (?) for his coworkers and our consumers. He is very active in the Special Olympics and is an usher at St. Rose Catholic Church. He is also very passionate about music. “What motivates me are the people I work with, who have been very supportive of me in my endeavors.”

Victoria Woods

Victoria Woods

Office Support Staff

Victoria Woods (she/her), Office Support Staff has been working with Atlantis Comminity, Inc., for seven years. “I have been living on my own for years. Dealing with my disabilities to the best I can. Good coping skills, Going to school, Took care of myself. I like to keep myself busy doing stuff that is more profitable, Going to and helping my church. Loving, understanding, and helping people.”

Sandra Emsley

Sandra Emsley

Administrative Assistant

Sandra Emsley (She/Her) is the Office Administrative Assistant at Atlantis Community, Inc., she has been with our organization for four years. She has 20 years of experience in property management. She managed several types of properties from Tax Credit housing to HUD subsidized housing, and Section 8 Coordination. She received her certified apartment manager designation occupancy specialist from Non-McKay and has raised two beautiful children. “I like being outdoors, I like camping, fishing, hiking, football, baseball, hockey, wrestling collegiate. What motivates me to do what I do at Atlantis is the connection with our consumers.”

Dominic Sisneros (he/him) is a part of the office support team who is also in charge of supplies and Swag. He has been working at Atlantis Community, Inc., for 10 years. Before coming to Atlantis, he volunteered at the YMCA taking care of the pre-school children. He came to Atlantis and began working in Housing. After doing this for several years, he moved on to Office Support staff, helping out around the office, answering phones, and doing an inventory of office supplies and swag. He has been very active in the Special Olympics, becoming Fitness Captain about 3 years ago and earning several medals in various sports. He has demonstrated excellent customer service and has been a (?) for his coworkers and our consumers. He is very active in the Special Olympics and is an usher at St. Rose Catholic Church. He is also very passionate about music. “What motivates me are the people I work with, who have been very supportive of me in my endeavors.”

Victoria Woods (she/her), Office Support Staff has been working with Atlantis Comminity, Inc., for seven years. “I have been living on my own for years. Dealing with my disabilities to the best I can. Good coping skills, Going to school, Took care of myself. I like to keep myself busy doing stuff that is more profitable, Going to and helping my church. Loving, understanding, and helping people.”

Sandra Emsley (She/Her) is the Office Administrative Assistant at Atlantis Community, Inc., she has been with our organization for four years. She has 20 years of experience in property management. She managed several types of properties from Tax Credit housing to HUD subsidized housing, and Section 8 Coordination. She received her certified apartment manager designation occupancy specialist from Non-McKay and has raised two beautiful children. “I like being outdoors, I like camping, fishing, hiking, football, baseball, hockey, wrestling collegiate. What motivates me to do what I do at Atlantis is the connection with our consumers.”

Juan Zavala Rubio

Juan Zavala Rubio

Office Support Staff

Juan Zavala Rubio – Office Support

Gil Casarez

Gil Casarez

Peer Support/Tour Guide

Gil Casarez (He/Him) Office Support Staff has been working with Atlantis Comminity, Inc., for seven years. “Working at an Auto Body shop for 6 years before my injury. Went into the banking field for about 10 years. Atlantis recruited me to move to Denver and come work for them. Ran with ADAPT for close to 30 years. Fighting for access to public transportation nationwide. Accomplished fighting for the ADA in 1990, and continued to fight for the rights for people to live independently outside of nursing homes. Ability to leave home and be able to get out and work in the community and assist those that are less fortunate”

Don Clubb

Don Clubb

Peer Support/Receptionist

Don Clubb (He/Him), Office Support Staff has been working with Atlantis Community, Inc., for 47 years. “I have been with Atlantis since the beginning. I was transitioned to Independent Living and Managed and manned the hotline that Atlantis had Moved out of a nursing home and was transitioned to living independently for 47 years and counting I play chess online, play poker online, and reading Mystery, Suspense, and thriller books. Wade Blank is my motivation to work at Atlantis.”

Juan Zavala Rubio – Office Support

Gil Casarez (He/Him) Office Support Staff has been working with Atlantis Comminity, Inc., for seven years.“Working at an Auto Body shop for 6 years before my injury. Went into the banking field for about 10 years. Atlantis recruited me to move to Denver and come work for them. Ran with ADAPT for close to 30 years. Fighting for access to public transportation nationwide. Accomplished fighting for the ADA in 1990, and continued to fight for the rights for people to live independently outside of nursing homes. Ability to leave home and be able to get out and work in the community and assist those that are less fortunate”

Don Clubb (He/Him), Office Support Staff has been working with Atlantis Community, Inc., for 47 years. “I have been with Atlantis since the beginning. I was transitioned to Independent Living and Managed and manned the hotline that Atlantis had Moved out of a nursing home and was transitioned to living independently for 47 years and counting I play chess online, play poker online, and reading Mystery, Suspense, and thriller books. Wade Blank is my motivation to work at Atlantis.”

Scott McKinney

Scott McKinney

IT Administrator

Scott McKinney (He/Him) is our IT Administrator and is new to Atlantis Community, Inc. He is a Denver natice with a background in the arts and education. He recently finished my master’s degree in fine art and self published his own video game. He is a college professor and teaches game design and coding. He loves both playing and making games. “I love helping others achieve their goals and seeing them live their best lives.”

Scott McKinney (He/Him) is our IT Administrator and is new to Atlantis Community, Inc. He is a Denver native with a background in the arts and education. He recently finished my master’s degree in fine art and self published his own video game. He is a college professor and teaches game design and coding. He loves both playing and making games.“I love helping others achieve their goals and seeing them live their best lives.”

Independent Living Department

Naomi Morrow

Naomi Morrow

Independent Living Specialist

Naomi Morrow (she/her) is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working with Atlantis for four years. Her background is in Social Work and she holds a BS in Social Work and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) along with a certification in Art Therapy, Culinary Arts, as well as certifications in Disability Advocacy. She has a passion for Disability Advocacy, Art Therapy, Art Education/Community Art, and Culinary Arts. Her hobbies include crocheting, weaving, macrame, cooking, music/live concerts, listening to podcasts, audiobooks, and travel. She believes that the greatest reward in working in the disability community is helping folx create a meaningful life of their choosing through achieving and accomplishing their goals and having the freedom to live a meaningful life through living the community independently. “It’s always exciting to help someone find the resources to go to school and pursue their education to strive toward accomplishing their passions and career aspirations or help a person become gainfully employed through helping educate and advocate to break down barriers for an individual, so that they can be a part of the workforce in their community, considering people with disabilities they have struggled with adversity and inequality in the workplace for years due to disability-related issues.”

Catrice Thomas

Catrice Thomas

Independent Living Specialist

Catrice Thomas is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working with Atlantis for five years. At Atlantis, she loves assisting a diverse population of individuals in accomplishing their goals. Her professional background began in the medical field where she worked for several corporations such as Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Kaiser, Columbia Hospitals, and Denver Hospice. At these companies, she worked in administration, financing, medical billing, medical assistance, and more. At Hospice, she was the Team Lead for a portion of the state where we served people and their families assisting them through the transition process of dying. While working for Hospice, she became chronically ill due to a prior violent blow to her head. She was temporarily paralyzed from her waist up and lost a significant amount of vision to both of her eyes; especially her left eye. She had to learn how to live a life as a person with some vision loss. After becoming disabled, she went back to school to pursue another profession in the Human Services field where she could continue to work with people from all walks of life. She feels very empowered working at Atlantis where she can assist a very diverse population to obtain their own goals through advocacy, life- coaching, peer and life skills planning, and more. She has now been in the Human Services profession for over 15 years and loves working with people. Previously, she was on the Board of People with disabilities and the Event Coordinator/ Chair on the Auraria Campus for all three educational institutions for the Disability Awareness Festival. She also assisted students with accessing accommodations in the classroom to help them succeed with their learning and area of study and profession. In her time, she does expressive/ inspirational dancing, singing, swimming, ministry, and more. She also does Event Coordinating and loves entertaining and spending time with friends and family at her home and in the community. “Here at Atlantis, we are a big community of peers assisting each other and the people we serve. I love working with a diverse population of people. I believe my position at Atlantis helps me to grow, enhance my skills and knowledge and most of all learn from my peers and consumers to whom we serve.”

Amelia Smith

Amelia Smith

ASL Independent Living Specialist

Amelia Smith (she/her), is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working with Atlantis for four years. She is proudly Deaf and fluent in American Sign Language. She hails from beautiful Michigan and comes from a 3-generation Deaf family. Some of her work accomplishments include engaging in the Deaf community, bridging the communication gap, addressing barriers, and teaching our staff and people about Deaf culture. During her employment at Atlantis Community, Inc., she has taken Motivational Interviewing and Mental Health First Aid training to increase her knowledge and improve the services that she provides to consumers. “I am an animal lover. I enjoy camping and scenic views. I love what I do at Atlantis because it is humbling to empower people to live independently.”

Naomi Morrow (she/her) is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working with Atlantis for four years. Her background is in Social Work and she holds a BS in Social Work and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) along with a certification in Art Therapy, Culinary Arts, as well as certifications in Disability Advocacy. She has a passion for Disability Advocacy, Art Therapy, Art Education/Community Art, and Culinary Arts. Her hobbies include crocheting, weaving, macrame, cooking, music/live concerts, listening to podcasts, audiobooks, and travel. She believes that the greatest reward in working in the disability community is helping folx create a meaningful life of their choosing through achieving and accomplishing their goals and having the freedom to live a meaningful life through living the community independently. “It’s always exciting to help someone find the resources to go to school and pursue their education to strive toward accomplishing their passions and career aspirations or help a person become gainfully employed through helping educate and advocate to break down barriers for an individual, so that they can be a part of the workforce in their community, considering people with disabilities they have struggled with adversity and inequality in the workplace for years due to disability-related issues.”

Catrice Thomas is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working with Atlantis for five years. At Atlantis, she loves assisting a diverse population of individuals in accomplishing their goals. Her professional background began in the medical field where she worked for several corporations such as Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Kaiser, Columbia Hospitals, and Denver Hospice. At these companies, she worked in administration, financing, medical billing, medical assistance, and more. At Hospice, she was the Team Lead for a portion of the state where we served people and their families assisting them through the transition process of dying. While working for Hospice, she became chronically ill due to a prior violent blow to her head. She was temporarily paralyzed from her waist up and lost a significant amount of vision to both of her eyes; especially her left eye. She had to learn how to live a life as a person with some vision loss. After becoming disabled, she went back to school to pursue another profession in the Human Services field where she could continue to work with people from all walks of life. She feels very empowered working at Atlantis where she can assist a very diverse population to obtain their own goals through advocacy, life- coaching, peer and life skills planning, and more. She has now been in the Human Services profession for over 15 years and loves working with people. Previously, she was on the Board of People with disabilities and the Event Coordinator/ Chair on the Auraria Campus for all three educational institutions for the Disability Awareness Festival. She also assisted students with accessing accommodations in the classroom to help them succeed with their learning and area of study and profession. In her time, she does expressive/ inspirational dancing, singing, swimming, ministry, and more. She also does Event Coordinating and loves entertaining and spending time with friends and family at her home and in the community. “Here at Atlantis, we are a big community of peers assisting each other and the people we serve. I love working with a diverse population of people. I believe my position at Atlantis helps me to grow, enhance my skills and knowledge and most of all learn from my peers and consumers to whom we serve.”

Amelia Smith (she/her), is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working with Atlantis for four years. She is proudly Deaf and fluent in American Sign Language. She hails from beautiful Michigan and comes from a 3-generation Deaf family. Some of her work accomplishments include engaging in the Deaf community, bridging the communication gap, addressing barriers, and teaching our staff and people about Deaf culture. During her employment at Atlantis Community, Inc., she has taken Motivational Interviewing and Mental Health First Aid training to increase her knowledge and improve the services that she provides to consumers. “I am an animal lover. I enjoy camping and scenic views. I love what I do at Atlantis because it is humbling to empower people to live independently.”

Debra Johnson

Debra Johnson

Independent Living Specialist

Debra Johnson (she/her) is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working with Atlantis for six years. She holds a four-year college-associates degree and after two years, worked three years for Colorado Center for the Blind. She has worked for eight years in the older individuals who are blind (OIB) program. She has participated eight years with the Northland Chorale, a performance group, singing, dancing, and acting. She is married, has raised a family, and enjoys her grandchildren. She enjoys scrapbooking, reading, watching old movies, and old TV shows. “As a person with a disability, my family treated me as though I had no disability. This helped me to become strong, creative, and inspired to do my best to be as independent as possible. I choose to help others to achieve their goals so they can become as independent as they choose.”

Heather Morrow

Heather Morrow

Independent Living Specialist

Heather Morrow (She/Her) is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working at Atlantis Community, Inc., for four years. She has been working with people with disabilities in some capacity since she was 14. She has always had the desire to help individuals like herself. She learned a lot from those who have helped her along her journey through life. In her spare time, she likes to read, watch TV, and spend time with family. “Working at Atlantis has always been a dream of mine. I love seeing the look on a client’s face when they have achieved a goal independently. Ever since I was a very young child, I was extremely lucky to have a mom who made me do as much as I could on my own. Everyone should have a chance to experience what it’s like to live barrier-free in the community, and most importantly to empower themselves. As an individual, I have learned how empowering it can be to be a part of such an amazing disability community!”

Kelly Schwandt

Kelly Schwandt

I.L. Specialist – Team Lead

Kelly Schwandt (she/her) is an Independent Living Specialist -Team lead and has been working with Atlantis for three years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and is completing her master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Leadership and Management from MSU Denver. The majority of her experience includes working in community mental health and with the disability community. She loves art, music, and her cats. “I enjoy my work as a disability advocate and helping individuals with increasing their independence.”

Debra Johnson (she/her) is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working with Atlantis for six years. She holds a four-year college-associates degree and after two years, worked three years for Colorado Center for the Blind. She has worked for eight years in the older individuals who are blind (OIB) program. She has participated eight years with the Northland Chorale, a performance group, singing, dancing, and acting. She is married, has raised a family, and enjoys her grandchildren. She enjoys scrapbooking, reading, watching old movies, and old TV shows. “As a person with a disability, my family treated me as though I had no disability. This helped me to become strong, creative, and inspired to do my best to be as independent as possible. I choose to help others to achieve their goals so they can become as independent as they choose.”

Heather Morrow (She/Her) is an Independent Living Specialist and has been working at Atlantis Community, Inc., for four years. She has been working with people with disabilities in some capacity since she was 14. She has always had the desire to help individuals like herself. She learned a lot from those who have helped her along her journey through life. In her spare time, she likes to read, watch TV, and spend time with family. “Working at Atlantis has always been a dream of mine. I love seeing the look on a client’s face when they have achieved a goal independently. Ever since I was a very young child, I was extremely lucky to have a mom who made me do as much as I could on my own. Everyone should have a chance to experience what it’s like to live barrier-free in the community, and most importantly to empower themselves. As an individual, I have learned how empowering it can be to be a part of such an amazing disability community!”

Kelly Schwandt (she/her) is an Independent Living Specialist -Team lead and has been working with Atlantis for three years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and is completing her master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Leadership and Management from MSU Denver. The majority of her experience includes working in community mental health and with the disability community. She loves art, music, and her cats. “I enjoy my work as a disability advocate and helping individuals with increasing their independence.”

Mollie Brainard

Mollie Brainard

Intake Coordinator

Mollie Brainard (She/Her) is the Intake Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., and has been with Atlantis for nine years. She started coming to Atlantis at eleven years old, after school with her best friend. “I would run around and cause trouble with the other after-school kids that ended up here as well. When I was eighteen and needed a job out of high school, they put me to work. I have been with Atlantis for the last nine years and it is a place I cherish deeply. I am very passionate about what I do here and helping other people with disabilities become successful in our community.”

Michelle Cordova

Michelle Cordova

Intake Coordinator

Michelle Cordova (she/her), is an Intake Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., and joined the team in April 2021. She has prior experience working at an Independent Living Center in Wisconsin as an Independent Living Specialist. Despite being Deaf and having Usher Syndrome, a progressive vision loss, she is a loud and outspoken person. She is a strong advocate for equal rights and living independently in the community. She loves doing this kind of work. “When I’m not working with consumers, I love to cuddle with my husband and our four dogs, and watch shows on Netflix or Hulu (yep, I’m a very down-to-earth, chill person).”

Mackenzie Packard

Mackenzie Packard

Information and Referral Specialist

Mackenzie Packard aka Mack (she/her) is the Information and Referral Specialist and has been working for Atlantis Community for less than one year. She has experience as an educator, community organizer, and advocate in Denver for the last 7 years. She is learning to live through challenges and thrive with chronic illness and disability, completing a Master’s degree in Social Justice and Community Organizing, learning to accept herself in all her humanness. Her hobbies include poetry, listening to stories about peoples’ lives, reading in her hammock, singing, jumping in any and all bodies of water. “In my experience, access to resources is the key ingredient to successful advocacy, so I’m thrilled to be in a position where I can help folks access the resources and tools they need to live fulfilled lives. I’m inspired by Atlantis’ powerful history and feel at home around other wonderful people with disabilities.”

Mollie Brainard (She/Her) is the Intake Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., and has been with Atlantis for nine years. She started coming to Atlantis at eleven years old, after school with her best friend.“I would run around and cause trouble with the other after-school kids that ended up here as well. When I was eighteen and needed a job out of high school, they put me to work. I have been with Atlantis for the last nine years and it is a place I cherish deeply. I am very passionate about what I do here and helping other people with disabilities become successful in our community.”

Michelle Cordova (she/her), is an Intake Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., and joined the team in April 2021. She has prior experience working at an Independent Living Center in Wisconsin as an Independent Living Specialist. Despite being Deaf and having Usher Syndrome, a progressive vision loss, she is a loud and outspoken person. She is a strong advocate for equal rights and living independently in the community. She loves doing this kind of work. “When I’m not working with consumers, I love to cuddle with my husband and our four dogs, and watch shows on Netflix or Hulu (yep, I’m a very down-to-earth, chill person).”

Mackenzie Packard aka Mack (she/her) is the Information and Referral Specialist and has been working for Atlantis Community for less than one year. She has experience as an educator, community organizer, and advocate in Denver for the last 7 years. She is learning to live through challenges and thrive with chronic illness and disability, completing a Master’s degree in Social Justice and Community Organizing, learning to accept herself in all her humanness. Her hobbies include poetry, listening to stories about peoples’ lives, reading in her hammock, singing, jumping in any and all bodies of water. “In my experience, access to resources is the key ingredient to successful advocacy, so I’m thrilled to be in a position where I can help folks access the resources and tools they need to live fulfilled lives. I’m inspired by Atlantis’ powerful history and feel at home around other wonderful people with disabilities.”

Mobile Unit Independent Living Department

Robbie Roppolo

Robbie Roppolo

Independent Living Program Director

Robbie (He/Him) is the Independent Living Program Director. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1900s and learned to fish before he could walk. He moved to Denver in 1996 and started working with the Disability Community on a part-time basis shortly thereafter. He joined the Atlantis Community in 2016. Robbie is passionate about fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, unhoused people, dismantling White Supremacy, as well as crushing the Patriarchy. The thing that motivates Robbie has been a roadie with The Wayfaring Band since 2013 and has traveled across 11 states as well as Paris and Portugal. In his spare time, Robbie serves on the Building Bridges Board of Directors. He also volunteers at the All Sacred Tattoo Studio, and the Transformative Freedom Fund’s annual fundraiser. Robbie also enjoys fishing, rafting, camping, cooking, and is an amateur Rock Hound. “I believe in disrupting the Medical Model and supporting people with disabilities to achieve their independence so they can live their best lives in a setting of their choice.”

Mike Comenole

Mike Comenole

Mobile Unit I.L. Specialist

Michael Comenole aka Michael/Mike (He/Him) is a Mobile Independent Living Specialist and has worked at Atlantis Community, Inc., for two years. He has worked as a group facilitator, has experience in public speaking, working in job development and job placement, housing and community development, and supports others to achieve the life of their choosing. He enjoys traveling, coaching sports, playing competitive sports, writing, and filmmaking. “I am motivated to work at Atlantis to continue to advocate for all, so they are able to have control over their own lives and live in the community of choice. I bring all the individuals with me to Atlants and my works that have inspired me through their relentless advocacy.”

Sarah Dooly

Sarah Dooly

Mobile Unit I.L. Specialist

Sarah Dooly (she/her) is an Independent Living Specialist for the Mobile Independent Living Unit and has been working with Atlantis for one year.
Sarah graduated from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Social Work. She has been working with individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health, addiction, corrections, and the disability community for 25 years. She graduated top of her class, runs a community organization, volunteers with numerous Denver nonprofit organizations, and is a LOUD and PROUD activist. She is a mother to two incredible daughters and enjoys exploring, camping, crafting/art, roadside karaoke, dancing, and community activism. “I believe that everyone has a right to live a life of autonomy, choice, and to be given the support to follow their dreams. My life goal is to leave the world a little better because I existed in it.”

Robbie (He/Him) is the Independent Living Program Director. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 1900s and learned to fish before he could walk. He moved to Denver in 1996 and started working with the Disability Community on a part-time basis shortly thereafter. He joined the Atlantis Community in 2016. Robbie is passionate about fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, unhoused people, dismantling White Supremacy, as well as crushing the Patriarchy. The thing that motivates Robbie has been a roadie with The Wayfaring Band since 2013 and has traveled across 11 states as well as Paris and Portugal. In his spare time, Robbie serves on the Building Bridges Board of Directors. He also volunteers at the All Sacred Tattoo Studio, and the Transformative Freedom Fund’s annual fundraiser. Robbie also enjoys fishing, rafting, camping, cooking, and is an amateur Rock Hound. “I believe in disrupting the Medical Model and supporting people with disabilities to achieve their independence so they can live their best lives in a setting of their choice.”

Michael Comenole aka Michael/Mike (He/Him) is a Mobile Independent Living Specialist and has worked at Atlantis Community, Inc., for two years. He has worked as a group facilitator, has experience in public speaking, working in job development and job placement, housing and community development, and supports others to achieve the life of their choosing. He enjoys traveling, coaching sports, playing competitive sports, writing, and filmmaking. “I am motivated to work at Atlantis to continue to advocate for all, so they are able to have control over their own lives and live in the community of choice. I bring all the individuals with me to Atlants and my works that have inspired me through their relentless advocacy.”

Sarah Dooly (she/her) is an Independent Living Specialist for the Mobile Independent Living Unit and has been working with Atlantis for one year.
Sarah graduated from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Social Work. She has been working with individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health, addiction, corrections, and the disability community for 25 years. She graduated top of her class, runs a community organization, volunteers with numerous Denver nonprofit organizations, and is a LOUD and PROUD activist. She is a mother to two incredible daughters and enjoys exploring, camping, crafting/art, roadside karaoke, dancing, and community activism. “I believe that everyone has a right to live a life of autonomy, choice, and to be given the support to follow their dreams. My life goal is to leave the world a little better because I existed in it.”

Community Transition

Paige Gallaher

Paige Gallaher

Transition and Support Services Director

Paige Gallaher (she/her) is a Transition & Support Services Director and has been working at Atlantis Community, Inc., for 4 years. Grew up in Toledo and went to school at Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in Special Ed with a minor in disability studies. She worked as a transition-age high school sped teacher before moving out to Colorado. Since living in Colorado, Paige has worked as a manager of adult services at a PASA and as a behavior therapist before finding her home as an advocate at Atlantis. She enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing, re-learning piano after a 10-year hiatus, reading, and traveling. She works at Atlantis and “I aim to redefine true inclusion within our community and teach people to take or retake control of their own lives and become badass self-advocates.”

Curtis Garrett

Curtis Garrett

Disaster Preparedness Coordinator

Curt Garrett (he/him) is a Disaster Preparedness Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., for one year. Before his employment, he worked for Denver Parks & Recreation for 27 years and is a 3rd generation native Coloradan. Curt grew up in Lakewood where he went to a segregated school for students with disabilities until he was one of the first students to be “mainstreamed” in Jefferson County. He graduated from Green Mountain High School and spent a couple of years at Mesa College in Grand Junction. In 1988, he graduated from Metro State University with a BA in Recreation Administration. His interests include listening to multiple genres of music, spending time with his wife Cherlyn, and attending car shows. He stays active by doing things like working in his yard, traveling, and attending concerts and sporting events. His favorite team is the Denver Broncos. He became involved with disaster planning while being the chairperson for the Denver Commission for People with Disabilities. He attended FEMA’s “Get Real Conference” in 2011 where he heard the tragic stories of how lack of planning forced people with disabilities out of their communities, separated them from families, and even led to death in some cases. It is his goal not to let this happen here in Colorado. Recovery from a disaster tomorrow depends on our preparation today. “It is my goal for our Atlantis community to do our planning together today to be prepared for what may happen tomorrow.”

Em Mais

Em Mais

Community Transition Coordinator

Em Mais (They/Them or Ze/Hir) Is the Community Transition Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., since February of 2021. They came from Indiana and moved to Colorado Springs after graduating from Indiana University in 2020 with a BA in Psychology and Gender Studies. Their work over the last five years covers a wide range of positions including work in research, direct support, mental health care, and EDI consulting, but the common theme throughout all of their work is a focus on supporting and uplifting members of marginalized communities. Since moving to Colorado they have spent a lot of their time outdoors with their dog Quinn, they both love exploring new trails and driving in the mountains. They also enjoy cooking, writing, and playing tabletop games. “My motivation to continue the work I do at Atlantis is a desire to support other people with disabilities and ensure that members of my community have the necessary support to live their life in whatever way they choose. For me, that work starts by ensuring that PWD has freedom, including having the option to live independently in the community, which is what the bulk of my work at Atlantis aims to do.”

Paige Gallaher (she/her) is a Transition & Support Services Director and has been working at Atlantis Community, Inc., for 4 years. Grew up in Toledo and went to school at Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in Special Ed with a minor in disability studies. She worked as a transition-age high school sped teacher before moving out to Colorado. Since living in Colorado, Paige has worked as a manager of adult services at a PASA and as a behavior therapist before finding her home as an advocate at Atlantis. She enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing, re-learning piano after a 10-year hiatus, reading, and traveling. She works at Atlantis and “I aim to redefine true inclusion within our community and teach people to take or retake control of their own lives and become badass self-advocates.”

Curt Garrett (he/him) is a Disaster Preparedness Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., for one year. Before his employment, he worked for Denver Parks & Recreation for 27 years and is a 3rd generation native Coloradan. Curt grew up in Lakewood where he went to a segregated school for students with disabilities until he was one of the first students to be “mainstreamed” in Jefferson County. He graduated from Green Mountain High School and spent a couple of years at Mesa College in Grand Junction. In 1988, he graduated from Metro State University with a BA in Recreation Administration. His interests include listening to multiple genres of music, spending time with his wife Cherlyn, and attending car shows. He stays active by doing things like working in his yard, traveling, and attending concerts and sporting events. His favorite team is the Denver Broncos. He became involved with disaster planning while being the chairperson for the Denver Commission for People with Disabilities. He attended FEMA’s “Get Real Conference” in 2011 where he heard the tragic stories of how lack of planning forced people with disabilities out of their communities, separated them from families, and even led to death in some cases. It is his goal not to let this happen here in Colorado. Recovery from a disaster tomorrow depends on our preparation today. “It is my goal for our Atlantis community to do our planning together today to be prepared for what may happen tomorrow.”

Em Mais (They/Them or Ze/Hir) Is the Community Transition Coordinator at Atlantis Community, Inc., since February of 2021. They came from Indiana and moved to Colorado Springs after graduating from Indiana University in 2020 with a BA in Psychology and Gender Studies. Their work over the last five years covers a wide range of positions including work in research, direct support, mental health care, and EDI consulting, but the common theme throughout all of their work is a focus on supporting and uplifting members of marginalized communities. Since moving to Colorado they have spent a lot of their time outdoors with their dog Quinn, they both love exploring new trails and driving in the mountains. They also enjoy cooking, writing, and playing tabletop games. “My motivation to continue the work I do at Atlantis is a desire to support other people with disabilities and ensure that members of my community have the necessary support to live their life in whatever way they choose. For me, that work starts by ensuring that PWD has freedom, including having the option to live independently in the community, which is what the bulk of my work at Atlantis aims to do.”

Pierce Grandchamp

Pierce Grandchamp

Youth Transition Coordinator

Pierce Grandchamp (he/his) is the Youth Transitions Coordinator at Atlantis Community. Inc. He was born and raised here locally in Colorado and received his Bachelor’s degree in business management at CSU. He completed his Master’s in nonprofit management from Regis University. He brings values of empathy, active listening, and a passion for physical and mental health to all he does. To live up to these values in his personal life he is a youth hockey coach who enjoys exploring accessible nature trails, spending time watching sports with friends, and hanging around with his dog. “My favorite part of the work is peer support with people with disabilities who are just starting the journey of discovering their life’s path. I believe every person deserves to feel loved and needed in the community of their choice. I look forward to talking with you!”

Pierce Grandchamp (he/his) is the Youth Transitions Coordinator at Atlantis Community. Inc. He was born and raised here locally in Colorado and received his Bachelor’s degree in business management at CSU. He completed his Master’s in nonprofit management from Regis University. He brings values of empathy, active listening, and a passion for physical and mental health to all he does. To live up to these values in his personal life he is a youth hockey coach who enjoys exploring accessible nature trails, spending time watching sports with friends, and hanging around with his dog. “My favorite part of the work is peer support with people with disabilities who are just starting the journey of discovering their life’s path. I believe every person deserves to feel loved and needed in the community of their choice. I look forward to talking with you!”

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