Director, Rocky Mountain ADA Center
Summary of Qualifications
Dana is the Director for The Rocky Mountain ADA Center (RMADAC). Her role within the organization is to lead the staff’s daily efforts to provide the Rocky Mountain Region with technical support, training, guidance and the most updated information pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is also the organization’s spokesperson for public media and community relations initiatives within the region.
Prior to joining RMADAC, Barton served as the Business Relations and Employment Development Director at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. In this role, she planned and implemented business services, and youth and adult programming under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In this role, Dana worked closely with community partners to provide training and development opportunities to individuals with disabilities to increase their employment opportunities.
She brings to RMADAC over 10 years of extensive work within the ADA’s Title I and Title III with the experience she gained as Director of Recruitment for the world-famous Broadmoor Hotel. Among her many accomplishments at The Broadmoor; she led a program that recruited students with disabilities from local school districts to work for the hotel as paid interns.
Throughout her life, Dana has worked tirelessly in support of people with disabilities. Her work has included supporting initiatives for families with deaf children so that their loved ones are empowered to fulfill their life dreams. She is also an active volunteer in her children’s elementary school, and serves on the School District 11 Mill Levy Override Financial Oversight Committee. Dana is also heavily involved with efforts in Colorado to educate employers on hiring combat-wounded veterans.
In 2014, she was recognized as a Rising Star through the Colorado Springs Business Journal and received the Young Professional of the Year award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
- Provides leadership to assure the project and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
- Assures that the project has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, makes consistent and timely progress. This includes developing an annual project work scope and timeline.
- Ensures all the project's products and programs are accurate, high quality, relevant and appropriately disseminated.
- Effectively manages and supervises project staff and maintains a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people by assisting program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization. Also ensures that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
- Assists in the recruitment of appropriate staff to fill approved project positions.
- Publicizes the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
- Establishes sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
- Represents the project and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
- Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
- Develops project work scope, timelines, annual budget, and effective marketing plan to increase awareness about project services.
7 years of Human Resources experience (Director of Recruitment)
1 year Technical Recruiting experience
5 years in workforce development, including management of business development and business relations activities.
Colorado Springs School District 11 MLOC Committee Member (2018 - present)
Board of Directors, LAUNCH High School (2013-2017)
Alumni, Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program (2015)
Board Member, Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, South (2014-2017)
Advisory Board, UCCS Economic Forum (2014-present)
Graduate, The Grantsmanship Center “Competing For Federal Grants” Program (2014)
Young Professional of the Year, Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (2014)
New and Emerging Leader Initiative, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (2014)
2014 Rising Star, The Colorado Springs Business Journal
Woman of the Year Candidate, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2014)
Facilitator, The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, The Kauffman Foundation
Member, Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (2012-present)
Member & Secretary, Pikes Peak Workforce Investment Board (2009-2012)
Member & Chair, Pikes Peak Workforce Youth Council (2006-2012)
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Major: Food Industry Management, Bachelor of Science Degree
- Member for
- 1 year 3 months