Janel BowersChief Development & Operations Officer
Meet Janel Bowers, the Director of Development for Friends of JCDS that joined the team in November of 2015.
“I cannot remember a time when someone has gone to her with a question, request, and/or issue and she’s responded in the negative; her response is also “yes, and” and usually goes above and beyond the initial request. Janel asks for input and feedback from Team Leaders and residents and then actually takes that feedback and turns it into action.”
Masters of Arts in Philanthropy and Development, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Bachelors of Arts in English, Kansas State University
If asked, Janel will tell you that she wants to live in a world that is inclusive and filled with innovations that allow everyone opportunities to be who they are.
Janel has strong ties to the intellectual and developmental disabilities field, serving as a volunteer, the court appointed guardian and conservator for the last 18 years through the Kansas Guardianship Program, and having worked in Community Living, Supported Employment and Sheltered Workshops throughout her career.
Janel will tell you that she drives to work with a big smile on her face each morning because this is the perfect job, EVER. She gets to see the transformations made in people’s lives every day. “This is more than a job: I’m on a mission to help you get it… really get it! People are people, and they all want the same thing- a place to call home, friends to hang out with, and a job that gives them purpose- the rest is just stuff…”
Dr. Julie DowneyBoard Member
Dr. Julie Downey
I love the mission of the organization and the services provided as well as the WAY we provide them. I love what we do.
Ali LotiaBoard Member
“Friends of JCDS brings local change to support, nurture and empower individuals of all ages. I am proud and honored to be able to serve on the board of Friends of JCDS that provides services to our community members with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Growing up with a family member that suffered from learning disabilities and watching him struggle makes me really appreciate all the work Friends of JCDS does to secure a better quality of life for members of our community and their families. “
Mike CochranBoard Treasurer
My involvement with Friends like organizations dates back to my childhood. I grew up with a downs syndrome older brother who has been a continued source of inspiration to my life. My parents were part of a ground roots effort that organized to provide schooling and employment opportunities for this population. The activities of Friends brings meaning and community to not only those that we serve but just as important to those caring individuals that surround them.
Rob RobinsonBoard Member
Carly BootheBoard Member
For years I have assisted JCDS families through the necessary legal process of establishing guardianship. Through this, I have also gotten to know those served and their families, helped with the Johnson County Bar Association Volunteer Work days and really gotten to know these amazing people. I am delighted to serve on the Friends board- where I get to fundraise and advocate for this wonderful population.
Chad VonAhnenExecutive Director of JCDS
I am most inspired by the work we do. Particularly on the days when the community comes together and does something miraculous for the individuals we served. My fondest memory, to date, was our demo day at Santa Fe. All the people the showed up to make a wonderful, accessible home for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Johnson County was truly inspiring.
Patty DumovichBoard Member
Micquelyn MalinaBoard Chair
Debbie Scott WilliamsBoard Member
Debbie Scott Williams
Serves on the Governing Board of JCDS and has been a disability advocate for as long as she can recall due to the accommodations needed by members of her family. It is her hope that individuals with disabilities are afforded all protections the law provides, together with all the support families and communities can provide to lead to quality of life across the lifespan.
The Friends of JCDS excite her because they are always doing something new to entertain, enrich, and encourage the individuals we serve. Friends is constantly striving to do the next wonderful thing!
Ron WorleyBoard Secretary
Ron Worley is a former Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 30th district. Prior to being elected, Worley worked for 14 years as a building official in Lenexa, and has served in the U.S. Air Force. He received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Worley is a member of the Kansas City Catbackers Club, Leadership Lenexa Alumni Association, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Scott TschudyBoard Member
Wayne HallBoard Member
Rick MarienBoard Member
Tammy BrooksBusiness & Property Manager
Tammy joins Friends of JCDS with both direct support staff experience as well as office management, facilities and accounting experience. Tammy is very passionate about the individuals we serve and is dedicated to ensuring that they have a quality home to live in and their basic needs are met.
Brian ComptonBoard Vice Chair
My first contact with Friends of JCDS was through the North East Johnson County Chamber. I really enjoyed volunteering with the organization through chamber events that I found myself doing more and more outside of chamber. I even included my family in events, and my son is the top raffle ticket seller. EVER. I love our mission. I love that our board gets involved and we get things done for the people we serve.