Our Staff

Our staff members are our greatest asset, and we are extremely proud of each of them. Whether they are part of our management team, one of the accessibility experts, or working on the administrative staff, each is a key part of Meeting The Challenge. Each individual brings special skills and experience to the team, and they will do the same on your project!


Bob Gattis

Senior Advisor and Chairman of the Board

Bob co-founded MTC along with Randy Dipner and Dan Davies in 1989. He has served as vice president and president during his time with MTC. In his current role, Bob provides company leadership, executive and financial management, and strategic planning. Bob also coordinates the evaluation process for all ten ADA Centers in the National ADA Technical Assistance Network.


Ken Heldt

Director of Operations

Ken is responsible for the strategic oversight of all consulting projects, ensuring that MTC operates within the company’s mission statement, while providing the best working environment and operational processes for the entire staff. He has been with MTC and the Rocky Mountain ADA Center since early 2013. Ken also heads up the maintenance and upgrading of the MTC proprietary tool suite, which includes the software for Data Collection, Data Maintenance, Data Analysis, and Data Reporting.


Paul Simmons
ADA Information Specialist

Paul brought his ADA accessibility expertise to MTC during February of 2015. He provides expert training, information, informal guidance, and technical assistance to the clients of MTC and the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Paul was previously a talented instructor at Gallaudet University. He now specializes in ADA Effective Communication and self-evaluation projects.

 


Geoff Ames

Accessibility Implementation Consultant

Geoff Ames is a subject matter expert, but he says, “My only real skill is imagination.” Though he’s been part of MTC since 2002, he comes to work each day with a newcomer’s enthusiasm. Everything he does at MTC is infused with his will to make the world accessible for everyone and to change the world around him.


Ryan Kelley
Accessibility Expert

Ryan provides his ADA accessibility expertise to long-term projects, with the responsibilities of managing entire city, county, and state Project Civic Access assignments. His specialties include overall project management, customer service and communications, staff budgeting and supervision, and accomplishing project objectives through planning and evaluating project activities. Ryan joined the MTC team after working several years as a project manager for a large retrofit construction firm.


Jesse Fackelman
Field Technician

 Jesse joined the MTC Team earlier this year, as a field technician, to assist with on-site data collection projects, utilizing the MTC proprietary software for data collection and data analysis, while helping to establish and provide direct linkages between ADA compliance findings and recommendations. He is also in training to supervise on-site data collection teams in the field.


Randy Dipner
Founding Partner and Senior Advisor

A founding partner of and senior advisor to Meeting the Challenge, Inc., Randy also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. In 1981 Randy was recognized by the Johns Hopkins 1st National Search for Computer Applications to Aid People with Disabilities. From 1994 through 1999, Randy sat on two Federal Advisory Committees to establish accessibility standards for electronic and information technology and facilities.


Rachael Stafford

ADA Center Project Director and Director of Business Development

Rachael joined the MTC Team to serve as the Project Director for the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. The center project is one of 10 ADA centers, located around the country, charged with providing ADA information, informal guidance, and technical assistance to all those with rights and responsibilities under the law. Rachael quickly demonstrated her skills and talents for cultivating new clients and new business opportunities, and was promoted to the Director of Business Development.


Chris Phelps
ADA Training Specialist

Chris is the training specialist within the MTC Team. He joined MTC in 2015, after years in a career of corporate training. Chris is an expert in the training field and has the responsibility of creating, developing, and updating all MTC and ADA Center training courses. He specializes in on-line ADA Learning Management System training modules, and continues to develop new training topics, which are made available for the public.


Glenn Staton

Accessibility Expert

Glenn provides his ADA accessibility expertise to outdoor and recreation accessibility, which includes National Parks, the U.S. Forest Service, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as city parks and playgrounds. He has been with MTC since 2011 performing comprehensive accessibility assessments, developing implementation plans, providing resource sensitive accessibility recommendations, and helping modify, reorganize, and redesign park programs and facilities, to meet ADA, ABA, and Section 504 accessibility standards.

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Nick Kelley
Field Technician

Nick joined the MTC Team earlier this year, as a field technician, to assist with on-site data collection projects, utilizing the MTC proprietary software for data collection and data analysis, while helping to establish and provide direct linkages between ADA compliance findings and recommendations. He has also been trained to now supervise on-site data collection teams in the field.


Chris Heldt
Field Technician

Chris joined the MTC Team in June of 2016, as a field technician, to assist with on-site data collection projects, utilizing the MTC proprietary software for data collection while identifying ADA accessibility issues, during the on-site data collection process.


Kent Kelley
President

Kent was promoted to the role of MTC president in October 2014 and also acts as Chief Operating Officer. He initially joined MTC in January of 2010, as Director of Consulting Services. Kent also serves as the project manager for several of the company’s larger consulting projects, with responsibility for strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, contract management, accounting, financial analysis, and overall operations.


Maggie Sims

Senior Project Consultant

 As a seasoned expert on the ADA, Maggie has worked at MTC for the past 25 years. She currently is responsible for managing the ADA Center and Leadership Network. Maggie is also tasked with completing ADA self-evaluation projects, editing the electronic and print newsletter, “Rocky Mountain Access,” and providing exceptional information, informal guidance, and technical assistance to the clients of MTC and the Rocky Mountain ADA Center.


Maren McDowell
Media and Administrative Coordinator

Experienced in both media and marketing, Maren creates and curates MTC’s public content. Maren brings her advanced degrees in Journalism and Public Administration to the company, and strives to create a superior narrative about the ADA and MTC.


Philip Williams

Accessibility Expert

Philip provides his ADA accessibility expertise to architectural plan reviews, facility surveys, field data collection supervision, data analysis, data reporting, and quality control, for a variety of MTC consulting projects. His specialty, however, is the enjoyment of assisting various entities, in understanding their responsibilities as required by the ADA, and providing information and technical assistance to the clients  of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center.

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Zack Kelley
Field Technician

Zack joined the MTC Team earlier this year, as a field technician, to assist with on-site data collection projects, utilizing the MTC proprietary software for data collection and data analysis, while helping to establish and provide direct linkages between ADA compliance findings and recommendations. He has also been trained to now supervise on-site data collection teams in the field.


Joyce Wells
Head of Finance

Joyce joined Meeting the Challenge after over 20 years in accounting and business operations roles. She uses her previous experience in payroll, billing, and grant funding as the head of finance for both Meeting the Challenge and the Rocky Mountain ADA Center.

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