Board of Directors
Sarah Corkery has worked in marketing for 18 years. She is the mother to three wonderful children, a wife to Chris and is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She is an advocate for people with disabilities and inclusion. She started a blog: SoMadIStartedABlog.com to share her life and laughter with the world.
Danielle Cowley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Northern Iowa. She received her PhD from Syracuse University and has consulted for school districts and families across New York and California on issues related to inclusion and transition planning. Her primary teaching responsibilities at UNI include undergraduate teacher preparation courses in the areas of positive behavioral supports, educational and post-school transitions, and differentiated instruction. Dr. Cowley’s research interests include inclusive education, urban school reform, gender in schooling, and culturally responsive transition programming. She has published in journals such as PowerPlay: A Journal of Educational Justice, the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies and the International Journal of Development, Disability, and Education, and has presented her research at numerous national and regional conferences.
Paul Greene is a parent who, as a family, has maneuvered against the societal norm of separation for those with disabilities. For over twenty years Paul has served on local and state committees, councils, and boards committed to creating communities where persons with disabilities are given the same opportunities to live, learn, work, and play WITH their “typical” peers. Paul’s family long ago decided to throw out “can’t”, embrace those who have done the same, and convince those who haven’t.
Mindy Hart has worked in the field of education for the past 20 years. She has been a classroom teacher, school principal, and is currently an Associate Director for the Catholic Schools Office as well as Director of the Office of Ministry with Persons with Disabilities for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Mindy believes in the mission of the inclusion connection and has seen the benefits of the organization first hand. Her mission is to be an advocate for inclusion. She lives in Waverly with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of pets.
Jim Langel works at Brummel Madsen Insurance. He has a passion for family recreation and inclusion. In his position at the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County in Waterloo, IA, he promoted inclusion in the programs offered at the Y and has employed a number of people with disabilities. Growing up with relatives and a friend with disabilities, he has always had a passion for advocating to seek the best possible access for those in need of assistance to ensure that their needs are fulfilled.
Amanda Ott is a Team Lead for Veridian as Fiscal Solutions. Her position allows her to promote a program that gives aging Iowans and Iowans with disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid Home and Community Based Service waivers more choice and control in managing their daily lives. Amanda has a passion for advocating improving access to resources and increasing overall quality of life by giving individuals the options and support needed to manage all areas of their life.
Jean Trainor, a Cedar Falls, Iowa native, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with an Accounting Degree and earned her Certified Public Accountant designation. Jean is a rock star for inclusion and has inspired many others to follow her. Jean joined Veridian Credit Union in April 1982 as Controller and was promoted to Vice President of Finance in June 1984. Jean became President/CEO of Veridian Credit Union in 1990 and remained in that position until May of 2015, when she recalibrated to begin working with her son, Nate. Jean currently serves at Inclusion Connection, a not for profit organization with the goal of promoting inclusive communities that live, learn, work and play together. Jean is known for her commitment to her community.