At Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland, our Board of Directors is a consumer driven board. This means 51% of those serving on the Board have a disability themselves. Some are even previous consumers.
The DRC Board meets on the third Friday of every month at 3:45 PM at our office. These meetings are open to the public. We do request, if you would like to attend a DRC meeting and require accommodations, please submit your request at least two weeks prior to the meeting.
> Karen Mackey, President
> Amy Konda, Vice President
> Dee Phillips, Secretary/ Treasurer
> Monica Venesky, Board Member
> Sandi Bass, Board Member
Are you looking to make a big difference in your community by donating time to a worthy cause? If you are a parent, a grandparent, a person with a disability, a lawyer, teacher, medical professional or have other gifts, we want you! If you are interested in becoming a part of our amazing Board of Directors, please contact us today to find out more.
Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland is staffed with amazing people who truly care about disability advocacy and support. Like our Board of Directors, our staff understands the needs of the disability community as they themselves are persons with disabilities. Their effort in the office and the community allows us to work with our consumers on a personal level as they work towards their independence goals.
Would you like to learn more about DRC of Siouxland and our services?
Contact Us today and one of our staff will be happy to assist you.
Don Dew, Executive Director
Don Dew was employed in the hotel management field for 11 years before becoming disabled with intractable epilepsy in 2003. In 2005, he began advocating for services for people with disabilities to have a choice to remain in their homes and communities. He is a certified paralegal and mediator (having a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice). Don has been the Executive Director of Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland since 2012.
He has received three awards for his advocacy work:
Paul G. Hearne Award by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) for National work with intersections of people in underserved and Disability communities.
The War Eagle Human Rights Award for efforts toward civil rights in Sioux City.
National Council for Independent Living (NCIL) 2017 Regional Advocacy Award
Deb Mandicino, Office Assistant
Deb Mandicino has the belief that all marginalized communities are stronger when they work together; and, for her working at DRC is part of the whole picture. The Disability community is comprised of every segment of the population. As a person with ADHD and a learning disability she is sensitive to the issues faced by people with so-called invisible disabilities. She assists people with independent living skills training, such as computer skills and employment. She leads DRC's ADHD support group. Deb has a degree in Psychology with a counseling emphasis from Morningside College.