Meet Our Amazing Staff
Todd Graves is the owner and Executive Director of Community Outreach. He was born and raised in Michigan, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Kalamazoo College. While in college, Todd studied abroad for six months in Madrid, Spain and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Todd began his career as a Job Coach for individuals with developmental disabilities at MRC Industries in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1990.
He moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1992 where he became the Manager of Employment Services at Sycamore Services. In that role, Todd supervised a dozen Employment Consultants and facilitated integrated community employment for over a hundred individuals with developmental disabilities.
In 1996 Todd moved to Colorado Springs where he became the Assistant Director of Community Outreach working under the apprenticeship of Wayne and Marjorie Stroh, the founding owners.
In March of 1997, Todd bought the company from the Stroh’s as they were looking to retire. Since then Todd has expanded the programs and number of people served at Community Outreach tremendously and has been a fierce advocate for community inclusion.
Todd has been a member of the National Association for Person’s in Supported Employment for over twenty years and served as the Colorado Chapter’s President for three years.
Todd played competitive tennis growing up and still enjoys playing the game today. Todd’s other interests include hiking, swimming and traveling.
His favorite pastime is fishing and he goes on an annual fishing expedition in Michigan every summer. Todd employs a very progressive management strategy at Community Outreach, which has resulted in a nearly 100% retention rate of his employees, and a stellar company reputation within the Colorado Springs community.
Director of Operations
Peggy has worked with children and adults with disabilities in Ohio, Kansas and Colorado since 1976 and has been at Community Outreach since 1998. Currently serving as Director of Operations, she maintains as much direct contact as possible with the individuals served by Community Outreach. Peggy embraces the principles and values put forth by the Community Outreach “family”.
Outside the office, Peggy enjoys cooking, sewing and crafts, reading, volunteering, and travel. She is an avid Motorsports fan and has attended NASCAR races in 5 states. The life experiences she has gained through her 30+ years in the field have encouraged her to pursue a quality of life for herself and those around her.
Residential Program Director
Tracy is a native Coloradan and has lived in Colorado Springs since 2000. Since 2001, Tracy has been working with Community Outreach in a variety of settings which has led her to the position of Residential Program Director.
Tracy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Rehabilitative Services from the University of Northern Colorado. Previous work experience with adults with developmental disabilities includes: Case Management, Employment Consultant, and direct care in both group homes and well as a Host Home Provider. Tracy has managerial experience as an Assistant Director working with teenage girls in a residential treatment facility.
She also enjoys taking in all the amazing things this incredible state has to offer such as hiking, camping, backpacking, and many other great outdoor adventures. She also has a strong love for travel, music, animals, and loves spending time with her family.
Tracy is excited about her position as the Residential Program Director and is committed to helping the agency continue to grow in order to meet the needs of individuals with Developmental Disabilities in our community.
Melissa has been a Registered Nurse for Community Outreach since 1999 and is involved in the organization both as a nurse and a management team member. Melissa has been working with people with developmental disabilities for 19 years.
Prior to completing her nursing degree she worked in the field as an Employment Consultant, direct care staff in a group home, and Service Coordinator. Melissa completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree at the University of Colorado, Beth-El College of Nursing in 2000.
She has experience working in a hospital as a medical surgical nurse as well as a telephone triage nurse for doctor’s offices. Melissa and her two girls, Mia and Kayden, are big fans of Colorado and all there is to do here.
Her favorite hobbies include the great outdoors such as hiking, camping, backpacking, and snowshoeing to name a few. Her favorite and often read books are about women’s rights and the hardships they face all over the world.
Melissa spent her childhood years living in several countries as a military child. Places overseas she has lived include Germany and Panama. Working to improve the quality of life for all people is her true passion!
Mary Gabaldon, Quality Assurance Coordinator, has been with Community Outreach since 1999. She brings to her job 30 years of experience working with people who have developmental disabilities. When Mary was 15, she started volunteering in her mother’s Special Education class at Edison Elementary, where she found her calling.
She taught at Wasson High School in the Special Education department for 12 years. Born and raised in Colorado Springs she cannot imagine living anywhere else. You can often find Mary and her husband, Ron, watching the Sky Sox play at Security Service Field.
She is also a strong advocate for animal and human rights.
Katy grew up in sunny Southern California as one of three children in her family. After graduating high school, moved up to Northern California where she attended Sonoma State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 2008.
Katy met her husband in the same year, and after she graduated, they moved to Colorado Springs where they now call home. Katy enjoys walking, hiking, traveling, and exploring new places with her husband, son, and dog.
Katy found her passion of helping others when volunteered every summer at a camp, when she was in high school, working with kids who were developmentally disabled and loved the experience. Katy joined Community Outreach in December of 2009 as an administrative assistant and was promoted to Service Coordinator in October of 2012. She is excited about building her future with Community Outreach.
Vanessa was born and raised in Colorado Springs.
She started at Community Outreach, Inc. in 1999 and has worked with people with developmental disabilities for sixteen years. Vanessa graduated from USC in 2003 with her Bachelors in Social Work.
Vanessa has two children, a boy and a girl with whom she loves spending time. She has taken dance classes for over fifteen years and enjoys the opportunity to dance. Vanessa and her family love camping, horseback riding, soaking in the hot springs, skiing, and being outside.
Vanessa appreciates a good laugh and listening to music. She also enjoys quiet time with good books of all varieties.
Service Coordinator / Administrative Assistant
Rhea graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is a natural care giver and has many experiences, both personal and professional, that has shaped who she is today.
To include, Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children with autism. She started at Community Outreach in 2014 as a Community Liaison and is currently working as a Service Coordinator.
Rhea feels very blessed to be part of this incredible team and looks forward to continuing her rewarding career wiht Community Outreach. Rhea was born and raised in the small mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado, and moved to Coloroado Springs in 1999. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and her dog, Jasper.
Rhea has a passion for the mountains and participating in activities such as four-wheeling, motorcycling, rafting, camping, and hiking. She is also a dedicated Denver Broncos fan and loves attending their games.
Service Coordinator Assistant
Rachel was born and raised in Southern California before making her way to Colorado Springs in 1992. Even though she is new to Community Outreach, her past experience with serving the public has made her a great addition to our team.
When she isn’t working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her daughter, Avery, and venturing out as often as possible to see what the State of Colorado has to offer. She also enjoys movies, a sunny patio with friends, and her dog, Mia.
Employment Services Program Director
In 1997, Karin started working as Community Outreach’s first Employment Consultant, helping people get and keep jobs in the community. She loves to see people learn new skills and works at jobs.
She has over 25 years of experience working with people with disabilities in various capacities, including employment, case management, respite, and education. Karin has also managed a restaurant and taught school. She earned a B.S. at Stephen F. Austin State University.
When not at work, Karin enjoys reading, stamping cards, baking, bird watching, and playing games with her husband and 2 children.
Grace Terrones has 25 years of experience working with students and adults with disabilities. Prior to working for Community Outreach, she worked for D-11 and D-20 with kids with disabilities in elementary, middle and high schools. She was also a Supported Lining Consultant (SLC) through The Resources Exchange (TRE).
She has worked with Community Outreach, various capacities, since 2006. Grace started out as a Transistion Coordinator and helped oversee our Supported Licing Services program. Currently, she is an Employment Consultant, helping people get and keep jobs.
When not working, she enjoys watching movies, fishing, and being with her grandchildren, family, and friends.
Sayrde is the newest Employment Consultant with the Community Outreach team and has been in Colorado since 2001, when she left rural Ohio and moved west to attend Colorado College.
Syrde has worked with adults with disabilities in both individual and group homes in residential support and job coaching in Ohio and West Virginia. She loves meeting new people and working with diverse groups globally, which led her to a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Colorado State University.
She finds enjoyment in traveling, playing, and watching live music, as well as fixing everyone else’s computers. She spends most of her free time cooking and playing video games with her son.
Joy was a world traveler and CEO of a visitor center design and development firm when her life took a sudden turn; in 2004, both her young children were diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
Joy put her business on hold to give full attention to the therapeutic care of her kids. Now, 12, years later, her oldest child will soon be considering his first part-time job.
In order to prepare both him and his employer for the unique challenges this might present, Joy took a job helping others with this same transition. Joy is pleased Community Outreach has selected her to be one of their part-time Employment Consultants. This team at Community Outreach is both kind and supportive, and their clients are some of the most wonderful people she has ever met.
Joy continues to work with her own children and is on the Board of Directors for ARC. She also prepares executive portfolios for CEO’s seeking new opportunities and is working on a book about the joys of raising children with autism.
Stephanie graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Psychology, but soon traded palm trees for beautiful Colorado mountains.
Before working for Community Outreach, she worked with adults with developmental disabilities with Goodwill.
When not working, Stephanie enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, writing, and traveling. She loves music of all kinds and especially enjoys singing and playing the guitar.