Board of Directors
Dr. Stephanie Logan
Dr. Stephanie Logan is the executive director of DeafLEAD; a non-profit organization committed to meeting the crisis intervention and mental health needs of Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and Deafblind individuals who are victims of crime. She has been the executive director since its inception over 25 years ago. Dr. Logan is a late-deafened adult as a result of spinal meningitis she contracted 30 years ago. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She has her master’s in business administration from William Woods University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. She is currently serving as the board president for SIL.
Jeff Johnson is from Stuttgart, Arkansas, the Rice and Duck Capital of the World. He was raised in Sikeston, Missouri, and now lives here in Columbia, Missouri. Jeff has been on the SIL board for 11 years. He is also the co-chair for the Real Voices and Real Choices Conference for the Department of Mental Health.
Kirsten Dunham is the Community Redevelopment and Foreclosure Prevention Staff Attorney at Mid-Missouri Legal Services. Prior to earning her J.D. in 2015, Kirsten worked 15 years at Paraquad, the Center for Independent Living in St. Louis, as a member of the Policy Team advocating for legislative and policy changes to remove barriers and increase opportunities for people with disabilities.
Amber Cheek is the Director of Accessibility and ADA Coordinator for the University of Missouri. She manages all aspects of ADA compliance across the university, including accessibility, program access, and reasonable accommodations for faculty and staff. Amber is a person with a disability and a first-generation college student. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law.
Colleen Hollestelle is the owner and founder of AgingEmpowered Care Navigation and Consulting. Colleen’s career has been dedicated to improving the lives of older adults and people with disabilities in various settings including home care, assisted living, skilled nursing, and research. Colleen witnessed the great things Services for Independent Living did for the community and was excited to get involved and help meet their mission.
Dr. David Mehr
Dr. David Mehr is a geriatrician and an emeritus professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He works to provide care on the palliative care service and functions as a senior researcher on a variety of projects. Dr. Mehr served on the board of the Boone County Council on Aging before it merged with SIL. He has particular interests in support of older adults and in seeing that people with disabilities receive needed health care.
Brian Nevins is an Engineering Specialist with the Federal Highway Administration. He is a quadriplegic and has received services from SIL for over 20 years.
Kim Williams has been involved with SIL as a consumer as well as community partner through the support group she facilitates, Talk MS. SIL provides rides to and from Talk MS on the third Wednesday of every month, a service that allows people who could otherwise not attend to be part of the group and have socialization when they might otherwise be isolated. Kim has MS and has received reading assistive technology as well as a scooter as a consumer of SIL. Kim is thankful for everything SIL does and feels privileged to be able to give back in a small way.
Gretchen became familiar with SIL when she began receiving services from them in 2008 after going blind. She developed a love for advocacy through getting to know SIL’s previous legislative liaison. She holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri’s Truman School and currently works as a Governmental Relations Consultant for the Missouri National Education Association. In her free time, she serves on the City of Columbia’s Disabilities Commission and chairs the Disability Justice and Inclusion Team at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. She lives with her "sportscar" and dear friend, Royal, a Labrador/Golden Retriever cross Seeing Eye Dog.
Mohamed Shahin, affectionately Mo to most, is the Deputy ADA Coordinator with the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou). He has been with Mizzou for the past six years, during which he has helped accommodate employees with disabilities at the university and worked with several stakeholders to ensure program access and accessibility for the Mizzou community. Mo hails from Cairo, Egypt, where accessibility was very limited growing up. Mo received his International Baccalaureate from the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway and his Master’s Degree in Counseling with a Career emphasis, from Mizzou. His personal appreciation of the value of the Americans with Disabilities Act has greatly influenced his passion for the inclusion of people with disabilities.