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Board of Directors

David Carey, Chairman:

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Skills/experience and/or accomplishments:
David Carey is Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) Advocacy Specialist. As a disability advocate, David assistant and educates individuals as they work their way through the system in an effort to maintain and/or achieve independence. In addition, he can often be found at the Arizona State Legislature where he testifies and meets with legislators to discuss the importance of them supporting budget items, as well as bills that are critical to quality of life for people with disabilities.

In addition to his work, David has also been an active member within his community. He served on the Board of Directors for both the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association and The Centers for Habilitation. In addition, he has served on the Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues and the Light Rail Accessibility Advisory Committee along with volunteering for the Valley of the Sun United Way.

Over the past several years, honors David has received for his dedication include the 1999 Gene Autry Courage Award, 2002 Achiever of the Year, 2005 Distinguish Humanitarian, 2009 Advocate of the Year, 2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader, as well as the 2010 City of Tempe MLK Diversity Leadership. In addition, he along with several other Tempe residents was invited by the City to represent Tempe at the 2001 All-American City Awards in Atlanta Georgia.

What do you hope to accomplish as a director to Inspire's board?

My optimal goal is to create a thriving cooperative that provides the opportunity for individuals to not only live within the community, but have direct control of services that are provided to them.

What is your personal vision for Inspire?

My personal vision is for families and individuals with disabilities to have sustained adequate services to maintain a quality lifestyle within the community.

In addition to my work with Inspire, my passions and interests are:

Outside interests include movies, sporting events or just relaxing.

Katie Griffith, Vice Chairman:

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Skills/experience and/or accomplishments:

I have been told and believe that I am very good at keeping meetings on track. I have done this by serving as Vice President of the Youth Action Council of AZ , Vice President People First of AZ as well as and 2nd Alternate for the state of Arizona for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered. In addition, as Inspire’s Membership Chair I make sure events get done and are well planned.

What do you hope to accomplish as a director to Inspire's board?

I would like to be the voice of other advocates who are just as equal and have the same right as others but may not have the ability to speak for themselves.

What is your personal vision for Inspire?

My vision is for Inspire to grow and offer more services for people such as OT and PT

In addition to my work with Inspire, my passions and interests are:

Being the best I can be in the world to show others how much I care. I also like adaptive yoga, singing, and just being there to put a smile on someone face to make their day brighter!

Michael Kirtley, Treasurer:

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Eva Hamant, Secretary:

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Skills/experience and/or accomplishments:

  • Treasurer for the Tempe Republican women 2001-2002
  • Treasurer for AZDAC for 9 months in 2003-4 (represented The Arc of AZ 2002-2006)
  • Director for The Arc of Tempe board 2003-2005
  • Director for The Arc of AZ board 2003-2009 (secretary 2007-2009)
  • The Arc of AZ public policy committee (chair from 2004-2007)
  • Graduate of Partners in Policymaking 1998
  • Volunteer for AZDES/DDD District I Human Rights Committee and Program Review Committee 1998-present

What do you hope to accomplish as a director to Inspire's board?

I am one of the original directors of the board working to get Inspire operational, profitable, and self-directional for the members, and to be an employer of choice.

What is your personal vision for Inspire?

I put my time and energy into Inspire as my husband and I perceive it is a way for our adult daughter to have a quality of life in the community doing the activities and volunteer jobs that she enjoys doing. This is our long-range plan for use of services for her.

In addition to my work with Inspire, my passions and interests are:

  • My husband and I are involved in Az World Wide Marriage Encounter and community pillar from 2006-2009
  • We play golf and are involved in our church
  • Advocating for people with ID
  • Presented at AZDOE transition conference in 2004 and twice at the annual AT conference in 2005 & 2006

Teresa Moore, Board Member:

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Skills/experience and/or accomplishments:

  • Started People First of Arizona and Self Advocacy Coalition and helped form two family businesses.
  • Served on Self Advocates Becoming Empowered National Board as Representative and Vice President
  • Moore Advocacy Consulting since 2001
  • Worked as the Self Advocacy Coalition Coordinator with the former Developmental Disabilities Council

What do you hope to accomplish as a director to Inspire's board?

I want to bring in individuals who are looking for the opportunity to have more control in their homes and in life. Friends who know me know that I want people with disabilities to have a wonderful life and to realize they are important to their family and to their community and they can do this for others in Inspire.

What is your personal vision for Inspire?

My personal vision for Inspire is to have a long-standing sense of community amongst the Membership and Staff. It is important for us to welcome each individual Member's unique needs and wants, respond to them and always take a personalized approached to hiring Direct Support Professionals.

In addition to my work with Inspire, my passions and interests are:

Self-Advocacy is my passion and that is what makes me similar to my brother and sister. I used to be shy and polite. I took things like "don't speak until spoken to" seriously. It took speaking up and telling stories of my friends to evolve into an advocate and then a self-advocate. I remember sending back a steak that wasn't to my liking at a restaurant. This was and still is very cool to me and gets a little cheer inside. It was a step in my growth from that shy person I used to be. I now ask questions at meetings and will model for other's that it is ok to ask questions and use your voice.

Susie Cannata, Board Member:

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Ms. Cannata received her juris doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1991, where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif. After law school, Ms. Cannata served as a law clerk to both the Honorable Earl H. Carroll of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She practiced commercial litigation and government relations with Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon. She has been with Peters, Cannata & Moody since its inception in 1995. Ms. Cannata works extensively in the area of government relations, representing a broad range of public and private clients before legislative and administrative bodies. Ms. Cannata practices in government relations and lobbying, with an emphasis on education, healthcare, human services and workers compensation; education law; administrative and regulatory law.

Education:

J.D., University of Arizona, summa cum laude, 1991

B.A., Trinity University, Political Science, Sociology, 1987

London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England, 1986

Affiliations and Services

Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, Board of Directors, 1994-95

Arizona Center for Disability Law, Board of Directors, 1994-2007

Community Legal Services, Board of Directors, 1994-2001

Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council, 2002-2012

Mentally Ill Kids in Distress, Board of Directors, 2003-current

Arizona Council of School Attorneys, 2006-current

Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, 2009-current

ICM, Food and Clothing Bank, Board of Directors, 2010-2013

Experience Matters, 2013-current

Inspire, Inc. Board of Directors, 2014 - current

Erin Klomann, President and CEO:

 

“My aspiration as President and CEO of Inspire is to create a place where every employee and member feel supported in any aspect of his/her life. My goal is to provide top-quality care supporting the needs of Inspire, Inc. and the surrounding community. Each day presents opportunities for positive outcomes.” – Erin Klomann


Ms. Klomann holds an AA and BS in Psychology graduating summa cum laude. Ms. Klomann became the President and CEO of Inspire, Inc. in 2014. Before joining Inspire’s administrative team, she specialized in treating clients with behavioral disorders, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis. Her passion for human development reflects in her experience with behavioral health and developmental disabilities. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Klomann served as Program Coordinator of Inspire, Inc. Her responsibilities included habilitation program writing, recruitment, training, supervision, on-boarding, and performance review of employees. Ms. Klomann’s commitment as Program Coordinator assisted families and members advocate to help achieve their goals and dreams. Through her hard work and dedication to Inspire and the community, the growth tripled in her district, leading to recognition as a community leader. Her commitment and dedication to helping others overcome challenges, reach their fullest potential, and access resources for improved quality of life, is as evident in her current work as it is in her background.


Ms. Klomann’s first year in 2014 as CEO of Inspire, Inc. received the “Service Agency of the Year Award” recognized by the Disability Awareness Commission and transitioned Inspire Co-op into Inspire, Inc as a non-profit 501(c)3. Under her direction Inspire has grown % since her role as CEO. She continues to make strong community relations to assist the members of Inspire, Inc.