Bill Joe AverittProgram Directors

Rocky Mountain Village Camp Director

Email baveritt@eastersealscolorado.org  |  Phone 720.979.4663
"Bill Joe" is a native Texan and holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from Texas State University. He has been in the camping industry since 1997 when he worked as a summer staff - bringing in 24 years of camping experience in various roles. Bill Joe most recently served as Retreat Director at Camp Buckner in Burnet, TX for six years. He comes with a list of other experience including Director of Recreation and Camps for the Company of Rock House working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for 11 years. He founded "People With Smiles" camp in 2011 - the only camp for Prader Willi Syndrome in Texas. In 2009, he co-founded and was a former Scoutmaster of Troop 250 with Boy Scouts of America in Stephenville, Texas - a troop for adults with I/DD. He also coaches for 12 years in Special Olympics of Texas in 10 different sports and was awarded Coach of the Year in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Bill Joe's hobbies included backpacking, hiking, getting lost in the wilderness. He is a proud family man of 16 years with his wife, has a 12 year old daughter and four pets (2 pugs, 2 cats). Fun Fact: He was the former mascot in 2001-2002 at Baylor University, and he rode a tornado in 1998. Bill Joe is excited to be in Colorado and to welcome campers to RMV in Summer 2022. 

Byron Kish       Byron Kish

Senior Director of Disability Benefits Services & SOAR Team Lead

Email bkish@eastersealscolorado.org
Byron grew up in a large family in Michigan and spent much of his youth fishing, swimming, camping, playing sports, and traveling throughout our beautiful and diverse nation. He has a passion for helping and serving others and has been fortunate to have made it into a career. In addition to the work his program does helping people understand and apply for disability benefits, Byron is a practicing attorney and serves on the Board of TACT. He also holds a third dan black belt in Taekwondo, a first dan in the Superfoot System, and helps teach Taekwondo at the United Martial Arts Center (UMAC). With his remaining time, Byron loves to read, spend time with his wife, cheer on the Michigan Wolverines, and play games with his friends.

Danny CombsDanny Combs

Founder/CEO of TACT

Email danny@buildwithtact.org
Danny is a fourth-generation woodworker and mechanical tinkerer who grew up making “stuff” with his family. Eventually he decided to follow his own path and went to Nashville to play music. His vibrant career included various platinum albums with Grammy and Oscar-winning recording artists. After 10 years in the music industry, he began to cultivate his passion for education. His love for teaching lead to teaching private lessons and running the music program at an inner-city high school. He was granted several awards in teaching – including a Grammy Enterprise Award for the program he designed in the Nashville schools – and became a published educational author, arranger, and songwriter. Danny has a Master’s Degree in Education, is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist, a Certified Autism Specialist, and a classic car junkie. He has two incredible children – Dylan and Ellie. When his son Dylan was diagnosed with autism, Danny formed TACT to help other kids like his own and their families. Additionally, he is the Board Chair/President of the Autism Society of Colorado. Most recently Danny joined the Air Force Reserve and proudly spends one weekend a month working in Space System Operations out of Buckley Air Force Base.

Damon McLeeseDamon Access Gallery

Executive Director of Access Gallery

Email dmcleese@eastersealscolorado.org  |  Phone 303.777.0797
Damon McLeese is the Executive Director at our partner, Access Gallery, an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience and benefit from the arts.

Jessica RichardsonJessica Richardson

Senior Director for Day Programs

Email jrichardson@eastersealscolorado.org  |  Phone 303.233.1666 x 438
Jessica Richardson was born in Denver and raised here until she was about 13 years old. Jessica moved back in 2012, received her degree from Pima Medical Institute in 2016, and got married in 2017. Jessica started her career at Easterseals Colorado as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for two years at the Neurological Rehabilitation Adult Day Program. In 2019, she started her role as the Director of the Neurological Rehabilitation Adult Day Program and in 2020 began management of the Explorer's Adult Day Program.

Joe Scancarello                                          Joe Scancarello Web

Director of Employment Services

Email jscancarello@eastersealscolorado.org Phone 720.254.8356                                                                                                                            
Joe Scancarello is a Colorado native from Pueblo, Colorado and moved to Denver in 2000 to begin his career in work force development. Joe has focused his career in assisting others in obtaining their career goals and is excited to work with Easterseals Colorado to give our clients the opportunity to achieve their career goals.  Joe loves spending family time with his wife and 3 children cooking family dinners, cheering on local sports teams, concerts and coaching little league baseball.