Serving people with intellectual disabilities since 1971.

SLI Leadership

Board of Directors

Chair
Mike Lesser, Peoples Insurance Group

Immediate Past Chair
Abby Lear, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of KS

Vice-Chair
Traci Brown, TEB Consulting LLC

Treasurer
Phil Whalen, Capitol Federal Savings

Board Members
Leanna Adams, Kansas Department for Children and Families
Jim Allan, Allan-Coleman Marketing Solutions 
John Cassidy, Topeka Transit Authority 
Russ Cobb, Westar Energy
David Heit, Tevis Architects
Jeanette Johnson, Berkshire Hathaway First Realtors
Ron Shelton, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of KS
Beth Simpson, Heartland Homecare

President/CEO, SLI
Lisa Jackson

Foundation Board of Directors

John Cassidy, Topeka Transit Authority
Russ Cobb, Westar Energy
Harry Craig, Retired-Martin Tractor Company
James Garrison, State Farm Insurance
Michael Lesser, Peoples Insurance Group
Betsy Rohleder, Retired-Wells Fargo Advisors
Bob Smith, Retired-Fleming Groceries

President/CEO, SLI
Lisa Jackson

Executive Staff

Lisa Jackson
President/CEO
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Lisa Jackson earned her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation from Emporia State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Education from Emporia State University. In 2001, she earned her Rehabilitation Administration Certification and in 2002 she received the Outstanding Graduate Award. Lisa has been in the field of Developmental Disabilities for over 29 years. She has been a CARF surveyor for over 19 years. She worked for SLI while completing her Master’s degree, she then accepted the position of Division Manager at Arrowhead West. Lisa returned to SLI in 2004 to serve as President/CEO.

Jo Ann Tate
Vice President of Development
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Jo Ann Tate earned a Business Administration degree at National School of Business in Rapid City, SD. She has worked in the non-profit field for 23 years in development. She has worked at the American Lung Association and the American Red Cross before joining SLI. She has led fund development efforts throughout Kansas to enhance educational initiatives on lung disease at the Lung Association. At the Red Cross she handled fundraising in 16 counties and did grant writing. She was deployed to assist at disaster sites in Reading & Harveyville, KS; Galveston, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; and the East Coast following Hurricane Sandy. Jo Ann received the SLI President’s Award in 2016. She is a member of the Stormont-Vail Community Advisory Council, Downtown Topeka Rotary, Sales and Marketing Executives, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, for which she serves as an Ambassador.

Doug Vincent, PHR
Vice-President of Employee Services and Facilities
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Doug received his Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership and his Master’s degree in Business Administration at Friends University. Doug has been in the field of Developmental Disabilities for 26 years. He started as a direct care professional and later pursued other positions as a community living coordinator, director, trainer, human resources, quality assurance, finance, management and administration.

He was the Executive Director of Mosiac prior to SLI. Doug has dual certifications as a Certified Professional in Human Resources through the Society for Human Resource Management, and Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resource Certification Institute. He has received awards for safety, quality, political advocacy, community education of Alzheimer's, fiscal management and retention. He has been involved in the community as anUpward Bound Coach, AWANA Leader, Webelos and Cub Scout Leader, Chairman of ACC and Board Member of TBTWC. Doug most recently was presented the Sara’s Hope Award (2017) at SLI. Currently he is an advisor and coach to TBTWC, an A.L.I.C.E. certified instructor and a certified instructor of personal and family protection and safety with training in Kansas and the surrounding states. Doug’s previous experiences outside of the field entail sales, retail, agriculture, veterinary tech, entertainment and adult education.

Traci Vincent
Chief Operating Officer
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Traci Vincent earned her Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in math and science from Pittsburg State University and also has Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Traci was awarded the President's Award in 2008. Traci has been in the field of Developmental Disabilities since 1993 and has worked in direct care, training, quality assurance, management and administration. She has been with SLI since 1996. Traci is active with ACC, PTO and is an AWANA leader.

Kathy Brayton
Chief Financial Officer
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Kathy Brayton earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Washburn University. Prior to coming to SLI in 1995, Kathy was employed by Mize Houser and Company. Kathy is a past president and board member of Junior Achievement and is presently active on several committees.  Kathy received the SLI President’s Award in 2012, VAL Award for volunteer service hours in 2006 and the President’s USA Freedom Corp Volunteer Service Award in 2005.

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