In providing exceptional services and supports to people with disabilities, no one element is of more critical importance than the quality of our staff. Successful habilitation and supports of people with developmental disabilities requires specialized training and knowledge. Developing Potential staff are trained in all areas of personalized supports.

Our commitment to quality is seen in not only the sources of our training, but also in the number of trainings we hold each year. Far exceeding state and accreditation requirements, Developing Potential staff attend approximately 25 trainings each year. Topics range from American Sign Language and uses of assistive technology to positive behavioral supports and crisis intervention. We host presenters from outside our agency as well as employ a staff development specialist in house.

When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.
— Howard Schultz

Our Board of Directors

Sheryl Malloy - Chair
Ms. Mallory is the Board Chairperson for Developing Potential. She is the Grandview School District Special Services Director. She was elected to the board in 1993 and continues to support Developing Potential to implement our mission of assisting people with disabilities to "reach their visions and dreams."

Tim Shrout - Secretary
Mr. Shrout is the Board secretary for the Developing Potential Board. He is a Financial Advisor and Benefits Specialist at Bukaty.

James Mitchum - Customer Representative
Mr. Mitchum has been on the board as a Customer Representative since October 2001. James has attended Developing Potential's Day and Community Integration programs since 1995. James is a recipient of the Jackson County Board of Services Day Program Achievement Award.

George Pickering - Vice Chair
Mr. Pickering has been involved with Developing Potential since 1998. He is the CEO of Corporate Resource Group. His older brother John had cerebral palsy which gives him a heartfelt perspective for the DPI community, and provides a place where he can fulfill his own personal mission to promote inclusion for adults with developmental disabilities.

Bill Gibbs - Treasurer

Mr. Gibbs has been a member of our board since 1997. He is a counselor at Open Door Ministries. He is also a member of the International Association of Biblical Counselors and the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Ruth Lehr - Member

Ms. Lehr recently joined the Developing Potential board. She is an Attorney at Law.

Leadership Staff

Rebecca Case, Executive Director - Email - DPI Extension 101
Rebecca Case founded Developing Potential, Inc. in 1993 with only eight individuals at the downtown site. Since that time, she has grown the service base to over one hundred individuals in two metropolitan locations. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters Degree in Administration from Oakland City University. She is a member of the Missouri Association of Residential Facilities.
Kari Wiss, Director of Operations/Staff Training and Development - Email - DPI Extension 105
Kari Wiss has been with Developing Potential since 1999.  She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Central Missouri State.  Kari is a Certified Gentle Teaching Mentor and is very involved with the Jackson County Gentle Teaching Mentor group.
Lori Oxborough, Intake Coordinator for Community Employment and Day Services - Email - DPI Extension 112
Lori Oxborough graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. She was drawn to the disability field after seeing the impact therapists and other amazing people had on her twin brother, Kevin, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Lori joined Developing Potential, Inc. in 2001as a Qualified Developmental Disability Specialist.  Lori is now the Intake Coordinator for Community Employment and Day Services.


Mary Theis - Office Manager/Billing - Email - DPI Extension 103

Heather Brock, RN BSN - Email

Heather Brock, RN, has been with the Developing Potential team since 2012. She assists the individuals and staff at all three program sites by promoting and supporting healthy living.  Heather received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from William Jewell College and has 15 years of experience in the field of nursing.  Heather brings to the DPI team a background in critical care, emergency services, and school nursing.

*DPI’s Registered Nurse position is partially funded through the generosity of the Greater Kansas City Heath Care Foundation.

Amy Cox - Community Employment Specialist/Outreach - Email - DPI Extension 107

Angie Clark - Community Employment QDDP/Specialist - Email - DPI Extension 106

Stacy Arnold

Stacy Arnold

Stacy Arnold - QDDP Kansas City - Email - DPI Extension 402

Stacy Arnold has been with DPI since 2000 and is the QDDP for the Kansas City location. Stacy enjoys the relationships she has built with the individuals and their families, and enjoys seeing the positive impact that DPI has in their lives.  Stacy has a passion for documentation, and enjoys assisting with the implementation of electronic documentation systems at DPI. Stacy has a degree in Psychology from Truman State University.

Meredith Kesterson

Meredith Kesterson

Meredith Kesterson - Site Coordinator Kansas City - Email - DPI Extension - 403

Meredith Kesterson has been a part of the Developing Potential team since 2008, where she started as team leader. Meredith currently serves as the Site Coordinator at the Kansas City location. She looks forward to spending each day with the energetic individuals at the Kansas City site. Meredith holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri and has been working with individuals having disabilities for more than 10 years.

Rebekah Turner

Rebekah Turner

Rebekah Turner - QDDP Independence - Email - DPI Extension - DPI Extension 302

Rebekah Turner started her journey at DPI in 2005 at the Kansas City Location and transferred to the Independence Site in 2007 where she continues to reside as the Qualified Developmental Disability Professional.  Rebekah graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation as well as a Bachelors degree in Corporate Recreation and Wellness.   


Jennifer Crownover - Site Coordinator Independence - Email - DPI Extension 303

Brittian Rhodes

Brittian Rhodes

Brittian Rhodes - Site Coordinator Lee's Summit - Email - DPI Extension 201

Brittian Rhodes has been with Developing Potential since 2012 and serves as the Site Coordinator and QDDP at the Lee’s Summit location.  She has been working with individuals having developmental disabilities for over 10 years and enjoys the relationships she shares with individuals and their families to help each person reach their fullest potential.  Brittian holds a degree in Business Administration from Drury University and is a Certified Gentle Teaching Mentor.

Leslie Patterson-Lynn - Yoga Instructor

Leslie Lynn has been passionate about teaching yoga since 2005. She is a E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 continuing education hours) and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Certified Educational Provider). The accumulation of her yoga education has most recently resulted in the title of "Certified Yoga Therapist" through IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy). The way she Leslie sees it, shifting from yoga teacher to yoga therapist gave her occupation of choice the dignity it deserves, and it gives her true joy to be able to work with the individuals at DPI.