About Us

Summit Future Foundation is a Kansas City based nonprofit that was founded on the belief that all individuals, regardless of their ability level, have the right to lead a meaningful life that includes employment and being an active participant in their community.

Meet our Board

 
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Cassidi Jobe, Executive Director, has a deep passion for inclusion of those with developmental disabilities and a  belief that all individuals, regardless of their ability level, deserve to live a life that includes being an active participant in their community. That passion has resulted in her serving as a community advocate in several roles over the last 10 years. In addition to her advocacy work, Cassidi has fifteen years experience in small business management and operations. She is excited to combine her passions and skill set to lead our organization in becoming the leading provider of youth transition services in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

 
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Dan Matthews, Board President, received his training in Special Education from Missouri State University and also the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He obtained his certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the Florida Institute of Technology. Dan worked in Kansas City for a decade in crisis behavior intervention, parent and teacher training in ABA and supervision of behavior technicians before opening Summit Behavioral Services in 2010. While he has retired from direct service, Dan still manages the operation of Summit Behavioral Services, which has grown to include a large consulting division, two private schools in Missouri and Kansas, and an early childhood ABA clinic for very young children, which supports transitioning to school-aged services. Dan sees the development of adolescent/adult employment and transitional supports as a vital addition to a comprehensive array of services that is much-needed in Kansas City, the Midwest and nationwide.

 

Alice Blyth, Board Vice President, currently serves as the Field Director of Summit Behavioral Services, directing a team of BCBA’s and RBT certified implementers working in homes, community and schools throughout the metropolitan area. She brings to our Board of directors 10 years of experience working with individuals and families, building understanding that a child’s success is only limited to our vision and that individuals with developmental differences are capable of amazing things. Alice is extremely passionate about improving transition outcomes and community based opportunities for youth and young adults and assisting the many families with the question of what their child’s future looks like. She is excited to help build that vision and open up more possibilities for each individual.

 
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Jennifer Palmer, Board Secretary, completed her associates degree in Nursing from Three Rivers College in May of 2002. As a licensed Registered Nurse, Jennifer continued her career caring for patients in a multitude of settings including geriatric psychiatry, long term care, post-operative surgical and ICU wards. Jennifer is an active community advocate, increasing awareness on prevalent mental health issues complicating care for those with disabilities to maximize independence and maintain the highest level of functioning while reducing risks of abuse. Jennifer is passionate about adequate transition services since they are so important for young adults to be able to increase their self worth and maximize independence.

 
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Georgia Mueller, Parent Coaching and Mentoring Committee Chair, is mom to a young adult with a developmental disability and autism. She has worked professionally and personally in the greater Kansas City community providing support and navigation to families for 17 years. She has had the opportunity to provide intense advocacy in a variety of arenas including special education rights, family financial resources, government systems and services, special needs ministry, and whole family entrepreneurship. Georgia is thrilled to use her parent coaching skills to lead caregivers along the path of creating a meaningful life for their child.

 
 
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Candace Cunningham, Peer to Peer Mentor Committee Chair, as a self-advocate she is a graduate from the University of Central Missouri, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth and Human Service and Child & Family Development. Candace currently serves as an Americorp Vista at the UMKC Propel Program, providing mentoring to students to enhance their learning experience. As Candace has overcame her own challenges and through her own life experiences she found her passion to help other young adults see their full potential. Candace’s past board leadership experience includes EITAS Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County and the Missouri Youth LEAD. She is dedicated to using her passion for helping other individuals with different abilities identify their strengths and achieve their full potential in the workplace.



 
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Clint Robinson, Community Relations Committee Chair, Clint’s journey to help individuals  with intellectual disabilities started over 10 years ago, working in school based settings. His experience as a direct support provider resulted in a love for working with youth and community integration. He is excited to use those experiences and passion to help Summit Future Foundation build relationships with local businesses and improve employment opportunities for those they support.