Kelly Martin Elected to Starkloff Disability Institute Board of Directors

OCTOBER 27, 2015, St. Louis, Missouri… Starkloff Disability Institute (SDI) is pleased to announce that Kelly Martin has been elected to the board of directors of the non-profit organization, which works to change societal attitudes and perceptions about people with disabilities through programs that send positive messages about living with disability. (http://www.starkloff.org).

“I am very enthusiastic and honored to serve on the Starkloff Disability Institute board of directors as the organization celebrates this year’s 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990,” Ms. Martin said.
Ms. Martin is Director of Human Resources for the functional organizations of Finance and Human Resources for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Since joining Boeing in 1987, Ms. Martin has held a number of human resources positions spanning multiple disciplines to include compensation; affirmative action planning; HR business software applications; and HR generalist expertise.   She has served in a HR leadership capacity at sites that include Wichita, KS, Oklahoma City, OK, and most recently St. Louis. 
 
Ms. Martin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Friends University and Professional in Human Resources certification from the Society of Human Resource Management.  She has previously served on the Board of Directors, Boeing Employees Community Fund, and as a board member of Music Theater of Wichita. 
 
Ms. Martin is married to Jim Martin, and they have one daughter, MacKenzie.  The family enjoys hiking, music and traveling.
 
SDI Co-Director Colleen Starkloff said, “Kelly is a very talented and committed executive whose leadership and enthusiasm will help SDI achieve our mission to create a world that welcomes disabled people, and to advance our ‘Next Big Step’ employment initiative. We are extremely pleased that Kelly will serve on our board during the year ahead.”
 
July 26, 2015, marked the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark legislation guarantees civil rights and protection from discrimination for people with disabilities, which is America’s largest minority group. Twenty percent of people in the United States have a disability.    
 
Starkloff Disability Institute
Founded in 2003 by Max and Colleen Starkloff and David Newburger, the Starkloff Disability Institute works to create a world that welcomes disabled people in every aspect of society. SDI programs include the Next Big Step employment initiative; the Max Starkloff Speakers Series; the Universal Design Summit; and the Disabilities Studies Initiative at Maryville University. SDI also offers professional services to businesses that want to welcome people with disabilities into their workforce.
For information about Starkloff Disability Institute, contact Lori A. Becker at 314-588-7090 or email lbecker@starkloff.org or see the website http://www.starkloff.org.
 
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