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Developmental Supports

Mark D. Elmore Center

10501 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219

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Mission and Vision

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Johnson County Development Supports serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We focus on individuals’ abilities, provide choice-driven supports, and advocate alongside people to live and work in our community. 


We aspire to build a community that promotes, supports, and embraces people of all abilities.



Leadership team

Please click on a staff person's name to send them an email. We've also provided their direct extensions.

Chad VonAhnen
Executive Director

Shelly Toft
Senior Executive Assistant

Shelly May
Deputy Director

Tim Arnold
Associate Director/CFO

Mandy Flower
CDDO Director

Melissa Reeves
Community Relations Manager



Governing Board

JCDS is guided by a seven-member governing board who are appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. Board members are:

Kyle Russell - Chairperson

  • District 1
  • Term expires: 8/31/2023

Debbie Scott Williams - Vice Chair

  • District 2
  • Term expires: 8/31/2022

Rick Marien – Treasurer

  • District 4
  • Term expires: 8/31/2021

Gayle Richardson - Secretary

  • District 7
  • Term expires: 8/31/2022

Michael Hughes - Member

  • District 3
  • Term expires: 8/31/2023

Dale Chaffin - Member

  • District 6
  • Term expires: 8/31/2023

Aderonke "Kiki" Oyetunji - Member

  • District 5
  • Term expires: 8/31/23

The Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) Governing Board is appointed by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, pursuant to Section 19-4001, Kansas Statutes Annotated.

The JCDS Governing Board meets monthly, generally excluding July and December. Contact Senior Executive Assistant Shelly Toft at 913-826-2641 or e-mail: Shelly Toft for specific dates, time and locations, as these are subject to change.

Persons who may need assistance, the use of a sign language or oral interpreter, or who require special accommodations, should contact 913-826-2641 at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting.


To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Mark D. Elmore Center is closed to the public. The JCDS Governing Board will be using Zoom, an online meeting tool, to conduct their meetings at this time.  We will be prudent with our business agenda, deferring action when feasible, and we will not be accepting Public Comments during the meeting. If you have information, comments, or questions related to any item on our agendas, we encourage you to submit that information in writing to [email protected].

To comply with K.A.R. 16-20-1 concerning open meetings during an emergency declaration, if you wish to attend a board meeting through the Zoom platform, please contact Shelly Toft via email above by noon on the day prior to the published meeting date. You will receive a zoom link, including phone number options to call in, with a meeting ID and password to join the meeting electronically. Your login will be held in an electronic meeting room until verification of your request and when the meeting begins, if your information is verified, you will be connected to the meeting. You will be muted during the meeting. The additional requirements for a password and email verification are necessary to comply with the data security requirements of Johnson County Government.

Please allow time to set up the application on your computer or phone if you have not previously used Zoom and have any ID, passwords or phone numbers you intend to use at the ready.

Thank You. Stay Safe.

Governing Board Agendas and Minutes

Jan. 22, 2019 Agenda Meeting Canceled
Feb. 26, 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 26, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 21, 2019 Agenda Minutes
June 25, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Aug. 27, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 24, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 22, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Nov. 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Jan. 28, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Feb. 25, 2020 Agenda Minutes
March 24, 2020 Agenda Meeting canceled
April 21, 2020 Agenda Minutes
May 19, 2020 Agenda Minutes
June 23, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Aug. 25, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 22, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 27, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Nov. 24, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Jan. 26, 2021 Agenda Minutes
Feb. 23, 2021 Agenda Minutes
March 23, 2021 Agenda  
April 27, 2021 Agenda  
May 25, 2021    
June 22, 2021    
Aug. 24, 2021    
Sept. 28, 2021    
Oct. 26, 2021    
Nov. 30, 2021    

About Us

Self-Advocacy Group

Johnson County Developmental Supports is an agency of Johnson County Government that facilitates career and personal development for Johnson County residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A developmental disability is a chronic condition present before age 22 due to physical and/or mental impairments such as intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or Down syndrome, among others.

Designated as Johnson County's Community Developmental Disabilities Organization, JCDS also offers a single point of entry for those seeking IDD services, determines eligibility for services, and coordinates a network of over 70 Johnson County providers.

JCDS benefits from the support of a separate Friends of JCDS organization dedicated to providing additional resources for priority individuals and community-centered projects where other funding is not available. 

JCDS is guided by a seven-member governing board appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.



Johnson County Development Supports serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We focus on individuals’ abilities, provide choice-driven supports, and advocate alongside people to live and work in our community.



We aspire to build a community that promotes, supports, and embraces people of all abilities.


Our History

JCDS History

JCDS was established in 1972 through the committed efforts of parents and other developmental disability advocates. Since that time, the agency has grown as a Community Support Provider to serve over 500 people daily through a broad array of community-based programs and supports.


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CDDO Resource Fair



The Johnson County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO) is the single point of entry for IDD services in Johnson County. If you're interested in accessing services, please contact the CDDO for an assessment.

Direct support professionals play a crucial role in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their quest to live and work in the community. DSPs perform a multitude of tasks including personal care, job coaching, appropriate medical/physical care, behavioral guidance, skills teaching, help with household tasks and so much more.



Connect With Us

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Volunteering with JCDS is a great opportunity to meet new people and make a difference in your community. There are many ways to get involved with JCDS, such as planning activities, clerical, special skills training, cooking, production work, emerging artists mentoring, performances, presentations, and more!

Note: Due to COVID-19, the volunteer program is currently suspended.

Connect with us on social media to stay up to date with services, events, job openings, volunteer opportunities and additional ways you can get involved. 

By following, liking and sharing our content on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, you're helping to raise awareness about the IDD community in Johnson County and support the hundreds of families who rely on IDD services.

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  • Accredited by CQL, an international rehabilitation accreditation commission
  • Licensed and partially funded by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services and Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Member of ANCOR, the American Network of Community Options and Resources
  • Member of InterHab, the Resource Network for Kansans with Disabilities

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