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Program Officers

Laura Jackson

Executive Director

Laura Jackson has served the intellectual and developmental disabilities communities in the Kansas City area for more than 20 years. Laura grew up in Kansas City, graduating from the University of Kansas.  Starting in 2002, she worked at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Institute for Human Development where she procured foundation and government funding to promote self-determination and self-advocacy in public policy practices.  She completed her M.A. in Public Administration, with an emphasis in non-profit management. Laura also merited a year-long fellowship in Washington, D.C. to study and help shape national disability policy. 

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Charotte Johnson

Support Specialist

Charlotte was awarded the M.S. in Special Education, Emotional/Cognitive Disabilities from Missouri State University. She worked for private and public schools in a 30 plus year career as a special education teacher for Emotionally/Behaviorally/Cognitively delayed students.  She served also as a principal for the Excel School, an alternative school for adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems.

Christine Hernandez

Ed.D., Manager Mission Project Personal Care Assistants

Christine Hernandez joined Mission Project - Personal Care Assistants, LLC in July 2020 after 38 years serving students across the educational spectrum. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and served students in alternative education, urban public school districts, private/charter schools, and students with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

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