Contact Information

Disability Management Employer Coalition

5173 Waring Road., Suite 134
San Diego, CA 92120-2705
Phone: 800.789.3632
Fax: 877.789.3632


DMEC Staff

Terri L. Rhodes, CLMS, CCMP, CPDM, MBA | Chief Executive Officer

800.789.3632, ext.117

Terri has extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of absence and disability program management. Terri was an Absence and Disability Management Consultant for Mercer delivering strategic absence and disability management solutions to clients of all sizes. She also served as Director of Absence and Disability for Health Net and Corporate IDM Program Manager for Abbott Laboratories and was an early adopter building an Integrated Disability Management program for Legacy Health System.

Terri holds an MBA (Business Management) from Columbus University, a Certified Professional in Disability Management (CPDM), and a Certified Case Management Professional (CCMP) from the Insurance Educational Association.


Tasha Patterson, MBA | Vice President, Operations

800.789.3632, ext.102

Tasha joined DMEC in 2015. She brings more than fifteen years of strategic marketing, communications, and operations experience in various association and non-profit settings. Tasha is responsible for overseeing the management of DMEC’s day-to-day operations, including development of education programs, new products and services, and execution of the company’s vision, mission, and strategic plan.

Tasha holds an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Economics from Wheaton College.



JoAnne L. Spitale, MS, DES | Director, Conferences

800.789.3632, ext.106

JoAnne joined DMEC in 2009. She brings more than sixteen years of hands-on program management and event/conference planning experience in the educational, sports management, and non-profit association fields. JoAnne is responsible for the successful planning, implementation, and evaluation of DMEC’s conferences.

JoAnne holds an MS in Sports Studies & Management and a BA in Education from High Point University. She also holds a Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification through the Digital Experience Institute.


Katie Gillham | Senior Events Coordinator
800.789.3632, ext. 119

Katie joined DMEC in 2015. She has nine years of event management experience in several areas, including higher education, professional associations, municipalities, and audio/visual services. Most recently she worked as a corporate event coordinator managing trade shows and sponsorship programs. She is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the DMEC FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference and the DMEC Annual Conference and manages the continuing education process for DMEC events.

Katie holds a BS in Psychology with a minor in Economics from Boston University.



Kristin Jones, CLMS, PHR, SHRM-CP | Continuing Education Manager

800.789.3632, ext. 126

Kristin joined DMEC in 2017. She has over 10 years of experience in human resources and training in the for-profit sector.  Kristin most recently served as the HR Manager for a manufacturing facility, overseeing all aspects of the location’s human resources program and leave management. Kristin is responsible for the development, management, and delivery of educational programming for DMEC’s continuing education programs and events.

Kristin holds a BS in Communications from Missouri State University, and is a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is also a certified training facilitator for both Development Dimensions International (DDI) and Thomas International PPA+.


Cindy Espe | Online Events Administrator

800.789.3632, ext. 118

Cindy joined DMEC in 2013. She contributes a strong administrative and technical background from a variety of industries. Her experience includes CRM database administration, business systems integration, event planning, and executive support. Her logistical strengths and organizational skills make her well-equipped to administer DMEC’s online educational events. This includes managing the technical details for DMEC webinars as well as working with National sponsors and presenters to ensure a seamless and successful webinar program.



Mary Hill | Accounting Manager

mhill@dmec.orgMary Hill
800.789.3632, ext. 122

Mary joined DMEC in 2016. In addition to several years of accounting experience, she has a background in grant writing, contract management, human resource administration, and public relations. Her financial knowledge, accuracy, and organizational skills help to ensure the overall financial health of DMEC. Mary manages the daily operations for accounting and is responsible for the development and implementation of accounting practices and procedures.
Mary holds a BA in both Economics and Biology from the University of Puget Sound.


Information Technology

Ayesha Mirza  | IT Operations Manager

800.789.3632, ext. 127

Ayesha joined DMEC in 2017. She has extensive experience with and is certified in Salesforce, Microsoft CRM, and AX – including D365 Financials. She also has over 10 years experience with SQL Server including SSRS reporting, OLAP cubes, and SSIS integrations. Ayehsa spent the last eight years working in the consulting space as a Solution Architect and a Project Manager with clients including Exxon Mobil, Dole, and Boeing. She is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of DMEC’s IT systems and operations.

Ayesha holds a Masters in Accounting and has certifications in ITIL, PMP, and CCNA.


Lisa Jorgenson | Database Administrator

800.789.3632, ext. 120

Lisa joined DMEC in 2015. She brings several years of experience in information technology, specifically database management in the for-profit industry. She is responsible for maintaining the membership database and providing technical support for various DMEC IT projects.

Lisa holds a BS in Business Computer Information Systems from Saint Cloud State University.


Dominica Vargo | Administrative Support Specialist

800.789.3632, ext. 124

Dominica joined DMEC in 2017. She brings over 20 years of experience in customer service, process improvement, and database administration for a variety of for-profit companies. She is responsible for providing technical support for DMEC members, event attendees, and CLMS students and designees and for processing orders for DMEC products and events.


Marketing & Membership

Katy Anderson, MA | Marketing and Membership Manager
Katy Anderson
800.789.3632, ext. 128

Katy joined DMEC in 2018. She brings over a decade of experience in marketing, sales, fundraising, event planning, and strategic planning in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Katy has a wide breadth of experience in creating effective organizational strategies based on data and customer/member experiences. Katy is responsible for membership recruitment and retention and marketing for DMEC’s products and services.

Katy holds an MA in International Administration from the University of Denver and BA in International Affairs with a minor in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.


Jennifer Nelson, CLMS | Senior Marketing & Communities Coordinator

800.789.3632, ext. 121

Jennifer joined DMEC in 2016. She brings over ten years of integrated marketing experience in both non-profit and for-profit industries, including positions in the performing arts and managed IT services. Jennifer is responsible for marketing and communication activities for various DMEC events and programs, manages @Work magazine advertising, and supports several DMEC volunteer groups throughout the year.

Jennifer holds a BA in Consumer Sciences with a minor in Fine Arts from Central Washington University.


DMEC Contributors

Peter Mead | @Work Magazine Editor

800.789.3632, ext. 111

As a DMEC contributor, Peter Mead serves as the editor of @Work magazine. He directs the editorial content and calendar for the magazine and also manages article submissions and the editorial review board.