Speaker Date Topic
Jordan Drake, CEO Jun 20, 2024
Special Abilities of North Texas
Special Abilities of North Texas

Special Abilities of North Texas is a local nonprofit day program serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to provide the highest quality care, training, and support to adults with developmental disabilities, giving them opportunities to succeed in life, family, and the community. 

About Jordan:

Jordan's career with Special Abilities spans over 14 years, beginning as a staff nurse at the organization's Lewisville center. Her roles have evolved from direct care to leadership, reflecting her deep-seated commitment to the community Special Abilities serves. Jordan's approach to leadership is informed by her extensive, hands-on experience and her academic achievements, including a Masters of Nonprofit Leadership and Management from Arizona State University. She is focused on thoughtful growth for the organization, aiming to extend its reach and impact throughout the DFW area. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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