Kimberly Sanders, President, Ukeru Systems
Kim has worked with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities for over 25 years. Kim has served in a series of both hands-on and leadership roles in Grafton facilities, including Case Manager, Direct Support Professional, Residential Administrator and Executive Director, and Executive Vice President.
Kim has presented at the national and international level on the Minimization of Restraint and Seclusion model, and she is recognized as an innovator for moving towards a physical restraint free environment at Grafton. Kim holds a BA in Psychology and a MS in Strategic Leadership.
Christopher Feltner, Training and Performance Architect
Christopher has worked at Grafton Integrated Health Network for eight years. During his tenure, he has worked as an Instructional Assistant, Trainer and Training Support Manager. Christopher has helped develop and train Ukeru across Grafton’s multiple regions along with training Ukeru to external organizations across the United States, and in Australia.
Christopher has studied various martial arts since the age of nine and has competed in wrestling and submission grappling. These
interests have provided him with a thorough insight into body mechanics, which in turn has allowed him to break down the physical techniques of Ukeru for staff in very unique ways.
Christopher has a BA in Speech Communication from James Madison University with a specialized focus in Interpersonal Communication. He also holds an Associate of Science with an education focus from Lord Fairfax Community College.
Robert “Patrick” North, Learning Engineer
Patrick North has been with Ukeru’s parent organization, Grafton Integrated Health Network, for over seven years, working in increasingly responsible roles within the organization. Starting as a Direct Support Professional, he soon was promoted to behavior interventionist, then program supervisor, then Training Support Manager and, most recently, Residential Administrator of Grafton’s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center. Patrick has experience in all facets of the behavioral health field, making him an invaluable source of knowledge for the many organizations implementing Ukeru in their facilities.
In 2014, Patrick became an Ukeru champion, training both Grafton staff as well as over 600 individuals in organizations across the United States. He has extensive experience training professionals in programs that serve individuals with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric challenges.
Ray Crosen, Learning Engineer
Before joining the Ukeru team, Ray held a variety of jobs at Grafton Integrated Health Systems including Direct Support Professional and Residential Administrator. He has also worked in all regional areas within Grafton. But most interestingly, Ray was instrumental in helping develop the Ukeru model during his time at Grafton.
Ray holds the unique perspective of seeing how Grafton was transformed by the Ukeru philosophy and continues to be a champion for its effectiveness as a trauma-informed approach in addressing behavioral challenges.
Dori Sanders, Digital Publicist
As Ukeru’s Digital Publicist, Dori Sanders focuses on increasing connections with like-minded individuals and organizations across social media platforms. Her efforts to digitally engage stakeholders has been, and continues to be, critical to spreading the comfort vs. control message and building excitement around Ukeru’s mission. Dori is currently attending Shepherd University working toward her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration.