Independence within the Colorado Department of Human Services has named Georgia Edson as the new director of the Division for Regional Center Operations (DRCO). She has served as interim director since Sept. 30, 2016.
Edson is an intellectual and developmental disability executive with more than 15 years of experience. Prior to becoming DRCO interim director, she served as the division’s research and data analyst. She worked in quality assurance, placement management and consulting prior to joining the regional center team. Edson has a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University.
"Georgia brings a strong combination of management skills, knowledge of intellectual and developmental disability service delivery, and a longstanding commitment to people who have disabilities,” said Mark Wester, director of the Office of Community Access and Independence. “I am looking forward to the positive impact she will have as she assumes the permanent leadership of the Division for Regional Center Operations."
In her new role, Edson has direct oversight of the operations and administration of the three state regional centers – located in Grand Junction, Pueblo and Wheat Ridge – which care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is accountable for financial and programmatic operations, leadership, innovation, and development of programs for residents. She will supervise both the regional center directors and division staff.
"I am looking forward to continuing the collaborative work with staff, parents and stakeholders, focused on providing the residents at each regional center quality person-centered supports,” Edson said.
Her new duties begin immediately.