Community Choice has always been involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of consumers’ needs and interests.
We are proud to be active participants and/or members in each of the following advocacy organizations, each of which carries forth a mission to enhance the rights and lives of individuals with disabilities:
Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (MARF) http://www.marf.cc/
Missouri Chapter of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (MOANCOR) http://www.moancor.org/
Missouri Association of County Developmental Disability Services (MACDDS) http://www.macdds.org/
Kansas Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (Interhab) http://www.interhab.org/
Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) http://www.kcdd.org/
Scott T. Shepherd
President and CEO
Scott Shepherd founded Brookside Health Staffing in March of 1998 to meet a severe staffing shortage for direct support workers who teach and help people with disabilities to live independently in the community. In 2002, Mr. Shepherd sold the company to another temporary staffing agency and continued as its executive director. In June 2007, Mr. Shepherd and Scott Ling partnered to repurchase Brookside Health Staffing, renaming the organization to Community Choice, Inc. Mr. Shepherd is a strong advocate for people with disabilities in Kansas and Missouri. Currently, he serves on several boards and associations that represent or advocate for people with disabilities, including Chairman of the Kansas Council for Developmental Disabilities, Kansas Social and Rehabilitative Services Strategic Plan Oversight Committee, Parson’s State Hospital and Training Center Advisory Board in Parsons, Kansas, 2006/2007 Chairperson of the Missouri Coalition for Developmental Disabilities, and the Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. Mr. Shepherd is also a parent of an adult son with a developmental disability.
He has more than 20 years management experience in the healthcare industry including eight years as a hospital chief executive officer in the behavioral healthcare industry specializing in the treatment of acute behavioral disorders and chemical dependency for adults, adolescents, and children. Mr. Shepherd has directed inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare systems in many parts of the U.S. and abroad.
Mr. Shepherd also owned and operated Shepherd Management Consultants, a management-consulting firm that provided leadership training, team building, strategic planning, business office consultation, human resource consultation, and marketing/sales training for small healthcare businesses. He received his Masters in Business Administration degree from Baker University and his B.A. degree in Communications and Public Relations from Brigham Young University. He is a Certified Staffing Professional.
Vice President Operations
Prior to joining Mr. Shepherd to form Community Choice, Inc, Scott Ling accumulated over 20 years experience working in Healthcare. He has a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology, and experience working with a wide variety of people in many different capacities over the years. His clinical experience includes having worked as a counselor and supervisor with troubled adolescents, a Marriage and Family Therapist, providing court-ordered Forensic Evaluations, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Clinical Case Manager, and as a Rehabilitation Psychologist. He has managed an inpatient adolescent psychiatric program, was the Associate Director of Neurobehavioral Programs for a Post-Acute Neurorehabilitation Program in Durham, NC, and Executive Director of a Community-Based Neurorehabilitation Program and Supported Living Services in Madison, WI. He has co-authored a professional journal article on the Influence of Outcome Studies on Rehabilitation Policy, and a book chapter on Independence in the Home and Community.
St. Louis Regional Director
Linda Taylor has over 20 years of experience providing supports and services that enable adults with disabilities to live more independently in the community. Ms. Taylor has worked for national organizations such as Association for Retarded Citizens and United Cerebral Palsy managing their community programs for supports and services. Ms. Taylor has developed a reputation of being a strong advocate for people with disabilities by striving to work closely with consumers and families, service coordinators, and support staff to assure that individual needs are met or exceeded and that consumers have opportunities of full inclusion in their communities. Ms. Taylor has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School.
Director Community Living Services, Kansas City
John has over 15 years’ experience supporting and working with individuals who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Agency Management from Missouri Valley College, and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from the University of Maryland. He started his career as a Direct Care Professional at a Missouri Habilitation Center. He progressed to the position of Program Manager for the Center for Human Services in Sedalia, MO. From there, he joined Community Choice, Inc. in 2007 as the Central Missouri Regional Manager. When that office closed in 2010, he went to Triality, Inc., in Liberty, MO as their Director of Community Living. In 2013 the opportunity presented itself for John to return to Community Choice, Inc. as the Director of Community Living Services, Kansas City Region. His outgoing, and fun-loving personality enhance his leadership skills, and create a positive influence upon all those around him.