Meet Our Family
“This was, by far, the best investment we have made in our CES dollars in years. The service you provided for Haley this summer was a Godsend. We are very thankful to all the staff and everyone involved for giving our daughter so many wonderful opportunities. Please pass along to the Ziel’s that their vision for this program and this center are right on the money. ” – Cindy F.
We are a community of people who are invested in living the best possible life regardless of hardships, challenges and disabilities. Meet the team that helps make the good work of HighPointe possible.
Ken Ziel, CEO
Since 1990, when his son Austin was born with very involved development delays and physical disabilities, Ken has committed his life to finding better ways of serving individuals with involved care needs.
Over the past decade, Ken has developed and launched three companies providing services to the developmentally disabled community. In 2003, Ken and his wife Kim founded HighPointe Services as an organization providing a wide variety of direct support programs for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages.
Ken has served on the boards of six different developmental disability and health care service organizations. He also serves on a grant committee approving grants to agencies providing services to the developmentally disabled population. He is a graduate of Denver Seminary and spent several years working in China and Indonesia with Christian mission organizations focusing on program development. Ken started his career in accounting and finance working for two international accounting and consulting firms as well serving as CFO for several early stage companies.
Tom Rose, Family Voices Executive Director
Tom joined HighPointe in July 2014 when Family Voices became a division of the organization. Tom has been the Executive Director of Family Voices since June 2012.
Mr. Rose is responsible for all organizational activities, including the Family-to-Family Health Information Center in Colorado, four hospital based Family Navigators who provide support for more than 5,000 families each year, all policy and advocacy activities, and current state planning efforts for the integration of services for children and youth with special health care needs. Family Voices Colorado is the Family Voices State Affiliate Organization in Colorado.
Tom has more than 25 years of leadership experience in management positions for healthcare-related service organizations. Mr. Rose also has a background working in the fields of mental health and neurology, and early in his career served on the management team responsible for more than 15 mental health facilities spread throughout six western states.
Mr. Rose currently serves on more than a dozen Colorado boards, commissions, task forces, and committees focused on healthcare for children with special health care needs and their families. Mr. Rose is focused on improving access to services for families who have family member with special healthcare needs, promoting efforts to advance family and person centered care for families, and addressing health policies which create barriers for accessing healthcare.
April Elliot, Accounting Manager
April joined HighPointe in July 2015. She is a Certified Public Accountant
with over 25 years of experience in a variety of business environments. April
has a brother with developmental disabilities.
Kim Ziel, Program Design Manager
Kim is the co-founder of HighPointe Services. She earned a degree in Early Elementary Education from Metro State University. Kim has extensive experience in early education and has worked in some pretty interesting locations. She started a one room elementary school for international students in China in 1986 where she taught children from Europe and the United States. She also taught 1st Grade students at a missionary school in Irian Jaya, Indonesia in 1987.
Kim worked for Adams Camp for three years providing support to families during their time at the city and mountain camps. From 2004 - 2010 Kim was the Program Director for Exceptional Kids where she was responsible for developing the monthly program curriculum, directing the program managers for the club programs, training volunteers, as well as managing the Centennial, Colorado club.
Sandy Polizzotto, Academy Director
Sandy has always had a heart for teaching and began at a very early age teaching dance lessons during high school and college. She has a B.S. in Education and MFA in Choreography/Dance. Sandy began her career writing training material while in graduate school when she completed her first training manual for a fine dining restaurant in Dallas, TX. This was the beginning of many years in the restaurant industry where she became the Director of Training for a company and opened several restaurants in Denver, CO.
Sandy is married and has two children, one with intellectual disabilities. She returned to teaching and obtained an endorsement in Special Education when she needed to be home with her children. After years of learning how to navigate through the disability community, she has decided to combine her corporate and educational experience to pursue her passion of working with children/adults with disabilities to help them reach their greatest potential and to be as independent as possible.
Through the years Sandy has participated with many organizations in training and education. She has coached Special Olympics, served as Chair and Mentor for the Douglas County Special Education Advisory Committee, and currently serves as the Co-Chair on the Family Support Council at Developmental Pathways.
Alex Hawthorne, Team Lead
Tim Baker, Team Lead
Tim joined HighPointe in August 2012. He studied at Colorado State University.
He is a Certified Nursing Assistant. He has served in extensive business and leadership
positions. Tim has a nephew with developmental disabilities.