Trent Phelps Joins Starkloff Disability Institute Board of Directors

FEBRUARY 19, 2016, St. Louis, Missouri… Starkloff Disability Institute (SDI) is pleased to announce that Trent Phelps has been elected to the board of directors of the not-for-profit organization, which works to change societal attitudes about people with disabilities through programs that send positive messages about living with disability. (

“I am extremely impressed with Starkloff Disability Institute and very enthusiastic to serve on the board of directors as the organization advances its programs and strategic planning initiatives to make a positive difference for people with disabilities,” Ms. Phelps said.

Ms. Phelps is president of the real estate holding company Clarkson Management. She served as a volunteer on SDI’s development committee for a year before being elected to the board. Ms. Phelps attended Washington University, Briarcliff College and Mary Institute. In addition, she is former board chairman of Brehm Preparatory School, a not-for-profit coeducational boarding school for students with learning disabilities.

Ms. Phelps’ daughter, Natalie Phelps Tate, was diagnosed with a learning disability after suffering an aneurysm as a child. Today, Natalie is a family counselor for people with disabilities and author of a new book entitled “Attitude + Advocacy + Adaptive Technology = Academic Success.” The book is available on via this link:​.

SDI Co-Director Colleen Starkloff said, “Trent Phelps’ insights and involvement with disability issues for many years will help SDI achieve our mission to create a world that welcomes disabled people, and advance our ‘Next Big Step’ employment initiative. We are extremely pleased that Trent will serve on our board in the year ahead.”

Starkloff Disability Institute

Founded in 2003 by Max and Colleen Starkloff and David Newburger, the Starkloff Disability Institute works to create a world that welcomes disabled people in every aspect of society. SDI programs include the “Next Big Step” employment initiative; the Max Starkloff Speakers Series; the Universal Design Summit; and the Disabilities Studies Initiative at Maryville University. SDI also offers professional services to businesses that want to welcome people with disabilities into their workforce.

For information about Starkloff Disability Institute, contact Lori A. Becker at 314–588–7090 or email or see the website