According to the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, people with disabilities make up the third-largest market segment in the United States. Centene believes that by proactively hiring people with disabilities, it is better able to serve its members. Just as we are committed to hiring the most qualified talent, Centene is equally committed to ensuring that every member of our workforce has access to the tools and resources that enable them to be successful at work.

Centene National Disability Advisory Council

Centene has long recognized the benefits of workplace policies that provide a supporting and welcoming environment for people with disabilities. Centene worked with key leaders in the disability community to establish a council to develop a framework for disability inclusion with respect to our employees, members, providers, and suppliers.

Our National Disability Advisory Council is composed of national leaders in disability advocacy who work on enterprisewide recommendations and initiatives that advance disability inclusion in Centene's workforce and product offerings in our healthcare solutions. 

Centene has brought some of the top U.S. disability leaders to the table to advise us on how we can be more inclusive to those who are aged, blind or disabled.

- Colleen Kelly Starkloff, Co-founder (Retired), Starkloff Disability Institute; Chair, Centene National Disability Advisory Council

Colleen Kelly Starkloff

Current Centene National Disability Advisory Council members include:


Zane Yates (Executive Sponsor), Senior Vice President, Chief Business Development Officer, Centene Corporation

Colleen Starkloff (Chair), Retired, Starkloff Disability Institute

Theo Braddy, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

Charlie Carr, Disability Policy Consortium

Dr. Diana Cejas, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, University of North Carolina

Tom Earle, Liberty Resources, Inc.

Jeiri Flores, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

Claudia Gordon, T-Mobile

Andy Imparato, Disability Rights California

June Kailes, Disability Policy Consultant

Colin Killick, Disability Policy Consortium

Anil Lewis, National Institute for the Blind

James Meadours, Advocacy & Outreach Lead, Strategic Education Solutions

Mike Oxford, Topeka Independent Living Resource Center

Germán Parodi, The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

Mark Raymond, Jr., Split Second Foundation

Rylin Rodgers, Microsoft

Chris Rodriguez, Ability 360

Naomi Soule, Missouri Council of the Blind

Maria Town, American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD)

Jim Warne, TVR CIRCLE Training Coordinator CANAR & SDSU Interwork Institute

Mary Willard, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)

National Employer Recognition

As a result of Centene’s approach to inclusion of people with disabilities in our workplace, we have been named one of the best places to work for people with disabilities by the Disability Equality Index (DEI®) for six consecutive years.

The Disability Equality Index is a joint initiative by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI is a national, transparent, annual benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score on their disability inclusion policies and practices.

Disability Equality Index recognition banner National Organization on Disability - Leading Disability Employer.