Out of Bounds

When Parents
Can't Fix It

Parents With




About the Producers

Virginia Cruz, D.S.W., Executive Producer
Dr. Cruz is the director of the Social Work Program at Metropolitan State College of Denver and has spent more than 20 years of research, study and education, and as a practicing psychotherapist and social work caseworker in the field of developmental disabilities. Dr. Cruz came to Metropolitan State College in 1992 from UCLA where she served as Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Director of the UAP Program at UCLA's Center for the Heath Sciences Neuropsychiatric Institute. Under her direction , the Social Work Program at Metropolitan State College was awarded full accreditation.

Dr. Cruz received her D.S.W from the University of California in 1983, an M.S.W.-Casework from the University of California in 1979 and B.A.-Psychology from California State University in June 1977. 

Sharon M. Thomson, Producer/Director
Sharon has been writing, producing and directing films and videos for more than 15 years. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and then moved into advertising and marketing, producing television spots, promotional and educational films and advertising and public relations campaigns for several Fortune 500 companies. In 1993 she opened the film and video production company Sixth Street Productions in Boulder, Colorado. She is also involved in the development of feature film projects under a sister company Imaken Films. Sharon received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wyoming and is the recipient of numerous regional and national awards for her video and print work. In the production of When Parents Can't Fix It, she interviewed more than 30 families raising children with disabilities. You may email Sharon at  sharon@sixthstreetproductions.comor contact her at Sixth Street Productions, 2299 Pearl Street, Ste. 401, Boulder, CO 80302.

Project Consultants:

Kenneth Keller, Ph.D
Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology
and Social Welfare and Director, Family Center
Metropolitan State College of Denver

Rose Stager, M.S.W., L.C.S.W
Child Welfare Trainer

Adriann Wycoff, Ph.D.
Family Literacy Director

Michele Carroll, M.S.W.
Child Welfare Trainer

Nettie Fisher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Social Work
Metropolitan State College of Denver

Aileen F. Lucero, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Metropolitan State College of Denver

Francine Mandel, R.N.
JFK Center for Developmental Disabilities Trainee

Carol Chambers
Administrative Assistant, Family Center

Ellen Gehring, M.A.
Principal, Coal Creek Elementary School

Madeline McDonnell
School Psychologist

Suzan Newberry
Teacher, Campbell County High School

Hilary Cruz
Third Grader, Coal Creek Elementary School

Verna Haynes-Byers, B.A.
M.S.C.D. Social Work Student

The producers would also like to recognize
the many families raising children with disabilities
who generously contributed their time and expertise
in the research and filming of this project.

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