Kimberly Danes, MOL, CFREDirector of Development

Growing up on the Portage River in Elmore, Kimberly came from farming roots in Ottawa County, where most of her relatives still reside. After spending over a decade in manufacturing, she became involved in the nonprofit world through volunteering, then as a profession. Fundraising ignited her passion for helping others, and she found that The Ability Center was an organization that was seeking a leader to enhance their existing team.

With a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Lourdes University, and a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Toledo, Kimberly lives in Perrysburg, and enjoys traveling all over the world. She has two children, a son in Chicago working as a chemical engineer, and a daughter in Quito, Ecuador, teaching English. A pianist since age 5, and a church organist since age 14, music is one of her hobbies, along with knitting, ballroom dancing, and playing poker.

Nancy Jomantas – Event Coordinator

IMG_9159Nancy became involved with Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI) when she and her husband Paul wanted to arrange for a therapy dog to be placed at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in memory of Nancy’s father.  Juno, a therapy dog from the ADAI program, lives with Nancy and Paul and works during the week at Hospice.  Nancy loved the mission of The Ability Center and became more involved with the development committee and co-chaired a past community campaign.  Nancy grew up in the Sylvania area and attended Sylvania Northview, then went to Kent State University for her undergraduate degree.  She has become a true Buckeye lover after attending The Ohio State University for her Master’s degree.  Nancy and Paul live in the Neapolis area where they love being the “City Slickers” in the country. In her free time, Nancy enjoys golf, tennis, biking, attending sporting events, and traveling.


Shelly Burkey –  Development Assistant 

IMG_9996One September afternoon, Shelly was having lunch with a friend and learned that the wonderful non-profit organization, The Ability Center, was looking for a Development Assistant. It was an excellent match given Shelly’s desire to do meaningful work along with her background working for multiple northwest Ohio non-profits, volunteer and committee experience along with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Bowling Green State University.

Shelly is married to her husband Bob, and has raised two fur-dog-babies; Lola, who was their first rescue, and Roxi, who would become her little sister. In Shelly’s spare time, she enjoys traveling, genealogy (hopes to meet family some day from the old-country in Germany and Slovakia), nature, photography, and follows the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Detroit Red Wings. She also recently embarked on a new workout regime boxing/kickboxing at 9Round – her fighter name is Bone Crusher.