An Enabled Workforce

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. 


Andy Imparato CNDAC Chair

"I am grateful for the opportunity to lead an independent council that includes world-class leaders in our cross-disability civil rights movement and to partner with Centene to help them be the best healthcare company for our community as an insurer, an employer and a business partner."

- Andy Imparato, CNDAC Chair, Disability Rights California

Current Centene National Disability Advisory Council members include:


Wade Rakes (Executive Sponsor), Chief Growth Officer, Centene Corporation

Andy Imparato (Chair), Disability Rights California

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

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

Chris Rodriguez, Ability 360

Naomi Soule, Missouri Council of the Blind

Colleen Starkloff, Retired, Starkloff Disability Institute

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

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

Mary Willard, Public Health Outreach

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.