Meet Our Board

Officers

Kevin Foster, Chair
Human Resources Professional
Kevin Foster, headshot
Kevin was previously the Director of Human Relations (HR) Operations at Motorola Solutions, Inc., the previous Government and Public Safety division of Motorola, Inc. Kevin has over 8 years of HR experience and 12 years of Diversity and Inclusion experience. As Director of HR Operations from 2006-2017, he focused on program and project management of large scale global projects, including mergers and acquisitions, as well as diversity leadership.

Before that, Kevin worked as a Global Resources Manager for Motorola, Inc. where he managed, designed, developed, validated, and implemented global diversity strategies and initiatives. He also served as a Manager of Human Resources for Motorola, Inc. where he managed government compliance initiatives, developed position statement responses for government agencies, performed investigations, managed database and reporting systems, facilitated compliance training, coached managers and senior leadership, and managed community outreach initiatives.

He has served on the Board of Directors for the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP), in addition to serving on the World Institute on Disability’s Board. He has also served as the president of a diversity business council, leading a variety of business and community initiatives.

Kevin was a former member of the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Ski Team. He has his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Eli Gelardin, Vice Chair
Executive Director, Marin Center for Independent Living (MCIL)
Eli Gelardin, headshot
Eli serves as the Executive Director of Marin Center for Independent Living (MCIL).  He has over a decade of experience working in disability services and advocacy. During his leadership at MCIL, the small grassroots organization has grown to an annual budget of approximately $900,000 with 11 staff serving over 800 individuals with disabilities each year.  In 2013, MCIL was recognized as a California Center of Excellence by its peers.

Eli also serves as the co-creator of QuickMatch.org, an innovative web application that blends the high tech capacity of an online personal care registry with the high touch services of local non-profit community-based organizations.  QuickMatch.org was recently featured as a model for homecare innovation at the National Home and Community Based Services Conference in Washington, D.C.

Eli translates his personal experience as an individual with a disability into his professional roles. He currently serves as Chair of the California State Independent Living Council, Chief Financial Officer of the Mission San Rafael Rotary Foundation, and board member of the California Foundation for Independent Living.

Eli lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Christina, and their two children. They are a multi-generational disabled and proud family.

Debra Ruh, Secretary
CEO, Ruh Global Communications
Debra Ruh, headshotDebra was in the banking industry for over 25 years.  She became an entrepreneur in 2001 because of her unshakable faith in the power of human potential and her love for her daughter Sara, born with Down syndrome.  She created TecAccess, an I.C.T. accessibility firm where the majority of employees had disabilities.

Convinced that “the real disability is being unable to see human potential,” she went on to create Ruh Global Communications in 2013 after merging TecAccess (by then a multi-million-dollar firm) with SSB Bart Group in 2011. Ruh Global Communications is a marketing and strategy firm that focuses on global disability inclusion and digital marketing, among other things.

Debra is also the Co-Founder of AXSChat, a Twitter chat about accessibility and disability inclusion and the number one TweetChat in the world, with over a billion tweets.

She is a global market influencer on social media. Her social media handle is @debraruh with over 300,000+ followers on all mediums.  She was named “Top 5% of Social Media Influencers” and “Top 0.1% of people talking about Disability Inclusion and Accessibility” by KLOUT.

She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post, the host of the “Human Potential at Work” Podcast on iTunes, and the author of two books, Uncovering Hidden Human Capital and Finding Your Voice by Using Social Media.

Sheridan Gates, MED, PCC, Treasurer
Executive Coach, Purpose At Work
Sheridan Gates, headshotSheridan is an executive coach and the principal of Purpose At Work. She has partnered for over 20 years with leaders and teams to create more effective and integrated organizations. She has designed, developed, and delivered numerous Leadership Development Programs for clients, using a blended-approach of experiential classroom training, individual coaching, and action-learning.

Sheridan offers coaching in: leading with authenticity and presence, purpose-oriented career management and renewal, accessing one’s personal power to deepen learning and capacity for action, leveraging energy and vitality, and building connections and relationships. Her clients come from Fortune 500 companies, federal government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

She holds an M.A. in Education and Human Development with a specialization in Organizational Behavior from George Washington University and a B.A. in Economics and Business from DePauw University. She completed Coaching for Personal and Professional Mastery, a coaching certification program, and the Graduate Coaching Program offered by Newfield Network; she is also a certified Somatic Coach as a graduate of the Strozzi Institute. She is a Core Individuation practitioner and a member, faculty, and coach with the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation.

She captured her coaching approach in an article in 2011 called “Creating Possibilities and Pathways: Coaching Leaders through Change.” 

Carol J. Bradley, J.D., Immediate Past Chair
Disability Compliance Officer, Sutter Health
Carol Bradley, headshotCarol has several decades of disability community engagement, including roles as board member, volunteer, executive director, trainer, advocate, and policy adviser since the early 1990s. Her interest sparked in 1993, during her first intensive week of training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She served in leadership roles, including executive director of several independent living centers (CILs), gubernatorial appointments to two different State Independent Living Counsels, and consultant for Pacific ADA & IT Center, Breast Health Access for Women with Disabilities, and the film, Freedom Machines.

Most recently, her key focus has been developing programs on disability access obligations as a City ADA Coordinator and 8+ years as Sutter Health’s Disability Access/504 Officer. She developed the Health System program that includes training the 30+ ADA Coordinators on disability access responsibilities. She worked with equipment stakeholders on development of an accessible medical equipment survey, scoping standards, and vendor sourcing processes.

Carol acquired her vision loss during law school. She is legally blind and uses a variety of assistive technologies for accessibility. She practiced law in a small employment litigation firm in the Midwest. She has trained and presented on a variety of topics including all aspects of the ADA, management for independent center staff, domestic violence, sexual assault, and children’s experience of divorce.


 Members

Zachary Bastian
Manager, Public Policy, & Strategic Alliances, Verizon
Headshot of Zachary BastianZachary Bastian is Manager of Strategic Alliances and Public Policy for Verizon, focusing on organizations addressing disability. Zachary serves on the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee, representing Verizon in a multi-stakeholder process, implementing accessibility mandates within telecommunications. He’s passionate on how technology can enhance personal autonomy, allowing people with disabilities to live where and how they choose. Zachary graduated from George Washington University Law School in 2012.

Tali Bray
Chief Information Officer for IT for IT, Wells Fargo
Tali Bray, headshotTali is Wells Fargo’s Chief Information Officer for IT Management. Throughout her 12 years with Wells Fargo, she has served in a number of technology leadership capacities across Innovation, Enterprise Contact Centers, Small Business Payroll, Enterprise Database Management, and Risk Management. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Tali held Technology and Product Management leadership roles for multiple Bay Area startups.

Tali has a bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University and studied classical vocal performance at the New England Conservatory. Prior to joining WID’s board, she served as President of the Board of Directors for the Computer Technologies Program in Berkeley and served on the Board of Directors for the Randall Museum in San Francisco. Tali is an avid reader and mountain biker wholives in the Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, two cats and a dog, and a bearded dragon named Rey.

Bryanna Evans
Manager of External Affairs, CTIA
Headshot of Bryanna EvansCTIA represents the U.S. wireless communications industry. In her role, Bryanna manages CTIA’s accessibility initiative, Access Wireless, acting as a key convener between industry and leaders in the accessibility community. Her focus is on facilitating dynamic conversations on policy, and working to reinforce the wireless industry’s commitment to the key goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act—equality of opportunity, full participation, and independent living.

Bryanna also helps run the day-to-day operations of CTIA’s grassroots project which is a community of wireless consumers, businesses, and community leaders from around the country, supporting reasonable pro-consumer wireless policies. In this role she executes and supports state and national level grassroots campaigns, involving social media content and advertising, website management, and email outreach. Before joining CTIA, Bryanna gained experience in telecommunications working with organizations such as Nokia and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

Malcom Glenn
Public Policy Manager, Uber
Malcom Glenn, headshotMalcom Glenn is Head of Global Policy for Accessibility and Underserved Communities at Uber Technologies in Washington, DC, where he leads Uber’s global efforts to make the current and future platform more accessible for historically marginalized groups. He spearheads Uber’s work to improve outcomes for people with disabilities, low-income families, communities of color, rural residents, seniors, and returning citizens, among many other groups facing barriers to transportation or work.

Prior to joining Uber, Malcom was an executive communications manager at Google, where he developed strategic communications for two of Google’s chief financial officers and their leadership teams. Before joining Google, he was the national director of communications at the American Federation for Children, an advocacy organization focused on expanding educational options for children from low-income families, and previously worked on issue campaigns at the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.

Malcom received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College, where he was the president of The Harvard Crimson.

Darlene Hemerka
Equal Justice Works Fellow, the Public Interest Law Center
Darlene Hemerka, headshotDarlene is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Darlene’s fellowship is sponsored by Greenberg Traurig. As a fellow, Darlene works to improve secondary transition services for students with disabilities ages fourteen to twenty-one in the Philadelphia region.

While Darlene was born with Cerebral Palsy and has used a mobility device to ambulate her entire life, she did not become a disability advocate until college. In college, Darlene founded and served as the President of a student organization called the Coalition for Disability Awareness (CFDA). The mission of the organization was to increase disability awareness throughout the campus community and make the campus more accessible.

Darlene had several internships focused on disability rights during law school. After her first year, Darlene interned at WID where she worked on multiple projects, including a paper on emergency preparedness and persons with disabilities. The paper served as the basis for a presentation Darlene gave at the 3rd Annual Central Pennsylvania Public Health Day Symposium in 2016. Darlene also interned at the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

In her free time, Darlene enjoys reading and spending time with her niece.

Kiran Kaja 
Technical Program Manager, Google
Headshot of Kiran KajaKiran Kaja is a Technical Program Manager in the Google Assistant team. He works on accessibility and ensures that Assistant-based products and features are useful to everyone including users with disabilities. At Adobe Part he was part of Corporate Accessibility team, based out of the UK and responsible for Accessibility policy and standardization activities in Europe. During his time at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) he worked on accessibility of newer mainstream technology, influencing policy and practice to make digital technologies accessible to blind and partially sighted people, was a mobile device accessibility specialist, and Project Manager for AEGIS Project. He also worked on accessibility of SAPGUI/Web Dympro based applications, maintaining JAWS scripts for SAPGUI, evaluating and designing accessible user interfaces for SAP applications, researching industry standard accessibility specifications (MSAA, IA2, UIAutomation, ARIA), and accessibility Testing. Kiran has a BA in Business Administration from Pondicherry University.

Kamilah Martin-Proctor
Chair, DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities
Headshot of Kamilah Martin-ProctorKamilah is a life-long resident and fourth generation Washingtonian. She received a B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Organizational and Cultural Communication from Howard University. Founder of the Martin Multiple Sclerosis Alliance Foundation (MMSAF) (www.ManyFacesofMS.org)

Mrs. Martin-Proctor served as Vice-Chair on President Barack Obama‘s National Council on Disability, worked as the Program Assistant for the Charles B. Range lnternational Affairs Program at Howard University, a founding member of the District of Columbia’s Neighborhood Services Initiative. She also worked as a Staff Assistant and Legislative Correspondent for Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX) and as Executive Assistant to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). A frequent commentator and Keynote Speaker most recently at the British-

American Project in Ireland, Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative Expo in Ontario, CA, and Panel Host – Disability Images in Comics for Washington, DC Annual Awesome Con.

Susan Mazrui
Director of Public Policy, AT&T
Headshot of Susan MazruiSusan Mazrui began work Communications in 1994 at Pacific Bell. In 1998, she moved to the wireless field, where she developed corporate strategies for state and federal legal and regulatory compliance. Under her leadership, Cingular Wireless became the first national carrier to offer “talking” cellphones. At AT&T, Mazrui was instrumental in establishing the Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, which has assessed over 50,000 AT&T products and services. She was the architect and active in the development of AT&T’s Accessibility and Inclusion Initiative.

Mazrui has served several terms on the Federal Advisory Committees, is on the boards of the U.S. International Council on Disability, the World Institute on Disability and is a member of the Disability Equality Index advisory committee. Mazrui was named a Summit on Leading Diversity Corporate Fellow and inducted into the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2013, she was recognized as Employee of the Year by Careers and the disABLED, and in 2014 by AT&T as a Champion of Diversity. In 2016, she received the Digital Accessibility Leadership Award from G3ict and the Stephen Garff Marriott Award from American Foundation for the Blind. She currently lives in Seattle and enjoys Dragon Boating and performing stand up comedy.

Julie E. McCarthy, SPHRCA, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Professional
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Julie previously served as the Director of Human Resources and Facilities and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, based in San Francisco. Her first position at LightHouse in 2001, was briefly that of Job Developer – before returning to her HR roots where she remained until 2017.

In the years leading up to joining the nonprofit community, her titles ranged from HR Manager to Director of Operations, as she surfed the dotcom wave until it largely went bust. The experience was invaluable, though, exposing her to a variety of personalities, processes and duties. Her scope of responsibility broadened during that time, as well, leading to many facets of management since, including staff, facilities, information technology, budgeting, programs, vendor relationships, insurance, payroll, contracts, finance, policy and procedure development, report generation, Board presentations, HIPAA compliance, safety, and audit processes. Along the way she’s picked up two senior certifications from the HR Certification Institute and Society for Human Resource Management.

A native San Franciscan, Julie has witnessed those living in the Bay Area make real progress in many areas, including the integration of persons with disabilities into the larger community. She considers it her my privilege to continually support that progress in whatever ways she can.

Neil Milliken
Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion, Atos
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Neil is Head of Accessibility & Inclusion at Atos where his role is to help make the world a better place by delivering better technology for Atos’s customers and staff, embedding inclusive practice into the Business As Usual Processes of organizations with thousands of employees and turnovers numbering in billions.

He created the Atos Centre of Competence encompassing Accessibility, Inclusive Design and Assistive Technology Services. This team services multiple accounts and delivers best practice, support, and consultancy for the organization.

Neil delivers strategy and services working with a wide range of clients internally and externally helping them to develop policies, processes, and technology solutions to meet the needs of their staff and customers. These clients include: BBC, Department of Health, Ministry of Justice, Insolvency Service, and NHS.

He is the Atos representative on the Business Disability Forum Technology Task Force. Neil is also an invited expert and contributor to the W3C Cognitive Accessibility Taskforce and member of the Atos Scientific Community. He is the Co-Founder of AXSChat, Europe’s largest twitter chat with a focus on Accessibility & Inclusion.

Previously, he worked at Iansyst, one of the largest providers of Integrated Assistive Technology Solutions in the UK.

Michael Palmer
Senior Manager, Accessibility and Regulatory, T-Mobile
Michael Palmer, headshotMichael is a Senior Manager at T-Mobile, who focuses on accessibility and regulatory compliance for company programs, products and services. Having worked in the wireless industry for over 20 years, Michael has developed an expertise in analyzing new technologies for the purpose of ensuring regulatory compliance in key areas.

Michael now supports T-Mobile’s Accessibility Programs, partnering with manufacturers to include accessibility features and ensure customers have access to the latest technologies. Michael also supports the development of informational tools related to the company’s Accessibility Programs and has been an active participant in T-Mobile’s consumer outreach efforts. In addition to these responsibilities, Michael is involved in the T-Mobile Disability and Inclusion Council and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the D&I Council’s Access for Disability Networks.

A graduate of the University of Washington, Michael resides in Bellevue, Washington with his family.

Brian Scarpelli
Senior Policy Counsel, ACT | The App Association
Brian Scarpelli, headshotBrian is a Senior Global Policy Counsel at ACT | The App Association, where he works on a diversity of legal and policy issues impacting mobile app development companies, including disability access, intellectual property (patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets), privacy, cybersecurity, and connected health. He often speaks publicly at conferences and in the media on challenges and opportunities to the small business app developer community.

Previous to joining ACT, Brian worked for over five years at the Telecommunications Industry Association, a trade association representing telecommunications equipment manufacturers and vendors that is also an American National Standards Institute-accredited standards developer. He has also spent time with the Federal Communications Commission, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions.

Brian lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife Rebecca, son Daniel, and dog Zeke.

Rachel Wolkowitz
Attorney, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Rachel Wolkowitz, headshotRachel is an attorney at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP in D.C. Her practice spans a variety of policy, regulatory, and compliance matters for communications and technology companies. She has experience representing clients in rule-making, waiver, and enforcement proceedings before several federal agencies including the FCC, NTIA, FTC, FAA, DoD, DOE, and GSA. She advises media companies, carriers, and manufacturers on FCC regulations including accessibility, hearing aid compatibility, equipment authorization, and marketing requirements. Rachel was a recent panelist at a Federal Communications Bar Association Continuing Legal Education event on video accessibility. She also assists clients incorporate unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) into their operations and works with WBK’s trademark team to clear trademarks and prosecute trademark applications.

 
Frances West
IT Executive
Frances West, headshotFrances is an IT executive well known globally for her work in accessibility, emerging market, and industry solutions. She was IBM’s first Chief Accessibility Officer and worked to establish IT accessibility standards, shape government policies, and develop human-centric technology and solutions. Frances also held numerous executive management positions in her 30+ years with IBM.

Frances is a sought-after authority on the topic of global ICT accessibility. She has been invited to testify in front of the U.S. Senate on the need to pass the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and has delivered keynote remarks at events hosted by the UN’s Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies.

A leader in engaging government and private sectors in accessibility technology solutions and discussions, Frances initiated the Accessible Financial Services Forum in the U.S., France, and China so that business practices and technology innovation can be shared. She has received numerous awards, including the first John D. Kemp Award by the US Business Leadership Network.

Born in Taiwan, Frances attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Washington Lee University in Virginia and graduated with a marketing degree from the University of Kentucky. In 2011, she received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts.

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