WID Welcomes New Board Members: 2018

For Immediate Release

Berkeley, CA, USA–The World Institute on Disability welcomes four new members to the Board of Directors.  These representatives from law and policy, technology and banking include:

  • Tali Bray, San Francisco, Chief Information Officer for IT for IT, Wells Fargo
  • Darlene Hemerka, Equal Justice Works Fellow, the Public Interest Law Center
  • Neil Milliken, Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion, Atos
  • Brian Scarpelli, Senior Policy Counsel, ACT | The App Association

“These four outstanding individuals bring to WID enhanced ability to view our work through a broader geographic lens and to strengthen the impact of our work by building on expertise from technology, industry, law and disability rights as we confront critical issues facing people with disabilities both domestically and internationally,” said WID CEO, Anita Aaron.

Photos of four new board members

Bray, Hemerka, Milliken, and Scarpelli join WID’s current board members:

  • Carol J. Bradley, J.D., Chair, Disability Compliance Officer, Sutter Health
  • Heather Dowdy, Vice Chair, Accessibility Program Lead, Microsoft
  • Claire Forrest, Public Relations Coordinator, MacPhail Center for Music
  • Kevin Foster, Director of HR Operations, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  • Sheridan Gates, MED, PCC, Treasurer Executive Coach, Purpose At Work
  • Eli Gelardin, Secretary, Executive Director, Marin Center for Independent Living (MCIL)
  • Malcom Glenn, Public Policy Manager, Uber
  • Nanci Linke-Ellis, Partner, General Manager, Captionfish
  • Julie McCarthy, former Director of Human Resources, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, San Francisco
  • Ari Ne’eman, Chief Executive Officer, MySupport.com
  • Michael Palmer, Senior Manager, Accessibility and Regulatory, T-Mobile
  • Debra Ruh, CEO, Ruh Global Communications
  • Frances W. West, IT Executive
  • Rachel S. Wolkowitz, J.D., Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

For more information about WID’s Board, go to the Meet Our Board page.

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WID Welcomes New Board Members: 2016

For Immediate Release

Berkeley, CA, USA–The World Institute on Disability (WID) welcomes board member Carol J. Bradley, J. D., who begins her term as WID Board Chair this month.

Carol Bradley, headshotBradley, a Disability Compliance Officer at Sutter Health, has had several decades of disability community engagement, including roles as board member, volunteer, executive director, trainer, advocate, and policy advisor. She has served in leadership roles, including executive director of several independent living centers (ILCs), 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. Carol acquired her vision loss during law school and uses a variety of assistive technologies for accessibility.

WID also welcomes three new members to the Board of Directors. We are confident that their unique perspectives, knowledge, and skills will allow our Board to grow even greater in 2016.

Rachel Wolkowitz

Rachel Wolkowitz, headshotRachel is an Attorney at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Washington, D.C. She was a recent panelist at a Federal Communications Bar Association Continuing Legal Education event on video accessibility. She advises media companies, carriers, and manufacturers on FCC regulations, including accessibility, hearing aid compatibility, equipment authorization, and marketing requirements.

Kevin Foster

Kevin Foster, headshotKevin is the Director of Human Relations Operations at Motorola Solutions, Inc. in Pheonix, AZ. He has served on the Board of Directors of U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP). He was previously on the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Ski Team, and he has a master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Ari Ne’eman

Ari Ne'eman, headshotAri is the President and Co-Founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network in Washington, D.C. In 2009, he was nominated by Obama to the National Council on Disability where he chairs the council’s Entitlements Committee. He’s a member of the Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities and was named a “36 by 36” by the New York Jewish Week in 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Bradley, Foster, Ne’eman and Wolkowitz are joined in service to WID by current board members:

  • Rachel Arfa, Attorney and Project Manager, Equip for Equality, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Brooner, MB Consulting, LLC, Eugene, OR;
  • Kevin Dabney, Executive Vice President/CIO, Wholesale Technology Services, Wells Fargo Bank, Phoenix, AZ;
  • Heather Dowdy, Product Manager, Accessibility Engineering, Motorola Mobility LLC, Chicago, IL;
  • Claire Forrest, Writing and PR Freelancer, Minneapolis, MN;
  • Eli Gelardin, Executive Director, Marin Center for Independent Living, San Rafael;
  • Paul Hippolitus, Director, Disabled Students’ Program, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA;
  • Sheridan Gates, M Ed., PCC, Coach and Consultant, Purpose At Work, Washington, DC;
  • Susan Kaysinger, Chief Technology Officer/Sr. V.P., Wells Fargo Bank, Corporate Service Delivery, Port Ludlow, WA;
  • Nanci Linke-Ellis, Partner, General Manager, Caption Fish, Culver City, CA;
  • Paul Schroeder, Vice President, American Foundation for the Blind, Public Policy Center, Washington, DC;
  • Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM Human Ability & Accessibility Center, Cambridge, MA.

For more information about WID’s Board, go to the Meet Our Board page.

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