Staff & Volunteers

Isabel Hodge
Executive Director

Isabel Hodge, a blonde middle-aged woman smiling wearing glasses and a black shirtIsabel Hodge is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and a Marine Corps veteran. She came to USICD from the Department of Defense where she served as a Senior Program Analyst at the Office of Special Needs. 

She completed a Federal detail to the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Office of the Commissioner. 

In her free time, she serves on the Board of Directors for Wheelchairs for Kids International and travels to less resourced countries to provide adjustable pediatric wheelchairs to children with disabilities. Isabel also serves as advisory board member on American University's Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) Joint Advisory Board.

Vivian Fridas
Program Manager

A Young Woman with long brown hair wearing a floral dress sits on a red coloured chair beside her service dog call DittoPrior to working at USICD, Vivian served as a Disabilities Program Assistant at the Women's Refugee Commission. Some of Vivian's work at USICD, as a former intern, included researching information for USICD's Article 32 - International Cooperation study and mentoring fellow interns participating in USICD's Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program. 

Benjamin Allen
Administrative Assistant - Volunteer

A photo of Benjamin Allen. A young man smiling with brown hair wearing a black blazer, white shirt and red tie.Mr. Benjamin Allen is currently consolidating the disability references from the U.S. State Department Human Rights Report. As a volunteer, he provides administrative support and monitors social media for USICD.


Sarah Davidson
Gala Volunteer


Sarah DavidsonSarah Davidson is a Business Transformation Consultant with IBM and is giving her time and talents to assist with USICD's Gala as a volunteer.





Dr. Rebecca Posante
USICD Events Coordinator Volunteer

Dr. Rebecca Posante

Dr. Rebecca Posante, USICD Events Coordinator volunteer, is a retired Federal government employee. She served as the Director of the Office of Special Needs within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  She retired from the government in 2012 after 28 years of service.  Dr. Posante attended Purdue University (B.A.), Washington University in St. Louis (M.A.), and obtained her doctorate in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She also completed a one year Maternal and Child Health fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston, Texas. 

Dr. Carolyn Shettle
Grant Writer - Volunteer

Dr. Carolyn Shettle is a Senior Consultant at Westat and USICD's volunteer Grant Writer.






Carlos Quembo

Mr. Carlos QuemboUSICD is delighted to host 2018 IREX Community Solutions Program Fellow, Mr. Carlos Quembo! He is a passionate Mozambican lecturer, researcher and activist for the human rights of people with disabilities. He has a BA degree in history from Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo-Mozambique, a master’s in political science from Sciencespo Bordeaux, France and is currently finishing my PhD in International Development at Oxford University, United Kingdom. He is the parent of a child with a disability who runs a non-profit called APODEMOS. His personal experience advocating for his son fuelled his passion for working to understand the reality and challenges faced by other people with disabilities in his country and his work towards promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities on Mozambique and globally. Read Quembo's blog.