Board of Directors
Marca Bristo, President
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
Marca Bristo is President and CEO of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago’s center for independent living. She served as the Chair of the National Council on Disability, and the President of the National Council on Independent Living.
Lex Frieden, Vice President
Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
Lex Frieden is Professor of Health Informatics and Professor of Rehabilitation at the University of Texas at Houston. He has been a leader in the independent living movement since the 1970s and has received two Presidential Citations for his work in the disability field.
John Lancaster, Past President
John Lancaster is the former Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living.
Barbara LeRoy, Secretary
Developmental Disabilities Institute
Wayne State University
Dr. LeRoy is the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is a disability consultant to the Ministries of Education in New Zealand, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
Jeff Rosen, Treasurer
Jeff Rosen is General Counsel for CSDVRS, LLC. For seven years, he was the General Counsel and Director of Policy for the National Council on Disability.
Anita Shafer Aaron is Executive Director of World Institute on Disability, an international policy institute and think tank focused on economic growth and inclusive participation of people with disabilities. Aaron’s background includes mediation/conflict resolution and building leadership teams of people with disabilities.
Director, Policy and Global Outreach
Ann Cody is Director of Policy and Global Outreach with BlazeSports America. She is a leading international advocate on sport and human rights for people with disabilities, and has spearheaded international initiatives focused on the rights of girls and women with disabilities in sport.
Life Without Limits
The Honorable Tony Coelho is the Chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Life without Limits. He is a former U.S. Congressman from the state of California who authored the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Senior Staff Attorney
National Disability Rights Network
David Hutt is senior staff attorney at the National Disability Rights Network. He has provided training and manages the Representative Payee Review Project, and works on issues related to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Dr. Patricia Morrissey
Consultant, Disability Policy
Dr. Morrissey is the former Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities within the Administration for Family and Children in the US Department on Health and Human Services. She is currently a consultant on disability policy.
David W. Oaks
David Oaks is the Executive Director of MindFreedom International, an independent coalition working for human rights for people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. For 34 years, David has been a community organizer advocating for improvements in the mental health system, including better human rights protections and more humane alternatives for mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.
Senior Human Rights Legal Advisor
BlueLaw International, LLP
Stephanie Ortoleva is Senior Human Rights Legal Advisor at BlueLaw, International, LLP, where she focuses on disability rights and human rights programming in developing countries. She is an Associate of the American University Center for Global Peace.
Disability Rights International
Eric Rosenthal is the founder and Executive Director of Disability Rights International, which has exposed human rights atrocities inside institutions for people with mental disabilities internationally.
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Easter Seals, Inc.,
Randy Rutta is Executive Vice President of Public Affairs at Easter Seals, Inc. He has been a key leader in advocating for making transportation systems more accessible to people with disabilities.
Director, Disability Rights Fund
Diana Samarasan is the director of the Disability Rights Fund, a grant maker to disabled people’s organizations in developing countries that are advocating for improved implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
National Youth Leadership Network
Betsy Valnes has been a contributing member of the disability community since 1991, serving as a self-advocate, an activist, a support person, a community development professional, and a policy making contributor. Her Master’s studies focused on international human rights laws/initiatives for marginalized communities and the roles of individual people in such progressive movements.
Aubrey Webson is the director of Perkins International. He has served in various capacities with several international organizations including: Sightsavers International UK, Helen Keller International NY, and the World Blind Union. He has written policy papers on inclusive education for the World Bank and has led social analysis initiatives for the Danish government.
Research and Training Center on Independent Living
University of Kansas
Dr. White is Director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas and has worked in the field of rehabilitation and independent living for more than 30 years. Since 1997, he has conducted research and training to build capacity and disability leadership in Peru. Currently, Dr. White is on Sabbatical and visiting and working with disability leaders in Korea, Vietnam and Japan.
The Access Board
David Baquis is an Accessibility Specialist in the Access Board’s Office of Technical and Information Services, an independent US federal agency that promotes accessibility for people with disabilities. He was formerly Director of the National Center on Assistive Technology.
General Counsel and Director of Policy
National Council on Disability
Joan Durocher is currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress about issues of importance to people with disabilities.
Office of Disability Integration and Coordination
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Homeland Security
Marcie Roth is the Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA. She has held leadership positions with the National Coalition for Disability Rights, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, National Council on Independent Living and TASH.
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office on Special Edcuation and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)
Department of Education
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Department of Labor
U.S. Department of Transportation