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Lauren Appelbaum

Vice President, Communications

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Philip Kahn-Pauli

Policy and Practices Director

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Ben Spangenberg

National Leadership Program Director

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Debbie Fink

Director of Community Outreach and Impact

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Franklin Anderson

Development Manager

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Elizabeth Jones

Manager of Partnerships

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Eric Ascher

Communications Associate

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Tonya Koslo

Director of Finance and Administration

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Tatiana Lee

Hollywood Inclusionist

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Candace Cable

California Inclusionist

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Stephanie Farfan

Latinx Inclusionist

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Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam

Inclusive Philanthropy Inclusionist

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Rebecca Gross

NYC Inclusionist

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Victor Santiago Pineda

Senior Advisor

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Matan Koch

Senior Advisor

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Isabel Maxwell

Senior Advisor

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Stan Goldman

Writing Coach, National Leadership Program

Meet Our Fellows

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Angelique Uwabera, Policy Fellow

Angelique Uwabera is interested in exploring the inclusivity of people with disabilities in countries with limited resources. She is a senior with the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. [click to continue…]

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Ariella Z. Barker, Communications Fellow

Ariella Z. Barker was crowned Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina, a disability advocacy position. She encouraged producers and major television networks to accurately depict characters with disabilities on television and film. She is fluent in both English and Hebrew. [click to continue…]

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Cami Howe, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Cami Howe co-founded an on-campus club called “The Disabled Student Alliance,” which promoted self-advocacy and fought against ableism and created a community of students of all abilities. She plans to pursue a doctorate degree in Social Psychology. [click to continue…]

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Candace Cable, Policy Fellow

Candace Cable is a 9-time Paralympian who won 12 medals. Her 27-year Paralympic athletic career gave her a platform to effect positive global cohesive change for people with disabilities through her disability education training, consulting, writing, volunteering and speaking. [click to continue…]

Charlotte Ruda, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Charlotte Ruda became passionate about public health during her studies at American University. She worked at Camp Northwood, a traditional summer camp that caters to children and young adults on the autism spectrum. [click to continue…]

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Emily Kranking, Communications Fellow

Emily Kranking has educated herself how people with disabilities are treated in entertainment and society. Working at RespectAbility mixes her love of service with strategic communications to help people with disabilities. Her first feature film as an actress is scheduled to be released this fall. [click to continue…]

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Heidi Wangelin, Volunteer Engagement Fellow

Heidi Wangelin is a University of Washington graduate with two bachelor’s degrees in Culture, Literature and Arts as well as Disability Studies. She joined RespectAbility to further her learning about public policy regarding people with disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Jeremy Cooper, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Jeremy Cooper joined RespectAbility out of a longstanding desire to work in disability and mental health advocacy, which stems from his experiences growing up with a younger brother with autism. He is an avid history enthusiast. [click to continue…]

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Justin Tapp, Policy Fellow

Justin Tapp is the Disability Studies Student Organization’s treasurer at the University of Toledo. He will graduate in May of 2019 with his bachelor’s degree in Disability Studies and Political Science. He was born with two congenital diseases: klippel-feil syndrome and scoliosis. [click to continue…]

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Madeleine Hannah Tasini, Jewish Inclusion Fellow

Madeleine Hannah Tasini wants to make the Jewish community and Israel a more accessible place for people with disabilities. She hopes to use her power to ensure people with disabilities are treated fairly in Israel. [click to continue…]

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Megghan Duffy, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Meghan Duffy has previously worked for a nonprofit organization called LEAD, which works to end the stigmas against mental health. She plans on furthering her education in Psychology to help people with their mental health full time. [click to continue…]

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Michelle Adams, Communications Fellow

Michelle Adams is a Fellow at RespectAbility because advocating for the advancement of diversity and disability issues is woven into the fabric of her identity. She plays on the GW Women’s club volleyball team. [click to continue…]

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Samantha Stewart, Communications Intern

Samantha Stewart always has been fascinated by film and has had a burgeoning interest in misrepresentation of marginal groups since ninth grade. She has participated in her school paper, the debate team and the drama club. She hopes to attain an MFA in screenwriting. [click to continue…]

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Tatiana Lee, Communications Fellow

Tatiana Lee is the voice behind “Accessible Hollywood,” where she highlighted her journey as an actress, model and lifestyle influencer born with Spina Bifida. She was in one of Apple’s first ad campaigns featuring people with disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Vivian O’Neal, Policy Fellow

Vivian O’Neal was awarded the Miracle Maker award for raising more than $5,000 for CMN hospitals. Watching her brother’s struggles with Nemaline Myopathy exposed her to the loopholes within the ADA and true accessibility. [click to continue…]

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