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Lauren Appelbaum

Communications Director

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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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Franklin Anderson

Development Manager

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Elizabeth Jones

Manager of Partnerships

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Tonya Koslo

Director of Finance and Administration

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Victor Santiago Pineda

Senior Advisor

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Hillary Steen

Development and Inclusion Associate

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Stan Goldman

Writing Coach, National Leadership Program

Meet Our Fellows

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Adrienne Baez, Policy Fellow

Adrienne Baez is passionate about where community interaction and policy change meet in the nonprofit sector and hopes to be an active part of her own disability community. She wants to increase accessibility, in education and employment. [click to continue…]

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Ana Lucia Figueroa, Policy Fellow

Ana Lucia Figueroa aspires to work in social media and in government programs that help those who need it the most. She has worked as a translator in events like “Vosh Arizona Ophthalmology day” in Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico. [click to continue…]

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Bryan Munguia, Communications Fellow

A son of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college student, Bryan Munguia learned about the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry and wants to increase diversity of all minorities to break negative stereotypes in society. [click to continue…]

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Emily Counts, Development Fellow

Emily Counts became passionate about working with people with disabilities through her work with Friends in Action. She plans to work in communities with barriers to healthcare access, healthy food, education, employment and physical activity. [click to continue…]

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Eric Ascher, Communications Fellow

Eric Ascher joined RespectAbility because he is passionate about challenging the stigmas that people with disabilities face. A graduate from Goucher College, he has experience with website design, video editing, writing blog posts and research projects. [click to continue…]

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Juliet Arcila Rojas, Development Fellow

Juliet Arcila Rojas wants to work in the public sector to ensure all populations are fairly represented. Her history with the disability community stems from her mother, who taught and assisted students with physical and mental disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Nicholas Olson, Policy Fellow

Nicholas Olson is passionate about youth transition programs from school to work and the role of public health specifically in minority communities. He hopes to work on projects that provide relief for people facing complex medical needs. [click to continue…]

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Richelle Ross, Development Fellow

Richelle Ross hopes to combine her studies in Sports Medicine with her social advocacy work to create more recreational opportunities for children with disabilities. She would like to continue working with and advocating for athletes with disabilities. [click to continue…]

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Ryan Knight, Communications Fellow

Ryan Knight has spastic cerebral palsy. He wants to create a magazine for people with disabilities by people with disabilities and increase awareness of the disability community through motivational speaking. [click to continue…]

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Sarah Bram, Communications Fellow

As a person with cerebral palsy, Sarah Bram has been a pathfinder her entire life, paving the road for those after her. She is passionate about working for nonprofit organizations, specifically in social media management. [click to continue…]

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Stephanie Farfan, Policy Fellow

Stephanie Farfan has been a part of Little People of America (LPA) since she was 16 years old and volunteers her time as a co-chair for the Hispanic Affairs Committee. She hopes to pursue a career benefitting the international disability community. [click to continue…]

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Tameir Yeheyes, Communications Fellow

Tameir Yeheyes is passionate about serving the community, making a difference in the world and working hard on behalf of people with disabilities. Upon graduation, she hopes to work for a nonprofit work or a government agency. [click to continue…]

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