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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

Manager of Inclusive Philanthropy and Development

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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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Matan A. Koch

Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership

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Tatiana Lee

Hollywood Inclusionist

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Candace Cable

California Workforce Program Manager

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Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam

Inclusive Philanthropy Inclusionist

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Donna R. Walton

Senior Advisor

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Victor Santiago Pineda

Senior Advisor

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Stan Goldman

Writing Coach, National Leadership Program

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Courtney Murray

Disabilities Resource Coordinator

Meet Our Fellows

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Baksha Ali, Community Outreach Fellow

Baksha Ali is interested in working for nonprofit organizations that work with people with disabilities because she is passionate about helping others. She will eventually pursue her master’s degree in Vocational Counseling. [click to continue…]

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Chris-Mike Agbelie, Public Policy Fellow

Chris-Mike Agbelie is a Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University, focusing on disability policy and programs and health outcomes research. He is a sports enthusiast, avid music lover, and “freestyle” dancer. [click to continue…]

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Demetrious Lara, Communications Fellow

Demetrious Lara hopes to find employment within the entertainment industry as a social media manager, or in digital communications. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games. [click to continue…]

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Geoff Hoppe, Communications Fellow

Geoff Hoppe is interested in framing discussions about diversity and inclusion through the lens of neurodiversity. He has experience teaching at the college, high school, and middle school levels. [click to continue…]

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Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Ilya Zhitomirskiy plans to create a nonprofit that will combine his interest in officiating, his background in nonprofit management, and his interest in helping other people with disabilities. [click to continue…]

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John Rukeyser, Nonprofit Management Fellow

John “Jack” Rukeyser worked alongside people with disabilities from a young age, volunteering at his local food pantry and community meals center. Driving is his passion. [click to continue…]

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Karolyne Kim, Public Policy Fellow

Karolyne Kim wants to help create public health programs that educate and influence equal opportunity for people with disabilities. She loves to travel, and has visited more than 25 different countries. [click to continue…]

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Liam Itgen, Nonprofit Management Fellow

Liam Itgen first became interested in advocacy for those with disabilities after working at Nassau-Suffolk Services for Autism. He is a member of the Model United Nations club at Temple University. [click to continue…]

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Lily Coltoff, Communications Fellow

Lily Coltoff has spent a great deal of her life advocating for access for herself as well as for the awareness and understanding of rare conditions. After the Fellowship, she hopes to secure a job as a science writer. [click to continue…]

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Natalie Dunaway, Public Policy Fellow

Natalie Dunaway has volunteered both locally and internationally through Virginia Tech’s service organization VT Engage. In her free time, she teaches Sunday school at her church. [click to continue…]

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