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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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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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Stephanie Farfan

Policy, Practices and Latinx Outreach Associate

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Eric Ascher

Communications Associate

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Tonya Koslo

Director of Finance and Administration

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Victor Santiago Pineda

Senior Advisor

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Tatiana Lee


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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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Adi Gal, Communications Intern

Adi Gal is a high school senior at Tenafly High School. Her work at RespectAbility focuses on increasing awareness via organized campaigns targeting media outlets and elected officials. [click to continue…]

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Emily Kranking, Policy Fellow

Emily Kranking has learned firsthand 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. [click to continue…]

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Emma Content, Communications Fellow

Emma Content wants to work so that issues such as disability and mental health are not subject to judgment or discrimination. She enjoys drawing, painting, reading and writing. [click to continue…]

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Heidi Wangelin, Policy 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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Jaylynn Cruz, Development Fellow

Jaylynn Cruz observed a lack of awareness and opportunities within society for people with disabilities. She aims to ensure equality of opportunity rooted in mutual respect for children with disabilities and she will promote these values through her future teaching career. [click to continue…]

Josh Goodrich, Communications Fellow

Josh Goodrich joined RespectAbility because he grew up with many family members who had disabilities. He regularly publishes content for the BuzzFeed Community, a section for the popular digital media website. [click to continue…]

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Kathleen L. Brockway, Development Fellow

Kathleen L. Brockway is a graduate student at Goucher College and studies Cultural Sustainability. She hopes to become a historian, folklorist or cultural worker to sustain deaf history and culture after her expected graduation in 2020. [click to continue…]

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Laura Haney, Policy Fellow

Beginning in seventh grade, Laura Haney ran her own r-word campaigns that eventually turned into inspiration for her to start her own club in high school. She is pursuing a degree in Political Science at Saint Joseph’s University. [click to continue…]

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Margot Pitois, Development Fellow

Margot Pitois grew up with the desire to work to reach equality in our society. She is interested in international relations, humanitarian issues and social-service professions. [click to continue…]

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Naya Rhodes, Development Fellow

Naya Rhodes’s knowledge and experience with disabilities come in part from her uncle who has bipolar disorder. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Mathematics and a minor in finance. [click to continue…]

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Virginia Campbell, Communications Fellow

As a filmmaker and writer with a disability, Virginia Campbell is aware of how important it is to hear authentic stories from many different perspectives. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. [click to continue…]

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Zackary Tamimi, Communications Fellow

Zackary Tamimi hopes to work to change perceptions of people with autism and other disabilities. His long term goal is to continue advancing a career in political communications. [click to continue…]


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