Nathan Shearer drafted public comments on state workforce (WIOA) plans, offering suggestions and best practices for states to better include people with disabilities in their workforces. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Timothy Young attended American University, where he was a dual major in history and international relations. He traveled to both South Africa and Russia during his undergraduate career.
Nicole Rakusin’s primary academic focus was on the political and social determinants of health that pose barriers to equal access to healthcare resources for minority groups in the United States. She attended Vanderbilt University.
Dan Pinkser researched foundations and other potential funders while also representing RespectAbility on Capitol Hill and at the White House. He attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Charles Butler graduated from Miami University in the Spring of 2016, where he majored in International Studies. He worked with both the Policy and Communications teams at RespectAbility.
Medard Masangu assisted in the maintenance and expansion of RespectAbility’s presence on social networks and social media by creating and posting written content, news and stories. He also filmed presidential candidates speaking about disability issues.
Grant Denny was part of a team creating responses to all 50 states on their individual WIOA plans. In addition, he helped the development team with research and fundraising.
Laura Halvorson assisted with maintaining our social media accounts and the recruitment and hiring of the summer 2016 fellows. She has a Masters Degree in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University.
Max Spain was part of a team creating responses to all 50 states on their individual WIOA plans. He previously interned at a law office where he focused on the rights of the elderly.
Ryan Nobile interviewed the 2016 Presidential candidates on their policies that would impact people with disabilities’ everyday lives. He also advocated for campaigns to release written plans for people with disabilities.