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Bio – ADA30 Summit 2020

Shoshannah Stern

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Shoshannah Stern smiling in front of a sign for the College Television AwardsShoshannah Stern represents the fourth generation of a deaf family and graduated from Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university for deaf people in the world, where she won numerous awards for her work onstage. She is probably best known for her recurring and regular work on television, including Weeds, Jericho, Supernatural and Grey’s Anatomy, for which was profiled by People, Good Morning America and Variety. She is the creator, writer, executive producer and star of SundanceTV’s This Close, which has released its second season to rave reviews. It is based on The Chances, the web series she created that originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times’ Modern Love. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter and dog.

Sneha Dave

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Sneha Dave smilingSneha Dave is a senior at Indiana University majoring in chronic illness advocacy as well as journalism. She created the Health Advocacy Summit​ and its program ​Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network​ with major funding from Helmsley Charitable Trust​ and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to create more support systems for adolescents and young adults with chronic and rare illnesses across the U.S. and internationally. Dave brings her lived experience as a student with a chronic health condition. She is also a member of RespectAbility’s Board of Directors.

Sophie Kim

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Sophie Kim smiling headshotSophie Kim is an American television actress from Los Altos, California, and was born on July 10, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.  Sophie is most well known for her series regular role as Amara in the Netflix original series The Healing Powers of Dude.  Although Sophie has been involved in theater and voice since elementary school, Sophie had no previous professional acting experience prior to being discovered as the result of an open worldwide casting call for the role of Amara.  Sophie was born with Ullrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy and has been a wheelchair user since the age of four, and hopes to be an advocate and role model for increased diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

Stacy Palmer

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Stacy Palmer smiling headshotStacy Palmer is the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. From deeply reported stories on the big ideas that shape the work of charities and foundations to the practical guidance in our online resource center, the Chronicle of Philanthropy provides nonprofit professionals, foundation executives, board members and others with the indispensable information and practical advice they need to help them change the world. Their news and opinion pages fuel the national conversation about the role nonprofits play in society. The Chronicle’s special reports, benchmarking data and popular webinars are essential information for nonprofit professionals.

Stephanie Lomibao

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Stephanie Lomibao smiling headshotStephanie Lomibao is a member of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) team and serves as a program manager for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. As part of the enterprise program and strategy team, Stephanie helps deliver the bank’s ESG philanthropic initiatives and integrate these programs across global enterprise platforms including volunteerism and thought leadership. In her role, Stephanie also helps develop and implement the philanthropic platform that focuses on the economic mobility needs of individuals and families which includes hunger relief, services for the homeless, workforce development through social enterprises, as well as better money habits (financial education). The portfolio of global grantees she manages includes partners that provide programs and services for the formerly incarcerated, opportunity youth, disability, and other diverse communities. [continue reading…]

Stephen David Simon

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Stephen David Simon sitting on a stone staircase wearing a suit and tie and glasses.Stephen David Simon is Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability, working to ensure that all City programs, services, activities, and facilities are accessible to all Angelenos. Immediately prior, he was Principal in the Los Angeles office of The Raben Group, a nationally recognized Progressive public policy firm addressing issues of disability, criminal justice, voting rights and domestic violence. He previously served as the City’s fifth AIDS Coordinator, responsible for development, implementation and oversight of the City’s HIV/AIDS policies and programs. Stephen is President Emeritus of Stonewall Democrats, and currently a Board Member of the Foundation for The AIDS Monument. Mr. Simon received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelors degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Steve Bartlett

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Steve Bartlett, has brown hair and he is smiling and wearing a black suit, white shirt, and red spotted tie and an american flag pin on his jacket, color photoThe Honorable Steve Bartlett is the Chairperson of RespectAbility, former member of Congress (1983-1991) and former mayor of Dallas. Bartlett was the principal author of 18 major pieces of legislation including many legislative initiatives on advancing the cause of independence for people with disabilities. In addition to being a principal Republican author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), his legislation included Medicaid eligibility, Section 1619 for Medicare eligibility, supported employment, assistive technology, creation of Towards Independence, the President’s Council on Handicapped 1984 report, and mainstreaming reforms for IDEA.

Steve Way

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Steve Way headshot. Way is a white man who uses a wheelchairSteve Way is a 29-year-old substitute teacher by day and stand-up comedian by night. He was born with Muscular Dystrophy and is an advocate for disability awareness. Steve performs stand up in the NJ/NY area, motivational speeches around the country, and is the co-creator and star of the web series Uplifting Dystrophy. He can be seen in both seasons of the Hulu show Ramy, which was recently picked up for a third season. [continue reading…]

Tatiana Lee

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Tatiana Lee smiling outside in a parking lot.Tatiana Lee is the Hollywood Inclusion Associate at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. She was a Communications Fellow in Spring 2019, participating in the leadership program to gain better knowledge and skills to be a more effective advocate in Hollywood for disability inclusion. Now, she helps represent RespectAbility in Hollywood. Like RespectAbility, Lee has dedicated her life to fighting for inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of mass media.  [continue reading…]

Tim Gray

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Timothy Gray smiling in front of grass and mountains wearing a suit and glasses. Tim is a white man with short white hair.Tim Gray is senior VP at Variety. He has been there more than 30 years, now covering film awards and working on special projects. These include special issues on entertainment and violence, marriage equality and criminal justice reform. He has written multiple columns on people with disabilities in Hollywood, both in front of and behind the camera.

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