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Heidi Krizer Daroff

Heidi Krizer Daroff, Board of Directors

Heidi Krizer Daroff

Heidi Krizer Daroff serves as the North American Director for The Israel Forever Foundation. She graduated from Kean University with a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU.

“As the mother of a child with special needs, one of the most critical concerns I had was that my younger daughter be as welcomed into the community as I was confident my older daughter would be. As a parent, you want to ensure that your community sees all that is loveable and precious about your child, just as you see it.”

In 2010, Daroff launched ‘Heidi Krizer Daroff, Social Media Consulting’ where she developed and implemented social media strategies for clients across all platforms. Shortly after, she joined The Israel Forever Foundation as the Social Media Director. In 2014, she assumed the role as North American Director.

The Israel Forever Foundation has written several blogs about inclusion and especially how the Jewish community can be more inclusive. Daroff recently wrote a blog for The Israel Forever Foundation about her personal experience of visiting a “Special in Uniform” unit on an IDF Air Force Base. In the piece, she writes about the social benefits of having people with disabilities serve in the IDF and the benefits to able-bodied people in having the experience.

Daroff also serves on the Board of the Veg Society of D.C. as well as volunteering with Sharsheret and the Chabad Shul of Potomac for more than a decade.

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Sneha Dave

Sneha Dave, Board of Directors

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Sneha Dave

Sneha Dave is a senior at Indiana University double-majoring in journalism and a major she created, chronic illness advocacy. She is the founder and executive director of the Health Advocacy Summit, one of the first advocacy interventions for young adults with chronic and rare diseases. She has led its expansion to four states and works with major stakeholders to combine advocacy efforts. She created a special program of Health Advocacy Summit is Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network, which facilitates a paid fellowship program for young adults inflammatory bowel diseases. Sneha also created and now chairs the first and only disability caucus in Indiana, which recently developed a voting guide for people with disabilities used by campaigns throughout the state of Indiana.

Sneha is also on the Democratic National Committee Disability Policy Subcommittee where she is helping shape national disability policy for presidential candidates. She writes for various media outlets, such as U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo! News, and Huffington Post. Sneha has been selected twice as an academic fellow for the Association of Health Care Journalists. She speaks nationally including on Capitol Hill featured on C-SPAN. Sneha also lobbies with Voices for Non-Opioid Choices, a nonpartisan group that is working to provide alternative pain medication options to patients. She was also a national policy fellow at RespectAbility, a nonprofit fighting stigma and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.

She has previously served on the Pfizer Patient Advisory Board and has worked as a consultant for Eli Lilly. In her spare time, Sneha is an avid wilderness advocate and enjoys mountain climbing. She most recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in December.

In the future, she is interested in pursuing an MPH and potentially an MD to work specifically with young adults in their transition from pediatric to adult care.

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Randall Duchesneau

Randall Duchesneau, Board of Advisors

Randall Duchesneau

Randall Duchesneau is a consultant that provides clients with real estate investment and transactional advisory services. He also is a founding member of the United Spinal Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and is a C5-C6 quadriplegic from a spinal cord injury during gymnastics.

Duchesneau has an undergraduate degree from Cornell, a Masters of Public Health from Yale, and has advocated for legislation on behalf of disability organizations. He has worked at General Electric and the Department of Health and Human Services, and is also the former Director of the National Leadership Program at RespectAbility. He has interviewed United States presidential candidates, governors and senators on disability employment policy.

Duchesneau also is an active mentor for individuals living with spinal cord injury and has worked with engineers to design and develop medical devices and assistive technology.

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Ila Eckhoff

Ila Eckhoff, Board of Directors

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Ila Eckhoff

Ila Eckhoff, CPA, Managing Director, is a member of BlackRock’s Business Operations as part of Investment Operations. She is responsible for leading BlackRock’s Industry and Counterparty Management strategy and TSS Services for Aladdin clients. Ms. Eckhoff serves on a number of committees, including the Business Operations and Technology Leadership Committees, and Government Relations Steering Committee. She is also a leader of Blackrock’s ABN- Ability Network.

Ms. Eckhoff has had several roles at Blackrock, most recently managing the Market Initiatives team coordinating operational initiatives associated with meeting Dodd Frank and EMIR commitments for Over the Counter (OTC) derivatives working alongside the market structure, portfolio management, technology, and legal teams. Prior to that, Ms. Eckhoff managed BlackRock’s US Derivative Operations and Trading Operations Groups where she was responsible for collateral management and trade confirmation across fixed income and equity, swap payments and OTC legal confirmations. In addition, she has worked to enhance the firm’s system capabilities and develop the operations infrastructure for derivatives. Ms. Eckhoff has also developed and implemented collateral and swap payment processes and procedures for alternative products at the firm. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2000, Ms. Eckhoff managed the New York Collateral teams at both Barclays Capital and Credit Lyonnais, handling all interest rate, FX and equity derivatives. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating global collateral management for all US clients working with legal, tax and regulatory reporting. At Credit Lyonnais, she also managed the Accounting Policy Group where she developed and implemented the Bank’s procedures on collateralized derivative trading.

Ms. Eckhoff is co-chair of SIFMA/AMF Derivative Operations Committee, a member of the ISDA Collateral and Credit Steering Committees and a member of the SIFMA AMG Committee. She is also a member of MarkitServ’s Advisory Committee and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and RespectAbility Boards of Directors. Ms. Eckhoff earned a BA degree in economics from Brandeis University and an MBA degree in Accounting from Baruch College.

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Andrew Egan

Andrew Egan, Board of Directors

As a seasoned creative director, and the founder of CoolGraySeven, Andrew Egan is much more than just a creative resource for his clients and regularly consults on all aspects of their business including strategy, new product development, retail and merchandising. Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Egan studied graphic design and worked in fashion editorial before establishing the London-based design group Egan Melia in 1993.

In 2000, Egan joined Ann Taylor as Creative Director and moved to New York City to help modernize the brand for a new, younger consumer. From there, he moved to fashion advertising agency Laird+Partners where he worked on campaigns for Gap and Nautica before founding CoolGraySeven in 2004. At CoolGraySeven, Egan works with clients across a wide range of different sectors including fashion & retail, luxury real estate and education. His clients include Natori, Frank & Eileen, Geoffrey Beene, Waterworks, Tolkowsky and the New Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

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Gabrielle Einstein-Sim

Gabrielle Einstein-Sim, Board of Directors

Gabrielle Einstein-Sim

Gabrielle Einstein-Sim is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied economics. She is currently a Master’s Student in Community Health Education at Teachers College Columbia University. She is a member of the Jewish National Fund’s Disability Task Force, focusing specifically on the Special in Uniform program, which enables people with disabilities to serve in the Israeli army.

Einstein-Sim has strong interests in the disability sphere and undertook leadership roles in Best Buddies while at the University of Michigan. Her volunteer efforts also have included recruiting and coordinating volunteers for NYCares and interning for various nonprofits including the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine.

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Rick Guidotti

Rick Guidotti, Board of Advisors

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Rick Guidotti

Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer, has spent the past eighteen years collaborating internationally with advocacy organizations/NGOs, medical schools, universities and other educational institutions to effect a sea-change in societal attitudes toward individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral or intellectual difference; his work has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals as diverse as Elle, GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and LIFE Magazine.

Guidotti is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization working with individuals living with genetic difference. Positive Exposure utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights.

The Positive Exposure photographic exhibition premiered at the People’s Genome Celebration, June 2001, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and continues to exhibit in galleries, museums and public arenas internationally. Positive Exposure is the subject of critically acclaimed Kartemquin Film’s ON BEAUTY, 2016 scheduled release.

“ ‘On Beauty’ is, quite simply, a masterful example of how cinema can serve as a humanizing force in the world. We need films like this. We can’t afford to lose them.”
— RogerEbert.com

Positive Exposure explores the social and psychological experiences of people living with genetic conditions of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages. This impressive and powerful collection of imagery, film and narratives celebrates the richness and beauty of human diversity and dignity.

Positive Exposure provides new opportunities to see individuals living with a difference first and foremost as a human being rather than as a specific diagnosis or disease.

Change how you see, see how you change!

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Charles D. Hammerman

Charles D. Hammerman, Board of Directors

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Charles D. Hammerman

Charles D. Hammerman is a Co-Founder, President and CEO of Disability Opportunity Fund, a national CDFI solely dedicated to advancing the needs of people with disabilities.  Hammerman has held these roles since DOF’s launch in 2007.

The Disability Opportunity Fund’s efforts are focused on creating a society where financing is readily available to address the gap in housing and related services for people with disabilities and their families. Hammerman brings many years of involvement with initiatives for people with disabilities and significant experience in the financial markets.

Prior to the creation of DOF, Hammerman founded the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, an organization to advance civic, economic, and social participation of persons with disabilities in a global society. In 2007, Hammerman was appointed Director of CDFI Initiatives at Syracuse University by Chancellor Nancy Cantor.

Hammerman was a senior member of Private Executive Services, a division of Merrill Lynch’s Global Private Client Group, which focuses on financial management for high net worth families and corporations.  He also spent four years with Merrill Lynch’s Equity Capital Markets division and four years in the Office of General Counsel.  Before Merrill Lynch, he was an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and began his career as an associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

At Merrill Lynch, Hammerman spearheaded the creation of its “Disability Awareness Professional Network” in New York and was a member on the firm’s Diversity Advisory Committee to Management, representing employees and their families with disabilities, and the firm’s customers with disabilities. As a result of his leadership, in 2005 and 2006, Merrill Lynch was recognized by Diversity Inc. Magazine as the “Number One Company for Employment of People with Disabilities,” capturing that crown since inception of the list.

Hammerman grew up on Long Island, received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1985 and his JD from Fordham University School of Law in 1988.

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Neil Jacobson

Neil Jacobson, Board of Directors

Neil Jacobson

Neil Jacobson is the founder and CEO of Abilicorp, a business innovation consulting company. Abilicorp mission is to significantly increase the employment rate of people with disabilities by promoting entrepreneurs with disabilities and eliminating employment barriers.

Jacobson retired in 2008 from Wells Fargo Bank after 29 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President in charge of their System Automation Management and Wireless Technology Divisions, and previously as Chief Systems Architect for the retail business.

Over the past 35 years, Jacobson has been an advocate and change agent for the economic development of people with disabilities. In 1975 he co-founded the CIL Computer Training Program, a nationally recognized training program, enabling people with significant disabilities to become computer programmers. When he stepped down as Chairman of the Board of CIL in 1994, more than 300 students had graduated, 92% of who had found competitive employment. More than 28 other programs throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico now use the CIL CTP as their model. Jacobson also founded the Association of Rehabilitation Programs in Data Processing, and helped create the Neil Jacobson Computer Center in Uganda.

Jacobson has continued his work on economic development for people with disabilities as a Board member and past Chair of the World Institute on Disability (WID). He was also the Vice-Chair of the President’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities under the Clinton Administration. He now chairs WID’s Center for Economic Growth (CEG). CEG is developing and promoting CareerACCESS – a Social Security Reform Program eliminating work disincentives and providing people with disabilities services required to build careers.

Believing that Judaism must ensure that all people are able to do Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Jacobson works with his Temple and Union of Reform Judaism (URJ). He chairs Temple Sinai’s Access Committee and represents the Committee on the Temple Board. He has presented at several URJ Biennial Conferences and at the Hebrew Union College in New York. He made a video for the URJ’s Disability Inclusion Project and has written several articles for the The URJ’s Religious Action Center.

Jacobson received a B.S. in Mathematics from Hofstra University and completed his MBA at Golden Gate University. In 1991, he was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Jacobson has received many awards for his contributions, including the Independence Award from CIL, the Murray Award from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy, Alumnae of the Year at Golden Gate University and the 2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award.

Jacbonson lives in Oakland, California, with his wife Denise. Their son, David, lives nearby.

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Janie Jeffers

Janie Jeffers, Board of Advisors

Janie Jeffers

Janie Jeffers has had a distinguished career in public policy, education, executive management, public relations, planning and criminal justice at the federal and local levels. President Clinton appointed Jeffers as a Commissioner to the United States Parole Commission in 1999.

In April 1997, she served as Executive Deputy Director for the Federal DC Interagency Task Force at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she coordinated technical assistance to the District of Columbia government on economic development and public/private partnerships. She also worked for the First Lady and President Clinton. From 1996-1997, she was the Senior Policy Advisor for the President’s Crime Prevention Council, chaired by Vice President Gore. From 1992-1996, at the Justice Department, she served as Chief of the National Office of Citizen Participation for the Bureau of Prisons. From 1985-1991, she worked for the New York City Department of Correction, rising through the ranks to become the first civilian to serve as Deputy Commissioner.

In 2000, Jeffers left the Commission and launched Jeffers and Associates LLC, a strategic management consulting firm providing services to Harvard University, the Justice Department, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Kellogg Foundation and criminal justice organizations. She serves on several non-profit boards. She also is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at her alma mater – Howard University School of Social Work. Jeffers is one of the authors of RespectAbility’s “Disability & Criminal Justice Reform: Keys to Success”report.

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