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Heidi Krizer Daroff

Heidi Krizer Daroff, Emeritus Board

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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Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky, Emeritus Board

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Stephen Chbosky

Stephen is an author, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his award-winning adaptation of his debut novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (GLAAD, Independent Spirit, People’s Choice, WGA nominee) which spent over two years on the New York Times Best Sellers list. He co-wrote the screenplay for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast as well as the film adaptation of RJ Palacio’s Wonder, starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, which he also directed. His first feature, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Rent and co-created the post-apocalyptic TV drama, Jericho. His second novel, Imaginary Friend, was published in October and debuted as a New York Times Best Seller.

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Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift, Board of Directors

Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift is a columnist for the Daily Beast, an online publication where she writes about politics and culture. She previously worked for Newsweek, where she covered a variety of beats and was a key member of the magazine’s election team.

Her cover story for Newsweek about the television show, Mad Men, won acclaim for capturing the era when women were relegated to the secretarial pool.

Clift is perhaps best known as a panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group,” which returned to public television in 2020 after a hiatus following the death of host and creator, John McLaughlin.

She has appeared as herself in several movies, including “Dave,” “Independence Day,” “Murder at 1600,” and the CBS show, “Murphy Brown.”

She has authored or co-authored several books, including, “Selecting a President,” “Founding Sisters and the 19th Amendment,” “Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics,” “Madam President: Blazing the Leadership Trail,” and “War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics.”

Clift lives in Washington, D.C., where she is on the advisory council of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Boards of the American News Women’s Club and the Board of Governor’s of the National Hospice Foundation.

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Judith Creed

Judith Creed, Board of Advisors

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Judith Creed

An accomplished Business and Healthcare Professional with more than 45 years of working experience, Judith Creed was a founding member of Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, Operation Smile, Philadelphia; and Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence (JCHAI). Presently, Creed sits on the board of the Schwartz Foundation and is the Board Chair of JCHAI. The Schwartz Foundation supports Jewish charities, as well as Israel, educational and disabilities organizations.

JCHAI provides supportive, inclusive independent living and vocational training for people with disabilities. JCHAI serves more than 100 people with disabilities. Seventy percent of the JCHAI members are employed in competitive employment. All live independently with JCHAI supports.

Previously Creed served as the director of Product Development and Sales Training for KayPentax in Montvale, New Jersey. She has a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and holds a patent on a medical device that is used to evaluate neurogenic swallowing disorders.

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Sneha Dave

Sneha Dave, Board of Directors

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Sneha Dave

Sneha Dave graduated from Indiana University in May 2020 where she majored in chronic illness advocacy as well as journalism. She created Generation Patient and its program the Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network (CCYAN) with support from foundations such as the Helmsley Charitable Trust and Arnold Ventures to create support systems for adolescents and young adults with chronic medical disabilities across the U.S. and internationally. She is proud to work with a team composed entirely of young adults with chronic medical disabilities and also to keep Generation Patient and CCYAN independent from the pharmaceutical and insurance industries.

Sneha has completed an undergraduate research Fellowship in health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has also interned at numerous places such as Pfizer Global Headquarters in health economics and outcomes research for Inflammation and Immunology. Sneha has spoken on Capitol Hill, featured nationally on C-SPAN, and is a past contributor for U.S. News and World Report. She has served on the Democratic National Committee Disability Policy Subcommittee and recently joined the Midwest Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council, an independent appraisal committee of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. Sneha was awarded two academic fellowships with the Association of Health Care Journalists. Sneha has spoken at the Democratic National Convention, Stanford Medicine X, the National Academies of Medicine, and other major avenues. For her work, Sneha was selected as one of the most influential teenagers in 2018 by the We Are Family Foundation and was recognized as an American Association of People with Disabilities Emerging Leader in 2020. She is proud to be a former Policy Apprentice for RespectAbility and looks forward to being part of the transformational advocacy work happening at RespectAbility as part of the board.

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Stacie M. de Armas

Stacie M. de Armas, Board of Advisors

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Stacie M. de Armas

Stacie M. de Armas is Senior Vice President Inclusive Insights & Initiatives and a Leader within Nielsen’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practice. She is an inclusion & identity researcher, consumer behaviorist, and subject matter expert on diverse communities. Specializing in data at the intersection of community, advocacy & entertainment, she is responsible for producing inclusive thought leadership and new research initiatives for diverse consumers, content and audiences. [continue reading…]

Rick Guidotti

Rick Guidotti, Emeritus Board

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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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Neil Jacobson

Neil Jacobson, Emeritus Board

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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Andrew Egan

Andrew Egan, Board of Advisors

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 Advisors

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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