Skip Navigation
Image of people smiling in a recording studio.

Bio – Fellow – Past Fellows

Alice Felder, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program, Winter 2020

Alice Felder smiling headshot

Alice Felder

Alice Felder is a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Winter 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Felder is a writer, creator, and entrepreneur. She is studying English and Communications at West Los Angeles College. She has worked in home-healthcare with elderly and disabled people for many years. She is a trusted and beloved ally for the community due to growing up with an older sibling born with Spina Bifida. She has experienced firsthand the challenges her sister and others in the community face, which led to an interest in helping in any way she can. [continue reading…]

Megan Swanson, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program, Winter 2020

Megan Swanson smiling headshot

Megan Swanson

Megan Swanson is a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Winter 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago (DuPage County), Swanson has never been afraid to face the barriers that were put up against her. Being born deaf and being implanted at age 5 has not stopped her from performing with the color guard, playing the clarinet and cello, and playing basketball and soccer. In fact, it has helped her practice her advocacy, communications, and grow to be independent. During her senior year in high school, she attended the AG Bell LOFT program where she started dreaming of all the things that she could do in the future. While her first dream was physically impossible, she had another dream to put her first dream on the screen and tell stories to break the stigma of barriers. So someday, she’ll make a movie with fighter pilots! [continue reading…]

Jasmine Green, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program, Winter 2020

Jasmine Green smiling headshot

Jasmine Green

Jasmine Green is a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Winter 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jasmine Green moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting. She believes that film allows us to take a glimpse into the lives of another and find commonalities that make us feel heard and seen. Jasmine also has a great passion for spirituality and has purposed her life to spread the gospel through film. Outside of the industry, Jasmine enjoys meeting others from all walks of life and spending time with her family. [continue reading…]

Laura Montilla, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program, Winter 2020

Laura Montilla smiling headshot

Laura Montilla

Laura Montilla is a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Winter 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Montilla grew up on a farm in rural Mississippi before beginning her education at the University of Southern California where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Public Relations. From establishing nonprofits to steering strategy at couture houses, Montilla has cultivated a purpose-driven formulae that she now uses in the brand marketing and PR sphere. She’s worked for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Lancome, Rock the Vote, Slam Magazine and more. At the helm of the pop culture industry and social justice intersection is design-centered Montilla, steering brands toward tangible change. Her goal is to bring inclusion and diversity into every space through her storytelling and mobilizing abilities. [continue reading…]

Alexander Woods, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program, Winter 2020

Alexander Woods headshot

Alexander Woods

Alexander Woods is a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Winter 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

As a writer, social media strategist, and creative consultant, Alexander Woods has earned a B.A. in English from Morehouse College and a M.S. in Digital Social Media from University Of Southern California. He has worked in the fashion industry for over 7 years. However, his passion lies in advocating for equality for all. [continue reading…]

Nebiyu Dingetu, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer/Fall 2020

Nebiyu Dingetu headshot in front of the oceanNebiyu Dingetu was a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer and Fall 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Dingetu started to seriously consider a career in entertainment for the first time when he was in eighth grade after submitting one of his video production class projects to a local film festival and winning first place out of his school district. He had substantially better eyesight back then so he wasn’t too aware of what would lie ahead. But he was requesting large-print texts for his required class readings at that time and was bordering on qualifying for the “legally blind” label so he knew he would most likely have some unique challenges if he chose to pursue a career in the visual arts. [continue reading…]

Lizzy Francis, Communications Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2020

Lizzy Francis smiling headshot with her hand on her chinLizzy Francis was a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Francis is a screenwriting major studying to create safe spaces for all groups of people, regardless of identity or ability.

She was born in Wayland, Massachusetts as a second-generation immigrant. At the age of 17, she was diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anorexia, resulting in numerous hospitalizations and a revelation that led to a passion of storytelling and activism through film, especially regarding mental illness and racial issues.

In 2017, Francis worked on an SXSW award-winning film in Vermont that aimed to integrate a crew and cast of people both with and without disabilities. [continue reading…]

Autumn Blalock, Community Outreach Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer/Fall 2020

Autumn Blalock smiling headshotAutumn Blalock was a Community Outreach Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer and Fall of 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Blalock has always believed that where inequity creates limits, art creates answers. She truly fell in love with the words of Anne Bogart, who said that “Limits are a necessary partner in… the crafting of a successful life.” These words turned the world she always saw as a closed box into a steppingstone to opportunity. Autumn comes from a low-income background with a big family that endured not only financial limits, but the limits that physical and intellectual disabilities placed on herself and members of her family, especially her father. Watching and helping him throughout her life brought to Blalock’s attention the need to advocate for better representation of all creeds, colors, and abilities. [continue reading…]

Blair Webb, Jewish Inclusion Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer/Fall 2020

Blair Webb smiling headshot seated in a chairBlair Webb was a Jewish Inclusion fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer and Fall of 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of the community.

Webb graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. As a person with Cerebral palsy, she started on her path of disability advocacy in 2009. After finishing high school, she was selected to be a delegate at the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities. There, she learned about disability etiquette, and the history of the Disability Rights Movement. While attending the forum, Webb was given the incredible opportunity to listen to Richard Pimentel, one of the pioneering advocates for the Americans with Disabilities Act, speak. This ignited a spark of inspiration to also become a leader in her disability community. Upon returning, Webb became a co-chair of the Disability History Week campaign and helped implement curriculum into her local schools. [continue reading…]

Chiquita Jackson, Policy Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2020

Chiquita Jackson smiling headshot in front of a brick wallChiquita Jackson was a Policy Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2020. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of the community.

Jackson studies Political Science, Social Justice, African-American Studies, and Pre-Law at the Columbia College of Missouri. As a student, Jackson held numerous leadership roles, including Black Prelaw Society President, Student Senator, the Student Legislative Awareness Board Outreach Director, and the Multicultural Student Government President. As a Student Senator, she wrote and passed legislation in the Student Senate to address the resource needs of students with marginalized identities. Jackson has several siblings with developmental disabilities. Jackson is passionate to ensure that her brothers and sisters voices are heard, and their rights protected. She is excited to work with RespectAbility to continue being a positive ally to the disability community. [continue reading…]

1 2 3 16 17
Respect Ability - Fighting Stigmas. Advancing Opportunities.

CONTACT US

East Coast: 11333 Woodglen Drive, #102, Rockville, MD 20852

West Coast: 5115 Wilshire Blvd, #231, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Office Number: 202-517-6272

Email: info@respectability.org

GUIDESTAR PLATINUM

RespectAbility and The RespectAbility Report is a GuideStar Platinum Participant. GuideStar Platinum Participant Logo
© 2021 RESPECTABILITY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. SITE DESIGN BY COOL GRAY SEVEN   |   SITE DEVELOPMENT BY WEB SYMPHONIES   |      SITEMAP
Translate »