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Mary McGill Lucas, Communications Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Fall 2021

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Mary McGill Lucas

Mary McGill Lucas (they/them) was a Communications Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Fall 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. [continue reading…]

Claudia Runk, Public Policy Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Claudia Run

Claudia Runk was a Public Policy Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Runk earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociolegal Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Through her time at Loyola, she was a member of Active Minds, a club dedicated to educating students on mental health and de-stigmatizing mental illness on campus. She hopes to pursue a career in public health policy with a specific interest in mental health advocacy. [continue reading…]

Alexandra Seddon, Entertainment Media and Communications Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Alexandra Seddon

Alexandra Seddon was an Entertainment Media and Communications Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Seddon received a Bachelor’s degree in Television Film and Media from California State University Los Angeles in the year 2020. She also attended and studied abroad at The University of Arts London, also known as UAL.

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Mary Elizabeth Mellon, Nonprofit Management Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Mary Elizabeth Mellon

Mary Elizabeth Mellon was a Nonprofit Management Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Mellon was previously an Apprentice with RespectAbility in 2015. Her main tasks include researching donor prospects, writing op-eds, and other print material. She has worked in fundraising in Washington, D.C., and New York City, interned at Mental Health America of Illinois, and volunteered at numerous nonprofits including Sarah’s Circle, an organization that serves homeless women in Chicago. [continue reading…]

Kiah Amara, Entertainment Media Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Kiah Amara

Kiah Amara (they/she) was an Entertainment Media Apprentice with RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Based in NYC, Amara is a filmmaker, consultant, educator, producer, Production Accessibility Coordinator, and media industry activist. Their work focuses on identity, fluidity, commonality, misconception, and all things “deviant from normal” – stories from the Disability, LGBTQ+, and Underrepresented Gender Communities as well as Accessibility as a production need for all. [continue reading…]

Taylor Easley, Civic Engagement Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Taylor Easley

Taylor Easley was a Civic Engagement and Coalition Bulling Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. 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 teen, Easley moved from Baltimore to Richmond to receive a better education and to have more opportunities. She has earned an Associate of Social Science degree with a minor in pre-social work, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, and is working on both her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and certification of nonprofit management at L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs school. [continue reading…]

Nicole Olarsch, Jewish Inclusion Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Nicole Olarsch

Nicole Olarsch was a Jewish Inclusion Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer and Fall 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Olarsch is from New York’s Hudson Valley, but has found a home in Lancaster, PA after attending Franklin & Marshall College. Olarsch graduated from F&M in the Spring of 2021, with a BA in Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies. [continue reading…]

Nakia Hillary Sims, Public Policy Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Nakia Hillary Sims

Nakia Hillary Sims was a Public Policy Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Sims is a policy analyst, motivational speaker, advocate for affordable housing and a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. She received her B.S. from the University of Houston and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to starting Hillary Consulting Services, her work as a Mickey Leland Congressional Intern and a Texas House of Representatives Business and Industry Committee Clerk allowed her to keep a pulse on policy and regulatory changes. She honed legal research and writing skills while working as an Administrative Law Judge and a summer law clerk in the litigation department at Vinson & Elkins LLP. [continue reading…]

Morgan A. Davis, Public Policy Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2021

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Morgan A. Davis

Morgan A. Davis was a Public Policy Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for Summer 2021. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so that people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Davis has always felt a desire to help others impacted by disabilities. In 2013, she graduated as one of the five Valedictorians. Because of her outstanding academic grades, she was awarded an academic letterman’s jacket for her 4.0 GPA. As a high school student, Davis participated in local campaigns and also volunteered at both the Infant Crisis Center and the Oklahoma Food Bank. She accomplished all of this while also being a concurrent student, attending both high school and college. [continue reading…]

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