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Joshua Steinberg

Joshua Steinberg, Program Associate, RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership

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Joshua Steinberg

Joshua Steinberg is the Program Associate for RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. As the Program Associate, Steinberg reports to the Director of RespectAbility California and Jewish Leadership. Lending his help to Project Moses, RespectAbility’s Los Angeles-based Jewish leadership project, and the Los Angeles workforce projects, he uses his unique views and creativity to advance the programs’ goals. Steinberg also provides support on the front lines in many other areas of RespectAbility’s work, including disability inclusion in philanthropy and nonprofits, Jewish outreach and impact, leadership and other Los Angeles-based initiatives.

Steinberg has hands-on experience in learning how to use diverse types of disabilities to achieve success both for himself and for others, as well as first-hand experience working with the intellectually, developmentally and physically disabled community. As a person with learning disabilities, including Attention Deficit Disorder, as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome and mild Bipolar Disorder, Steinberg has a unique understanding of the disability community and what it takes for a person with disabilities to achieve success. Having worked in a group home and preparing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for independent living, Steinberg gained significant training and knowledge in regard to working with people who have a wide range of disabilities, including best practices for providing a person-first atmosphere, and mental health counseling.

Having gained a certification through the CompTIA A+ program in Information Technology, Steinberg also is using his knowledge of technology, marketing, social media and communications to help with the expansion and success of RespectAbility’s Los Angeles initiatives. A graduate of Hofstra University’s Political Science program with acceptance into the National Political Science Honors Society, Steinberg is using his experience with the disability community to advance RespectAbility’s mission of fighting stigmas and promoting inclusion and accessibility for organizations, advocates, and individuals with disabilities.

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Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam

Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam, Inclusionist

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Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam, Inclusionist

Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam is an Inclusionist at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Previously she served as a Development and Fundraising Fellow for the organization, in two major areas: the initiative to increase and strengthen partnerships with philanthropic organizations and the grant-seeking process. In her current position, Assokom-Siakam will focus on enabling people with disabilities to fully participate in foundations, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and advocacy.

Previously she worked with individuals with disabilities to expand their opportunities whether at work or at home. These experiences with people with disabilities at St Louis ARC have motivated her to join RespectAbility and to help ensure that people with disabilities have the financial resources to pursue their ambitions.

Assokom-Siakam is a third-year student at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International and Area Studies – Development. Her own Cameroonian-American background, as well as growing up in multicultural Washington, D.C., has motivated her to study marginalized diaspora communities such as those of Arab or African descent in the U.S. Assokom-Siakam also is an intern for the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research through the Institute for Public Health at Washington University. There she creates promotional material for center events and researches violence prevention.Assokom-Siakam is interested in elements of urban spaces such as architecture, transportation, public policy and how people interact with these spaces. She still is exploring possible professions. Currently, her interests include public health, politics and user research. An example of user research is how people use a public park.

In her free time, Assokom-Siakam enjoys listening to comedy acts. In addition to the occasional run, to stay physically active, Assokom-Siakam plays rugby on the women’s club team at her university. She also likes frequenting restaurants with friends and family to try different food. Assokom-Siakam highly recommends inapa, also known as eru. Inapa is her favorite Cameroonian dish: a peanut sauce cooked with bitter leaves similar to spinach and beef.

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Donna R. Walton

Dr. Donna R. Walton, Senior Advisor

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Donna R. Walton

Dr. Donna Rena Walton, Ed.D., is a Senior Advisor to RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Dr. Walton is consulting for our Women with Disabilities and Speakers Bureau. From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Walton served on RespectAbility’s Board of Advisors.

Walton is the author of her newly released book Shattered Dreams, Broken Pieces, an eye-opening tale of reinvention that chronicles the decades she spent working to rebuild her world through disasters, setbacks, trials, and tribulations after a dangerous form of bone cancer threatened her life-and forced the amputation of her left leg above the knee.

Founder and President of Divas With Disabilities, Inc., Dr. Walton has made an unprecedented impact in the disability and women of color communities as a hub for thoughtful discussion on issues, self-love, and shaping the perception of what “disability” looks like by promoting women of color through various media platforms.  Her work has increased access and inclusion opportunities in countless industries that have traditionally marginalized the participation of the women she represents.

Articles by or about Walton have been published in several publications, including The Sexuality and Disability Society Reader, inMotion MagazineBarbara Faye Waxman Fiduccia Papers on Women and Girls with Disabilities, Amplitude, Disability Quarterly among others; Shattered Dreams, Broken Pieces is her first book.  She also is producing a film documentary “Divas with Disabilities” that explores the lived experiences of African America women who live with physical disability in the United States.

Overcoming what Walton considers “triple jeopardy” to get where she is today, she continues to live by the motto “What’s a leg got to do with it?”

Dr. Walton earned her bachelor’s degree in 1979 from American University; a master’s degree in 1985 in Adult Education from Syracuse University; and, in 2005, a doctoral degree in Counseling from The George Washington University.

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Victor Santiago Pineda

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda, Senior Advisor

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Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda, Senior Advisor to RespectAbility

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda is Senior Advisor to RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Born in Venezuela and fluent in English and Spanish, he is advising on intersectionality and success for English-as-Second Language Learners with disabilities, inclusive philanthropy and other issues.

The President of World Enabled and the Global Alliance for Accessible Technology and Environments (GAATES), Pineda is a recognized leader in inclusive urban development and human rights. Dr. Pineda serves on the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board and serves as the Co-Chair of the Global Network for Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development. He teaches as an Adjunct Professor in City & Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley. His research explores the theory and practice of inclusive development through urban policy, planning and design. Dr. Pineda’s work helps improve equity based outcomes in urban resilience, inclusion and sustainability.

Previously he held positions as the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Fulbright-Hays Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the World Institute on Disability. He has received numerous grants and awards, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation research grant, Jefferson Award, and the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award. Dr. Pineda holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Stan Goldman

Stan Goldman, Writing Coach, National Leadership Program

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Stan Goldman, Writing Coach, National Leadership Program

Stan Goldman serves as the writing coach for the Fellows in the National Leadership Program at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Although semi-retired, he also advises several disability organizations that support community integration, especially inclusive schools and competitive, integrated employment. Goldman is a reader for several literary agents and edits novels for first-time novelists.

His former lives include working as a college English teacher at Purdue University and for many years writing books and articles about Herman Melville and chasing large white objects, in his mind. He was the managing editor of Cardiovascular Toxicology, a peer-reviewed science journal. Goldman raised $12 million in six years as a grants writer for a network of hospitals in Kentucky, and served 18 years as a program director for health and disabilities at two major foundations, including The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Goldman lives in Owings Mills, Maryland in a small rancher in the woods and shares his home with a 100-pound male Akita named Duncan — a spoiled brat. He is a long-time caneologist and collects antique walking canes and carves his own canes from the beautiful wood grown in Maryland: black walnut, cherry, honey locust, ash and Spanish cedar. Goldman is an inveterate reader of American poetry and essays. He is most proud of his only son who plays the clarinet in the Dallas Opera Symphony and is financially independent in the impossible world of classical music.

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