Guest Speakers

The guest speakers of ADA Live! (WADA) share their knowledge, experience and successful strategies that increase the participation of persons with disabilities in communities and businesses.

4 Wheel City - Ricardo Velasquez & Namel Norris

4 Wheel City

Geoffrey Ames

Meeting the Challenge, Inc.

Jean Andersen

Stephanie Berger and Savannah Weston

Disability Rights Section (DRS) of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice

Peter Blanck

Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

William Botten

U.S. Access Board

Lori Breece

United Disabilities Services (UDS) Service Dogs Training Program

Melanie Jane Bull

Tennessee Disability Coalition

Lisa Byrd

Joe Caldwell

National Council on Aging

Jim de Jong

Great Plains ADA Center

Donna DeStefano

Tennessee Disability Coalition

Jim Dickson

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Voting Rights Committee

Christy Gilliland Dunaway

Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE)

Jonathan Ellis

Sutton Advocate Consulting Services

Diana Foote

Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Carol Francisco

Tennessee Disability Coalition

Leslie Fried

Center for Benefits Access at the National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Georgia Fruechtenicht

Parent to Parent of Georgia 

Ambassador Luis Gallegos

United Nations in New York

Corinne Gilliam

Vanderbilt University

Kathy Gips

New England ADA Center

Meg Grigal

Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

Karen Hamilton

Community Enterprises

Tom Harkin

Harkin Institute at Drake University

Cheri Hofmann

Southeast ADA Center

Bobbie Holsclaw

Jefferson County Kentucky Board of Elections

Nancy Horton

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network  & TransCen Inc.

Jack Humburg

Boley Centers, Inc.

Elizabeth Jennings

LEAD Center

Darren Jernigan

Tennessee Disability Coalition

Mark Johnson

Shepherd Center and The ADA Legacy Project

Blake Jones

University of Kentucky College of Social Work

Diana Katovitch

Taishoff Center on Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University

Daniel Kessler

Disability Rights & Resources, AL

Stephen Kuusisto

Syracuse University

Jennifer Levin

Disability Law Colorado

Eric Lipp

Open Doors Organization

Larry Logue

Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Doreen Marshall

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Jonathan Martinis

Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Steve Mayers

Hartsfield Jackson International Airport

Steven Mendelsohn

Attorney, Advocate, and Author

Elizabeth (Beth) Milito

National Federation of Independent Business

Mary Morder

Southeast ADA Center

Michael Morris

National Disability Institute

Daniel Newman

Lesley University

Celestia Ohrazda

Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Debbie Plotnick

Mental Health America

Amy Rauworth

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)

Michael Richardson

Northwest ADA Center

John Robinson

Our Ability, Inc.

Michael Rotella

Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) 

Julia Sain

Disability Rights & Resources

Rebecca Salon

LEAD Center

Kelly Scaggs

Fellowship Hall

Marsha Schwanke

Southeast ADA Center

Marilyn Self

American Red Cross - Georgia Region

Paul Simmons

Rocky Mountain ADA Center

Graham Sisson

Governor's Office On Disability (GOOD), AL

Kristina Smith

United Disabilities Services (UDS) Service Dogs Training Program

Cynthia Smith

Southeast ADA Center

Jenny Stonemeier

Association of People Supporting Employment First: APSE

Wendy Strobel Gower

Northeast ADA Center – Cornell University

Judy Toth

Dollywood Company

Carolyn Walker

Morehouse College

Liz Weintraub

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Sally Z. Weiss

Southeast ADA Center

Katie Wolf Whaley

University of Kentucky – Human Development Institute

Barry Whaley

Southeast ADA Center

Diane R. Wiener

Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Rebecca Williams

Southeast ADA Center

Pamela Williamson

Southeast ADA Center

Allison Wohl

Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)

Christine Woodell

Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE) of Mississippi

Lorraine Woodward

Mike Yow

Fellowship Hall