Daniel Davis Inducted into the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct Daniel Davis into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.  Daniel Davis works as a policy analyst with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living,  Center for Policy and Evaluation, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, focusing on a range of issues including ensuring that the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act and other health care delivery systems are accessible to, culturally competent for and meet the needs of consumers with disabilities. His portfolio also includes work coordinating home and community based services for persons with disabilities with accessible, affordable housing, employment of persons with disabilities in the federal workforce, Section 508 compliance and access to health information technology.

Daniel has worked tirelessly within HHS to make the agency a model employer and to increase the recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities. Since Daniel’s arrival at HHS, the percentages of employees with disabilities has increased by over two percent and the percentage of individuals with targeted disabilities has increased by about one-third of a percent. A number of architectural and IT barriers to accessibility have been removed across HHS in part because of his effort. Throughout his career Daniel has informally mentored numbers of young professionals with disabilities, reviewed their resumes and offered informational interviews and advice to support their job search and development efforts.

Previously Daniel worked as a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, as well as the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  In this capacity he was a subject matter expert on disability policy and was involved in investigations of military mental health policy, mistreatment of wounded warriors at Walter Reed, a hearing on how improve the collection of disability data across federal agencies and abusive practices of insurance companies against those with pre-existing conditions.

Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Daniel served for over four years as a Policy Analyst and Acting Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for the National Council on Independent Living. In this capacity he was involved in the passage of disability related provisions in the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act and the adoption of the Money Follows the Person Act. As a college student he co-founded the National Disabled Students Union to call attention to issues college students with disabilities face and how national policy debates impact the rights of people with disabilities and was vice-President of Advocacy of the Disabled Students Union at University of California at Berkeley.

As a person with an invisible disability and a dedicated disability rights and independent living advocate, Daniel has worked on policy and legislation impacting the lives of people with disabilities for over a decade. A resident of Arlington, Danielmoved to Northern Virginia after graduating from the University of California Berkeley with Highest Honors with a Bachelors of Arts in History. He is a recipient of the NCIL President’s Award, the Paul G. Hearne AAPD Leadership Award, and the 2015 FEDS Hidden Hero Award.

Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame: Information and Inductees

Nancy J. Bazanchuk Inducted into Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct Nancy J. Bazanchuk into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.  Nancy serves as the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Facilitator & Coordinator for Partners for Youth with Disabilities. Nancy is a longtime PYD mentor and has worked with PYD as a consultant and collaborator for over 15 years as the MHC Springfield Youth Group Facilitator. She served as CHD’s Disability Resources Program Director for over 18 years, and is well known in the Western Mass region and throughout the state for her many accomplishments in the disability community.

Nancy has been a part of the Youth Leadership Forum from the very beginning, participating in the inaugural Massachusetts YLF back in the early 2000s. Nancy won the Brianna Fund Community Service Angel Award last year, and was honored as part of the 17th Annual  “Martin Luther King Jr. Benefit Gospel Concert: A Tribute to Gospel” at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Springfield in 2015. She is a lifelong believer in the power of sports to empower youth with disabilities.

Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame: Information and Inductees

Mary Brougher Inducted into Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct Mary Brougher into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.  Mary is the EVP of operations for Bender Consulting Services, Inc., a firm that partners with corporations and federal agencies to assist them in achieving their disability-focused diversity and workforce inclusion initiatives.  Bender collaborates with customers to impact strategic planning, talent acquisition, training, and digital accessibility of workplace technologies.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Bender Consulting operates across the U.S. and Canada.  Mary’s areas of responsibilities include leading disability employment strategic planning and digital accessibility consulting services, training, government services, and talent programs within the Bender enterprise.

During 2009 and 2010, Mary served as the project director of the Collaborative on Accessible Workplace Technologies, a Department of Labor initiative focused on developing and communicating effective practices for employing people with disabilities, as well as creating accessible workplace technology policies and practices.

Mary joined the Bender family of companies in 1994, and has held search consultant and VP of recruitment positions, prior to assuming her current role.  Earlier in her career, she provided relational database consulting services, business consulting services, and has implemented technology systems and strategies.

Mary is a member of the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council and the Volunteers of America Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Council, providing advice and fundraising for a training program delivering technology and customer support services content, in support of people with disabilities.  Mary is also a member of the USBLN Disability Equality Index Advisory Committee.  She holds bachelor of science degrees in computer science and economics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame: Information and Inductees

Jeanne Argoff Inducted into the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct Jeanne Argoff into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.  Jeanne is currently retired and serves as a board member of Westside Center for Independent Living.

Previous positions:

  • Co-founder of PolicyWorks, Inc., a national nonprofit with the mission if developing and applying innovative practices to make policy work for people with disabilities.
  • Co-founder and Executive Director of the Disability Funders Network, an association of grantmakers committed to funding disability programs.
  • Vice President of The Dole Foundation for Employment of People with Disabilities.

Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame: Information and Inductees

Robert (Bob) Vetere Inducted into the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to induct Robert (Bob) Vetere, Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist in the Global Corporate Responsibility organization with Northrop Grumman, into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame as the Mentor of the Year.  Bob Vetere has a very successful career with Northrop Grumman Corporation since March 20, 1978, with many achievements in the Business Management organization.

Bob is a strong advocate for the employment of qualified individuals of all abilities and has served in many roles and has achieved many accomplishments inside and outside of Northrop Grumman, including the following:

  • February 2015, served on a Viscardi Center panel at the US Chamber of Commerce on creating a welcoming environment, where individuals are comfortable and included..
  • June 2015 – Presented low hearing initiatives at the HLAA – Hearing Loss Association of America’s national conference, St Louis.
  • August 2015 – Presented Creating a Welcoming Environment at the NILG – National Industry Liaison Group, NYC..
  • In 2014, Bob was elected to serve as Chairperson of the USBLN’s Corporate Advisory Board (CAB).
  • 2014 USBLN Conference Presenter & Moderator on panel, “Creating a Harmonized Reasonable Accommodation Process”
  • 2013 US Business Leadership Network (USBL) Conference Track Chair & Presenter on Employing College Student with Disabilities
  • 2012 USBLN Conference session presenter on Cornell/ODEP Mentor Pilot Program & Introduction to Awards Banquet Keynote Speaker
  • 2011 USBLN Conference presenter on employing injured service personnel
  • 2010 Virginia Governor’s Forum on Economic Growth for the Disabled Community
  • 2009 Maryland Governor’s Forum on the Inclusion and Employment of Individuals with Disabilities
  • January 2009, appeared on the cover and was the featured article in “Careers & The disABLED” magazine

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