Taryn Williams 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 Taryn Williams into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Taryn Williams is Supervisory Policy Advisor for the Youth Policy Team. The team works with workforce development and education systems partners to ensure that all youth including youth with disabilities have access to comprehensive transition services needed to prepare them for entering post-secondary education and the workplace.

In addition to serving as ODEP’s Chief of Staff, Taryn has worked as a Senior Policy Advisor, Youth Policy Team delivering expertise on disability policy issues including workforce development, education, social security and transition outcomes of youth with disabilities. She also served on detail assignments as the Associate Director for Public Engagement at the White House in 2014-15 and as a Policy Advisor on the United States Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee.

Prior to joining ODEP, Williams worked as the Research Coordinator for Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and as the Director of Programs at the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) headquartered in Chicago.

Mrs. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Education from Brown University and a master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University.

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

Colet Mitchell 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 Colet Mitchell into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Colet Mitchell leads the Employer policy team in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Colet is an educator and has worked for Labor’s Veteran’s Employment and Training Service (VETS), the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Rochester, New York School District. In 2016, Colet was nominated to participate as a Loaned Executive to the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area. She holds a B.S. in history and M.S. in education from the State University of New York.

Colet has a Personal and Professional Coaching Certification (PPCC) from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (2016) recognized by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has achieved Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) from Toastmasters International. She loves people, cooking, and tennis.

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

Ryan Easterly 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 Ryan Easterly into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Ryan Easterly serves as Executive Director of the WITH Foundation – a private foundation that promotes the establishment of comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities. Before joining WITH, he was a Co-Founder and Director of Northern California Community Relations at MySupport, Inc. Ryan is an experienced philanthropist, strategist, and advocate.

He served in several roles at The HSC Foundation from 2007 to 2015, including Manager and Senior Coordinator of the National Youth Transitions Initiative. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy from 2006 to 2007.

In 2016, President Obama appointed Ryan to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He also serves on the boards of Community Resources for Independent Living and the Ala Costa Centers.

Ryan has served as an expert on a variety of issues including education, leadership development, employment, and healthcare impacting communities of color, the foster care system, and the LGBT+ community. Ryan has a degree from Troy University. He lives in Redwood City, CA.

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

Dana Marlowe 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 Dana Marlowe into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Dana Marlowe can turn moment into a movement. As a social entrepreneur, Dana’s career path has led her to become an internationally-known disability advocate. As the founder of Accessibility Partners, Dana works to surpass the digital divide, and help make technology more accessible to people with disabilities. Within the business, her workforce is comprised of over 85% of people with disabilities to help spread awareness, education, and demolish attitudinal barriers by bridging communication and technological gaps.

As the founder of Accessibility Partners, she is a leading force in her disability and accessibility advocacy IT consulting firm. Dana directs a team of skilled accessibility engineers with and without disabilities. Her firm focuses on the removal of extraneous barriers in technology, with an ultimate corporate goal to make opportunities available for every individual using technology. Her efforts have been recognized recently. Jewish Women International named her a Woman to Watch, and she was the winner of the Stellar Women award from the Virginia Women’s Business Conference. She has been the recipient of both The Maryland Daily Record’s Top 100 Women Award and 40 Under 40 VIP List, the Ruderman Family Foundation’s Best in Business Award, a Dunkin’ Donuts ‘Community Hero’, and SmartCEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year, and Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Woman Award. Through her tenure at Accessibility Partners, Dana was designated as a finalist for the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council’s Women in Technology Award and a Stevie Award for Best Executive for Women in Business.

But accessibility is more than accolades— Marlowe has recently presented at the Jewish Federations of North America on the topic of disability employment with the Department of Labor, and the Ruderman Inclusion Summit on hiring practices. She has also conducted webinars with governmental agencies on web and document accessibility, as well as Bring Your Own Device policies and the intersection with employees with disabilities. Dana is a repeat presenter at the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, and has spoken in the past at Department of Health and Human Service’s event, a11y@HHS: Technology Accessibility and Inclusion Conference. Accessibility Partners also participated in the FCC’s M-Enabling Summit and the Community Options, Inc. 5th Annual iMatter Conference on the breakdown of attitudinal barriers for people with disabilities.

Within the realm of a dedicated human rights advocate, her championing voice knew that there was room for another conversation. What was initially the spontaneous question of “What can I do with my old bras?” led to the creation of Support the Girls. By chance, Dana’s inquiry set the wheels in motion for her to learn that bras and feminine hygiene products are rarely donated to those most in need: homeless women and girls. As a human rights advocate, Dana continues to work tirelessly to better the lives of the most invisible, marginalized populations often overlooked by mainstream society. A bra and a few hygiene products can be just the best self-esteem boost and health aid to a low income or homeless woman.

To date, Support the Girls has donated tens of thousands of bras and hundreds of thousands of feminine hygiene products to women across the world. Dana has spearheaded the initiative, and led the charge to the creation of Support the Girls affiliates throughout the United States, thereby bringing dignity to thousands of people.

The movement has tremendous momentum, and Dana’s efforts have been showcased in The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, The Today Show, Kveller, NationSwell, and many more. Support the Girls is expanding daily, thanks to Dana’s tireless energy and indomitable spirit. She sees a need where society often forgets to look, and can truly uplift the spirits of thousands.

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

Donna Fox 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 Donna Fox into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Donna Fox is employed at the Center for Accessible Living as a Youth in Transition Coordinator with emphasis on preparing young adults for life after high school. This includes teaching self determination, independent living skills and self advocacy. Being physically disabled since early childhood she understands the importance of and the need for the knowledge, experience, and practical help gained from trainings and peer support.

Donna mentors several peer mentor groups:

The YES! group serves youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides information and skills required for gaining independence. Currently, the YES! group has meetings in the community and has created a program within the public school system.

Kentuckiana Parents with Disabilities serves as a support network for disabled adults who are currently or hope to some day become a parent.

Advocates in Motion is an all ages, any disability advocacy group that teaches self and system advocacy and encourages individuals with disabilities to advocate for the needs of themselves and others in the disability community.

Donna has a passion for educating others, including teaching disability awareness and sensitivity trainings. This permits her to raise awareness to disability, discuss the removal of attitudes and barriers and educate through lecture and interactive role playing.

She has served as an ambassador for Kentucky’s third congressional district and has served as an advocate on local and national levels. She has participated in “fly-ins” to Washington D.C. where she has spoke on issues, including the need for quality and affordable healthcare.

Donna earned her Associate Degree in Human Services from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Louisville. In her free time she loves photography, writing, and spending quality time outdoors.

What does mentoring mean to me?
As someone with a disability, I hope and believe mentoring can make a significant impact to the lives of young people with disabilities. Mentoring can assist in becoming self-aware, gaining skills, building networks and creating opportunities for youth and young adults. Together these things help an individual to enhance their personal growth and allow them to reach their fullest potential.

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

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