Board Of Directors

Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis
Board President
Steve has served on the board of Alliance of People with disAbilities for over a year. He helps supervise the iTEC lab and had served on the committee of legal services. Steve is married and has two grown daughters and one cat. His experience on the board has been positive and fulfilling giving him a chance to meet work with and assist a number of people with different abilities and disabilities. Steve’s Email 

Aaron McCullough

Aron McCullough Aaron is an attorney and consultant focusing on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. He is an experienced lecturer on civil rights compliance with a near 15 year record of never boring a participant to sleep, and he has hopes to keep his streak alive. Aaron heads the accessibility compliance consulting firm known as ADAConsult Services. Formerly, Aaron was a legal specialist for the Southwest ADA Center. Aaron’s recent research interests include: Title II ADA compliance for state and local governmental entities, fair housing accessibility, compliance strategies in lodging and recreational settings, and accessibility compliance requirements in state and local law. He has recently relocated to Seattle, Washington, but still maintains an office in Texas.

JEAN TANG, PhD, PMHNP-BC, APRN

 Picture of Jean Tang with tree. Jean is a faculty at University of Washington School of Nursing. Her research area is in comorbid insomnia and chronic pain, with a focus on the use of non-pharmacological approaches for symptom management and health promotion. She has taught in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Her teaching philosophy encompasses educating the whole person to develop socially responsible health professionals. Jean is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her practice embraces interdisciplinary model. She believes the patient-provider partnership and inter-professional collaboration is the core for the optimal care outcome.

Toby Willis

Toby Willis
Board Treasurer
Toby has a Master degree in Education from Middle Tennessee State University where he worked as a Student Technology Specialist in the Adaptive Technology Center. Toby went on to Nashville State Community College then to City University of Seattle where he worked as Director of Disability Support Services. He earned a Master of Business Administration from City U after being promoted to Director of Site Operations for North America. Toby currently serves as President and CEO of Independence Guide Dogs; a 501C3 nonprofit organization he founded in 2012. He also consults with Corporations, Businesses, organizations and individuals in the areas of disability law and accessibility.

Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith
Professional Sign Language Interpreter
I learned about the Alliance through a client and was thrilled to join the board. I’ve been working with the Deaf and DeafBlind communities for the past 5 years, and strive to be a reliable ally and advocate throughout the Puget Sound.”

Management

Kimberly Heymann

MRC, CRC, CDMS
Picture of Executive Director Kimberly Heymann
Executive Director               206-632-1212     kimberly@disabilitypride.org
Kimberly Heymann joined the Alliance in August of 2014. She has a Masters degree and a history of working with an independent living CIL as a board-member for several years. Kimberly has overseen major changes for the Alliance’s: phone systems, database email system, and website.

Robert Blumenfeld

Robert Blumenfeld
IL Program/Branch Manager Phone:
425-998-5839 Email: robert@disabilitypride.org
I have been working at Alliance for over 19 years. Originally hired, July 1997, as the Employment Specialist, first based in Seattle, and then working through out the county. I was promoted to manager of our East King County office in March 2004. From August 2008-February 2009, and then August 2014-September2014, I was Interim Executive Director. My area of interest are: Employment; ADA; transportation; emergency preparedness; housing; economic development; policy & legislative activities; outreach & advocacy.

Jessica Williams-Hall MRC, CRC.

picture of Jessica
IL Specialist/ Special Projects Phone
(206) 545- 7055 Ext: 200 Email: Jessica@disabilitypride.org
My name is Jessica Williams-Hall. I am a Seattle area native, having grown up on Bainbridge Island and attended the University of Washington, receiving my Bachelor’s Degree from UW in Early Childhood and Family Studies. I developed a keen interest in working with people with disAbilities as a profession after doing volunteer work with children and adults with disAbilities for many years, and because I have a disAbility myself. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Washington University and was fortunate enough to intern at The Alliance of People with DisAbilities during my Master’s Program. I am very happy to now be employed by the Alliance, serving as a member of a dynamic team of professionals who are dedicated to assisting people with disAbilities in their effort to live the rich, full, productive lives that they deserve to live.

Hope Drumond

Hope Drummond
Program Manager
Phone:206-633-6634
Email:hope@disabilitypride.org
My name is Hope Drummond.I am a longtime advocate for people with disabilities on a range of fronts. As an individual of short stature with multiple other disabilities, I have first-hand experience with navigating through institutions that are not designed to include me as an active participant. In my professional life, I have assisted clients with disAbilities transition into the workforce, sort out benefits and insurance issues, and become more independent. I have served on the youth advisory board of Healthy Futures at Life Coalition in Mississippi and the board of the My Voice My Choice Project under the Arc of Mississippi Organization. I am a powerful advocate, who has engaged extensively in the public arena on behalf of individuals with disabilities and has increased awareness of disability issues.

Staff

Bhelle Ollero

Bhelle Ollero
IL Specialist
Phone:206-445-1729
Email:bhelle@disabilitypride.org
I am Bhelle Ollero, IL Service Provider of the Alliance of People with Disabilities for almost three years. Working with the Alliance made me to be more contentious and patient. It is fulfillment for me when my consumers are able to meet their goals through my assistance. When I accepted this job I am aware that I do have a responsibility towards others. That I am determined to give my best for them.

Tanya Atkinson

Tanya Atkinson
IL Specialist
Phone:206-545-7055
Email: tanya@disabilitypride.org
I have been advocating for the rights of people with disAbilities for many years. Transportation, healthcare, and political access are three of my specialties. I worked as a benefits advisor with SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) providing information about health insurance and advocating for callers for over 7 years. I learned about LTSS (Long Term Support Services)-Medicare, Medicaid, COBRA, WHSIP. I specialized in serving populations that had SSDI and SSI. I worked with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a peer counselor, group leader (SHG), and political advocate for over seven years. I was introduced to the Independent Living philosophy and made it my mission to use these methods to add my voice to reducing barriers in the world that people of all abilities share. I have lived in cities from Columbia City in Seattle, Wa to Everett, WA. I use a mobility access device to travel with public transportation throughout King and Snohomish Counties.

Shaun Bickley

Shaun smiling near waterfront
IL Specialist
Phone:206-545-7055 ext 117
Email:shaun@disabilitypride.org
Shaun Bickley joined the Alliance in 2016 as an Independent Living Specialist, and is also responsible for advocacy and outreach. Shaun formerly administered a grant training other developmentally disabled people across Texas on issues such as decision-making, voting, employment, sexuality & relationships, disability history, health, legislative advocacy, and community settings—a perfect background to support people in the Independent Living philosophy. He has also worked on policy issues around employment and alternatives to guardianship, serving on Texas’ Employment First Task Force and supporting other disabled people to interact with their legislators. He has been a community organizer since 2008, graduating the Midwest Academy Organizing for Social Change in 2012, and approaches disability issues as an organizer. Shaun is autistic.

Charity Marie Hueckstedt MCC

Charity Marie Hueckstedt
Youth Specialist Phone:425-998-5837
Email:charity@disabilitypride.org
I’m the Youth Specialist for the Alliance of People with disAbilities. I have a BS in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling. I’m a past member of the Transit Advisory Committee, SOAR’ School-Age Implementation and Action Teams, University of Washington NICU Advisory Board, State Independent Living Council and Washington State Rehabilitation Council. I am a motivational Speaker, Actress, a Mother and Wife.

Kristina Santwan Bellevue Youth Specialist

Kristina Santwan Bellevue Youth Specialist

Bellevue Youth Specialist
Phone:425-998-5836 ext 102
Email:kristina@disabilitypride.org
Kristina joined the Alliance in May 2016 and her focus is expanding the youth program in South King County. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Business Administration and Management that she obtained at The Evergreen State College in Tacoma. She has worked with nonprofits for over 8 years with her previous position managing a home repair program for low income homeowners throughout Pierce County, Federal Way and Auburn. She lives in Tacoma (where she was born and raised) with her beloved dog Cujo and her immediate family close by.

Charmaine Dancy Independent Living Specialist

Charmaine Dancy Independent Living Specialist
IL Specialist Phone:425-998-5838
Email:charmaine@disabilitypride.org
Charmaine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Loyola University and a Master’s of Science degree in Human Service with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Her desire is to minimize the socioeconomic gaps that hinder the advancement of people living with disabilities in King County. In 2010, Charmaine Dancy promoted independent living and freedom of choice in East King County as a Youth Transition Specialist. As a youth advocate, she promoted youth leadership at the National Counsel on Independent Living (NICIL) Conferences and at the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) Conferences. Presently, she works with adult consumers to create independent living plans to achieve long-term goals in employment, housing, and continuing education.