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 on the 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 Meck (Heymann)

MRC, CRC, CDMS
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Executive Director               Phone:206-632-1212   Email: kimberly@disabilitypride.org
Kimberly Meck (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
Associate Director
Phone: 425-998-5839
Email: robert@disabilitypride.org
I have been working at Alliance for over 21 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-September 2014, 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.

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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

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.

Mark Keene

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Independent Living Specialist
Phone 206-445-1713
Email:mark@disabilitypride.org

My name is Mark Keene. I am an Independent Living Specialist. I share the passion for empowering our community and creating social change. Being a resilient voice for LGBTQ and under-served populations, I identify as a trauma survivor who is thriving with multiple disAbilities. In my professional life, I have advocated for and supported a range of people from youth to older adults in many roles: a service coordinator, supportive-living arrangements manger, employment specialist/job coach, developmental technician for children with Autism, paraprofessional in special needs education, life-skills mentor, and caregiver. I am trained in peer support and group facilitation, Wellness Recovery Action Plans, and chemical dependency recovery. I have an MSW from the University of Southern California and BA from the Golden Gate University. I look forward to listening to your story and serving my community.

Jeff Fullington

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Independent Living Specialist
Phone:206-445-1714
Email:jeff@disabilitypride.org

Hello. My name is Jeff, and I am an Independent Living Specialist at the Alliance of People with disAbilities. I am a certified peer counselor and trained group facilitator, and currently help to organize the mental health community here in King County. I have previously served as a Behavioral Health Ombuds for King County, as well as a volunteer on the Washington Warm Line. Before relocating to Seattle in 2009, I worked on an adolescent behavioral health unit at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, LA, and spent several years teaching special education in Las Vegas. I look forward to assisting consumers in meeting their own goals for independent living and helping to grow the disability community here in Washington state.