DO-IT Mentors


Mentors encourage DO-IT Scholars, Ambassadors, and Pals as they pursue academic programs and careers. Most Mentors have disabilities themselves. They share valuable experiences, insights, and resources with younger participants.

Sean Barrett
Mobility impairment
Region Manager
Rehabilitation Services Administration

Kevin Berg
Cerebral palsy
Nonprofit Director

Anindya "Bapin" Bhattacharyya
Deaf/blind
Supervisor of Technology Department
Helen Keller National Center

Kim Borowicz
Disability Rights Lawyer
Access Living

Karen L. Braitmayer, AIA
Osteogenesis imperfecta
Architect, Business Owner
Studio Pacifica

Belinda Brandon
Blind
Retired research economist

Ben Brynildsen
Learning disability
Career Advisor
Boeing

Rebecca Cory
Learning disability
Manager of Disability Services
North Seattle Community College

Frank Cuta
Blind
Electrical Engineer
Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs

Don Daughtry
Visual impairment
Assistant Professor
University of North Dakota

Jennifer Diedrich
Student
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Imke Durre
Blind
Climatologist
NOAA National Climatic Data Center

Samantha Estrada
Physical disability
Student of Applied Mathematics and Psychology
University of Texas at El Paso

Kathryn Finton
Myasthenia gravis
Ph.D. candidate, Biomolecuar Structure and Design
University of Washington

John Gardner
Blind
President and CEO
ViewPlus Technologies

Kajari Ghosh Dastidar
Ph.D. candidate, Computer Science
University of Iowa

Marni Goldman
Spinal muscular atrophy
Education Director for Science Research
Stanford University

Julie Grant
Paraplegic, L4 spinal cord injury
Counselor/Coordinator Intern
University of Washington

Steve Harper
Cerebral palsy
Student and Web Developer

Roger Harris
Stroke, kidney failure
Associate Professor Emeritus, Retired
Biological Structure
University of Washington School of Medicine

Mamoru Iwabuchi
Associate Professor
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
University of Tokyo

Sungeeta Jain
Paraplegic
Director
The Orphan Project, India

Ed Keller
Diabetes, mobility impairment
Biology Professor Emeritus
West Virginia University

Douglas Lefever
Cerebral palsy
Life Instructor

Joshua Lessing
Ph.D. Candidate, Physical Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sara Lopez
Program Administrator and Lecturer
University of Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Program

Robert F. McKellar
Spina bifida
Author of An Accident of Birth,
Educator, and Counselor

Theresa Mina
Learning disability
Graduate Student

Jennifer Mundl
C1-ventilator dependent, quadriplegia
Assistive Technology Specialist
Courage Center Rehabilitation Facility

Bruce Parks
Hearing impairment
School Improvement Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education

Tracy Peterson
Mobility impairment
Computer Science, Spanish Major
Southwest State University

Gay Lloyd Pinder
Deaf
Program Director and Speech Language Pathologist
Children's Therapy Center

Ed Pottharst
Deaf
Neighborhood District Coordinator
City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods

Tracy Rackensperger
Cerebral palsy
Research and Information Coordinator
University of Georgia

Charity Ranger
Friedreich's ataxia
Independent Living Program Staff
Alliance of People with disAbilities

Sally Richards
Workforce Specialist: Disability Program
Northwest Employment and Training Center

Michael Richardson
Deaf
Assistant Director/Counseling Services Coordinator
Disability Resources for Students
University of Washington

Andrew Riggle
Cerebral palsy
Graduate Student

Keith Routley
Deaf
Park Ranger

Greg Smith
C-5 quadriplegia
Software Design Engineer
Microsoft

Carole Snyder
Cerebral palsy
Software Developer Engineer

Keith Stegbauer
Bioengineer
University of Washington

Vicki Stemper Allen
Sr. Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator

Virginia Stern
ENTRY POINT! and ACCESS Director
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Aimee Verrall
Research Coordinator
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
University of Washington

Vasanth Williams
Software Engineer

Paul Zaveruha
Surgeon