2006 DO-IT Trailblazers

Trailblazers from Summer Study 2006
Trailblaser Imke Durre (third from left) participates in a science lab.

The DO-IT Trailblazer awards highlight DO-IT community members who forge new pathways that will benefit others. We select individuals who, through their work and accomplishments, have changed the way the world views people with disabilities and their potential to succeed in college, careers, and community life. Congratulations to this year's honorees!

Imke D. DO-IT Mentor

For accomplishments in earning a Ph.D. and pursuing a career in Atmospheric Sciences, increasing public awareness of the positive contributions of people with disabilities in science fields, and providing strong role modeling and mentoring to students with visual impairments.

Julie P. NOAA Program Manager, DO-IT Partner

For accomplishments in integrating youth with disabilities in service learning programs and promoting the employment of people with disabilities in science fields.

Previous DO-IT Trailblazer award winners are listed below.


  • Karen B. (Architect, DO-IT Mentor). For accomplishments as a business owner and in progressing accessibility efforts within the field the architecture.
  • Mylene P. (Microsoft Senior Diversity Consultant, DO-IT Partner). For accomplishments in the integration of disability in the diversity efforts of businesses and programs encouraging youth to pursue high tech career fields.
  • Jessie S. (DO-IT Ambassador, 98 Scholar, and University of Washington student). For accomplishments in increasing access and support on the University of Washington campus and providing a strong role model to students with hidden disabilities.
  • Suzanne W. (Assistant Director for Research, UW Human Interface Technology Lab). For accomplishments in research and for providing numerous opportunities for students with disabilities to explore the field of human interface technology.


  • Cheri B. (DO-IT Ambassador, '96 Scholar, and Stanford University graduate student). For achievements in athletics and academics.
  • Mike D. (Education Specialist, National Parks Service). For improving access in the national parks.
  • Charity R. (DO-IT Student Staff, University of Washington student). For improving access and support on a postsecondary campus.
  • Anna S. (DO-IT Ambassador, '93 Scholar, artist, business woman, and University of Washington graduate student). For accomplishments in fine arts, business, and science.