2009 Ambassadors

Group photo of 2009 DO-IT Scholars

The following Ambassadors began participating in DO-IT as Scholars in 2009. They continue to pursue college and career goals and encourage younger DO-IT Scholars and Ambassadors.

Vanessa, ‘09 Scholar

Athetoid cerebral palsy, mild hearing loss. Graduated from Yakima Valley Community College. Works part time as an office assistant for a dental clinic. Volunteers in bible study at her church.

Bilal, ‘09 Scholar

Learning disability. Graduated from Edmonds Community College with a degree in construction management. Works as a part time computer lab assistant. Would like to be an orthodontist.

Reese, ‘09 Scholar

Orthographic dysgraphia. Attends Gonzaga University majoring in political science.

Anna, ‘09 Scholar

Brain tumor, left-sided paralysis, visual impairment. Graduated from Shoreline Community College with two associate’s degrees. Currently attends Seattle Central College working towards a bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral science. Plans to work with families of children with autism, helping manage behaviors. She received a 2015 Trailblazer Award.

Ryan, ‘09 Scholar

Autism. Attends Central Washington University majoring in music performance and minoring in aviation management. Interns for airport operations. Has performed with the Vancouver Symphony at Whistler and studied on Broadway to learn how to play musicals. Volunteers at the SeaTac airport with the Wings for Autism program.

Louis, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia and dysgraphia. Attends American University majoring in physics. Works as a wildland firefighter during the summer. Looking for an internship in the physics field. Interested in quantum computing, physics, and farming.

Shelby, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy. Graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public relations. Works as a morning show producer at the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City.

Allegra, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal muscular atrophy type 2. Took an online course from Penn Foster and is certified as a freelance writer. Self-published an ebook called Knotted Strings.

Sean, ‘09 Scholar

Becker muscular dystrophy. Graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology. Worked for the National Atmospheric Administration, Exo Labs, and as an equal employment opportunity specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration. Currently works at Microsoft as an escalation engineer. Passionate about technology accessibility.

Leo, ‘09 Scholar

Spinal cord injury. Attends Skagit Valley College. Interested in a job involving video editing or animation. Has received over 350,000 views on his videos on YouTube. Likes to learn about computers. Owns a beagle and would like to live alone in an apartment in a large city.

Josh, ‘09 Scholar

Muscular dystrophy. Graduated from George Fox University with a bachelor of arts in sociology and minors in writing and women’s studies. Was a member of the George Fox Jazz Ensemble and would like to continue playing. Enjoys writing fiction and playing sports.

Josh, ‘09 Scholar

Spina bifida; learning disability. Graduated from Clark College. Would like to be a youth pastor or counselor. Has two dogs.

Kristin, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cognitive processing disorder. Studying human services at Western Washington University, with a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies. Interns at Planned Parenthood and has interned at Days for Girls International. Works at Brigadoon Service Dogs. Hopes to travel and empower women around the world. Plans on joining the Peace Corps out of college.

Alex, ‘09 Scholar

Cerebral palsy. Earned an associate of arts transfer degree from Skagit Valley College. Plans on getting his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or business administration. Works at Home Depot as a cashier and special services associate. Hopes to become a police officer or forensic pathologist.

Joey, ‘09 Scholar

Asperger syndrome. Earned a bachelor of science in electronics engineering technology with a computer engineering specialization from Central Washington University. Was an engineering assistant for ViewPlus Technologies, but currently looking for employment. Designed and built a keyboard emulator for single-switch assistive devices.

Abby, ‘09 Scholar

Blind with light perception. Currently pursuing an associate of arts transfer degree at Clark College. Would someday like to help the blind in other countries access technology.

Chris, ‘09 Scholar

Dyslexia, attention deficit disorder. Attends Clark College. Likes to learn about biodiversity and technological developments and plans on a botanical career.