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. Mentors communicate with each other by sending messages to The entire group of Mentors, Pals, Scholars, and Ambassadors are reached by sending messages to

Adanna Abakporo
University of Washington

Sean Barrett
Mobility impairment
Region manager
Rehabilitation Services Administration

Kevin Berg
Cerebral palsy
Nonprofit director

Anindya “Bapin” Bhattacharyya
Supervisor of technology department
Helen Keller National Center

Kim Borowicz
Disability rights lawyer
Access Living

Karen L. Braitmayer
Osteogenesis imperfecta
Architect, business owner
Karen Braitmayer, FAIA

Belinda Brandon
Retired research economist

Ben Brynildsen
Learning disability
Career advisor

Gina Ceylan
Visual impairment
Ph.D. candidate
University of Missouri

Wendy Chisholm
Senior accessibility strategist

Rebecca Cory
Learning disability
Faculty program coordinator
City University

Frank Cuta
Electrical engineer
Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs

Don Daughtry
Visual impairment
Assistant professor
University of North Dakota

Jennifer Diedrich
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Imke Durre
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center

Samantha Estrada
Physical disability
Student of applied mathematics and
University of Texas at El Paso

Cheryl Field
Occupational therapist
Mukilteo School District

Kathryn Finton
Myasthenia gravis
Ph.D. candidate, biomolecuar structure and design
University of Washington

John Gardner
President and CEO
ViewPlus Technologies

Kajari Ghosh Dastidar
Ph.D. candidate, computer science
University of Iowa

John Goettle

Marni Goldman
Spinal muscular atrophy
Education director for science research
Stanford University

Julie Grant
Paraplegic, L2 spinal cord injury
University of Washington

Steve Harper
Cerebral palsy
Student and web developer

Roger Harris
Stroke, kidney failure
Associate professor emeritus, retired
University of Washington, School of Medicine

Morgan Hiraiwa

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

Sungeeta Jain
The Orphan Project, India

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

Stephanie Moore
Project scientist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Jennifer Mundl
C1-ventilator dependent, quadriplegia
Assistive technology specialist
Courage Center Rehabilitation Facility

Monica Olsson
Cerebral palsy
Outreach and access advocate
Reel Grrls

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
Program director and speech sanguage pathologist
Children’s Therapy Center

Ed Pottharst
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
Co-director and technical assistance lead Northwest Americans with Disabilities Act Center

Andrew Riggle
Cerebral palsy
Graduate student

Keith Routley
Park ranger

Marcia Sipe-Dan
PTSD and brain damage
Master’s candidate, rehabilitation counseling
Western Washington University

Greg Smith
C-5 quadriplegia
Software design engineer

Carole Snyder
Cerebral palsy
Software developer engineer

Keith Stegbauer
University of Washington

Vicki Stemper Allen
Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator

Val Sundby-Thorp
Associate dean
Clover Park Technical College

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

Jennifer Weisbart-Moreno
Ph.D. candidate
Claremont Graduate University

Vasanth Williams
Software engineer

Paul Zaveruha