Our Staff

Portrait of Alexa
Alexa Polaski
Alexa Polaski first started at Disability Rights Washington as a summer legal intern. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law in 2017, she was hired to join the Treatment Facilities Team. While in law school, she interned for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Jackson, Mississippi, focusing on mass incarceration and juvenile justice, and Advancement Project in Washington D.C., focusing on voting rights. She also represented clients through the Tulalip Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic and served as President of the Disability Law Alliance for two years. Prior to attending law school, Alexa earned a B.A. in Law, Societies, and Justice and Disability Studies at the University of Washington. Alexa originally hails from Southlake, Texas but has lived in Seattle for the past eight years. She is a certified Special Olympics coach for the Seattle Parks Sharks.
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Andrea Kadlec
Director of Advocacy Development / Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds
A Northwest native, Andrea Kadlec grew up in Southern Idaho, was a foreign exchange student to Chile, and then obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees (in Journalism and Organizational Leadership) from Gonzaga University in Spokane. Andrea worked at Disability Rights Washington for about 15 years before pursuing a law degree. She graduated with a juris doctorate from Seattle University School of Law in 2017. In law school, she interned as a legislative lobbyist.  As project director for the Alliance to End Sexual Violence in Long-Term Care, Andrea implements a federal Office of Violence Against Women grant so advocates are equipped to support long-term care residents who experience sexual violence. Andrea also serves as Region 2 Ombuds.

Over the past 18 years at Disability Rights Washington, Andrea built and facilitated coalitions; developed and implemented disability-rights curriculum; managed media and communications; developed and managed grants; and promoted local and national policy change to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. She served as public policy chair for the State Special Education Coalition; was a member of the National Disability Right Network’s Community Education and Self-Advocacy Committee; chaired the Northshore School District’s Special Education Parent & Professional Advisory Council; was a trustee of the Board of Directors of the Arc of King County; and assisted with advocacy development for Manos Unidas, a school for students with disabilities in Cuzco, Peru.  Andrea enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, yoga and time with her two daughters.
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Beth Leonard
Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds / Legal Counsel
Beth Leonard joined the Office of DD Ombuds in 2017. Beth is a passionate advocate for justice who focused her legal career working on behalf of low-income and marginalized communities. Prior to joining the DD Ombuds, she worked as a staff attorney at Legal Action Center providing eviction defense services to low-income tenants in King County. Beth also served as Washington State’s first Pro Bono Council Manager where she provided coordinated support and advocacy to Washington’s 17 Volunteer Lawyer Programs. Beth is an adjunct professor at Seattle University and a graduate of Washington’s JustLead Leadership Academy.  Beth graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law where she was chosen by faculty as the Law Faculty Trust Scholar for the class of 2013. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and visiting with her family and friends.
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Betty Schwieterman
Developmental Disabilities Ombuds
Betty Schwieterman works to change systems to be responsive to people with disabilities. In 2017, Betty began her new position as the head of the Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds, a program of Disability Rights Washington. She leads the statewide DD Ombuds program to promote the well-being of people with developmental disabilities through rights education, monitoring services and facilities, identifying concerns and complaints, complaint resolution at the lowest level possible and making recommendations to the service system and legislature for improvements.

Previously with Disability Rights Washington, Betty worked to improve the abuse response system and victim rights of people with disabilities; election accessibility; self-directed personal assistance services; and address gaps in the services systems for people with traumatic brain injury. Betty’s passion is to  support people with disabilities who are new to advocacy, build advocacy coalitions and provide support and technical assistance to advocates.

Betty worked as a speech therapist in rural Missouri schools after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Missouri State University in 1977. She moved to Seattle and in 1982 began work as an advocate for the agency now known as Disability Rights Washington. She served as Chair and Past Chair of the Mental Health Parity Coalition during a successful nine year effort to end discrimination in insurance coverage for people with mental illness. She Co-Chaired the Washington State Traumatic Brain injury Council, served on the Developmental Disabilities Council, Adult Abuse Workgroup and numerous other system change coalitions.
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Clark Matthews
Lead Producer
Clark Matthews joined Disability Rights Washington's Rooted in Rights team as the first Creative Production Assistant in 2016. Providing support throughout the production process from development to distribution allows Clark to combine two of his biggest passions: filmmaking and disability rights. Clark’s media collaborations with artists and activists of mixed abilities have played at film festivals around the globe. His work in disability justice has led to involvement with organizations like National ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Not Dead Yet, the International Society for Disability Studies and more. Clark graduated from Temple University with a degree in Film and Media Arts.
Courtney Cole
Creative Production Assistant
Courtney Cole joined the Rooted in Rights team in 2016 as a Creative Intern, working in the Seattle office. In September 2017, Courtney accepted a position on staff as a Creative Production Assistant. She assists in the production of videos and other media content. Currently, Courtney studies at Seattle Central College, pursuing an Associate of Arts degree. During her spare time, Courtney participates with the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) program at the University of Washington, writes for the Rooted in Rights blog and other publications, and enjoys exploring Seattle. Read Courtney’s Rooted in Rights blog posts here.

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Cuquis Robledo
Storytellers Series Coordinator
Cuquis Robledo began working at Disability Rights Washington in the summer of 2015, while interning through Duke University’s DukeEngage internship program. After returning to school, she continued to help Disability Rights Washington's video and social media project, Rooted in Rights, create new videos about different disability issues. She became one of the first Rooted in Rights Storytellers. In July of 2016, she joined the Rooted in Rights team part-time to coordinate the Storytellers project where she recruits and teaches people with disabilities how to produce self-advocacy videos. She graduated in May 2017 as an undergrad at Duke University, where she received her B.A. in Psychology and was president of a disability advocacy group on campus called Duke Disability Alliance. She is also on the Board of Directors for Little People of America and is their Director of Public Relations. In her spare time though, she loves to Latin Dance and occasionally competes in dance competitions, does art, travels and recently has become interested in theater and acting. Learn more about the work she does at cuquisrobledo.com.
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David Carlson
Director of Advocacy
David Carlson leads Disability Rights Washington’s legal team which engages in multimodal advocacy incorporating multiple advocacy tools, including individual representation, class action litigation, policy work, video advocacy, and community engagement. His team is responsible for monitoring facilities and community settings in Washington that serve people with disabilities, investigate potential abuse and neglect of Washingtonians with disabilities, conduct legal and policy advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities across Washington, and provide Washingtonians with disabilities information about their legal rights.

David has served as lead counsel in numerous class actions enforcing a wide variety of civil rights of people with disabilities. David's advocacy work has been recognized in international media and several local and national awards. David presents on disability legal issues, legal ethics, and advocacy skills both in Washington and nationally. Additionally, David has taught Disability Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University and serves as a member of the National Disability Rights Network's Board of Directors. David graduated Cum Laude from both Eastern Washington University where he received his B.A. and Gonzaga University School of Law where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Gonzaga Law Review.
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David Lord
Director of Public Policy
David Lord grew up in Yakima, Washington and graduated from the University of Washington in 1976, where he also earned a masters in social work. He has a juris doctorate from UCLA law school and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. David worked for programs providing advocacy and support to people with disabilities in the community for more than a decade. In 1994, he went to work for Washington Protection and Advocacy System, since renamed Disability Rights Washington. As the Director of Public Policy for Disability Rights Washington, David provides information to legislators, state officials and others about issues concerning the rights of people with disabilities. David is a frequent speaker on guardianship and alternatives, accessibility of courts, and the rights of people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and other disabilities.
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Heather McKimmie
Director of AVID Program
Heather McKimmie has been a staff attorney with Disability Rights Washington since August 2009. In 2014 she was promoted to Associate Director of Legal Advocacy. Prior to working at Disability Rights Washington, Heather practiced criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. She also clerked for a superior court judge, worked in a personal injury law office, represented workers in unemployment compensation hearings, and conducted investigations for a public defender’s office. She graduated from University of Washington School of Law in 2005 and was a Notes and Comments Editor for Washington Law Review. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with a BA in History with distinction in 2001. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, playing and watching basketball, and playing the cello.
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Helen G
AVID Program Staff
Helen Gebreamlak joined Disability Rights Washington in November of 2016 as an Office Assistant. Previously, she has been involved in disability advocacy and education. She facilitated various disability justice, anti-racist, and sexuality and gender focused workshops and seminars at the University of Washington as the Social Justice Programmer on the Seattle campus's Q Center. Helen also has a passion for filmmaking and is committed to telling women-centered stories.
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Jodi Rose
HR and IT Manager
Jodi Rose graduated from Seattle University in 2000. She joined Disability Rights Washington as Executive Assistant in 2013. She took on HR and IT Management in 2017. She is a key member of the support staff and enjoys being able to help out in multiple areas. Jodi was previously Studio Manager at a Graphic Design firm, and before that worked in Commercial Real Estate. Her creative and organizational sides combine to bring a unique aspect to her administrative role. Jodi is passionate about disability rights and enjoys being a part of the work Disability Rights Washington is doing. She also enjoys fundraising for local organizations. Jodi grew up in Yakima, WA. In her free time she enjoys attending concerts, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.
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Jordan Melograna
Director of Rooted in Rights Program
Jordan Melograna has been producing creative content for non-profits, companies, and campaigns for the last decade, with a focus on visual storytelling that advocates for human rights. Jordan is a graduate of the filmmaking school at the University of North Carolina and is currently pursuing his Master’s at the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership program. As Creative Director, Jordan leads the creative production of Rooted in Rights content, gives presentations and trainings on video advocacy specifically for rights organizations, and continues to shoot and edit original videos. https://vimeo.com/melogranapolis.

Jordan is enjoying getting to know his new home in Seattle, and plans to explore the area’s hiking, biking and kayaking opportunities.
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Lisa Robbe
Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds
Lisa Robbe is a passionate advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Her career in advocacy began in 1991. Over the next two decades, she served as the founder and director of two private Medicaid provider agencies in Idaho, held leadership positions with provider organizations and worked to enhance training for direct care staff. Lisa also served on Idaho’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, as a board member for Idaho’s Parent Training Institute, and as a Positive Behavior Supports trainer for hundreds of direct care staff for the State of Idaho.

In 2012, Idaho made drastic cuts to Medicaid that ended many services for people with developmental disabilities. Lisa spent time advocating at the legislature and helping people and their families access due process hearings, but nearly all of the proposed cuts went through. This experience motivated her to obtain her law degree and gain additional advocacy skills.
Originally from northwest Montana, Lisa has her BA in Sociology from the University of Montana and a Master of Public Administration from Boise State University. Lisa graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2016 and is licensed to practice law in Washington. She was hired by Disability Rights Washington in 2017 as a Regional Ombuds based in the Spokane office.
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Kim Mosolf
Kim Mosolf came to Disability Rights Washington in January 2015 after practicing law in New York for the previous eight years. As a lawyer, she has worked to promote the rights of sex workers, people receiving government benefits, parents accused of abuse and neglect, those convicted of serious crimes, and people with mental illness. Most recently, Kim served as the Supervising Attorney for Civil Legal Services at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, a nationally-recognized public defender organization. She previously served as a Staff Attorney with the Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense practice. She has also worked as a Government Benefits Fellow at Legal Services of NYC and as a tenant advocate at both Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and the City Bar Justice Center/Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Kim received her B.A. from Columbia University in 2001 and graduated from Columbia Law School in 2006. 
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Mark Stroh
Executive Director
Mark Stroh has been Disability Rights Washington's Executive Director since 1990. Prior to his arrival in Seattle, Mark held positions with the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (Lansing, MI), the Arc of Michigan (Lansing, MI), and Developmental Services Inc. (Columbus, IN). Mark graduated from Earlham College with a major in political science and holds a masters degree in instructional system design from Indiana University at Bloomington.

His responsibilities at Disability Rights Washington include the overall management of the organization; staffing the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Mental Health Advisory Council and Joint Planning and Evaluation Committee; and an array of disability rights related advocacy assignments. He has in the past represented Disability Rights Washington on the Developmental Disabilities and Traumatic Brain Injury Councils as well as a number of system reform task forces.
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Meghan Apshaga
Meghan Apshaga started at Disability Rights Washington as a summer intern after completing her first year in law school. She was hired as a staff attorney in 2016 to expand the Spokane office. Meghan graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2015 in the top third of her class. She has also worked for King County Department of Public Defense, Innocence Project Northwest, Housing Justice Project, and Immigrant Families Advocacy Project. Meghan earned her undergraduate degree cum laude in sociology from Connecticut College, during which time she was an intern investigator for the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service, Mental Health Division.

Meghan has lived in Seattle for over ten years, but is excited to start a new adventure in Spokane. She loves animals, and enjoys playing with her two cats, as well as volunteering for a local animal shelter. She also enjoys running, biking, gardening, and tending to her collection of houseplants. She would love to get better at cross-country skiing.
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Michael J. Smith
Michael J. Smith joined the Washington State Bar in 1984 and worked for several years as a prosecutor, then for The Public Defender representing clients in involuntary commitment hearings in King County. In private civil practice he represented clients with disability-related issues. His work since 1991 at Disability Rights Washington has included major class action litigation at Rainier School and Western State Hospital as well as representing clients with medical funding complaints in fair hearings and at trial. Mike's practice areas include assistive technology, employment, Ticket to Work, special education, access to medical treatment, prison and jail care and conditions, and veteran employment and medical treatment.
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Mona Rennie
Offices Manager
Mona Rennie has been at Disability Rights Washington since 2004 and previously worked for legal services agencies assisting low-income people with civil legal problems. She has been committed to legal services since 1989.
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Noah Seidel
Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds
Noah Seidel joined Disability Rights Washington in 2017 as the Region 3 Developmental Disabilities Ombuds. Noah is a disabled advocate who works to support people with disabilities to live a full life and engage in social change. Noah graduated from the University of Washington where he received a degree while majoring in Disability Studies, Political Science, and Comparative History of Ideas. He has worked in many ways to support people with disabilities and promote disability equality.  While attending college Noah was active in DASA (Disability Advocacy Student Alliance) where he worked with fellow students to make the University of Washington more accessible for people with disabilities and help host disability pride events on campus. 

Noah worked at the DO-IT Program at the University of Washington. Where he focused on helping high school students prepare for careers or higher education and for college students to find work opportunities, especially in the STEM fields. While with DO-IT Noah was able to mentor a wide range of students with disabilities to help them make decisions for their life. Following college, Noah worked at North Seattle College in the Disability Services office. While there he helped students receive accommodations and made sure their disability-related needs were being met. 

Following a move to Lacey, Noah started working at The Arc of Washington as the Self-Advocacy Coordinator doing community organizing and policy work with the Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL) coalition, a group made up entirely of people with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. With the coalition, Noah supported the membership to meet with legislators, testify at hearings, and write policies. Noah worked with other organizations to host weekly advocacy days at the Capitol, where he helped people express their opinions on legislation. While working for SAIL Noah was able to connect the coalition with other social justice groups, influence positive legislation for people with I/DD, and push for social model policies within the Disability system. Noah currently lives in Lacey Washington where he enjoys playing wheelchair basketball, reading graphic novels and comic books.
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Peter Rand
Lead Video Editor and Motion Designer
Peter Rand joined Disability Rights Washington as Video Editor and Motion Designer in February 2016. As part of the video and social media project, Rooted in Rights, he assists in the design and creation of videos advocating for and increasing awareness around disability rights. He has been an Americore volunteer as well as a professional arts educator, and has developed projects and curriculum for students with wide-ranging interests and abilities. Peter’s work has been screened internationally and he has collaborated on public art projects in Santa Monica, Dallas, and Rome. He is a graduate of the Media Arts department at UCLA, and continues to work with video, installation, interactive media, and performance in diverse and creative ways.
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Rachael Seevers
Rachael Seevers joined Disability Rights Washington as a staff attorney in 2013. Prior to coming to Disability Rights Washington, Rachael worked as an attorney in New York, with the Special Litigation and Appeals Unit of Mental Hygiene Legal Service, a public interest legal organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of people with mental illness. Rachael’s work at MHLS ranged from individual appeals concerning involuntary commitment and medication, to civil rights litigation relating to the provision of care for people with mental illness. In New York, Rachael also worked as an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, teaching legal writing and lawyering skills to first year law students. Rachael graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2006, where she was an Edward J. Sparer Public Interest Fellow and an Executive Articles Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University in 2001. 
Portrait of Reisha Abolofia
Reisha Abolofia
Reisha Abolofia joined Disability Rights Washington in 2015 to head up the Spokane office. During law school, Reisha was the Vice President and Creative Director of the Gonzaga Public Law Interest Group, a non-profit organization established to promote public interest work and provide students with scholarships. Reisha also interned at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where she assisted victims of sexual offenses and domestic violence.
Reisha was born and raised in Seattle, attended the University of Washington, and graduated with a degree in Journalism. She is a black belt in Shodukan Karate, and enjoys cooking and spending time with family.
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Sarah Haywood Eaton
Sarah Haywood Eaton joined Disability Rights Washington in 2013 after graduating magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law where she received the Dean’s Medal for the graduating class of 2013. During her time at Seattle University, Sarah interned with the Unemployment Law Project, Legal Voice, and the Northwest Justice Project. She also served in Seattle University's Civil Rights Amicus Clinic working on a policy report about United States Customs and Border Patrol activities on the Olympic Peninsula and as the Managing Editor of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Diplomacy and World Affairs. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, running, backpacking, and reading.
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Susan Kas
Director of Community Inclusion & Services Program
Prior to joining Disability Rights Washington, Susan Kas graduated from the University of Washington School of Law. Since 2006, she has been a staff attorney at Disability Rights Washington working on class action and systemic litigation in efforts to improve supports and services for people with disabilities. In 2016, Susan became an associate director of legal advocacy. When not working, Susan enjoys running, knitting, and most of all, hanging out with her two daughters.
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Stacie Berger Siebrecht
Director of Treatment Facilities Program
Currently, Stacie Berger Siebrecht focuses on ensuring that Disability Rights Washington provides high quality services, recruiting and supervising legal interns, class action enforcement, and development and implementation of disability history curriculum for elementary students. Stacie's past work at Disability Rights Washington includes a focus on class action litigation on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Prior to working at Disability Rights Washington, she worked at the Disability Law Center in Boston, Massachusetts as a Skadden Fellow and clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Pettine, United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island. While at the Disability Law Center, she served as co-counsel on Rolland v. Cellucci, a class action on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities in nursing facilities. She has presented on numerous topics including Olmstead planning, litigating nursing facility cases, representing individuals with disabilities, and obtaining attorneys’ fees in civil rights cases. Stacie is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Duke University.
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Tina Pinedo
Communications Director
Tina Pinedo joined Disability Rights Washington as an intern in 2011 and became the Video Production Manager in 2014. In 2015, she worked on the transition of DisAbility Rights Galaxy to Rooted in Rights, the video and social media project of Disability Rights Washington. She later became the Digital Communications Manager of Rooted in Rights, tasked with curating the social media platforms of the project and assisting in operations. In 2017, Tina became Communications Director at Disability Rights Washington. She serves as a member of the National Disability Rights Network's External Relations Subcommittee. Tina has a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish from Seattle University. 
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Tim McCue
Developmental Disabilities Ombuds Self-Advocacy Educator
Tim McCue has lived his entire life in the cool, crisp climate of Washington State. In 2012, Tim graduated from Lincoln High School and entered the Tacoma Transition Program, where he worked at the Metro Parks' Greenhouse near Point Defiance. During his time there, he met Mike Raymond and the team at Self Advocates of Washington (SAW), who inspired his interest in advocacy. As a result, he was hired on as an intern to teach students about a variety of topics relating to disability empowerment, later becoming SAW's Project Manager/Executive Director. He has also spent a considerable amount of time volunteering at various Self Advocacy groups such as Self Advocates in Leadership (SAIL) and Allies in Advocacy, most notably supporting and learning from the Person Centered Planning movement. In 2017, Tim was hired as the Self-Advocacy Educator for the Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds at Disability Rights Washington, where he works to provide disabled individuals with the most powerful tool of all; knowledge.
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Tom Hazeltine
Tom Hazeltine obtained his degree from the University of Washington in 1979, and subsequently held various financial and accounting jobs in corporate, trust banking, property management and at a CPA firm. Tom began working at Disability Rights Washington in 1991, then called Washington Protection and Advocacy System.
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Vilissa Thompson
Digital Manager
Vilissa Thompson joined Disability Rights Washington's video and social media project, Rooted in Rights, in 2017. Vilissa assists the creative production team in developing content that hones in on the issues that are pertinent to the disability community. Vilissa is a proud disabled advocate who makes the “good trouble” within the community. She has emerged as a prominent leader in discussing and educating the public about the plight of disabled women of color. In this work, Vilissa has empowered herself as a triple minority member, and those who hold multiple marginalizations within the disability community. Vilissa received her B.A. in Psychology and her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Winthrop University. Check out Vilissa’s blog Ramp Your Voice here.