Board of Directors

Brad Wemhaner

Brad Wemhaner
Chair

Brad Wemhaner currently serves as Board Chair.  Brad is Director of Design Engineering for Wireline Products in Integrated Device Technology’s Networking and Communications Division.  He experienced the benefits that Ability360 provides individuals with disabilities after sustaining a spinal cord injury in 1993.  Brad is particularly grateful for Ability360’s peer mentor program, which was instrumental in assisting him to the reality of leading an independent, productive, and rewarding life as a person with quadriplegia.  Retired from the Phoenix wheelchair rugby team after many active years, Brad also appreciates Ability360’s leadership role in promoting accessible sports and healthy living.  As a member of the Board of Directors, Brad is excited to assist in expanding Ability360’s influence in advocacy, independent living, personal assistance, employment, and sports and fitness.

Andrew Reilly

Andrew Reilly
Vice Chair

Andrew Reilly is an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Arizona Attorney General in Phoenix. Andrew was involved in a serious automobile accident as a teenager, which resulted in a complete spinal cord injury. Consequently, Andrew has personally benefited from the many programs that Ability360 provides to individuals with disabilities. Most notably, Ability360’s promotion of individual independence, and its strong support for adaptive sports, helped Andrew receive a wheelchair basketball scholarship from the University of Arizona, which he utilized while attending law school. Currently serving as Vice Chair, Andrew is eager to “pay it forward” by helping further Ability360’s mission to promote the independence, empowerment, and employment of people with disabilities.

Ed Myers

Ed Myers
Treasurer

Ed Myers joined the Ability360 Board in February 2015. He has practiced disability law for 25 years. After working as a law clerk for the Montana Supreme Court, he worked for what is now known as Disability Rights Montana as a Mental Health and Assistive Technology Attorney. He also worked as a Policy and Funding Specialist for the Arizona Technology Access Program. Ed is currently an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University, teaching disability law in education and advanced disability law. He recently retired after eight years as the Deputy Executive Director for the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL). Ed is also a published author in several journals and the Montana Law Review on disability and technology issues.

Asim Dietrich

Asim Dietrich
Secretary

Asim Dietrich is a staff attorney at the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) since 2011. At ACDL, Asim works with clients with various disabilities to advocate for their legal rights, and to assist them in gaining access to the services they need in order to maximize independence and achieve equality. Prior to his current position at ACDL, Asim worked with Community Legal Services and was a Fellow at the William E. Morris Institute for Justice. He was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2010 after earning his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2009. Asim graduated from Arizona State University in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in Political Science.

Alison Belkin

Alison Belkin

Alison Belkin has worked with persons with brain and spinal cord injuries for over 20 years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. She started her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center/Barrow Neurological Institute, working in both acute care and acute rehabilitation settings. Alison is currently the Director of Clinical Management for the Arizona Home and Community Programs with Rehab Without Walls®, where she has been employed for 15 years. Alison is a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Arizona Speech and Hearing Association (ArSHA). Alison has been exposed to Ability360’s work throughout her career and is eager to make a contribution to such a valued organization.

Ashley Bridwell

Ashley Bridwell

Ashley Bridwell has over 10 years of experience as a medical social worker and program coordinator for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s program serving adults with neurological impairments in the outpatient setting. An Ability360 Board member since earlier this year, Ashley is passionate in ensuring that others receive the love and care she received while recovering from a brain tumor in 1999 that left her with physical and visual impairments. In addition to her work at St. Joseph’s Hospital, she is a strong advocate and speaker regarding the prevalence of brain injury and cognitive impairment in vulnerable populations, including the homeless and domestic violence populations. In addition, Ashley is adjunct with the Arizona State University Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy as their expert on brain injury in vulnerable populations. In recognizing the importance of impacting the local community regarding disability issues, Ashley has served as Chair of the City of Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues.

Miguel Fernandez

Miguel Fernandez

Miguel Fernandez, a professor of Composition and Literature, was elected to the Ability360 Board of Directors in February 2017. Miguel is currently the Faculty Liaison for Students Veterans and advisor for the Student Veteran’s Organization at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. He firmly believes that in education, “accommodation, not exception or exclusion” is key to the success and independence of all individuals. He is eager to learn, share, connect and integrate the mission and best practices of Ability360 into education at the college level. Miguel was the 2012 Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award’s Community College Educator of the Year, a 2013 League Of Innovation’s Roueche Excellence Award recipient, one of two 2014 Diversity Advisory Council Award winners from CGCC, and a recipient of the 2015 Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Employee Recognition Award for his work with student veterans.

George Garcia

George Garcia

George Garcia joined the Board in 2011. He is a social worker with a master’s degree in the discipline from Arizona State University. As a person with a disability since the age of 12, George has unique insight into the barriers and issues facing youth with disabilities as they transition into adulthood. George is currently working to help establish self-advocacy organizations for people with developmental disabilities throughout Arizona and helps facilitate the Youth Action Council of Arizona. In addition to his Board commitment, George is a member of the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and a Board member of Arizona’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

Trent Maruyama

Trent Maruyama

Trent Maruyama was elected to the Ability360 Board of Directors in February 2017. Trent is currently a Rehabilitation Program Coordinator at Barrow Neurological Institute Barrow Neuro-Rehabilitation Center. A Licensed Occupational Therapist, Trent attended the University of Alberta in Canada. After obtaining degrees in both occupational therapy and the physical sciences, Trent became an Occupational Therapist in 1995, working primarily with persons with neurological impairments. In this role, he passionately worked to help those recovering return to successful pursuits and also educated and assisted patients in self-advocacy. Trent has been active in the community, organizing symposiums to provide resources and education to therapists, as well as, for stroke survivors and caregivers.

Rodrigo Olivares

Rodrigo Olivares

Rodrigo Olivares is the Chief Operating Officer at the Crisis Response Network, Inc. Mr. Olivares has over 12 years of experience in crisis, child welfare, and youth programs. Mr. Olivares has provided leadership and oversight to several clinical and crisis programs, including a 24–hour crisis hotline, mobile crisis response program, children’s crisis response programs, trauma healing services, peer navigator services, as well as general adult outpatient and substance abuse services. Mr. Olivares obtained a Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas Pan American, with major concentration in family-focused practice with Latino individuals and families. He is currently completing a Doctoral program focused on Integrated Healthcare at Arizona State University. Mr. Olivares is a member of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, Creating Community Solutions Brain Trust, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Nathan Pullen

Nathan Pullen

Nathan Pullen is the Program Manager at the Arizona DES Business Enterprise Program (BEP), where he provides financial management expertise as well as IT and assistive technology services for both the agency and the BEP blind operators. Prior to finance, Nathan worked in hospitality and food service management and even worked as a pastry chef, having attended the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. Nathan currently serves on the Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment (GCBVI) to advocate for the blind community. Originally from North Dakota, Nathan moved to Arizona to attend ASU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international business management. Nathan is currently pursuing his MBA. As a member of the Board of Directors, Nathan is excited to assist in expanding Ability360’s influence in advocacy, assistive technology, health and fitness.

Colleen Shannon

Colleen Shannon

Colleen Shannon, our most recent addition to the Board of Directors, has extensive financial, operational and business experience in the technology sector for both public and private companies. Colleen is Chief Financial Officer for ClaimTrak, responsible for the company’s financial, legal, human resources and business operations. Prior to joining ClaimTrak, Colleen served as Lumension’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for overall finance, legal, human resources and administrative activities. Colleen has held positions as Vice President of Finance for iLinc Communications, Inc. and Cyclone Commerce and served as Corporate Controller for ViaSoft, Inc. She earned her certification as a public accountant while working as a financial auditor for Ernst & Young. She is a graduate of Boston College. She was a finalist in the 2008 and 2009 Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International CFO of the Year awards for Emerging Companies. In her spare time, Colleen and her husband enjoy spending time with their two black Labradors, hiking, biking and traveling the world.

Mary Slaughter

Mary Slaughter

Mary Slaughter is immediate past Chair of the Ability360 Board.  Mary has had a long career in the disability area.  It began with her participation in the development of systems to transition people with disabilities from institutional settings into more inclusive environments in communities.  Mary’s focus throughout her career has been on helping parents of children with disabilities to have the information and tools to be their child’s best advocate.  As those same children grew, Mary recognized the significance of helping empower these youth to make decisions for their own lives.  She became familiar with Ability360 and recognized the organization’s leadership role in growing self-advocates.  Having come from this background, Mary recognized the importance of having a strong, grassroots organization like Ability360 and its integral role in empowering those in the disability community.  She is passionate to preserve, strengthen, and expand Ability360’s leadership role both in Arizona and nationally.

Contact Ability360’s Board of Directors at:
boardofdirectors@ability360.org