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.

Nathan Pullen

Nathan Pullen
Treasurer

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.

George Garcia

George Garcia
Secretary

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.

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.

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.

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.

Candyce Williams

Candyce Williams

Candyce Williams, M.D. is Ability360’s most recent addition to the Board. Dr. Williams is currently the Medical Director of Spinal Cord Injury Systems of Care at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.  She is board certified in internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and spinal cord injury medicine.  Dr. Williams is a member of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Spinal Injury Association.  Dr. Williams is an adjunct clinical faculty instructor at the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University. Dr. Williams received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center, and a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. As a physiatrist, Dr. Williams has been a long-time advocate for her clients and support of community activities for people with disabilities.

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