Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The PolicyWorks Board of Directors is a stellar board that combines veterans in disability and employment policy and practice with emerging leaders in these fields. The intergenerational synergy creates a deeply committed board and reflects PolicyWorks belief in mentoring and professional development.

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President

Barbara Butz

Barbara Butz is a founding member of PolicyWorks and also serves as a Managing Partner of The Capstone Consulting Group, Inc. which she founded in 1999. She has over 40 years of experience in employment, training workforce development on the federal, state and local levels and has focused her consulting practice on these issues and health care access and Social Security policy development.

For two years served as Senior Consultant to MAXIMUS, the Social Security Administration’s Operations Support Manager for the Ticket to Work Program, where she served as the National Workforce Team Lead. In this role she had responsibility for training and supporting workforce systems across the country to meet their responsibilities as Employment Networks (job placement agencies) serving people with disabilities receiving SSDI and/or SSI.

Barbara also served as the Assistant Secretary for Labor and Employment Security in Florida for four years; Executive Director of a non-profit employment and training organization; Director of Employment Programs for an urban Community Action Program; and Program Supervisor for Vocational Technical and Adult Education programs for a public school district.

 

Rayna Arya

Rayna is co-founder and co-chair of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, which focuses on strengthening the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities. Established in 2014, the 50-member coalition hosts the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, honoring exceptional individual mentors and mentoring programs across the country. Rayna also teaches English as a second language at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia.

As a presidential appointee under President Obama, 2009-2013, Rayna served as Special Assistant to the US Secretary of Education, with a policy focus on college and career readiness and school to work transition. She initiated the Department of Education’s first internship program for youth with disabilities, an interagency collaboration and partnership with the District of Columbia school system that has become a federal model.

From 1991 to 2009, Rayna was Executive Director of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, a corporate foundation serving children and youth with disabilities. At the Foundation, she launched several signature programs, including the Congressional Internship Program (in partnership with the American Association of People with Disabilities), which enables college students with disabilities to take part in summer internships on Capitol Hill.  Under her leadership, the Foundation provided the first national funding to such nonprofit organizations as Partners for Youth with Disabilities (Boston), Kids Included Together (San Diego), and Project SEARCH (Cincinnati).

Rayna has extensive overseas experience, having served as a teacher, journalist, and diplomat in Latin America and the Middle East. Throughout her career, education, inclusion, and cross-cultural communications have been priority themes.

A Chicago native, Rayna received a BA in English from Beloit College and an MA in Literature from Boston University.

 

John KempJohn D. Kemp is currently the CEO of the Viscardi Center and The Henry Viscardi School in New York. Previously John served as the CEO of ACCSES, a trade association for disability providers, and Executive Director of US Business Leadership Network.

He has successfully led a number of well-known non-profits, including positions as National Executive Director of the United Cerebral Palsy Associations and General Counsel and Vice President of the National Easter Seal Society. His interest in business and management has informed his career pursuits, most recently as a partner at the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville PC. An author of several articles on disability policy and trends, John serves on advisory boards for Boys and Girls Club of America and the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities. He is on the board of directors of ICD and Goodwill Industries of Greater Washington.

John holds a degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law.

Shawn Fiala

 

Shawn Fiala is a vocational specialist with the WorkAbility III program in the San Diego Community College District. As a vocational counselor, Shawn serves students with disabilities enrolled in the District and supports them in all aspects of their job search and toward competitive and integrated employment. Shawn is a double alumnus of San Diego State University (SDSU) and holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling with a specialization in cognitive disabilities and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. As a rehabilitation counselor, Shawn’s goal is to see his students reach their maximum potential through post-secondary education and employment.

Shawn began working with Daniel’s & Associates and PolicyWorks as an undergraduate student at SDSU. This began with the Ticket to Work ambassador project and continued through other efforts after graduation. Later, as a graduate student, Shawn continued his work for PolicyWorks as part of the “Bridging the Gap from College to Career Transition Program” where Shawn served as the peer mentor to students with disabilities enrolled in the “Professional Development and Disability” course at SDSU. As a new member of the board, Shawn hopes to bring his experience as a direct participant in PolicyWorks initiatives to the forefront. In addition to his work as a rehabilitation counselor and with PolicyWorks, Shawn also serves on local committees related to advancing the employment of persons with disabilities and in collaborating with other professionals in vocational rehabilitation to provide trainings to employers on hiring practices and disability issues.

Eric GluntEric Glunt, PolicyWork’s Vice President, is a senior staff member at San Diego State University’s Interwork Institute and also serves as Director of the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP).

As Director of CHIIP, he is responsible for focusing the state’s attention and resources toward systemic changes that will support individuals with disabilities in their efforts to connect to jobs and careers and lead independent lives. In this role, he is embedded in California’s Employment Development Department and has offices at the agency’s Sacramento headquarters.

CHIIP partnered with Daniels & Associates to develop and implement the peer-mentoring program that forms the core of the Access CQ Project and has provided financial support to PolicyWorks’ peer mentoring program as a college-to-work transition program within CHIIP’s youth programming initiative.

 

Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones is a man of many talents. He is an artist, teacher, quilt maker, community builder, and social entrepreneur.  He is currently serving as CEO of Bright Community Trust, Inc., a Florida-based nonprofit community development entity working to assure that a supply of permanently affordable housing options is available to all members of the Florida community. Under Anthony’s leadership, Bright Community Trust has established Community Housing Development Organization status with the Cities of Largo, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. He was also instrumental in establishing the Community Land Trust model as a community housing strategy. The Land Trust now stewards over 500 units of rental housing and provides permanently affordable housing to more than 60 families.

Anthony is a Retired Director of Pinellas County Community Development and the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County.  As public finance managers, the department was responsible for the annual distribution of up to $40 Million dollars in funding and bonding authority from Federal, State, and local funding sources, partnering to produce over 10,000 units and over $1.25 billion dollars of private investment in affordable housing over his public service career.  As public policy advocates, Anthony’s departments planned, developed, and implemented neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and housing policy strategies as well as activities that promote home ownership and rental housing opportunities.  Under his leadership Pinellas County’s programs have won National awards. Anthony led the establishment of the Pinellas Community Housing Trust Fund which directed $19,000,000 of local ad valorem dollars to affordable housing efforts and the Pinellas Land Assembly Fund which directed $15,000,000 of sales tax revenue to workforce.

Anthony is a former vice-president of the Florida Housing Coalition and former vice-president of the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless.  He recently served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Florida Community Loan Fund as Chair of Community Development Lending and was a board member of the National Community Land Trust Network.  Anthony is a founding director of Tampa Bay Harvest and the HomeBuyers Club of Tampa Bay and has also served as a board member of the Pinellas County AIDS Coalition and the Mustard Seed Inn.  He is also a director of the Pinellas Community Housing Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Tampa Bay, the St. Petersburg Museum of History, Neighborhood Lending Partners, Contemporary Housing Alternatives of Florida, and the Tampa Bay Community Investment Coalition. Anthony also serves on the teaching faculty of the Community Real Estate Development certificate program at the University of South Florida’s John Daley Florida Institute of Government.

Anthony has a true passion for affordable housing finance and community development. His many years of active involvement with community development and community investment initiatives provide a tremendous level of expertise and passion to the community.

 

Sharon McCone

Sharon McCone is the president and principal of Prosigo, LLC and is a Certified Master Coach, Executive Recruiter and Diversity Advocate. She has successfully coached executives, aspiring executives, public servants, Fortune 10 leaders, transitioning military service members & their spouses, and students entering the workforce. Having a 10+ year history of Executive Recruiting and Career Advancement Coaching, she has spoken at numerous local, state, national and international conferences. Sharon served on the Diversity Committee of the American Society of Association Executives and as a mentor for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program. She is currently a mentor with the National Professional Women’s Association.

Sharon’s servant leadership style has been tapped by previous employers, including Fortune #1 Walmart Stores, Inc. in the Washington DC office and Corporate Affairs and Government Relations departments, executive director roles in nonprofit training and development organizations, and in service with indigenous populations in South America.

Sharon’s career began with Arkansas MR-DDS and, throughout her career has advocated for people with all types of disabilities with a focus now on equal employment opportunity for all people.

 

Nancy StanesNancy A. Starnes has dedicated over 25 years to advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. She uses her public service and non-profit work to deliver the promise of economic and social parity to people with disabilities that those without disabilities have come to expect. Nancy entered public life as the first female to be elected to Sparta, New Jersey’s Town Council and subsequently served as Mayor. She served two New Jersey counties as Director of their Offices for the Disabled.

She was a senior staff member for10 years with the National Organization on Disability (NOD), working in program development, human resources, communications and upper management. Prior to NOD, Nancy was Chief Operating Officer for the Paralysis Society of America (a civilian initiative of Paralyzed Veterans of America).

She is currently serving a Presidential appointment to the U.S. Access Board, an independent Federal agency that develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunication equipment, electronic and information technology and for medical diagnostic equipment, as well as enforcing accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.

Nancy has also served as a board member of: the Northeast Disability and Business Technical Advisory Council (DBTAC), Region II, the National Coalition on Disability Rights/ADA Watch, the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, DOT Forum Group and the Transportation Security Administration’s Disability Coalition. She has represented people with disabilities on Delta Air Lines’ Customer Advisory Board, Northwest Airlines’ Customer Advisory Board and currently serves on Greyhound Lines, Inc. Access Advisory Committee.

 

 

Daman Wandke

Daman Wandke is the CEO/Founder of Access Travel, LLC which operates AbiliTrek, a hotel booking website for people with disabilities. Before being a fulltime entrepreneur, he was an Accessibility Analyst at SSB BART Group, where he consulted with large organizations on how to make their websites and other information accessible.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Access Fund, supporting the financial independence of people with disabilities.  He earned his MBA in June 2013 and BA in Business Administration/Management Information Systems in 2012 from Western Washington University (WWU).  Daman has also worked at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in the Chief Information Office at NASA’s Headquarters and the IT Management office at Liberty Mutual. He has done web accessibility consulting work at a variety of non-profits. Daman serves as a disability advocate at the state, national and international levels focusing on IT accessibility and disability employment.

Kristen Willard

Kristen Willard, MS brings to PolicyWorks more than 20 years of experience in project management and research on health-related projects. She began her career at Georgetown University, supporting bio-behavioral research related to genetic testing for cancer susceptibility. In the years that followed, while at Florida State University, she conducted research in affect and epilepsy at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has also worked in research, evaluation and project oversight in literacy, veterans’ services and medical examiner competence.

While supporting the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program as Mental Health Specialist, Kristen worked to increase and improve tools and supports linking individuals with serious mental illness to employment support service providers. More recently, she served as the Technical Assistance and Support Center Manager for the program, managing a team responsible for supporting the effectiveness of 1,000 disability employment support providers across the United States.

She currently serves on the Care Delivery Team at the COPD Foundation in Washington, DC. As the Director of Population Health & Care Delivery, Kristen is responsible for connecting healthcare professionals, health systems administrators and policy makers to the Foundation resources that can help to improve patient lives and optimize care across the health continuum.