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

As a board member of PolicyWorks, Rayna focuses on building strategic relationships with nonprofits, employers, and funders and on promoting mentorships leading to career connections. Rayna teaches English as a second language at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and serves as president of the Kol Ami congregation.

Prior to joining the PolicyWorks board in January 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 government 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.

 

Eric GluntEric Glunt 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 multi-talented housing professional and fabric artist. In his rich career in housing, he served in a variety of roles in Pinellas County, Florida, culminating in his leadership of the Department of Community Development and the Pinellas County Housing Finance Authority.

Anthony began working with Bright Community Trust in 2008 and after his retirement he became the Chief Executive Officer of Bright Community Trust.

Anthony has a rich history of contributions and has served on the Board & Executive Committee of the Florida Community Loan Fund, a Founding Member of Tampa Bay Harvest, a former Vice President, Florida Housing Coalition, and a former Vice President, Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless

Anthony is also an accomplished quilter, teacher and curator of quilting and fabric artistry.

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.

 

Derek ShieldsDerek Shields is a federal disability services consultant. He currently manages the Department of Defense Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) Support Services Contract which has provided more than 142,000 accommodations to federal employees with disabilities and wounded Service members around the world.  Concurrently, he manages the TARGET Center Support Services Contract for the Department of Agriculture and coordinates the US Business Leadership Network Section 503 Self-Evaluation Compliance Tool initiative.

For PolicyWorks, Derek serves as Vice President and is the Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee that guides the Susan M. Daniels Mentorship Fund.

As a Project Management Professional (PMP), Derek has experience in strategic planning, program and performance management.  Former contract work included: Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program, Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Assistive Technology Training Program, the Defense Department’s Office of Family Policy and the Family Advocacy Program Office in support of their Domestic Violence and Child Abuse initiatives, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Assistive Services and Technology and projects at HUD, DOI, DOT, the State Department, the Access Board, GSA, and the VA.

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.

 

Gary GoosmanGary Goosman is responsible for the creation and implementation of the strategic communication strategy to energize the grassroots movement of ACCSES members to advocate for improvements in federal policy. ACCSES is a trade association for disability providers.

In addition to his work with ACCSES, Gary consults for Daniels & Associates, LLC.

Previously, Gary worked at the Institute for Educational Leadership and at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). As a result of Mr. Goosman’s work at ODEP, he received two Secretary of Labor Exceptional Achievement Awards.

Daman Wandke

Daman Wandke is an Accessibility Analyst at SSB BART Group, where he consults with large organizations on how to make their websites and other information accessible.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington 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 is a researcher and project manager with more than 15 years of experience on both federal contracting and health research projects. She is currently Project Director at Georgetown University Medical Center on an NIH-funded randomized clinical trial of the treatment of pain in persons with a history of opioid abuse. 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, Ms. Willard 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.