Access Board Members

The Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among federal agencies and to directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities.  Twelve members of the governing Board are representatives from most of the federal departments.  The other thirteen are comprised of members of the public appointed by the President to four-year terms. Every year the Board elects officers, including a chair and vice-chair.  These posts alternate between a public and a federal member.

Members of the public who wish to seek appointment to the Access Board should contact the White House Office of Presidential Personnel at (202) 456-9713 or visit the White House website.

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Sachin Dev Pavithran

Logan, Utah bio

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Vice Chair
Sue Swenson

Department of Education bio


Public Members

Regina Blye

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Regina Blye of Austin, Texas is the Executive Director of the Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) and currently serves as Chair of SILC Congress, a national group dedicated to improving the effectiveness of SILCs. She is also Vice-Chair of the Texas Disability Policy Consortium, a collection of organizations working together to advance the rights of Texans with disabilities, and serves as a board member for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, a grassroots advocacy organization. Blye graduated from West Texas A&M University with a degree in mass communications.

Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA

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Karen L. Braitmayer is the founder of Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Seattle, WA, an architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design. She advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, developers and architects on accessibility for housing, commercial, retail, institutional and educational projects. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and served on the Advisory Board of the Northwest ADA Center and on the Board of the Northwest Center (for people with Developmental Disabilities). Braitmayer received a BA from Rice University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. Braitmayer served as a member of the Washington State Building Code Council from 1994 to 2001 and remains involved in the development and update of Washington State’s accessibility code.

Patrick D. Cannon

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Patrick D. Cannon of Lansing, Michigan was State Director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind from 1997 to 2012. He was also President of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind and served as Director of the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns for 10 years. He has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Transportation Authority since 1991 and was a member of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Council of State Administrators in Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Executive Board of the President’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities. Cannon previously served as a member of the Access Board from 1995 to 2003, including a term as its Chair.

Marc D. Guthrie

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Marc D. Guthrie of Newark, Ohio is the Director of Director of Public Outreach for the American Council of the Blind of Ohio. Guthrie, a long-time advocate for Ohioans with disabilities, was Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio from 1995 to 2001. He also previously served as a member of the U.S. Access Board from 1996 to 2005. Guthrie is a City Councilman At-Large in Newark, Ohio and served as President of the Newark City Council from 2004 to 2009. He was appointed Administrator of Business and Human Resources for District Five of the Ohio Department of Transportation by former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland in 2009. Additional elected offices held by Guthrie in Ohio include City Councilman in Heath, County Commissioner in Licking County, and State Representative from the 77th House District for six terms. As a state legislator, Guthrie authored Ohio’s early intervention law for pre-school age children with disabilities. Guthrie received an A.A. degree from Ohio Dominican College.

Christopher S. Hart

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Christopher S. Hart of Boston, Massachusetts is the Director of Urban and Transportation Projects for the Institute for Human Centered Design, an international nonprofit organization in Boston that promotes accessibility and universal design. He also serves as an appointed member of the Governor’s Transportation Advisory Reform Committee and the National Steering Committee for Project ACTION, a national organization dedicated to promoting universal access to transportation for people with disabilities. In addition, Hart served as a consultant on transportation issues for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Boston’s disability community and is a board member for the Livable Streets Alliance and the Disability Law Center. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts College of Public and Community Service.

Phillip D. Jenkins

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Phillip D. Jenkins of Austin, Texas is a senior software engineer in IBM's Research Division who has over 27 years of experience with the company.  He has been active in the development of innovations to enhance the accessibility of IBM technologies, products, and services through IBM's Human Ability and Accessibility Center.  He represented IBM on Access Board advisory committees involved in drafting and more recently updating access standards for electronic and information technologies issued under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Mathew McCollough, M.P.A.

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Mathew McCollough, M.P.A. of Washington, D.C. is executive director of the District of Columbia (DC) Developmental Disabilities Council which promotes independence and equal opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He previously served as communications manager for the DC Office of Disability Rights where he coordinated and publicized District government efforts to improve accessibility and compliance with laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before joining the DC government, McCollough was employed by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities as a grants manager and contracted by the U.S. Department of Justice as an information specialist.

Sachin Dev Pavithran

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Sachin Dev Pavithran of Logan, Utah is Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, a position he has held since 2011. Before serving as Program Director, he served in a variety of other roles at the Center, including Program Coordinator and Disability Policy Analyst, since joining in 2002. Pavithran has more than 12 years of experience as a consultant on disability policy and developing and training users of assistive technology and accessible websites. He serves on the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs National Board, Senator Orrin Hatch’s Disability Advisory Committee, the Research and Development Committee of the National Federation of the Blind, and the National Multicultural Council of the Association of University Centers for Disabilities. In 2007, the National Federation of the Blind awarded him the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship. Pavithran received a B.A., B.S., and an M.S. from Utah State University.

Howard A. Rosenblum

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Howard A. Rosenblum is a senior attorney at Equip for Equality, a nonprofit organization responsible for implementing the Protection and Advocacy System in the State of Illinois.  He was recently named Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a position he will assume next April, and has served as NAD’s Public Policy Chair since 2006.  An attorney for 18 years, Rosenblum has focused his legal practice on disability rights and special education.  He has been involved in major cases under the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities.  Rosenblum is the co-founder and Chairperson of the Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf, an organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to the legal system for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Deborah A. Ryan

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Deborah A. Ryan of Boston, Massachusetts is head of Deborah A. Ryan & Associates, an accessibility consulting firm that specializes in compliance with design requirements issued under Massachusetts law and federal laws such as the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. As a consultant, she is active in accessibility surveys, plan reviews, technical assistance, training, and guidance on complaint resolution. Before creating her firm in 2002, Ryan served for over 25 years at the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB), including 15 years as its executive director. The MAAB develops and enforces state requirements for accessible buildings and facilities. Ryan previously served on the U.S. Access Board's Public Right-of-Way Access Advisory Committee.

Nancy Starnes

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Nancy Starnes of Arlington, Virginia previously served as Director of External Affairs for the National Organization on Disability which is dedicated to expanding the participation and contributions of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. She directed the organization's efforts to close the participation gaps between those with and without disabilities in the nation's towns, cities and counties.  Starnes has been active in disability rights advocacy for over 30 years and has served on numerous organization and consumer boards and coalitions.

Hans A. Van Winkle

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Hans A. Van Winkle of Lumberton, New Jersey is a Vice President at Parsons Brinkerhoff, a leading engineering firm, and has over 35 years of experience in engineering, operations, construction and project management. Before joining Parsons Brinkerhoff, he was director of the Construction Industry Institute, a non-profit consortium at the University of Texas at Austin, and served for more than 30 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he rose to become Deputy Commander.

Former Public Board Members

Federal Members

Stuart F. Delery, Department of Justice

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Stuart F. Delery, who was appointed the Acting Associate Attorney General in September 2014, advises and assists the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in formulating and implementing Department of Justice (DOJ) policies and programs concerning civil litigation, federal and local law enforcement, public safety, and other subjects. As the third-ranking official at the agency, he oversees DOJ's civil litigating components, including the Civil Rights Division, grant-making components, the Office of Tribal Justice, the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees, the Office of Information Policy, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, and the Access to Justice Initiative.  Delery joined DOJ in January 2009 as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Deputy Attorney General and later became Associate Deputy Attorney General.  He then served as Senior Counselor to the Attorney General and after that led the DOJ Civil Division where he focused the Division’s work on cases involving national security, health and safety and financial fraud.  Before joining DOJ, Delery was a partner in the Washington D.C. office of the law firm WilmerHale where he was a member of the Litigation Department and the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Group, and a Vice Chair of the firm’s Securities Department.  Delery graduated from Yale Law School and the University of Virginia.  He clerked for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court, and for Chief Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Ellen Herbst, Department of Commerce

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Ellen Herbst was confirmed as the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Administration at the Department of Commerce in 2013. In this position, Herbst oversees the establishment and execution of departmental policies and procedures for administrative functions affecting program operations in Commerce’s operating units. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Herbst began her government service in 2005 as Director of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service. Prior to joining the government, Herbst spent 25 years in the private sector in various leadership positions for both large and small companies. She served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Spectra Systems, Virtual Compliance and Giesecke & Devrient America Inc. She also served as a Business Manager at the DuPont Company. Herbst graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor of science degree in economics and accounting and received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Dr. Laura Junor, Department of Defense

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Dr. Laura Junor was named the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness by President Obama in 2014. In this capacity, she advises the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for the Department’s military and civilian personnel. She previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, where she built the foundation of OSD’s current readiness and training portfolio and led major DoD-wide initiatives that included the development of the real-time readiness reporting system, a transformed training environment for joint forces, the Defense Language enterprise sustainable military training ranges, as well as being the founding member of Readiness Management Group. Prior to her roles in Personnel and Readiness, Dr. Junor served as Chief of Staff, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. Working in the private sector from 2006 to 2009, she collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard Bureau, and agencies within several states to develop a common lexicon for improving communication and capability flows in the event of domestic crises. From 1994 to 2006, she directed readiness research for the Center of Naval Analysis.  Dr. Junor graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland with honors in economics and received her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Adam Neufeld, General Services Administration

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Adam Neufeld was named Acting Deputy Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in February, 2015 after serving as GSA's Chief of Staff since May, 2013. In that position he was influential in charting the agency’s course forward, playing a vital role in its consolidation efforts as well as helping agencies transform their space into more efficient, mobile, open offices. He has also been at the forefront of the agency’s efforts to bring innovative new approaches to the federal government through the Presidential Innovation Fellows and 18F. Prior to joining GSA, he served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget where he worked on efforts to improve government management, as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. with a focus on serving the federal government, an honors attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor, and a special assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Peter M. Rogoff, Department of Transportation

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Peter M. Rogoff assumed the duties of the office of Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in January 2014. In this role, he serves as the principal advisor to the DOT Secretary while providing leadership in the development of DOT policies and providing advice and guidance on legislative and regulatory initiatives across all modes of transportation. His office oversees both the Office of Transportation Policy and the Office of Aviation and International Affairs. Previously, Rogoff served as Federal Transit Administrator since 2009. Prior to his FTA appointment, Rogoff served for 22 years on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including 14 years as the Democratic Staff Director of the Transportation Subcommittee. He was the first recipient of the 2010 Rosa Parks Transportation Equity Award, the U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Lester P. Lamm Memorial Award for outstanding leadership and dedication to U.S. highway transportation programs. He earned an M.B.A. with honors at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies at Amherst College.

Tom Samra, United States Postal Service

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Tom Samra was named United States Postal Service Vice President, Facilities, in November 2005. In this role, he is responsible for one of the largest civilian construction programs in the U.S. and oversees all Postal Service properties, including 8,000 owned and 26,000 leased facilities. Samra manages a nationwide staff of professionals, comprised of architects, engineers, environmental, property management, and real estate specialists. His organization is responsible for acquiring and leasing all properties and buildings, for managing the design and construction programs for all new postal buildings, and for renovating and/or repairing current postal space. Prior to joining the Postal Service, Samra served with the American Red Cross as vice president of real estate development and material management. He has 30 years experience in project development and facilities management both domestically and internationally. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Detroit Institute of Technology in 1975.

William B. Schultz, Department of Health and Human Services

William B. Schultz serves as the General Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a post to which he was confirmed in April 2013.  He served in this position in an acting capacity for since March 2011.  Prior to joining HHS, Schultz was a partner at the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder.  From 1999 to 2000, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice where he was responsible for overseeing all Civil Division appellate litigation and the Department’s Tobacco Litigation Team.  From 1994 to 1999, Schultz was Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he was responsible for directing and overseeing all of the Agency’s major policy initiatives, including initiatives on tobacco and food safety.  He previously served as Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. Schultz began his career as a law clerk to Judge William B. Bryant of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and for 14 years he litigated public interest law cases at Public Citizen Litigation Group. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center for 10 years, teaching courses in litigation and food and drug law.  Schultz received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Jennifer Sheehy, Department of Labor

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Jennifer Sheehy is Acting Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy and head of the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. Previously she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Disability Employment Policy. Before joining the Labor Department, she spent ten years at the U.S. Department of Education in a variety of roles, including Director of Policy and Planning in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), acting Director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, acting Deputy Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of OSERS. Prior to that, she served as Senior Policy Advisor on the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, as Associate Director in the White House Domestic Policy Council, and as Vice President of the National Organization on Disability and Director of its CEO Council. She earned a B.A. from Cornell University and graduated with honors from Georgetown University, where she received her M.B.A.

Rhea S. Suh, Department of Interior

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Rhea S. Suh serves as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Department of the Interior and oversees financial, administrative and programmatic policy for the Department, including budget formulation, implementation and accountability. Before her appointment as Assistant Secretary, Suh served as a program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation where she managed a $200 million initiative designed to build ecological integrity and resilience in key lands and watersheds in western North America. Previously, as a program officer at The William and Flora Hewett Foundation, Suh managed a portfolio of grants designed to protect the ecosystems of the western part of North America. She also developed educational strategies and programs for under-served constituencies as a consultant to the National Park Service and served as a senior legislative assistant to Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Suh is a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and of Harvard University, where she earned a Masters of Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy. She has received both a Fulbright Fellowship and a Marshall Fellowship.

Sue Swenson, Department of Education

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As acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education, Sue Swenson serves as the principal adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education on matters related to the education of children and youth with disabilities, as well as employment and community living for youth and adults with disabilities. She is also Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSERS, a position she has held since August, 2010. During this time, Swenson also served as the acting Director of the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research for one year. Previously, Swenson served as the Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as CEO of The Arc of the United States, and as Executive Director of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. She was active in the Minneapolis schools as well as in state and federal policy while working as a professional services marketing director before being named a Kennedy Fellow in the U.S. Senate in 1996. She earned an A.M. degree at the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. at the University of Minnesota.

Gustavo Velasquez, Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Gustavo Velasquez became Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2014. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), a nonprofit organization that helps Latinos and other immigrants and underserved populations gain the necessary skills and capital to start and maintain their own businesses. Prior to his tenure at LEDC, he served as Director of the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights for seven years where he led the enforcement provisions of the DC Human Right Act. He also served as DC's Director of the Office of Latino Affairs from 2003 to 2007. Before joining the District of Columbia government, Velasquez was Director of Operations and Director of the Division of Families and Neighborhood Development at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, the leading social service provider to Latinos in Philadelphia. In this capacity, he managed large-scale programs in the areas of housing counseling, workforce development, and financial capability for the most vulnerable communities of Philadelphia and its surrounding area. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a master's degree in government administration.

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