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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Chair
Sue Swenson

Department of Education bio

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Vice Chair
Regina Blye

Austin, TX 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 where she works collaboratively with a Governor-appointed statewide board of directors and staff to build a more visible and informed community. She is currently a member of several national and statewide boards such as SILC Congress, NCIL, APRIL, Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council, Access Empowerment, and the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities.  Blye is a former Relocation Specialist, an award winning TV News Producer, and on-air personality.  She earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas and a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from West Texas A&M University.

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 an accessibility consultant who specializes in ADA compliance and Universal Design in the built environment and the public realm. He also serves as a technical advisor to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Boston’s disability community.  Previously, Hart was the Director of Urban and Transportation Projects at the Institute for Human Centered Design.  He has also served as an appointed member of the Governor’s Transportation Advisory Reform Committee in Massachusetts and the National Steering Committee for Project ACTION.  Hart is also a board member for LivableStreets Alliance, Disability Law Center, and Agassiz Village.  Hart is a graduate of the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts.

Mathew McCollough, M.P.A.

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Mathew McCollough, M.P.A. of Washington, D.C. serves as the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) which promotes independence and equal opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to assuming this position, he served as the Communications Manager for the DC Office of Disability Rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance office for the District Government. He has been named to several commissions and boards with emphasis on health equity and human rights, including the Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council, the DC Commission on Human Rights, TASH Board of Directors, and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Board of Directors.  Previously, he served as a grants manager and trainer at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and at the National Service Inclusion Project.  McCollough earned a Master of Public Administration degree from American University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University.

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.

Victor Santiago Pineda, Ph.D.

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Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda of Berkeley, California is President of the World Enabled, an educational non-profit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities, and the Pineda Foundation, positions he has held since founding the organizations in 2003.  In 2012, he served as the Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity and as an Adjunct Professor in City and Regional Planning at the University of California (UC), Berkeley.  Dr. Pineda was a Senior Research Fellow at the World Institute on Disability in 2011.  As a policy consultant, he has advised international agencies such as the World Bank and United Nations, as well as state and federal governments, in the development and implementation of programs and policies that include people with disabilities.  Dr. Pineda holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Luskin School for Public Affairs at University of California at Los Angeles.  At UC Berkeley, he earned a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and bachelor’s degrees in Political Economy (BA) and Business Administration (BS).

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.

Shelley Siegel, FASID

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Shelley Siegel, FASID of Lake Worth, Florida is the founder and president of Universal Design and Education Network, an interior design firm that specializes in universal design in residential and commercial projects. She has also been consulting designer of the Siegel Design Group, Inc. since 1972. Siegel is a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a member of the Design Alliance for Accessible Sustainable Environments. She previously served as a member of the Advisory Panel for the ASID National Universal Design Program, the Florida Coordinating Council on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs ADA Advisory Board. Siegel holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and received a graduate degree in Life Span Care / Applied Gerontology Studies from Nova Southeastern University.

Karen Tamley

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Karen Tamley of Chicago, Illinois serves as Commissioner of the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities which promotes full inclusion of people with disabilities and strives to make the city a leading example of accessibility.  She was appointed to the position by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2005 and was reappointed by Mayor Rahm Emaunel in 2011.   As Commissioner, Tamley leads numerous disability policy and compliance initiatives in transportation, city infrastructure, emergency preparedness, housing, schools and technology, and other areas.  She also oversees the delivery of independent living services to city residents and represents the city on a number of boards and committees, including the region’s paratransit service provider.  Prior to her appointment, Tamley served in various management, policy, and advocacy positions at disability organizations for over 15 years, including ADAPT in Denver and Access Living in Chicago where she was Director of Programs at Access Living.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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

Stephanie Barna, Department of Defense

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Stephanie Barna is the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and helps oversee Total Force management, National Guard and Reserve Component affairs, health affairs, readiness and training, military and civilian personnel requirements, dependents’ education, equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and quality-of-life matters. She previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness and Force Management) and performed the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). A career member of the Senior Executive Service, she advised three Army Secretaries while serving as the Deputy General Counsel (Operations and Personnel) in the Office of the Army General Counsel. Barna began her public service career in 1989 as a lieutenant in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and served in leadership positions in commands across the Army. She retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2011 in the grade of Colonel, having last served with U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany and as an adjunct professor with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College, a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Master of Laws degree from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School. She is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

Joseph F. Klimavicz, Department of Justice

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Joseph F. Klimavicz serves as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this position, which he assumed in May 2014, he provides leadership and oversight of information and technology programs in support of the Department of Justice’s law enforcement and crime prevention mission. Klimavicz previously served as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) CIO and Director, High Performance Computing and Communications from January 2007 until May 2014. During this time, he also served as the Department of Commerce Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information and as the Senior Executive responsible for the agency’s use of the radio frequency spectrum. His 30-year career in the federal government began with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an imagery scientist in the National Photographic Interpretation Center. He subsequently served in line management positions within the CIA and the Department of Defense leading information technology programs. Klimavicz received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He was awarded the U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive Service.

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.

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.

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.

Sue Swenson, Department of Education

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Sue Swenson is the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, she serves as advisor 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. The mission of her office is to provide leadership to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities by ensuring equal opportunity and access to, and excellence in, education, employment and community living. In addition to her duties as Acting Assistant Secretary, she continues to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSERS, a position she has held for the past 6 years. Before joining OSERS, Swenson served in the Clinton administration as the Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Swenson also served as Executive Director of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation and as CEO of The Arc of the United States. 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 was educated at the University of Chicago and earned an AM there as well as an MBA 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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