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.

Karen Tamley

Karen Tamley

Chicago, Illinois bio

Lance Robertson

Vice Chair
Lance Robertson

Department of Health and Human Services bio

Public Members

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.

Gregory S. Fehribach

Gregory S. Fehribach

Gregory S. Fehribach of Indianapolis, Indiana is president of the Fehribach Group, a consulting firm specializing in accessibility, universal design, and compliance with the ADA that he founded in 1995.  He is also an attorney with the firm of Doninger, Tuohy and Bailey, LLP in Indianapolis and has practiced law for the past 30 years.  Since 1988, Fehribach has served as a panel trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana.  In 2009, he was designated a Distinguished Fellow at Ball State University where he established The Disability Project.  Fehribach has served on the Ball State University Board of Trustees, the Indiana Governor’s Planning Council for People with Disabilities, the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, and the Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees.  He received a bachelor’s degree and a master of arts degree from Ball State University and a law degree from Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law.

Marc D. Guthrie

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Marc D. Guthrie of Newark, Ohio is the 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. is the Director of the District of Columbia Office of Disability Rights (ODR) which ensures access to DC programs, services, activities and facilities.  Previously, he served as ODR’s Communications Manager and as Executive Director of the DC Developmental Disabilities Council which promotes independence and equal opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  He has been named to several commissions and boards that focus on health equity and human rights, including the DC State Rehabilitation Council, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council, and the DC Commission on Human Rights.  Most recently, he was elected Board President of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.  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.

Former Public Board Members

Federal Members

Allison Fahrenkopf Brigati, General Services Administration

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Allison Fahrenkopf Brigati serves as deputy administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).  Brigati began her GSA service in July 2017 as the associate administrator of GSA’s Office of Governmentwide-Policy.  Prior to joining GSA, she served as the general counsel and director of strategic initiatives for the National Academy of Public Administration where she provided counsel to the senior leadership team, including its president and board of directors, regarding various legal and policy matters.  Previously, Brigati served in various roles at the World Bank, including as the senior advisor and senior quality assurance officer to the director of the Department of Institutional Integrity.  She also served as the deputy counsel at the Republican National Committee, as well as a corporate law associate at a global law firm.  Brigati is a licensed real estate associate broker with experience in both commercial and residential real estate.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Johnny W. Collett, Department of Education

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As the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the Department of Education, Johnny W. Collett serves as the advisor to the Education Secretary on matters related to the education of children and youths with disabilities, as well as employment and community living for youths and adults with disabilities.  Prior to joining the department, Collett served as the program director of special education outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers and at the Kentucky Department of Education as the state's special education director, as an assistant division director, and as an exceptional children consultant.  A former high school special education teacher and church pastor, he earned a Master of Arts in education from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky and a bachelor's degree from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College.

Eric Dreiband, Department of Justice

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Eric Dreiband serves as the Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.  His background spans the public and private sector, and also the issues covered by the Civil Rights Division.  He previously served as the General Counsel of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 2003-2005.  As General Counsel, he led litigation teams on a number of federal employment discrimination enforcement matters, including enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Prior to his tenure at the EEOC, Dreiband served as Deputy Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division where he helped lead enforcement efforts for the federal government of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, among other laws.  Most recently, Dreiband was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Jones Day.  He received his J.D., with honors, from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, his M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and his A.B. from Princeton University.

Anna Maria Farías, Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Anna Maria Farías is the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  She previously served at HUD as Senior Counsel to the Secretary, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Initiatives, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs, and the Director for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.  Prior to that, she was Executive Director of the Crystal City (TX) Housing Authority.  In addition, Farías was a member of the Wage Appeals Board and Board of Service Contract Appeals at the Department of Labor, served as counsel to a member of the National Labor Relations Board, and worked as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office at the Merit Systems Protection Board.  She received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Boston University and a law degree from Temple University.

Lance Robertson, Department of Health and Human Services

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Lance Robertson was named Assistant Secretary for Aging and head of the Administration for Community Living at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in August 2017.  Before joining HHS, he served as Director of Aging Services at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.  Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Oklahoma State University where he co-founded the Gerontology Institute and served as the executive director of the nation's largest regional gerontology association.  Robertson earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.  He is a veteran of the United States Army.

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.

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