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.

Lance Robertson

Chair
Lance Robertson
Department of Health and Human Services bio

Gregory S. Fehribach

Vice Chair
Gregory S. Fehribach

Indianapolis, Indiana bio

Public Members

Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA

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Karen Braitmayer, FAIA is the founder and managing principal of Studio Pacifica, an accessibility consulting firm in Seattle. She and her team provide consulting services to local governments, school districts, architects, engineers, companies and individuals concerned with complying with Federal laws and State codes, as well as simply creating spaces that work for the unique needs of individual users. Karen also leads presentations and workshops around the country to further educate professionals about codes, standards, and inclusion. 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 bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. Karen is also an active volunteer and non-profit board member.

Patrick D. Cannon

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Patrick D. Cannon of East 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 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Transportation Authority where he was a Director for 25 years.  He also 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 principal of the Fehribach Group, a consulting firm specializing in accessibility, universal design, and compliance with the ADA that he founded in 1995. He is of counsel to the firm of Tuohy, Bailey, & Moore, 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, which was renamed the Gregory S. Fehribach Center on July 25th, 2019. 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 Guthrie, of Hebron - Buckeye Lake, Ohio is the former director of Public Outreach for the American Council of the Blind of Ohio. Guthrie, a long-time advocate for people with disabilities, was Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio from 1995 to 2001. He previously served as a member of the U.S. Access Board from 1996 to 2005. Guthrie is member of the board of education for the Licking County Education Services Center where he advocates for students with special needs. He served as an administrator of Business and Human Resources in the Ohio Department of Transportation. Additional public offices he has held include city councilman in the city of Heath, county commissioner in Licking County, and a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for six terms. He also served as president of Newark City Council and councilman at-large. As a state legislator, Guthrie authored Ohio’s early intervention law for pre-school age children with disabilities. Guthrie is a graduate of 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 is the Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program and the Director of Policy for the Center for Persons with Disabilities. He provides technical assistance on accessible information technology and assists in the evaluation of products related to web accessibility and design. He has over twenty years of experience in development and testing of assistive technology. Pavithran lectures and trains extensively on accessibility and assistive technology. He is President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ national board and served on the National Federation of the Blind’s Research and Development Committee and on the board of the Assistive Technology Act Programs. He was appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Utah Advisory Committee and the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission's Board of Advisors. Pavithran earned bachelor’s degrees in Business Information Systems and in Marketing from Utah State University, a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, and a PhD in Disability Disciplines with an emphasis on disability policy.  

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 the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). In this capacity, he oversees the operations of the NAD to carry out its mission of preserving, protecting and promoting the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. He also serves as the Legal Director overseeing the staff lawyers as well as policy advocacy and litigation work within the NAD Law and Advocacy Center. Rosenblum brings with him twenty-eight years of experience as a disability rights attorney including, nine years at the NAD, nine years as a Senior Attorney at Equip for Equality, a nonprofit organization designated as Illinois’ Protection and Advocacy entity, and ten years before that with a private law firm. He is the primary author of the American Bar Association Guidelines on Court Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People and the sixth edition of the NAD Legal Rights: Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. He oversaw national impact litigation which led to landmark settlements for full captioning access to web video content. Rosenblum received his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona.

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 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 is President and CEO of Access Living, a nationally recognized Center for Independent Living serving the city of Chicago. She served for 14 years as Commissioner of the Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities where she was involved in promoting accessibility to transportation, city infrastructure, technology, emergency planning, education, and employment. She also oversaw the delivery of direct services to city residents, including in-home supports, home accessibility modifications, and employment services. Tamley previously served at several disability organizations for more than 15 years, including ADAPT in Denver and as 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.

Matthew P. Donovan, Department of Defense

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As the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Matthew P. Donovan serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary of Defense for force readiness, force management, health affairs, National Guard and Reserve component affairs, education and training, and military and civilian personnel requirements. He provides policy, guidance, and oversight for the readiness, management, and healthcare of the Department’s 4.5 million total force service members, retirees, their families, and the civilian workforce. Previously, he served as the Under Secretary of the Air Force and as the Acting Secretary of the Air Force. Before that, he was majority policy director and professional staff member on the U. S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Donovan retired from the United States Air Force as a colonel after 31 years of enlisted and officer active duty service. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in technical management, he also earned a Master of Arts degree in management from Webster University, a Master of Arts degree in Airpower Art and Science from the USAF School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and a Master of Arts degree in Military Arts and Sciences from the Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies.

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.

Mark Allan Schultz, Department of Education

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Mark Allan Schultz is a Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Education with delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. RSA assists states and other agencies in their work to provide vocational rehabilitation and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market. Shultz previously served as a deputy commissioner at the Nebraska Department of Education. He also served as both the director and associate director of Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation, as director of the Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership, and as a barrier-free design specialist for the League of Human Dignity, a Center for Independent Living. He was president of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation and a member of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Information Technology Steering Committee. Schultz received a bachelor’s in architectural studies from University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a master’s in public administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

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