Meet the Staff

The staff of Michigan Disability Rights Coalition work daily to develop resources and increase access to content, assistive technology and leadership opportunities that advance the interests of people with disabilities across the state of Michigan.

Meet the Team

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Abby Squires
AT Specialist: Gaming and Crafting
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Aimee Sterk, LMSW
Program Director
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Ajaunè Thomas
Youth AT Specialist
A white woman with gray and white hair pulled back in a ponytail is standing while smiling in front of a brick wall. She is wearing glasses with black frames and a black shirt with white text “Feisty and Non-Compliant”. Over her shirt she is wearing a dark green cardigan sweater.
Bethany Styer
Administrative Assistant to Paul Miller
David Brotherson
LEAD Co-Director
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Francisco Vaca
Leadership for Inclusion Coordinator
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Jileesa Irwin
Outdoor Recreation AT Specialist
Kellie Blackwell, MA, CRC
Michigan Assistive Technology Program Co-Director
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Laura Hall, MSW
Program Director
Nicolas Hankes
Social Media and Outreach Specialist
Norman DeLisle, elderly white male, with short gray hair, wearing a blue checkered shirt with suspenders; slight smile. He is sitting in his computer office at home, with part of his home kitchen in the background.
Norman G. DeLisle Jr.
Policy Consultant
Omer Niazi
Immigration and Refugee Programming Lead
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Paul Miller
Community Inclusion Specialist
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Reyna Garcia
LEAD Latino Initiatives Coordinator
RoAnne Chaney
Health and HCBS Consultant
Sarah Szwejda
Demonstration and Loan Administrator
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Tameka Citchen-Spruce
LEAD Co-Director
Theresa Metzmaker
Chief Executive Officer
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Wade Handrich
Finance Director
White woman of size, smiling with long wavy dark brown hair. Dark rimmed glasses and black t-shirt in background of photo is brick background
Abby Squires
AT Specialist: Gaming and Crafting
An image of a white woman with dark brown and gray curly short hair. The image is a selfie. She is sitting in her home office with a poster behind her that says "Do Justice'' she is wearing a black plaid vneck shirt.
Aimee Sterk, LMSW
Program Director
A woman with brown skin and long dark brown braids positioned with her hands crossed and smiling while standing in front of a brick wall. She is wearing black glasses and a black long sleeve blouse.
Ajaunè Thomas
Youth AT Specialist
A white woman with gray and white hair pulled back in a ponytail is standing while smiling in front of a brick wall. She is wearing glasses with black frames and a black shirt with white text “Feisty and Non-Compliant”. Over her shirt she is wearing a dark green cardigan sweater.
Bethany Styer
Administrative Assistant to Paul Miller
David Brotherson
LEAD Co-Director
Hispanic male with short brown hair in a blue and purple plaid collared shirt with glasses.
Francisco Vaca
Leadership for Inclusion Coordinator
White woman smiling with hair in a messy bun, with a light blue shirt on, standing in front of a brick wall
Jileesa Irwin
Outdoor Recreation AT Specialist
Kellie Blackwell, MA, CRC
Michigan Assistive Technology Program Co-Director
A person with pale ivory skin and dark blonde hair smiling while sitting in a power wheelchair. They are wearing a black blouse with a pattern of red roses.
Laura Hall, MSW
Program Director
Nicolas Hankes
Social Media and Outreach Specialist
Norman DeLisle, elderly white male, with short gray hair, wearing a blue checkered shirt with suspenders; slight smile. He is sitting in his computer office at home, with part of his home kitchen in the background.
Norman G. DeLisle Jr.
Policy Consultant
Omer Niazi
Immigration and Refugee Programming Lead
white man with brown hair and a brown and white beard wearing glasses and smiling. He has on a beige sweater with the zipper open and a light green, black and tan turtleneck shirt underneath.
Paul Miller
Community Inclusion Specialist
person with tan skin and straight long black hair smiling. They are standing with their hands crossed in front of trees with green leaves. They are wearing a royal blue and white blouse.
Reyna Garcia
LEAD Latino Initiatives Coordinator
RoAnne Chaney
Health and HCBS Consultant
Sarah Szwejda
Demonstration and Loan Administrator
A person with dark brown skin and curly black hair smiling in front of a white background. They are wearing a white turtleneck sweater and a light blue denim jacket
Tameka Citchen-Spruce
LEAD Co-Director
Theresa Metzmaker
Chief Executive Officer
A person with pale ivory skin and gray and brown hair with a beard smiling while standing in front of a brick wall. They are wearing a green collared button up shirt.
Wade Handrich
Finance Director

Meet the Board

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Alan Hejl
Member
Ferndale, Michigan
Christopher Wardell A person with pale ivory skin and a beard smiling. They are wearing a light blue collared shirt and standing in front of a brick wall
Christopher Wardell
Vice Chair
East Lansing, Michigan
A person with tan skin and curly black hair with curly gray hair strands smiling while wearing glasses and a dark purple shirt. A solid beige background is behind them.
Dalia Smith
Member
Saginaw, Michigan
Joel W. Cooper
Treasurer
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Lucia Rios
Member
Holland, Michigan
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Sarah Slocum
Board Chair
Lansing, Michigan
Alan Hejl Headshot picture of Alan Hejl. Headshot picture of a white skinned male with short auburn colored hair in his 30's, wearing a blue and rust colored flannel shirt in front of a wooden fence backdrop.
Alan Hejl
Member
Ferndale, Michigan
Christopher Wardell A person with pale ivory skin and a beard smiling. They are wearing a light blue collared shirt and standing in front of a brick wall
Christopher Wardell
Vice Chair
East Lansing, Michigan
A person with tan skin and curly black hair with curly gray hair strands smiling while wearing glasses and a dark purple shirt. A solid beige background is behind them.
Dalia Smith
Member
Saginaw, Michigan
Joel W. Cooper
Treasurer
Kalamazoo, Michigan