History of Section 504 and ADA Speaker
Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Activist
Judy Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community. Her memoir, “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” chronicles her fights to gain rights for people with disabilities including her work on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
She is also featured in the film “Crip Camp,” which shares the story of teens at camp in the 1970s and how they helped sparked the disability civil rights movement.
Behavioral Health Speakers
Russell Lehmann, Speaker, Author, Poet and Advocate
Russell Lehmann is an award-winning and internationally recognized motivational speaker and poet with a platform of autism and mental health. His words have been featured in the USA Today, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Yahoo! News, Success Magazine and archived in the Library of Congress.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “Leadership in the Digital Age” course, Lehmann is a member of the national Board of Directors for The Arc, is a council member for the Autism Society of America, the Youth Ambassador for the mayor of Reno, Nevada and has also been a member on the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities as well as the Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Lehmann showed signs of autism as a newborn; however, he was not formally diagnosed until the age of 12 after suffering through five weeks in a lock down psychiatric facility. In 2011, Lehmann “Inside Out: Stories and Poems from an Autistic Mind,” which was featured in the Los Angeles Times, earned an Honorable Mention at the 2012 New York Book Festival, read by Temple Grandin and won the award for Literary Excellency at the 2013 International Autistic People’s Awards in Vancouver, Canada.
His new book, “On the Outside Looking In” recently hit bookstores nationwide.
In 2018, Russell was named as Reno-Tahoe’s “Most Outstanding Young Professional Under 40.” In 2019 and 2020, Russell lectured for the prestigious King’s College of London and the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Special Education in Abu Dhabi, respectively.
Lehmann currently travels the world spreading hope, awareness and compassion while also setting his sights on erasing the stigma and stereotypes that come with having a disability. Lehmann’s passion is to be a voice for the unheard, for he knows how difficult and frustrating it is to go unnoticed.
For more information about Russell and his work, visit his website at
and follow his journey on Instagram and Facebook.
James Davis, ODC Chair
Jim Davis is a psychologist, gerontologist, educator and advocate. He retired in 2016 after serving 11 years as an associate professor in the Human Sciences Department at Marylhurst University, where he coordinated the Psychology and Social Sciences Programs and taught psychology, gerontology and social policy. He won the 2013 Award for Faculty Excellence in Academic Service and Teaching. Jim is currently a commissioner on Oregon Disabilities Commission (Chair) and he also serves on the state ODHS-OHA Older Adult-People with Disabilities Behavioral Health Advisory Council, after serving as the Co-Chair of the Oregon Legislative Work Group on Senior and Disability Mental Health and Addictions.
Among the long list of accomplishments and achievements, Davis has served on the Oregon State Insurance Advisory Committee, is the long-time Executive Director of the Oregon State Council of Retired Citizens and United Seniors of Oregon, National Coalition of Consumer Organizations on Aging, the National Council on Aging, the Board of Directors for the Oregon Consumer League, also was president of James A. Davis and Associates, coordinator of the SDSD Senior Mental Health Projects, Mental Health Gerontologist for the Oregon Mental Health Division, and a professor/administrator at the University of Maryland. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Master’s Degree in Gerontology and Administration and A Doctorate in Educational Psychology/Gerontology all from the University of Oregon.
Erin Taylor, Oregon Office on Disability and Health
Erin Taylor is the Health Promotion Coordinator for the Oregon Health and Science Oregon Office on Disability and Health and for the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Her work focuses on creating accessible, universal and age appropriate materials for trainings, workshops and curricula for both young adults and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
She is currently attending the City University New York (CUNY) School of Professional Studies for a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies.
Sabine Rear, NW ADA Center
Sabine Rear (she/her) is a technical assistance specialist and Oregon affiliate to the Northwest ADA Center, as well as the accessibility specialist at the AT Lab at Community Vision in Portland. She provides technical assistance, resources and information, training and education regarding the ADA and related topics. She also provides education and resources related to assistive technology at the AT Lab.
Melissa (Missy) Elliott, Office of Equity and Multicultural Services
Missy Elliott works as a Service Equity Manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Office of Equity and Multicultural Services with more than four years of experience in policy and resource development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She brought her unique and quirky personality to the collaborative work with self-advocates, families, providers and case managers across Oregon and California when evaluating services and transforming the service planning process.
Elliott came to work within Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities services using a background in supportive housing models and direct support experience with a focus on mental health. She used her love of capacity building to share this knowledge with various audiences, focusing on person-centered practices, service equity for all and home and community-based services. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago.
Nicole Burdsall, Aging and People with Disabilities
Nicole Burdsall is the Equity and Policy Coordinator for Clackamas County’s Oregon department of Human Services, Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program. She has also worked as a case manager for APD and as an employment specialist for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health disorders.
She is passionate about considering intersectionality at every step of our collective antiracist and trauma-informed journey and hopes to help bring education and understanding to people where they are at in their own personal journeys.
Inclusive Emergency Planning and COVID-19 Equity Speakers
Rebecca Bolante , Bolante.NET Director
Owner and managing director of Bolante.NET, Dr. Rebecca Bolante is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Threat Manager. After serving 15 years at Chemeketa Community College as the Director of Disability Services, Associate Dean of Life Safety and Life Safety, and Director of the Threat and Disaster Resource Center (which she also initiated and developed), Dr. Bolante envisioned a network of experts coming together to provide training and support in the areas of threat assessment and disaster behavioral health. The realization of that vision is what we know today as Bolante.NET.
A convening authority and leader in the areas of threat management, Bolante is a member of ASIS School Safety and Security Community and is currently the Chapter Chair for ASIS Willamette Valley in Oregon. Bolante’s company is now a Preferred Provider for the American Society of Industrial Security International affording Bolante.NET to distribute continuing professional Education credits with more than 22 signature courses.
Bolante has been published in peer-reviewed journals and is currently on the editorial board for the American Psychological Association Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. An active Behavioral Threat Assessment and Psychological First Aid Trainer, Bolante and her team of experts are passionate about providing the training and consulting for organizations and businesses to have a threat management plan in place on how to prevent, react and respond to a disaster – whether natural or instigated.
Mandie Pritchard, Bolante.NET
Mandie Pritchard, Director of Diverse Communities -Tribal Liaison, has been in higher education for more than 20 years. She developed the Campus Mental Health, Recovery, and Wellness Center for Umpqua Community College following a 2015 shooting at the college. She also provided direct support and counseling for law enforcement, public safety and the campus community. Pritchard served on the college’s Threat Assessment Team as a charter member and developed the Behavioral Intervention Team.
As a clinician and survivor, Pritchard applies her experience to her work in disaster behavioral health and is currently conducting research on Umpqua’s recovery response and the impact on the campus community.
With the increase in injustices of members of the BIPOC community, Pritchard formulated an equity and inclusion team to look for ways to redefine how to conduct behavior safety assessments through an equity lens and a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach. Focusing on aspects of pre-and post-assessment considerations that help a behavioral safety assessment team to identify potential bias. Implementing stop points and guided questions throughout an investigative guide is intentional to create self-awareness of one's own intersectionality of identity that will provide an equitable and inclusive process.
Pritchard is an enrolled tribal member with the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, and is a trainer and consultant through Bolante.NET.
Glenna Hayes, UCP Connections
Glenna has been a support provider and advocate for the last 12 years. She started her career as a support provider in California and moved to Portland a couple years after. Over the last 5 years Glenna has been focusing on advocacy work for people with disabilities. She is very passionate about disability justice, inclusion, breaking down systemic barriers and making the world a more inclusive place for all individuals. Glenna says "I feel lucky to work closely with self-advocates who not only lead the work I do, but educate me and others along the way".
Tom Stenson, Disability Rights Oregon
Tom Stenson is the Deputy Legal Director at Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), a statewide nonprofit that defends the rights of people with disabilities. At DRO, Stenson has worked to end the segregation of people with disabilities in employment, to prevent the unnecessary isolation and confinement of people with disabilities, to remove physical barriers in public places that exclude people with disabilities from full participation in the community, to ensure access to life-saving health care without discrimination, to keep children with disabilities in school and to ensure that children with disabilities in the foster care system have a chance to find permanent family homes. Before working at DRO, Stenson was the legal director at the ACLU of Alaska. He also worked as a public defender in Philadelphia.