Peyton Sefick, Acting Executive Director GUDC
Peyton Sefick is the Project Coordinator of the Fitness Inclusion Network based out of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Their team focuses on fostering local partnerships to bring adaptive recreation and low-cost equipment to communities. Aside from Fit IN's community outreach, Peyton is an accomplished power wheelchair soccer athlete. He plays for and has captained CNY United in Syracuse for over 10 years. He has also played for the United States National World Cup Team, both in 2011 and 2017. Peyton has used his experience on the soccer court to travel the world, coaching and learning from other disabled athletes in Australia, Asia, Europe, and South America.
Nienke Dosa, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor, GUDC
Nienke Dosa is a pediatrician with board certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Her clinical practice is the care of children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy and vision impairment/blindness. Nienke's academic work is focused on community-based initiatives that support the transition to adulthood and inclusive fitness across the lifespan for people with developmental disabilities. She is also involved with a grass roots project called Arise Adaptive Design that brings together families and clinicians in order to develop low cost equipment solutions with and for people with disabilities.
Building Local/Global Spina Bifida Communities with Adaptive Design
Construyendo Comunidades Locales/Globales de Espina Bifida con Diseño Adaptable
Michael Rotella - Former Associate Director, GUDC
Michael Rotella is a Syracuse University alumnus, a disability blogger, and founder of a popular local media website. Prior to joining the GUDC, Michael worked with Mark Congel and Granite Development as an accessibility consultant on a major residential project. He provided insight and solutions for access and inclusion for people of all ability levels during this project's development and remains an advisor. As a person with a mobility disability Michael has firsthand knowledge of the challenges disabled people face in built environments. He hopes to utilize this as a starting point for the GUDC’s future growth.
Diana Foote - Former Executive Director, GUDC
Diana has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience which she brings to the GUDC. She’s also currently the Director of Operations & Business Manager for the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. As a member of BBI’s Leadership Team, Diana manages the financials and related activities of all BBI projects, the overall departmental budget, and its resources for the current and future goals of BBI. She approaches all of her work with enthusiasm and tenacity and brings this same dedication to supporting the growth of the GUDC. Diana is an alum and an MBA candidate (2018) of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.