Board of Directors
Ambassador Luis Gallegos is the former Ambassador from Ecuador to the United States. Ambassador Gallegos is Chairman of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies and President of the International Rehabilitation Foundation. The Congress of Ecuador has honored him twice, in 1999 for his work in Human Rights and for his leadership in the promotion and protection of Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Ambassador Gallegos is also a recipient of the “Justice for All Disabilities Rights Award”.
Dr. Blanck is University Professor at Syracuse University, which is the highest faculty rank granted to only eight prior individuals in the history of the University. He is Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Blanck holds appointments at the Syracuse University Colleges of Law, of Human Services and Health Professions, and of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse, Blanck was Kierscht Professor of Law and director of the Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center at the University of Iowa.
Kathryn Gibbs started her career at Merck in 1992 as an assistant engineer in the Global Engineering Solutions (GES) organization managing laboratory projects on the Rahway, NJ Campus. Kathryn spent the next 15 years in GES managing a steady progression and variety of projects supporting labs and offices and large utility/infrastructure distribution projects in the Northeast Corridor, including capital project execution, technical and site support, and continuous improvement of related work practices. Kathryn has been responsible for the successful completion of over 5 million square feet and over $600 million. She has significant experience in campus and utility master planning.
Fred Dwain Cawyer, AIA – Accessibility Architect, Interior Designer and Registered Accessibility Specialist
Fred Dwain Cawyer AIA is a licensed architect and interior designer based in Dallas, Texas USA. He is President of ARS, PLLC – Accessibility Resource Specialists. His area of professional focus is as a registered Architect and Interior Designer specializing in accessibility compliance consulting for commercial construction projects. In Texas he is a Registered Accessibility Specialist – licensed through the State of Texas – Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation / Architectural Barriers Division (TDLR-AB).
Commercial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. She has a Postgraduate Degree in Accessibility and Design for All from the School of Arquitecture of the Universidad Internacional de Cataluña; a Master’s Degree in Accessibility from the Global City, Smart Cities from the Universidad de Jaén and Fundación Once, and a Diploma in Sustainable Building from the Universidad de los Hemisferios and the Consejo Ecuatoriano de Edificación Sustentable CEES. She has collaborated with the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) since 2009 and made the first certification in Accessibility of a building in Ecuador (Centro de Convenciones Metropolitano de Quito) in 2019. She is Vice President of the Board of the Fundación Reina de Quito and was the one who promoted it since 1985.
John Lancaster, GUDC Founding Board Member Emeritus, Former Executive Director – National Council on Independent Living
John A. Lancaster previously served as the Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), which is the oldest disability grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. NCIL advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for the full integration and participation of people with disabilities in society.
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., President of Rossetti Enterprises Inc. and Co-Owner of the Universal Design Living Laboratory
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant. Her presentations and consulting help people integrate universal design, accessible design, and green building features and products in home designs. Rossetti is an entrepreneur who is rethinking design and building by spearheading discussions and experiments around re-imagined living spaces.
Michael Perry is the Executive Vice President of Progressive AE, a full-service architectural firm with offices in Grand Rapids MI, and Charlotte NC. Michael served as the Principal Architect on the Mary Free Bed YMCA, the first building to be certified by the Global Universal Design Commission for its implementation of Universal Design standards.
Mr. Houghton’s broad leadership and experience in the disability arena includes presidential and gubernatorial appointments and business consulting for Fortune 500 companies as well as nonprofit organizations. His accomplishments include the development of domestic and international programs that promote full inclusion for people with disabilities through sports and recreation.
Graham Hill provides direct counsel and government affairs services to clients on legislative and regulatory issues. He previously served as the Staff Director and Senior Counsel to the United States House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines where he was responsible for managing, drafting and negotiating the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act – a Legacy for Users, “The Highway Bill.”
Joshua H. Heintz has retired from the law firm of Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., in Syracuse, New York, where he practiced for 31 years concentrating on a wide variety of energy, commercial and industrial development projects, including brownfield redevelopment, power generation, solid waste management and surface mining facilities.
Anthony’s research focuses on technology law, policy and practice. He is currently researching the implementation of laws and policies aimed at ensuring equal access to technology for everyone including persons with disabilities. His research interests include universal design, political participation, social innovation, participatory design, international governance, sustainable development, social regulation, standardization, assistive technology, and intellectual property.
Berthy De La Rosa-Aponte, M.A. has been a disability advocate for over 30 years. Her professional experiences centered on administering services and programs to the disability and/or the Hispanic communities in the US in the educational and social service fields. She has served in numerous local, state and national boards. She served as a Presidential appointee as the Chair of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel, a congressional Bi-partisan committee, and as a Member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Her youngest daughter, Lucy has significant Developmental Disabilities.
Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn is Professor at American University in Washington, DC. He has a joint appointment in the School of International Service where he serves in the International Communication and International Development Programs; and in the Kogod School of Business where he serves in the Department of Information Technology & Analytics. He also serves at the founding Executive Director of the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), is Faculty Co-Director of the Internet Governance Lab (IGL), and is Director of COTELCO the Collaboration Laboratory.
Colette is based in Cape Town, South Africa and is the chief Universal Access Consultant at Inclusive Design. Her areas of focus include the built environment, transport services and standards development and her clients include companies, local and national government as well as international clients. She has a passion for teaching and skills transfer on Universal Design and is a regular guest speaker at local universities and local and international companies. Colette was among the first international applicants to receive the highest echelon of accreditation, Level 3 Advanced Accessibility Consultant for the Certification of Professionals in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Program by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).
Shelley Siegel, FASID is founder of Universal Design & Education Network, a Universal Design focused interior design firm, as well as a consulting designer with Siegel Design Group, Inc., a design-build company she owns with her husband, Roy Siegel.
Julie Sawchuk is a best-selling author, accessibility strategist and educator at Sawchuk Accessible Solutions. After sustaining a spinal cord injury in 2015, Julie turned to educating everyone about accessibility.
In 2018, Julie attained the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) professional designation. She has completed accessibility ratings for commercial and institutional buildings all across Ontario.