Advisory Board Members

Honorable Tony Coelho

Corporate & Influencer Board – Delaware

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Mr. Coelho authored the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Former House of Representatives Member

In 1978, Tony Coelho was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s Central Valley. He was in House Leadership ranks and served as Chairperson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 1981 through 1986. Later Coelho became the first-ever elected Majority Whip from 1987 to 1989. As Majority Whip.

Mr. Coelho authored the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during his time in the House of Representatives. This legislation provides people with disabilities equal access to employment, public facilities, and transportation and makes it possible for them to become a full participating member of society.

Mr. Coelho’s former and current business affiliations include service on a number corporate boards. He served as chairman and a director of ICF Kaiser International, Inc., and a director of AutoLend Group; Kaleidoscope Network, Inc.; LoanNet, LLC; and Pinnacle Global Group, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of Cadiz, Inc.; Cyberonics Inc.; DeFrancesco & Sons, Inc.; Kistler Aerospace Corporation; Ripplewood Holdings, LLC; and Service Corporation International. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of Fleishman Hillard, Inc. Today, Coelho serves on the Business Advisory Board of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. (Bender Consulting ). Bender Consulting is a firm that provides technology consulting services to its customers, and competitive employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities who are trained in the technology, finance/accounting and general business fields.

In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. Coelho continues to devote much of his time to public service. He has served as Chairman of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities from 1994 -2000. In 1995.

A native of California, Mr. Coelho earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1964 from Loyola Marymount University, where he served as Student Body President during his senior year.

Fred J. Maahs, Jr.

Corporate & Influencer Board – Wilmington, Delaware

Fred J. Maahs, Jr.

Fred Maahs formerly worked for Comcast in as the Senior Director, Community Investment – Programs and National Partnerships with Comcast Cares Day, the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, and the annual United Way campaign, as well as leading the company’s national partnerships with City Year and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was former Director, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation, and Vice President, Comcast Foundation working in partnerships with organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Easter Seals, Teach For America,

Fred has worked for some of the country’s largest Fortune 500 companies.

Fred has received numerous marketing and communications awards throughout the tri-state area. He was chosen by the Governor of Delaware as Employee of the Year in 2002 and was the first recipient of the John Jefferson Memorial Award in 2002. He received his B.S. in Business Management from West Chester University, an A.S. in Business from Widener University, is certified in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, and resides in Wilmington, Delaware.

Marc Klein 

Corporate & Transportation Board – New York

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Marc Klein has joined the Majority Strategies team as Vice President, Data and Digital Advocacy Solutions.

Most recently, Klein was the Vice President of Microtransit Government Partnerships at Chariot Transit, Inc., which is owned by Ford Smart Mobility LLC, where he focused on improving sustainability, accessibility, and automobility options for the residents and visitors of cities across the country. Klein is a member of the Chairman’s Council at Bette Midler’s “New York Restoration Project” and is on the Executive Advisory Board at Techweek. Klein was Vice President of National Accounts and Airports at Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for fleets in North America.

Marc Klein is a Co-Founder of The Vehicle Production Group which manufactured the MV-1, the first factory-direct vehicle that meets the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In 2011, Klein was selected by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in the fields of sustainability and accessibility. By trade, Klein is a commercial business lawyer who represented commercial banks and finance companies and is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.

Moshe Gaon 

Corporate Board & Influencers – Israel – Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneur, investor, political strategist and founder of yoocanfind.com. Entrepreneur, political strategist, founder and seed stage investor in startups like Orcam, Apester, AnyClip and yoocan Technologies.

For the past 20 years developer of social and business initiatives and ideas. CEO, Chairman of public and private companies in numerous industries from smart grid for water to communication, political strategist and advertising expert. Lead public opinion campaigns for people and issues from breast cancer, to national elections to the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Amy Criss

Corporate & Influencer Board

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Amy is currently working for Amazon at Talent Supply Chain Staffing, Operations and Analytics. She was formerly the director of supplier diversity and #WomenBusinessEnterprise development at 84 Lumber and in that role.

Amy helps women- and minority-owned organizations across the country find new ways to grow their business, while also growing a more diverse supplier base for 84. She currently serves on the board of directors of many organizations that support female- and minority-led companies, including the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – WBENC, PowerLink Advisory Boards, and the Women Builders Council. Amy has received multiple accolades for her efforts, including the WBENC’s 2018 Applause Award.

Lonnie Anderson

Marketing Media & Influencer – New Mexico – Creative Director

Lonnie is a creative director, digital ethnographer. Lonnie has worked with top talent like Spike Lee. Lonnie is an expert in brand development and marketing. Lonnie has worked as a SSK as a Digital Designer and Site and Mobile Architect.

Lonnie has worked for companies worldwide working for the Bank of Africa, General Motors, Tylenol, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz Pepsi, ING Direct, Pfizer, Ikea, Nike, Microsoft, Coke and FedEx.

Helena Berger

Corporate & Influencer Board – Washington DC

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Helena has been a disability-rights advocate for 30 years. Formerly the President & CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Prior to joining AAPD, Ms. Berger was the Advocacy Director for the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA), renamed in 2005 United Spinal Association. Ms. Berger has extensive experience in designing and implementing grassroots programs and working effectively with non-governmental organizations, community and business leaders, and public officials to increase the community integration, independence, and rights and opportunities of all people with disabilities.

Ms. Berger’s international disability rights work includes working with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs as a feature speaker on disability rights, policy, and growing grassroots movements. She has spoken with diverse disability audiences in Mongolia, Nepal, and Cyprus, and traveled to Jordan and the West Bank in Israel.

Ms. Berger is currently a member of AT&T’s Consumer Advisory Panel and Centene Corporation’s National Disability Advisory Council, Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, and serves as co-chair of the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Advisory Committee.

Tarita Davenock

Travel Board – Canada – Entrepreneur

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TRAVEL 4 ALL CEOAt age 29, Tarita was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis-

Tarita has found her place as an expert in creating dream vacations for those who thought dream vacations were for other people.  A Certified Special Needs Travel Advocate, a contributor for the Huffington Post, and host of The Lonely Planet – Travel for All Show.

https://travel-for-all.com

John Morris

Travel Board – World and Beyond – Blogger and Entrepreneur World Traveler

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John Morris is the globetrotting Founder of WheelchairTravel.org, known for traveling the world with one hand, a passport and a power wheelchair. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a Master’s degree in history from Florida State University.

After a serious motor vehicle accident in 2012, John was left a triple amputee and wheelchair user. Having flown nearly one million miles as a wheelchair user, he has become one of the strongest advocates for accessibility and inclusion within the travel industry. He shares his vision for an accessible world with both travel providers and the community at large.

Robin Wearley, PA-C, MSc

Travel Board – San Francisco – Entrepreneur

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Robin is a retired Flight Attendant and Cardiovascular Physician Assistant with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior & Leadership and a Master of Science in Health Communication.

​Her experiences in the travel and healthcare industries were instrumental in helping her identify the unmet safety need addressed by ADAPTS™: ensuring a safe, comfortable evacuation method for people with disabilities.

Roland, Murphy

US Veteran – Travel Board & Community with Policy – Disability Chamber of Commerce

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Roland Murphy CEO & President of USA Disability Chamber of Commerce

Roland is US Navy Veteran and the Founder of the USA Disability Chamber of Commerce. 

Roland has experience as the Workforce Development Manager for the Housing Authority of  the City of Austin, in Texas. He currently serves as the Texas State Military Representative Department of Defense. He is Founder / President of The United States Disability Chamber of Commerce.
Awards:Sailor Of The Year United States Navy

Certifications: Director CRP (Assisting People with Disabilities)
Vocational Rehabilitation (Job Coach / Skills Trainer)

Erik Jimenez

Travel & Influencer Board – Reno Nevada -State of Nevada Treasurer Policy

Erik Jimenez

Erik currently serves as the Senior Policy Director at Nevada State Treasurer’s Office in Carson City Nevada. Erik is a gradate of the University of Nevada-Reno holding a Masters in Public Administration and Policy.

Erik, previously served as Hillary Schieve for Mayor Campaign Manager for the City of Reno, Erik also served for Zach Conine for Nevada State Treasurer, as his Political and Communications Director.

Erik worked with the University of Nevada Reno Center for Student Engagement Special Projects Coordinator for Student Government.

Though Erik’s leadership he has progressively helped Nevada work on eliminating the sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities. He is a strong advocate for people who have disabilities in Nevada and has worked in volunteer positions with, The Three Square Food Bank, United Cerebral,
Reno Access Advisory Committee and Civil Rights and Social Action.

Brig. Gen. John E. Michel

Transportation & Influencer Board – Washington DC – Member, U.S. Council on Competitiveness

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Brigadier General (Ret) John E. Michel is a lifelong transformational, business executive, and widely sought-after TED speaker, best-selling author, and organizational change expert whose award- winning work has been featured in a wide variety of articles and journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, CEO Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, Huffington Post, National Geographic, Joint Forces Quarterly, and the Washington Post.

During his over 26 years of military service, General Michel held a series of key leadership positions in transportation, logistics, and operations. In addition to leading NATO’s unprecedented 14-nation effort in Afghanistan to build the $6.7 Billion Afghan Air Force, where his team was awarded the 2014 Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Security Forces, the Department of Defense’s highest award for innovative nation building efforts, he was the only senior military leader in the Department of Defense to successfully develop and personally lead three large-scale, multi-billion dollar global transformation efforts

Candace Cable

Community & Policy – Los Angles California – Paralympian

Candace Cable is a nine-time Paralympian and Vice Chair of the Board of LA 2028. She was the first woman to medal in the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. Cable is also a six-time winner of the Boston Marathon, women’s wheelchair division and winner of the first four Los Angeles Marathons.

Candace was injured in a car accident on the Kingsbury Grade in 1975 at the age of 21. Cable participated in the inaugural 1980 World Games for the disabled, 1984 Summer Olympics in wheelchair racing as an exhibition event, as well as the 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996 Summer Paralympic Games, and also five Winter Olympics. Cable won twelve Paralympic medals of which eight were gold medals. She was the first woman to medal in the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

Robert DeLucia Sr.

Transportation Board – Vietnam Veteran – Pittsburgh Pennsylvania – Entrepreneur

Robert is a Vietnam Veteran who began in transportation after he returned from Vietnam and drove a taxi in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is the founder of Vetaxi, the only 100% accessible taxi service in the USA operating the MV1 vehicles in its fleet. These businesses are a VaVOBA certified businesses. He is founder of Classy Cab, Cranberry Taxi and Star Limo operated in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

Mr. DeLucia operates VA contracts and Paratransit organizations and had the first accessible limousine MV1.

Bill & Maxine Paul

Corporate Board – Las Vegas, Nevada – Entrepreneurs

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Bill and Maxine Paul are owner ATLAS Enterprise Software ATLAS-RPM. TLAS-RPM, a professional services group, has Maxine and Bill previously operated their business, Academy Medical Equipment, with seven locations in the Southwest. Bill and Maxine are committed to their community and are active board members of Nevada ALS.

Tammy Carlisle

Transportation & Marketing Media Board – Stockbridge Georgia – Entrepreneur

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Tammy Carlisle is Vice President Sales and Marketing of Action Limousines located in Stockbridge, GA. Ms Carlisle owns the only accessible MV1 limousine in Georgia or the east coast for that matter. She is a champion for people who have disabilities and her and her husband Clarence are proud to serve people who use Action Worldwide Transportation for travelers worldwide.

Karen Roy

Community & Policy Board, Baton Rouge Louisiana – Advocate

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Karen Roy was shot more than thirty-one years during an armed robbery in Baton Rouge, Luling. Karen when she was 19 years old. Karen is a strong advocate for people who have disabilities and was crowned 2018 Ms. Wheelchair America, the first Louisiana contestant to win the national title in the pageant’s history.

Karen works as a Brand Ambassador to NuMotion and travels extensively throughout the United States working with leaders and community advocates to better the lives of People who have disabilities.