Meet Our Board

Dan Hodges, President of Peaces of Me

Dan Hodges

President

I have spent my entire life learning to thrive in a body that some consider to be deeply flawed. As someone who was born blind, and with a connective tissue disorder, I am well-acquainted with the low expectations encountered by those with disabilities. These experiences have ignited a fire in me to help create a world in which everyone is afforded the opportunity to reach their potential without the barriers that hold so many of us back. In 2018, I entered the University of Baltimore School of Law, with aspirations of practicing at the intersection of healthcare and civil rights law. My involvement in Peaces of Me is an outgrowth of these efforts. Our collective passion for advocacy and furtherance of equity and inclusion runs deep. I am blessed and honored to be part of this amazing team.

Kristy Rogers, Vice-President of Peaces of Me

Kristy Rogers

Vice-President

Kristy Rogers started her career in Behavioral Health upon graduating from the University of Phoenix with her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2011. Her work in the behavioral health field brought much fulfillment and joy to her by helping those without the means or knowledge to help themselves. Her true passion is promoting inclusion for all persons no matter what their circumstances may involve. Kristy was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where she still resides with her husband and four kids. Her youngest daughter, Kauri, was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which caused the absence of her right forearm and hand. This was a driving force for Kristy to be part of the start up of Peaces of Me, an opportunity to reach others and educate them with the resources available to assist in daily activities. Due to injuries she sustained, she is now a stay at home mom who works daily to combat her own invisible disability, while enjoying the extra time with her children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking, and helping take care of their many animals. She is a passionate advocate who embraces any opportunity to help others.

 

Why are you involved in this mission?

After going through my experience with my daughter, as well as my own disability, I want to do everything I can to try to make changes in the system as a whole. I am a passionate advocate for others and feel it is important to make sure resources and tools are accessible for those who need them. I wanted to help start Peaces of Me because I know that it is going to make a positive impact in the world and help spread awareness and education, as well as diversity and inclusion.

 

What do you love about Peaces of Me?

I love that at Peaces of Me you are fully accepted for who you are, without any judgement of any kind. It truly is a place where everyone can thrive. Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds both personally and professionally which allows us to see things from many different perspectives. The energy at Peaces of Me is incredible and you can tell every person on our team is a dedicated, passionate, advocate who wants to change the community for the better.

Jessica Snyder, Treasurer of Peaces of Me

Jessica Snyder

Treasurer

I have been involved with advocacy for over 20 years both on an individual level and a larger level due to my work with several dog guide schools and the national Federation of the blind. I currently hold offices within the Human Service division and the National Association of Guide Dog Users divisions both of the National Federation of the Blind and look forward to my work with this organization and advancing resources for those dealing with disabilities, and diagnose disorders, and chronic illness. On a more personal level I enjoy reading, writing horses, and skiing when I get the chance.

Karyn Schulz, Director

Karyn L. Schulz, Ed.D.

Director

Dr. Schulz started her career in higher education in the early 1990s at what was then known as Essex Community College, in the Disability Support Services office.

During her time in higher education, Dr. Schulz has held different positions but returned to supporting students with disabilities in 2008 at The University of Baltimore. She considers what she does as “coming home.” She continues to be a leader in her field as the current Past President of the state chapter of her national organization as well as a main point of contact for her peers in regards to the provision of accommodations.

Dr. Schulz fully believes that part of the responsibility of her position and the office’s mission, besides the provision of reasonable and appropriate accommodations, is to help students registered with the office transition to the workforce with a focus of how their classroom accommodations also make this transition.

During the course of her tenure in her current position, Dr. Schulz has given numerous presentations about reasonable and appropriate accommodations, assistive technology and self-advocacy; all relatable to the transition to the workforce. She sponsors a federal program each fall, Workforce Recruitment Program, that connects students with disabilities with potential federal hiring managers in hopes of finding internship or part-time and/or full-time employment with the federal government. Recently she was interviewed by the monthly publication, Disability Compliance in Higher Education, about this program.

In her spare time Dr. Schulz loves spending time with her family and dogs and is an avid reader.

Khushboo Chabria, Director

Khushboo Chabria

Director

Contact Information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/khushboochabria/

Deeply passionate about diversity and inclusion, Khushboo is a Neurodiversity Specialist and a Transformational Leader, on a mission to advocate for and help provide access to high quality services for neurodivergent children and adults. Khushboo aims to make a meaningful impact in the world through education, empowerment, authentic engagement and unbridled compassion.
With varied experiences in supporting neurodivergent family members, working as a therapist and clinician, studying Organizational Leadership and discovering her own ADHD, Khushboo brings an interesting mix of skills and experience to this field of work. Khushboo is currently a Program Manager, Job Coach and Facilitator at Neurodiversity Pathways – a social impact program under the Goodwill of Silicon Valley focused on educating and supporting neurodiverse individuals to help launch their career and organizations to integrate them into the workplace. We are on a mission to inspire and improve the intentional inclusion of neurodistinct individuals in the workplace.

Why are you involved in this mission?

I am involved in the mission to help support the neurodiverse population or those affected by neurodiversity to access the resources, services and information they need. My career mission is to create more opportunities and more inclusive workplaces for neurodiverse talent. By partnering with organizational leaders to design, develop, and integrate DEI solutions, I believe neurodiverse talent can truly feel welcomed and be celebrated.

What do you love about Peaces of Me?

I have always appreciated how Peaces of Me is dedicated to diversity and strengthening the fabric of our collective experience. This aligns neatly with my own values and vision. And I am honored to be able to contribute to this community by: helping to increase awareness on disability issues, to create safe spaces where learning from shared experiences is possible and to push for policy and services to support, engage and empower the disability population.

Fred Brown, Director

Fred Brown

Director

Fred Brown is a Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Baltimore School of law.  Fred teaches in the areas of federal income taxation and business associations law, and has published books and articles on matters concerning corporate taxation, international taxation, and fundamental income tax features such as realization and nonrecognition. Before joining the faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Fred practiced tax law with the firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was an acting assistant professor at the New York University School of Law’s Graduate Tax Program.

Why are you involved in this mission?

Peaces of Me has an incredibly important mission, and given my experiences and skills, I thought that I could help with the organization.  Regarding my experiences and skills, I have quite a bit of experience serving on the board of a nonprofit as well as performing administrative duties, and I am knowledgeable about the law pertaining to corporate organizations and the law in general, given that I am a law professor.  So, my work on Peaces of Me allows me to use my administrative and legal skills to promote a vitally important mission that I feel strongly about.

What do you love about Peaces of Me?

In a broad sense, Peaces of Me is about fostering equality and fairness, which all individuals clearly deserve and have a right to, for individuals who have disabilities, physical differences, and/or chronic illness.  I firmly believe that it is the responsibility of all of us, those with and without disabilities, physical differences and chronic illness, to work together to end the stigma often associated with physical characteristics that fall outside of the perceived norm.

Gary Horton, Director

Gary Horton

Director

Name: Gary E. Horton

Contact Information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-e-horton-364888b/

Job title: President, Vanward consulting Services, LLC

Gary Horton’s career spans over Forty years in the Information Technology space spanning several industry areas more recently Utilities and Oil and Gas.

In 1998, Mr. Horton was recognized by the Detroit business community for his innovative methodology for efficiently guiding companies through the Automotive Manufacturing Quality Improvement Certification process (ISO/QS 9000)

In 2017, Mr. Horton lost his vision. As a consequence of his transition from sighted to Blind, observed an opportunity. Leveraging his previous professional experiences coupled with his status as a Blind person, co-developed Lean In!, an innovative Pre-Employment and Transition (Pre-ETS) Program with the mission to encourage Private Sector companies to provide Blind and Low vision Students an opportunity to earn a paid internship.

Mr. Horton also proudly serves on the Board of the Peaces of Me Foundation, which PURSUES THE mission TO REMOVE the stigma associated WITH ALL disabilities through PUBLIC awareness and open dialogue.

Why Are You Involved In This Mission?

I am a product of great Mentor relationships. It is those personal/professional bonds that enabled me to accomplish much. As a matter of course, I have devoted a fair amount of time mentoring young people. After losing my vision and getting to know many in the Visually Impaired and Blind Community, I noticed so much wasted talent. I have taken on the mission to assist as many Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals as possible to dream big and face their so-called disability head on.

What do you love about Peaces?

I think of Peaces of Me as the disabled Justice League. The organization and its members represent a diversity of affliction and thought. Its mission is to inform, advocate and engage without rancor or confrontation. Each member’s journey is unique but their desire to promote positive change in this space is exactly aligned. As with Justice League, each member is a Super Hero.

Sarah Hale

Director

Sarah has a passion for accessibility that has been expanding ever since she was a child. Growing up legally blind meant that she was exposed to adaptive tech early and often which was in her opinion the best thig ever. As a teen Sarah lost most of her vision and had to transition to Braille and screen readers; while this was quite a challenge, it also opened up a world of possibility.

 

Over the past two decades Sarah’s  knowledge and experience has grown drastically expanding to the point where she is now fully capable of doing accessibility audits, remediation and testing for both websites and digital products.

 

Sarah joined the Peaces Of Me Foundation board in January of 2021, offering here accessibility expertise and website development services. Since that point she has transitioned into more of an accessibility professional and auditor with the website as a secondary function.

 

Sarah also has found that Grants and Fundraising are a fascinating thing and she sits on the Development committee so that she can “dig into places and find money so we can help support programs like this one and so many more that Peaces has in store over the coming years.”

Elizabeth Spingola, Director

Elizabeth Spingola

Director

Dr. Elizabeth Spingola is a Senior Consultant in IBM’s Cognitive and Analytics Practice
She previously was supporting the Department of Commerce’s as a Cloud Integration
Specialist for a suite of cognitive tools to support Talent Acquisition. Currently, she is working as a project manager and a lead accessibility consultant for the Office of Personal Management’s execution of the USA executive order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility throughout all government agencies.

Dr. Spingola graduated with a PhD from Virginia Tech focused on Human Centered
Design in the department of Engineering Education. Her dissertation focused on
understanding and designing accessible online learning spaces for disabled engineering
students. Throughout her time at Virginia Tech, Dr. Spingola advocated for and actively
lead assessments and organizational change research focusing on Diversity, Equity,
Inclusion, and Accessibility through her 4 year stint at the President of the Disability
Alliance and Caucus. These efforts were able to meld qualitative research with statistics
and data analytics to inform organizational change and make meaningful change.