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 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 Symbrachydactyly, 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 an injury she sustained, she is now a stay at home mom enjoying the extra time with her children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing many outdoor activities, camping, baking with her kids, and taking care of their many animals.
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, Ed.D, started her career in higher education in 1992 as the Learning Disability Coordinator at Essex Community College. She has remained in higher education dedicating over 20 years to disability support services. She is passionate about student’s self-advocacy and works to help students understand how to transition from class-based accommodations to work-based accommodations when appropriate. Originally from New York (she’s an Island girl), she now calls Maryland her home and lives in Harford County on 3.5 acres of peace and quiet! A mom of nearly 24-year old twin boys (yes, she’s that old!) Karyn enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, and finding new things to do around the region. Her passions include her dogs (Goldens rule!) and penguins as anyone can tell after spending time in her office.
I went blind 7 years ago and had to rebuild my life on my own through researching, networking, and finding clinicians in order to regain my independence. My overarching purpose is always to bring people together to reach a common goal.