–Steve brings 29 plus years of experience and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. Steve attended Davenport College for his Bachelor of Business Administration, and has an extensive background in Durable Medical Equipment with experience in sales and marketing. He has served on numerous boards; including Commission on Aging Grand Traverse County, Bay Area Senior Advocacy, Mt. Holiday non-profit, and Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association. Steve actively competes in wheelchair tennis, 10k and marathons, hand cycling, mono skiing, water skiing and wheelchair basketball. While playing for the Grand Rapids Pacers in 1987, he helped his team win the 39th National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Steve’s skills include: advocacy, communications, administration, management, development, fundraising, nonprofits, and disability related issues.
–Mike is a trust officer with Huntington Wealth Advisors. He previously was in private legal practice in Traverse City and Boston, MA, where he handled litigation, commercial transactions, and estate planning. Mike also represented individuals with disabilities in discrimination cases and has remained passionate about disability rights and advocacy. He has been an instructor with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Currently, Mike serves as a mentor to small businesses with the Northern Michigan Chapter of SCORE, and is part of the SCORE/Chamber of Commerce — Mark of Excellence Certification Committee. He also volunteers at the Third Level Crisis Legal Aid Clinic. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors at the East End House, in Cambridge, MA. Mike lives with his wife Chantal and son Nate in Kewadin, MI.
–Paul graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation from Lake Superior State University. He currently lives in Cadillac, and is the business owner of Streamer’s Custom Flies where he crafts custom flies for fly fisherman. Paul is passionate about accessible recreation, and strives to live life to the fullest. He enjoys skiing, sailing, kayaking, camping, fishing, and all that Northern Michigan has to offer. He is currently a committee member and Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 125 in Cadillac, and is active with Knights of Columbus Council 1224. Paul became a board member in Spring 2014, and is excited to have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of other’s with disabilities.
–Brandon received his undergraduate degree with honors from Michigan State University in History with a concentration in Mandarin Chinese. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2011. He currently practices estate planning in Traverse City. He is passionate about helping individuals, families, and business owners achieve peace of mind by tailoring plans specifically to each of his clients. Part of his practice involves helping disabled individuals with guardianships and conservatorships, Medicaid planning, and special needs trust issues. As an attorney with a disability, Brandon finds a great deal of fulfillment in helping others with disabilities increase their degree of independence, and improve their quality of life. When not practicing law, Brandon enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors around Traverse City, fishing, hunting, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Charlotte, and dog, Bosco.
–Sander Scott is a visionary school leader, business executive, and dynamic communicator motivated to lead all stakeholders through continuous improvement providing the best educational experience for students. He currently serves as Associate Superintendent/Chief of Schools for Traverse City Area Public Schools. His educational experience includes: Master of Arts, Educational Leadership, Central Michigan University, Master of Arts, Curriculum and Teaching, Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science in Education, Central Michigan University and is pursuing an MBA from Davenport University. Sander has been in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, coach, Elementary and Middle School Principal. In addition he was the President and Founder of Leelanau Propane Gas, LLC and owner of Scotts’ Filling Station. Sander serves on the Board of Junior Achievement, is an active Rotarian and has been a member of the Disability Network of Northern Michigan Board since 2014.
–Jackie Duncan graduated from Northwood University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Jackie is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, and while at NU was the Vice President among other positions within the Zeta Sigma Chapter. Jackie was also a member of the American Advertising Federation, NU Alumni Association and the NU Ambassador Club. Jackie currently works as an Account Manager for a local Traverse City technology firm. When Jackie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 10 years and their two young children. Jackie is passionate about health and wellness, and believes that a healthy lifestyle can greatly increase the quality of life. Jackie is an avid runner and enjoys running in many local races. She completed the Bayshore Marathon as her first marathon in 2014.
–Barb volunteers with Little Ones Child Care Center, and Traverse Area Community Sailing. She earned her Masters in Special Education from Michigan State University, and taught students with disabilities of various ages for 25 years. Barb is a Certified Career Consultant, Private School Tutor, U.S. Small Boat Sailing Instructor, and Certified in Early Childhood and Adapted Physical Education. Barb has experience in advocacy, communications, program evaluation, education, grant writing, special events, and disability issues.
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Most people equate disability with limitations. But it’s our job to change the perceptions and realities that prevent people with disabilities from sharing in the community. Every year, we provide training, mentoring, and referrals to help people with disabilities and their families live productive lives. Because disability touches so many people, we also work on a larger scale, helping governments and businesses make changes that benefit not just those with disabilities, but everyone in the community.