has been a lifelong disability advocate, even before her daughter's spinal cord injury. She managed group homes, ran a small non-profit, and taught literacy to adults with disabilities at a state institution. An active volunteer, she served on the Ohio Swimming Board of Directors as Adapted Chairperson for swimmers with a disability. She is a Peer Mentor, Guest Blogger, and Regional Champion for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. She supports other Warrior Momz and the international nonprofit AbleThrive. She also provided four years of personal care after her youngest daughter's spinal cord injury.
Since March of 2016, Cindy published 47 articles related to disability in 16 different media. (Listed on her "Press and News" webpage!) She also writes a popular blog and finished an upcoming memoir, Struggling with Serendipity.
Cindy attended Ohio State University as one of thirteen Freshman Scholars in 1976, and majored in English at Heidelberg College. She married her best friend John 41 years ago, and raised three children in Tiffin, Ohio. Beth works as a lawyer, Ben is a librarian, and Maria teaches young students with disabilities. Cindy and John also lived in Massachusetts and South Carolina before his retirement from teaching. They recently moved to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to be closer to their children.
lives and works in Washington, DC, as a health care policy lawyer. Paralyzed in an accident at fourteen, she lives independently without a personal care assistant, a rare feat for a C6-7 quadriplegic. She served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights at a young age. Her clients include companies and nonprofits in the disability community. Continuing the pro bono work she began in law school at a homeless shelter, Beth helps people with disabilities who have been denied necessary services. She is a passionate volunteer and mentor.
The first in her family to attend Harvard, Beth interned for John Kerry (then Senator) and joined him on the Senate floor for the 2006 stem cell debate. She graduated with honors with a degree in health policy before working as a researcher for Harvard's Department of Health Care Financing. At Stanford Law School, she was elected as Co-President of the Stanford Law Association and President of the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities, only two of many activities resulting in the Dean's Award for Excellence in Service. She serves on the AbleThrive Board of Directors.
Not a swimmer before her injury, Beth traveled around the world on the U.S. Paralympic National Swim Team for five years, three of which she also swam on the varsity Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving Team as the first member with a visible disability. A Paralympian, she earned fourteen S3 American Records. Eleven still stand.
Exceptionally friendly, she often speaks to groups. She loves traveling, cooking, brunch, wine, and swimming laps with her fiancé in her favorite big city, Washington, DC.