has been a lifelong disability advocate, even before her daughter's spinal cord injury. She managed group homes, ran a non-profit, and taught literacy to adults with disabilities at a state institution. She actively volunteered for several organizations, including the Ohio Swimming Board of Directors where she served as Adapted Chairperson for swimmers with a disability. She is a certified peer mentor for the Reeve Foundation and provided four years of personal care for her youngest daughter after a car accident.
Cindy attended Heidelberg College and was a freshman scholar at Ohio State University. She has been married to her best friend John for 40 years. They raised their three children in Tiffin, Ohio. Ben teaches high school students and attends graduate school. Maria teaches children with disabilities and Beth works as a lawyer. When John retired from teaching after 38 years, they relocated to Virginia to be closer to their adult children.
lives and works in Washington, DC, as a health care policy lawyer. Beth's pro bono projects include legal battles for companies and nonprofits in the disability community, as well as clients with a disability who have been denied necessary services. She also supported individuals through the social security disability process, continuing the work she began in law school at a homeless shelter.
Paralyzed in an accident at fourteen, Beth has lived independently without a personal care assistant since the age of eighteen, a rare feat for a C6-7 quadriplegic. Ever since her injury, she mentors young people with a disability, referred to her from doctors, friends, coaches, and colleagues.
The first in her family to attend Harvard, Beth interned for Secretary of State 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 served as Co-President of the Stanford Law Association and President of the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities, only two of many activities that earned her the Dean's Award for Excellence in Service at graduation. At 26, she served on the American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights.
Not a swimmer before her injury, Beth traveled around the world on the U.S. Paralympic National Team for five years, three of which she also swam on the varsity Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving Team as the first with a visible disability. She retired from competitive swimming after the 2008 Beijing Paralympics with fourteen American Records in the S3 classification. Eleven still stand.