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. 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, Regional Champion, and Resource Mentor for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and provided four years of personal care for her youngest daughter after a car accident.
Cindy published FORTY articles related to disability in a variety of media since March of 2016. (Click "Press and News" at the top of this webpage!)
Cindy attended Heidelberg College and was a freshman scholar at Ohio State University. She celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary with her best friend, John. They raised their three children in Tiffin, Ohio. Ben is a librarian who also teaches high school students. Maria is an inclusion supervisor for children with disabilities and Beth works as a lawyer. John taught elementary students for 38 years in Ohio, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. Cindy and John moved recently to a home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
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 helped individuals apply for social security disability, continuing the work she began at a homeless shelter in law school.
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 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. She currently is on the Board of Directors for the AbleThrive nonprofit.
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.
Beth loves traveling, cooking, brunch dates, wine tastings, and swimming laps with her fiancé.