Bringing my insightful perspective as I navigate life’s challenges.
I was born October, 1967 with Diastrophic Dysplasia (Dwarfism), a hereditary condition affecting bones and cartilage. Abandoned by birth parents at the hospital, social workers placed me with a family in March 1969 after my picture in the local newspaper garnered several applications.
My new family instilled in me the will to succeed. I attended public schools and went on to earn a Bachelor’s in American Studies from Smith College in 1989. In 2007, I received my Master’s in Therapeutic Recreation from Lehman College.
I have always felt that talking with young students and introducing them to people with differences dispels stigmas. Over the past 20 years, I have expanded my presentations to a variety of audiences.
My life experiences have undoubtedly shaped the person I am today. Though I have received acceptance and encouragement, I have also been subjected to the behaviors others exhibit when they are uncomfortable with differences. And while I have benefited from inclusion, I have also suffered the pain of being dismissed, excluded, and discriminated against.
Because of all this, I am uniquely qualified to address bias, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of society.
I currently serve on:
- Westchester County’s Advisory Council for People with Disabilities.
- New York State Assembly Member Chris Burdick’s Advisory Council for Employment for People with Disabilities.
In the embrace of my mom.
Not being able to jump didn’t stop me from playing.
With my dad at my college graduation.
Glammed up for my high school reunion.
Water skiing? Yup!
Marley, my furry home health worker.