When disability and abuse intersect, we take action.

Project Consultants

The individuals listed on this page are Consultants to the Disability and Abuse Project.  As such, the Project Director calls upon them periodically for advice on specific issues relevant to the Project.  Each of the Consultants brings a unique perspective to these issues and lends valuable expertise to the important work that we do.

Nancy A. Alterio
Executive Director
Disabled Persons Protection Commission
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
(more information about Nancy A. Alterio)

Michelle Sondra Ballan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Columbia University
New York, NY
(more information about Michelle Sondra Ballan)

Mary Lou Bensy, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor
Department of Special Education
Hofstra University
Malverne, New York
(more information about Mary Lou Bensy)

David Boulding
Attorney at Law
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultant
British Columbia, Canada
(more information about David Boulding)

Lori M. Brown
Former Director of Forensic Services,
Crimes Against Children Unit
Oconee County Sheriff's Office
Watkinsville, Georgia
(more information about Lori M. Brown)

Russell Butler
Executive Director and Attorney
Crime Victims Resource Center, Inc.
Baltimore, Maryland
(more information about Crime Victims Resource Center)

Mike C. Collins
Disability Consultant
Former Executive Director
National Council on Disability
Redmond, Washington
(more information about Mike C. Collins)

Randy Costales
Executive Director
The Arc of New Mexico
(more information about The Arc of New Mexico)

Mike Danneker
Executive Director (retired)
Westside Regional Center
Los Angeles, CA

Howard Davidson
Director (retired)
Center on Children and the Law
American Bar Association
Washington, DC
(more information about Howard Davidson)

Leigh Ann Davis, M.S.S.W., M.P.A.
Project and Information Specialist
The Arc of the United States
Washington, DC
(more information about Leigh Ann Davis)

Shirley Dove
Parent Advocate
Past President of
The Arc of California
Ventura, California
(more information about Shirley Dove)

Marc Dubin
Attorney at Law
CEO, ADA Expertise Consulting, LLC
Big Pine Key, Florida
(more about Marc Dubin)

Jennifer Edwards-Hawkins
Program Director
Disabled Persons Protection Commission
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
(more information about Disabled Persons Protection Commission)

Board Director/Treasurer End Violence Against Women International
Forensic Registered Nurse Consultants
(more information about Diana Faugno)

Paul B. Feuerstein
Barrier Free Living
New York, New York
(more information about Barrier Free Living)

Angela Gilmartin
Attorney at Law
Education and Advocacy on Disability Issues
Woodland Hills, California
(more information on Angela Gilmartin)

Marilyn Grundy
Conference Coordinator
National Children's Advocacy Center
Huntsville, Alabama
(more information about NCAC conferences)

Karyn Harvey, Ph.D.
The Arc Baltimore
Associate Executive Director of Quality Supports
Towson, Maryland
(more information about Karyn Harvey)

Jamie Hoffman-Rosenfeld, MD
Chief, Section of Child Advocacy and Protection
Cohen Children's Medical Center
Medical Director, Queens Child Advocacy Center
(more information about Queens Child Advocacy Center)

William L. Jones
Professional Development Culture Specialist
Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities
Worthington, Ohio
(more information about William L. Jones)

Julie Kenniston, MSW, LSW
Director of Training and Education
Butler County Children Services  (Hamilton, OH)
and Executive Director of
The Center for Family Solutions (Butler County)
(more information about Julie Kenniston)

Eva Kutas
Director, Office of Investigations and Training
Department of Human Services
Oregon Health Authority
Salem, Oregon
(more information about Eva Kutas)

Pam Malin
Disability Abuse Advocate
Disabilities Coordinator, Sexual Assault Center of Family Services
Statewide Developmental Disabilities Specialist, WCASA

NE Regional TA Coordinator, WCASA
Board Member, WBPDD
Greenbay, Wisconsin
(more information about Pam Malin)

Sheila Mansell, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist
Mansell Psychological Consulting, Inc.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(more information about Sheila Mansell)

Luz Marquez-Benbow
Associate Director
Sisters of Color
Ending Sexual Assault
Troy, New York
(more information about Luz Marquez-Benbow)

Nyla McCarthy
Training and Prevention Unit Director,
Oregon State Office of Investigation and Training
Chair, Portland Commission on Disabilities
Principal Consultant, Catalysts for Change
Portland, Oregon
(more information about Nyla McCarthy)

Tom Montesonti
Executive Director (former)
Area Board I
State Council on Developmental Disability
Ukiah, California

Shirley Paceley, M.A.
Director and Founder
Blue Tower Training
Decatur, Illinois
(more information about Shirley Paceley)

Roberta Sick, M.Ed., L.P.C.
Project Director
Crime Victims with Disabilities
Partners for Inclusive Communities -- UAMS
North Little Rock, Arkansas
(more information about Roberta Sick)

Dick Sobsey, Professor Emeritus
Department of Educational Psychology
Associate Director, JP Das Center on
Developmental and Learning Disabilities
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada
(more information about Dick Sobsey)

Jean N. Solis, M.A.
Director of Marketing and Development
The Arc of Aurora (CO)

D.J. Stemmler, COTA, BA
Research Specialist
University of Pittsburgh
Dept. of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
HIV Prevention and Care Program
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
(more information about D.J. Stemmler)

Jim Stream
Executive Director
The Arc of Riverside County
(more information about The Arc of Riverside County)

Amy C. Tishelman, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Director, Research and Training
Child Protection Program
Children's Hospital Boston
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
(more information about Amy Tishelman)

MaryLee P. Underwood, J.D., BSW
Public Policy Advisor
Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Frankfort, Kentucky
(more information about MaryLee Underwood)

Alice Vachss
Special Prosecutor for Sex Crimes
Lincoln County, Oregon
(more information about Alice Vachss)

Mary E. Wambach
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center
Corpus Christi, Texas
(more information about Mary E. Wambach)


Honorary Consultants

To recognize the inspiration their lives have given and continue to give to the Disability and Abuse Project, the following individuals posthumously have been named honorary consultants to the project.

Amy E. Judy, J.D.
Vera Institute of Justice
Washington, D.C.