Our team works on a variety of systems advocacy issues, from housing to transportation to accessible communication to deinstitutionalization. If you have a systems advocacy issue that you would like our assistance with call us at 585-546-7510 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us individually using our emails below.
Interim Director of Advocacy
Kathryn joined the Advocacy Team in January 2018. She comes with a strong background in human rights and inclusive development. She received her B.A. in International Studies from American University (Washington, D.C.) and her J.D. from St. John’s University (Queens, NY). She is licensed to practice law in New York State. She has experience working with the Burton Blatt Institute, and the United States International Council on Disability. She has studied abroad in Norway and France and has participated in a Mobility International USA program in Costa Rica. She is the winner of the My Generation: Youth, The ADA, and Art competition.
Kathryn identifies as a disabled activist, is an active member of the National Federation of the Blind of New York, and frequently collaborates with other state and national disability rights organizations. She serves on the New York State Independent Living Council. Her interests are broad, but she enjoys working on transportation, community access, and employment in particular.
Deaf Systems Advocate
Jonathan was born in Korea to deaf parents. After passing away when Jonathan was very young. Jonathan and his biological sister, who was also deaf, were both adopted by a hearing family in Michigan. Acclimating as a Michigan resident brings a life-long commitment to being a Detroit fan in every sport! When Jonathan isn’t rooting for his home teams, he enjoys working on computers. Prior to moving to Rochester, NY, Jonathan worked as a Deaf Services Coordinator in Binghamton for 5 years and has been involved with deaf organizations such as National Association for the Deaf and Empire State Association for the Deaf. Before his move, Jonathan also spent nine months in Korea, studying the origins of his family’s roots. During his stay, he taught American Sign Language to deaf and hearing students alike. With his unique background, Jonathan is very passionate about improving Deaf Education and is thrilled to be the Deaf Systems Advocate.
Justin has served as the Pooled Trust Advocate since January 2013 and joined the Advocacy Team in October 2016. In his role, he works to create policy change related to Pooled Trusts in New York State both at the Local and State-wide level. Some of his many projects have included: Negotiating with the Local Departments of Social Service agencies to adopt new Pooled Trust procedures, helping to reverse a State Health Department directive that would have negative effects on married disabled couples, and taking the lead to pass the Pooled Trust Notification Law. He has a Master’s of Science in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration from Nazareth College and is working towards a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Higher Education Administration at the University of Rochester.
Justin also is a member of ADAPT and enjoys participating in this organization to create change for the Disability community! He is also an active member of the National Federation of the Blind and has a passion for ensuring Higher Education campuses, programs, and websites are accessible for all who wish to attend or use their services. In his free time, he enjoys visiting Museums, Theatrical productions, and watching both Game Shows and an occasional sports game like College Basketball, Football, and Hockey!
In May 2018, Sophie joined the Advocacy Team as a Systems Advocate. She graduated from Elmira College and earned a BA in Sociology/Anthropology in June 2018. While in school, she worked with the administration and the Campus Climate Committee to bring attention and change to campus accessibility issues. Sophie is a disabled activist and member of ADAPT, a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action to assure the rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom. As a Systems Advocate, Sophie is driven to support people with disabilities in gaining access to the community and works to make sure everyone in the disability community knows their rights in the workplace and at home. Sophie loves peanut butter ice cream and otters.