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2017 Keynote Speakers


Valerie FletcherValerie Fletcher

Executive Director, Institute for Human Centered Design

Valerie Fletcher has been Executive Director since 1998 of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD).  Fletcher writes, lectures and works internationally. She currently oversees projects ranging from the development of a new national website on accessibility and inclusive design in cultural facilities for the National Endowment for the Arts to a wide range of consultation and design services to public, and private entities in the US and globally. She created the IHCD User/Expert Lab which has over 200 people engaged in the evaluation of places, products and services. Her research focus is integrated social and environmentally sustainable solutions for multifamily housing, healthcare, culture, workplaces, and the public realm. Her research focus is integrated social and environmentally sustainable solutions for classrooms, workplaces, cultural venues and the public realm.

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Hansel BaumanHansel Bauman

Architect & Adjunct Faculty, Gallaudet University – Science Labs, the Sixth Street Development & DeafSpace


Bauman is an architect currently serving as the Gallaudet University Campus Architect and is the founding partner of Hansel Bauman architect + planner (hb a+p). Over twenty years, Mr. Bauman has developed a diverse, international portfolio of projects that enhance cultural and sensory experiences within buildings for academic, civic, industrial, and residential uses.  His work also includes urban and campus planning projects in the United States and China.


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Anna LeaveyAnna Leavey

 Director of Construction, Gateway Arch Foundation / CityArch River Foundation

Anna Leavey is the Program Manager for CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. CityArchRiver is the lead organization on
the construction projects that will connect Downtown St. Louis with the Arch grounds and riverfront. Prior to joining CityArchRiver
Anna was Director of Construction for BJC HealthCare. She joined BJC in 2006 and transitioned to the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation
at the end of 2013. Anna is overseeing the private funding portion of the $380M project, including a conservancy program that
extends past the completion of construction.

Anna holds a Masters Degree in Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis, a Masters of Architecture
from the same institution and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College. In addition she studied architecture at University College
London and participated in a summer program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a member of the Construction
Management Association of America, the American Institute of Architects, holds a Missouri Real Estate Salesperson-Broker license,
and is a Master Gardener.


Vern RemigerVern Remiger

Founder & CEO, Remiger Design Architecture Firm – Architect for CityArch River Project

Vern Remiger is President and Founder of Remiger Design, an Architecture, Interior Design and Planning firm providing professional services to commercial, institutional and public clients. Vern holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and has been a part of the local Architectural community for close to 40 years. Along with his professional practice, Vern is a Past President and Board Member of AIA St. Louis, a former Board Member and now Life Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, a former Board and Executive Committee Member of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association in St. Louis and is currently involved with the Gateway PGA Reach Program. In addition to the firm’s role as Design Coordinator for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Remiger Design has completed projects locally and nationally for Cass Information Systems, MasterCard, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, McCormack Baron Salazar, Stifel Financial, Centene Corporation and Washington University in St. Louis.


Judith HeumannJudith Heumann

Former Special Advisor on Disability Rights, US State Department under President Barack Obama

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation. Prior to this, she served as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State from 2010 – 2017 under the Obama Administration. Recently Judy has been building an online presence under The Heumann Perspective through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. This new project is intended to broaden and spur discussions on the intersectionality of disability rights. She served as the Director for the Department on Disability Services for the District of Columbia from 2007-2010, where she was responsible for the Developmental Disability Administration and the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

From June 2002- 2006, Judith E. Heumann served as the World Bank’s first Adviser on Disability and Development. In this position, Heumann led the World Bank’s disability work to expand the Bank’s knowledge and capability to work with governments and civil society on including disability in the Bank discussions with client countries; its country-based analytical work; and support for improving policies, programs, and projects that allow disabled people around the world to live and work in the economic and social mainstream of their communities. She was Lead Consultant to the Global Partnership for Disability and Development 2006-2007.

From 1993 to 2001, Heumann served in the Clinton Administration as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education. Heumann was responsible for the implementation of legislation at the national level for programs in special education, disability research, vocational rehabilitation and independent living, serving more than 8 million youth and adults with disabilities.
She co-founded the World Institute on Disability with Ed Roberts and Joan Leon and served as it’s Deputy from 1981-1993.

She moved from Brooklyn, New York to Berkeley to attend graduate school and helped to cofound the Berkeley Center for Independent Living where she served as it’s Deputy Director and then on it’s Board from 1973-1993.

For more than 45 years, Heumann has been involved on the domestic and international front working with disabled people’s organizations and governments around the world to advance the human rights of disabled people. She has been active with Disabled Peoples’ International, Rehabilitation International and numerous Independent Living Centers throughout the world.

Heumann graduated from Long Island University in 1969 and received her Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. She was the first teacher to be hired by the NY Board of Education after suing to obtain her license. She has received numerous awards including being the first recipient of the Henry B. Betts Award in 1990 in recognition of efforts to significantly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, Max Starkloff Lifetime Achievement Award and InterAction Disability Inclusion Award. She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University in Brooklyn, an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Toledo.
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2017 Presenters

Marcus Adrian

Marcus is an Architect and Managing Principal of Mackey Mitchell Architects, and dedicates his career to the design of learning and care environments for special needs populations. Through his design, volunteer, and research work, Marcus has collaborated with over three dozen organizations that offer services to people with a wide range of developmental needs. Most of the facilities he has designed serve some population of children who are multi-disabled,requiring collaborative approaches between multiple therapy disciplines.

In 2014 he collaborated in joint research with clinical faculty from SLU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, studying classroom improvements at an underprivileged school in North City, and later co-presented the work at ASHA’s National Conference. In 2009, he was recruited by ASHA and the US Access Board to deliver a US Congressional Briefing on classroom acoustics in support of the 21st Century High-Performing Schools Act, which passed the house later that week.

Zully JF Alvarado

President, Causes for Change, Gary, IN

Zully JF Alvarado is an educator, trainer, public speaker, entrepreneur; international leader known and recognized as an advocate on the rights of children, women and persons with disabilities. She is the founder and president of Causes for Change International: a non-profit, volunteer, charitable organization. For the past two years has been partnering with City of Gary’s Miller Neighborhood Spotlight in applying and advocating for the application of universal design principles in communities.

Amy Barnes and Mia Maksimowicz

Amy Barnes is presenting alongside her daughter, Mia Maksimowicz, a 16 year old with spinal bifida.  Working as a Realtor for 14 years selling residential and commercial property, Amy is also a social entrepreneur focused on promoting social awareness through the arts, culture and active living.  Mia is a high school student interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

Living in an inaccessible home, the design deficiencies impact the safety, independence, time management and quality of life of our entire family and all with limited mobility who may visit. These barriers were created by standard design and construction practices and have a notable impact on our social interactions. Advocating for UD and equal rights for people with disabilities, we want to help raise the standards with our efforts as citizens of the US concerned about our future and that of our country.

Mary Ellen Daniel

Occupational therapist, certified low vision therapist, certified aging in place specialist and technology trainer at the Center for Vision Rehabilitation and Research, Henry Ford Health System. Principal site evaluator, photographer and co-author of reports for 2 SiteWise grant projects. Work experiences include therapist, case manager and consultant in inpatient, outpatient and community mental health, Rehab Services Director, and consultant in long term care. Active in community outreach and presentations to local senior and low vision support groups.  Has presented at national conferences of AOTA, AER, AAO and Envision.

Louie Delaware & Erik Listou

Louie Delaware & Erik Listou are the Founders of the Living in Place Institute, an educational company focused on making all homes accessible and safe.

Tonya Deniz

A certified transitional living coach, licensed Real Estate Broker and licensed Real estate Instructor, Tonya Deniz is the Co-Founder, Principal at Transitional Living Company and Co- Founder/Owner of Realty TLC. As the former founder and Executive Director of disABILITYincites, a 501(c)(3), global market researcher and corporate executive working for international firms, Tonya is known for her work in inclusive design. She worked with multinational corporations to bring to market products and services that eliminate the barriers to access for older adults and people with physical and cognitive challenges. In the white paper, “All Consumers Matter,” Tonya’s work with Kantar (the second largest research company in the world) details findings from the Pathways for Greater Inclusion of People with Disabilities Study, the most comprehensive study ever conducted about the unmet consumer needs of people with diverse abilities.

Craig Eichelman

AARP Missouri State Director
Craig Eichelman is State Director for AARP in Missouri and manages a results oriented team that enables AARP to achieve national, state and community level objectives. He oversees AARP’s legislative priorities, communication, outreach and education efforts, volunteer engagement and media relations. Craig is a native of Chicago and he and his wife Mindy reside in Kanas City, MO.

Adam Fromme

Adam Fromme is a current MFA Candidate in Design Research and Development (with a specialization in aging) in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University, CITY OH

Current research activity focuses on successful aging, intergenerational relationships, and public space design. At the intersection of these three areas is the opportunity for community engagement. Participation in this “public life” is the hallmark of integration and independence. Recent research areas include designing for older adults, the utilization of public spaces, and the future of transportation and mobility.

His work experience is in environmental graphic design, hospitality and health care design, and visual systems. He also started the design consultancy firm Wayfind Design LLC in 2014.


Gina Hilberry

Ms. Hilberry has more than 25 years of experience as a practicing architect. Her firm provides architectural services for historic preservation, residential and commercial properties, schools, and institutional projects.

Gina specializes in accessibility and inclusive design. She served the Access Board on the Public Rights-of-Way

Advisory Committee and the Technical Assistance Manual for PROW group. She is the Vice-Chair and UCP representative on the ANSI A117.1 Standards Development Committee, Chair of the Scoping Task Group and Co-Chair of the Wheeled Mobility Task Group. She is also Chair of the Advisory Council for the City of St. Louis Office on the Disabled and past President of the St. Louis Chapter of the AIA.

Gina provides consulting services to the U.S. DOJ, National Park Service, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the City of St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden and multiple architectural and engineering firms. She is staff consultant and architect for the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston, MA. Gina lectures regularly on inclusive design and on real world implementation of accessible design features.

Ken Jernberg

With a corporate background in residential construction, land development, and real estate, Ken Jernberg is the Co-Founder and Principal of Transitional Living Company and the Group Leader for Realty TLC of Keller Williams Chicago-Lincoln Park. A licensed Real Estate Instructor for both pre-license and continuing education, Ken earned the SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) designation and the Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification from the National Association of REALTORS®. Ken is also co-developer of the Home Accessibility Property Specialist designation, an extensive curriculum designed to educate both real estate professionals and home builders about accessible homes. As an SRES® designee, Ken is trained and sensitive to the financial and lifestyle needs of sellers and buyers age 50 and better. He is equipped to help older persons with all facets of “rightsizing,” home renovations and remodeling, real estate sales, and move management.


Teresa Kelly

Councilmember with the City of Roeland Park, KS and Co-Chair of the First Suburbs Coalition with the Mid-America Regional Council.

Anne Marie Kinerk

Anne Marie is an architect with over 30 years experience in planning, design, and project management.

Richard Lehner & Armando Tobias

LCM Architects, Chicago, IL
Armando Tobias, AIA, is an architect with LCM Architects. Armando has been involved in multiple Universal Design projects, understanding both the design challenges and the construction challenges involved.

Richard Lehner, AIA, is a partner with LCM Architects. Richard has been the partner in charge for multiple projects designed according to Universal Design standards. Richard understands the client relationship and learning curve involved in educating clients as to the benefits of Universal Design.

Clarence Olsen

Clarence Olsen, AIA, NCARB, has formed his career on enhancing the urban condition of the city. Clarence has helped shape accessible environments for the past seven years as project leader at Cohen Hilberry Architects in St. Louis, MO. Along with a general architectural practice, he has expert knowledge in accessible and universal design, and is passionate about creating spaces that promote social diversity and inclusivity. Project focus includes public right-of-way improvements, new construction developments, revitalization projects, and neighborhood and campus master planning.

Clarence is a registered architect and a member of the AIA. He holds a MArch from The Boston Architectural College, and a BTArch from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a Park Commissioner in University City where he oversees city wide capital improvement projects in the parks and ongoing park operations.

Brittany Perez

Occupational Therapist, Research Associate Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Brittany Perez OTD, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA), located at the University at Buffalo, where she manages usability testing and consulting services for products and technology. Brittany is a project manager in both the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment (RERC-UD) and the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation. She co-founded and co-directs the local AARP Age Friendly Network in Erie County. She is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Public Health and Health Professions at UB. Brittany is a licensed and registered occupational therapist and has clinical experience working in adult physical rehabilitation.

Amanda Primm

Access & Technology Specialist, Southwest Center for Independent Living, Springfield, MO My name is Amanda Primm, and I am the Access and Technology Specialist at the Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL,) a CIL that serves 8 counties in Southwest Missouri.  I have a B.S. in Gerontology and a B.S. in Psychology, with experience in teaching Psychology 101. I initially started at SCIL as an Access Advocate, and surveyed for and designed approximately 85 ADA compliant residential wheelchair ramps. I have recently moved into the technology department, and assist with the Telecommunications Access Program, demonstrations of adaptive equipment, and tours of our Universal Design model apartment. I have recently finished my final credits for my certification as an ADA Coordinator through the ACTPC program at the Great Plains ADA Center.

Sharon Smith

Kari Turner

Principal and Architect, Pivot Architecture, Eugene, OR

Kari Turner understands that transit systems are an indispensable part of strong communities. She is passionate about community access for all and believes that well-planned transit facilities bring people of all backgrounds together. As an architect, Kari has designed transit stations in Oregon, Washington, Utah, and California. She strives to create stations that are inspirational and functional for both employees and system users. She integrates Universal Design and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies into all of her projects.

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Debra Young, M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS, FAOTA

Owner, EmpowerAbility® LLC

Debra Young, owner of EmpowerAbility® LLC—an occupational therapy consultancy—is an award winning certified specialist in environmental modifications, aging in place, and assistive technology. Debra is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) and has earned the Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)—both are distinctions accomplished by less than 1% of occupational therapists nationally. She is an elected Director to the current AOTA Board of Directors and is the 2014 recipient of the AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award for notable contributions to the profession and its consumers in the environmental modifications specialty area of practice. Debra has published and presented on local, state and national levels and holds an adjunct teaching position with Philadelphia University instructing post professional doctoral degree and Masters level occupational therapy students on environmental modifications, assistive technology, accessibility and livable communities.