Dee Sapp has over 15 years of nonprofit administrative, front-line fundraising, program management and managerial experience. She’s served on several boards at both the community and state levels; most to advocate and support people with disabilities.
Currently, Dee serves on The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council where members are appointed by the Governor to establish the priorities of the Council and help guide the Council’s work. She is a Chair for SECAC in her county, a member of the 2021/2022 Partners in Policy Making Cohort and is a newly appointed Board Member of the Down Syndrome Sports Association of America. She has also served as an accessibility editor for the Maryland State Arts Council.
Dee has a son with autism and an intellectual disability and feels strongly that all children should learn, play, and advance in inclusive environments. She supports her son, a US Paralympian and swimmer, to advocate for himself and focuses on advocacy for people with disabilities and their families. She’s a graduate of the Southern MD LEADers program and is active in a variety of committees. Dee aspires to be part of a national systems transformation and propagate consciousness about inclusive practices so that all facets of community life – school, work, social activities – welcome people with developmental disabilities.
Dee is the founder and Executive Director of Accessibility Bridge Corporation, and her prior professional experiences include 9 years at Georgetown University in the Office of Advancement and 2 years at Catholic Charities as a Major Gift Officer. Dee’s institutions of higher learning include North Carolina State University (Business Management), Georgetown University (Liberal Studies) and Penn State University (Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Life Span Human Services).
Paula is a founding board member of Accessibility Bridge and has more than two decades of institutional advancement experience, and currently serves as Senior Vice President with Graham-Pelton, a fundraising and management consulting firm for leading nonprofits worldwide.
Paula has a long history working with nonprofits including, colleges and universities, health systems, and private, independent schools. Her professional experiences in higher education have included campaign leadership and major and principal giving roles at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University.
She holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Rosemarie is the Senior Associate Director for Johns Hopkins SAIS, where she serves as a major gifts officer focusing on alumni and donors in the Northeast.
Most recently, she served as the Director of Development for the Fulbright Association, the alumni association of the Fulbright program, where she established the first donor engagement and fundraising strategic plan for the Association.
For nearly 7 years, Rosemarie was a member of the Advancement team at Georgetown University Medical Center. As an Associate Director of Development, she was responsible for the overall development and implementation of signature Medical Center fundraising programs.
Rosemarie graduated from American University with a B.A. in International Relations, and obtained an M.A. in Liberal Studies from the School of Continuing Studies with a concentration in Public Policy at Georgetown University.
As an Executive Committee member of the Accessibility Bridge Corporation, Rosemarie is the head of our fundraising committee and leads all efforts and implementation of our mentoring program.
Nick works as a Health Insurance Specialist for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Prior to working at CMMI Nick worked as a field organizer during the 2016 election, focusing on improving voter registration among college students at Stony Brook University and increasing voter engagement among people with disabilities. While working in this position he focused on creating volunteer groups for people with both mental and physical disabilities.
Nick worked as a graduate assistant at the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Oral Health on various oral health initiatives throughout Baltimore. Nick obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Penn State University and a master’s degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County in Health Policy with a focus in Disability Policy.
Nick is a former Paralympic swimmer who retired in the winter of 2019.
As an Executive Committee member of Accessibility Bridge Corporation, Nick will focus his efforts on athletic equity and employment assistance.
McKenzie works at Loyola University Maryland in the Offices of Student Development and Disability Support Services where her work is focused on creating university-wide policy as it relates directly to students with different abilities. She also works to connect Loyola students registered with Disability Support Services to employment opportunities.
McKenzie obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland in 2018, where she was a member of the division I swim program throughout her undergraduate career.
McKenzie was also part of the Loyola ADA Compliance Committee as a student and has remained an active alumni presence, as she was most recently named to Loyola's "Alumni Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board," which looks to improve the Loyola community in terms of diversity inclusion.
McKenzie hopes to continue her work in disability advocacy and inclusion on a larger scale once she begins law school in the fall of 2022.
McKenzie has been a member of the U.S. Paralympic Swimming National Team since 2012 and has competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. At the Rio 2016 Games, McKenzie won three gold medals in the 50m, 100m, and 400m freestyle events. She also won a silver medal as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay team. She is currently training to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Celeste has an extensive background in sales and marketing, both with Government and Private Industries. Utilizing her degree in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University, she worked for the NASA Johnson Space Center in the Commercial Programs Development phase before moving to Private industry.
In her 20 year history with the hospitality industry, she has held positions as Director of Marketing, Training, and Operations in major development projects in several states. Currently she's the legal liaison for contracts and programs for the Northeast and South Business units of Wyndham Destinations.
Celeste has completed the Partners in Policymaking program in Florida which is a leadership and advocacy training program that teaches self-advocates and parents to be community leaders for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Her passion for athletics is life long - she was a long distance runner for many years, has a green sash is Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a certified Aerobics instructor. She's a current Trip List Swim coach for the USA Paralympics Swim Team and is the USA representative to VIRTUS (International Body of High Performance Sport for athletes with intellectual impairments) Swimming Programs.
Celeste is also involved with the Autism Housing Network and One Kin Roof – a cohousing community in planning near Tampa, Florida and is an advocate for her son who is currently attending the Osceola Technical College Plumbing Program as the first student with Autism to be fully included.
Sarah is a student intern who works with program and initiative development and community engagement.
She is currently pursuing a certification in Phlebotomy through the College of Southern Maryland to work hands-on within her local healthcare system. She is also an undergraduate at Emory University majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, concentrating her studies on the intersection of scientific research and health initiatives, especially pertaining to mental health, intellectual disability, and community wellbeing.
In her career, Sarah hopes to perform research in cognitive neuroscience, expanding her current understanding of developmental disabilities. She plans to pursue a master’s in Public Health and Integrate her experience in healthcare, research, and community outreach to promote diverse accessibility in policy.
Evelyn is a student intern who works across our social media channels in support of our marketing, communication, and development initiatives.
She is a senior at the University of Maryland majoring in communications and public relations.
Leigh assists us in our fundraising campaigns, programs and special events. She also maintains and enhances our relationships with donors and volunteers.
Mailing address: 4660 Crain Hwy, #1622, White Plains, MD 20695
Phone: (202) 871-5522
Accessibility Bridge Corporation is a qualified nonprofit public charity with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) (#84-4205456) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the Corporation are fully deductible for income tax purposes.
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