Who We Are

The Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities is a 16 member body of sincere and energetic volunteers who strive to use their collective capabilities and contributions to make a demonstrable improvement to the City of Seattle. Seven commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and seven appointments are made by the City Council. The Commission appoints the 15th member. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. A 16th member joins the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for 18-29 year olds.

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights provides staff and support to the Commission.

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Meet Our Commissioners

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Aaron Bunnell, MD

Commissioner

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Aaron Bunnell, MD is a Professor of Medicine and Attending Physician at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical center specializing in the rehabilitation of patients with Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, and trauma. His research focuses on the use of novel technology in the rehabilitation of patients with severe injury and the neuromuscular outcomes of critical illness. He suffering a cervical spinal cord injury after a diving accident in his 20's. He has interests in how public policy affects health, functional and quality of life outcomes in patients with disability.

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Cindi Laws

Commission Co-Chair

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A long time public policy advocate for transportation, civil rights, health and long term care, Laws also serves on the King County Mobility Board and the SeaTac Airport Customer Accessibility Board. Sheworks extensively with Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs and is on a mission to make accessibletransportation services available statewide. Laws successfully lobbied the Port of Seattle to develop theUS's "Most Accessible Airport" for people with disabilities; the Port began that effort in 2017. 

Laws also worked on long term care and had a radio segment of one-minute tips for the elderly andpeople with disAbilities. She previously served as US Senate staff assistant working for the Americanswith Disability Act co-sponsor and Chair of the Committee managing the ADA.

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ChrisTiana ObeySumner

Housing Committee Chair
Appointed by: Mayor

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ChrisTiana ObeySumner is a 2nd term commissioner, and chair of the Housing Committee. She is an Alaskan-Born, Philly-Raised, East-Coast transplant who moved to the area in 2010 to attend Seattle University as a Transfer Scholar. She has her B. Sc in Psychology, a Masters of Nonprofit Leadership, and is currently pursuing her M. Ed in Clinical Mental Health & Addictions Counseling. She is also Mrs. American Beauties National 2017 whose winning platform was "Ending Homelessness with Equity and Inclusion." ChrisTiana is a nerd who loves research and statistics, WWE, and vacillates musical obsessions between WWII-era Jazz and swing, and late 90's/early 2000's modern rock. She has personal experience with Neurodivergence, (psychiatric, emotional, cognitive, & developmental,) physical, and invisible chronic/zebra illnesses.

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Conrad Reynoldson

Commissioner

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Conrad Reynoldson earned a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law after graduating summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University and is the founder and Vice President of nonprofit disability rights law firm in Seattle named Washington Civil & Disability Advocate. Conrad has interned three times in Washington, D.C. as part of the American Association of People with Disabilities Congressional Internship, the Heritage Foundation's Young Leaders Program, and with Alliance Defending Freedom. He received a DO-IT Trailblazer award in 2012 and was a Blackstone Legal Fellow in 2013. He currently serves as chair of the Governor's Award Subcommittee and is a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Washington State Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. Conrad hopes to use his appointment on the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities to play a significant role in helping transform accessibility for and acceptance of people with disabilities in the Seattle area and beyond.

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Diana Chaikin

Commissioner

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Diana Chaikin is an attorney working in private practice with a focus on disability law. A former attorney advisor for the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, she is a 2009 graduate of Seattle University School of Law, where she was a recipient of a Public Interest Law Foundation grant and served for two years as an Article Editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice.  Diana is proud to have represented hundreds of clients in disability hearings.

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Diane Laurine

Commissioner

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Diane was born with Cerebral Palsy and that's all that she has ever known.  She feels lucky to have grown up with loving family and friends but know many people with disabilities are not nearly as fortunate. She is a seasoned advocate for the disabled as well as a filmmaker and artist. Her diverse life experiences and dealing with negative attitudes toward people with disabilities are her inspiration for filmmaking. She hopes to continue to contribute her passion to the work of the Commission.

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Dorian Taylor

Candidate

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Dorian Taylor has been advocating for the rights of folks living with disabilities and surviving the experiences of institutional violence since Dorian's life was changed by that same reality. For the past 6 years, Dorian has paved the way for their own health and well-being this leading by example and supporting others in the community to:advocate for themselves for medical and housing needs,interpersonal outreach and community advocacy, and improving relationships between disabled riders and bus drivers.Dorian uses their personal experiences as education to help those in need.

Dorian Taylor was also a member of the 2016 USA Paracanoe World championship team

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Jayson Morris

Commissioner

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Mr.  Morris was disabled at birth with dysgraphia with ADHD. He is a longtime advocate for people with disabilities in the following areas Education, Employment, and community participation and inclusion. His goal is to leave this disabilities community more independent in the city the when he found it.  He has an electrical engineer degree from electrical engineer degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville famous for Wernher von Braun. He has an MBA and working on His Doctorate. He serves on the Ballard Nickelsville Community Advisory Committee and elected as a precinct committee officer (PCO) of SEA 36-3318 for a local political party.

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Jessica Williams-Hall

Commissioner

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Jessica Williams-Hall is a native of the Seattle area and grew up on Bainbridge Island.  She attended the University of Washington where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies and obtained her Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Washington University.  She was fortunate enough to intern at the Alliance of People with DisAbilities during her Master's Program and where she now works.  She realized early on that she would gravitate to working with other people like her that had a disability that didn't hold them back.  She really wants to make a difference on the Commission and is looking forward to making a difference.

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Kevin Eggers

Commissioner

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Kevin has lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle for the past 10 years. He is a graduate of Seattle University where he studied philosophy and political science. Kevin is also a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. He is a former member of the Epilepsy Foundation Youth Council, in addition to being the youngest member in the Epilepsy Advocacy Program. He served as the student body President during his undergraduate education and earned a Truman Scholarship for his public service work and leadership potential. In his free time, Kevin likes to play soccer in an adult soccer league or read fiction novels with a cup of coffee.

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Matt Kanter

Operations Committee Chair

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Matt Kanter was initially appointed to the commission as a member of Seattle YMCA's Get Engaged Program. He grew up as a kid with disabilities, with a brother with disabilities, and a father who worked in Special Education. the injustices and struggles faced by people with disabilities were always present to him and something he wanted to fight. Matt is an Alumni of Lake Washington Technical Academy and Lake Washington Institute of Technologies Culinary Arts program. He is a 2016-2017 Get Engaged Cohort Member and was a fellow with the Institute for a Democratic Future. He is also involved in partisan politics as the County Chair and a Statewide General Board member for the Youth Wing of the largest political party in the State, he is also regular volunteer with FareStart. If you need to get a hold of Matt feel free to e-mail matthew.kanter.official@gmail.com. He chairs the Operations Subcommittee and serves on Employment Subcommittee for the Commission. He lives in Belltown in the 7th City Council District.

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Meg Bartošovská

Candidate

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Meg began challenging barriers to inclusion when she first noticed certain disparities while growing up in a multiethnic family.  She simultaneously encountered that violence and lack of positive opportunity disproportionately impact persons with disabilities.

At university, Meg's focus was on digital literacy in marginalized communities.  She visited dozens of countries while earning her honors degree, and became increasingly interested in public policy.  Her volunteer efforts include increasing voter enfranchisement and registration, serving as a housing liaison for those with conviction histories, and lobbying for issues surrounding higher education.  In her Fellowship and as a content strategist, Meg's later professional work has involved the accessibility analysis of various government and e-commerce websites and campaigns.  A favorite freelance project of hers was creating a shared digital cookbook of Tribal recipes for the Muckleshoot Housing Authority.

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Sarah Rothman

Commissioner

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Sarah Rothman currently works as a Director for Northwest Center, a non-profit social enterprise that expands the skills, independence and opportunities for people with disabilities through education, rehabilitation and employment opportunities. In her role, Sarah leads a team that has developed a new model of inclusive employment to deliver integrated staffing solutions to Fortune 100 companies. Previous to working for Northwest Center, Sarah worked for the American Red Cross for eight years. She started her career as an AmeriCorps member, spent several years educating diverse communities about disaster preparedness, and eventually served as the International Services & Language Bank Manager for the Pacific Northwest. Sarah has been active in many local and national disaster response and recovery efforts in various capacities, where she has worked closely with federal, state, and local government partners. Sarah has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Washington, a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University, and completed a fellowship with the Institute for a Democratic Future in 2015. Sarah is excited to work on issues that she is passionate about through the City of Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities.

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Shaun Bickley

Public Safety Chair & Employment Committee Chair

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Shaun Bickley is an Autistic activist and community organizer who chairs the Employment and Police Relations Committees. He joined the Commission in 2016 after moving here from Texas, where he was a member of the state's Employment First Task Force. Shaun also trained developmentally disabled people in Texas' state institutions and community on advocacy. He now works for the Alliance of People with Disabilities working on systems change and supporting other disabled people to live independently.

Shaun is a former co-Chair of the Community Advisory Council at the University of Texas' Center for Disability Studies, served as the Vice President of Imagine Enterprises, and presented on disability justice around the country. He has worked on community organizing since 2008 and approaches disability justice with an organizing lens. Beyond disability Shaun is active in LGBTQ issues. He lives in Queen Anne.

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Steve Lewis

Commission Co-Chair & Transportation Committee Chair
Appointed by: Mayor

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Steven M. Lewis has been working in the software development field since the early 1970's. He had a PhD in biophysics and taught bioengineering at USC for 13 years.

He worked in the software development field for the past twenty years concentrating on scientific software. He has been a paraplegic since being injured in an airplane crash. Since then he has continued to word as a software developer in the area of Bioinformatics. In addition he has worked to aid the disability community working as president of the Board of the Alliance of People with DisAbilities, Co-Chair of the Seattle Disability Commission a member of the SeaTac disability advisory board and the Sound Transit disability advisory board.