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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ChrisTiana Obey

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/26/15 - 04/30/17
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Diane Laurine

Member
Appointed by: Commission
Term: 06/08/15 - 04/30/17
Hope Drummond

Hope Drummond

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/26/15 - 04/30/16

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Hope is a longtime advocate for people with disabilities on a range of fronts. As an individual of short stature with multiple other disabilities, Ms. Drummond has first-hand experience with navigating through institutions that are not designed to include her as an active participant. In her professional life, Ms. Drummond has assisted clients with disabilities transition into the workforce, sort out benefits and insurance issues, and become more independent. Ms. Drummond has served on the youth advisory board of Healthy Futures at Life Coalition in Mississippi and the board of the My Voice My Choice Project under the Arc of Mississippi Organization. Ms. Drummond is a powerful advocate, who has engaged extensively in the public arena on behalf of individuals with disabilities and has increased awareness of disability issues.

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Ivan Molton

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 12/15/14 - 04/30/16
Jonathan Porter

Jonathan Porter

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/26/15 - 04/30/17

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Jonathan has been a Technology Instructor with the Metrocenter YMCA's Y-Tech department for the past year and a half, but his first passion is disability awareness and advocacy. Being a wheelchair-user himself, he has a been a proponent for the issues of what he calls the "differently-abled" his entire life. Graduating from Seattle University in 2008 with his Bachelors in Business Administration, Jonathan is a 2-time Goodwill Ambassador for the Seattle chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), and has spoken on panels for Seattle Public Schools and at the National Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) Conference in Atlanta, GA in 2006. Today Jonathan continues to be an active member of both the MDA, with its many awareness and fundraising events, and of the "differently-abled" community.

Mark Adreon

Mark Adreon

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/26/15 - 04/30/16

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Mark has been employed with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind for nine years and has served as Communications and Employer consultant, Public Relations and Outreach as well as project management roles with the department. Mark has work in a number of advocacy roles with a wide range of organizations throughout the state. He has served on the Puget Sound Diversity Employment Network board for ten years assisting in developing a membership list of over 8,500 employers and community based organizations throughout King County. Mark has served on the METRO Accessible Services Advisory Committee for seven years, has chaired the King County 504 ADA Committee and served as a Commissioner with the King County Human Rights Commission. Mark has developed and implemented many community forums including a forum on accessible technology, working with Microsoft, employers, consumers, and developers to strategize how to make consumer and employer based technologies accessible to blind and low vision users. Mark also worked in partnership with DSB, U of W School of Art and other community partners to create "Touching Art"; an art competition and exhibit featuring wall mount tactile art works with visual appeal.

Mike Barta

Mike Barta

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 06/22/15 - 04/30/17

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Mike has a background in disability theory specifically related to inclusion, stigma, and independence. Mike was a member of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines working group for the W3C which created the standard for digital accessibility concerns. He is knowledgeable about adaptive solutions, both technical AT and practical workarounds. Mike is retired from 15 years at Microsoft and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Policy. Mike looks forward to working for more inclusion of 'digital divide' concerns as he joins the Commission.

Patt Copeland

Patt Copeland

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/26/15 - 04/30/17

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Patt is a Visually Impaired Clinical Social Worker who has long established roots in the blind community. She is presently employed as the Community Support Services Manager at the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind and has established Vision Loss Connections, a new nonprofit that organizes recreational activities. Ms. Copeland is Activity Chair for United Blind of Seattle. She also created the Accessible Counseling and Treatment Program at Seattle Mental Health and worked as a Mental Health counselor at the Pike Market Medical Clinic where she helped individuals and families cope with the challenges of living with AIDS and other chronic health conditions

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Shandra Benito

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 09/08/15 - 09/31/16
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Robert Canamar

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 06/22/15 - 04/30/17
Ryan Troyer

Ryan Troyer

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 12/15/14 - 04/30/16

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Ryan serves on several commissions including the Seattle Commission for People With Disabilities, the State Developmental Disabilities Council and is a volunteer at Northwest Harvest, Cherry Street Food Bank in Seattle. Ryan has been involved in the Transportation Forums throughout the city, received certification from the King County Emergency Planning Institute and is part of the dialogue for Emergency Planning of Vulnerable Populations and the American Red Cross throughout the region. A graduate of University of Washington Bothell, Ryan's interests lie in accessible solutions for all citizens assuring access to services and facilities. Ryan also participates on the Washington State Special Education Task Force, Youth Leadership Forum and the UW DO-IT community.

Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis

Member
Appointed by: Mayor
Term: 05/26/15 - 04/30/16

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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.

Vickie Foster

Vickie Foster

Member
Appointed by: City Council
Term: 12/15/14 - 04/30/16

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Vickie has served on several boards and committees, including the Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation, the Joint Advisory Board for Seattle Housing Authority, the State Guardianship Committee, the State Rehabilitation Council, the Developmental Disabilities Council, and the King County Metro Accessible Services Board. Ms. Foster serves as personal representative of several individuals with disabilities.