#CAComingTogether Conference Series: Assistive Technology Presenters

Co-Hosts
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Larry Grable

CO-Host

For the past 7 years Larry has been the Executive Director of Service Center for Independent Life, (SCIL), one of the 28 Independent Living Centers in California.  He was the Chair of the Board of Directors for 2 years prior to that.   Before working for SCIL he worked for the Office of the Governor for 8 years as the Director of the Inland Empire Field Office.  Prior to that he worked for Senator Jim Brulte as a Field Representative. 

Larry is also the Chair of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers.   Larry also a commissioner on  the San Bernardino County Aging Commission.  Larry sits on Community Senior Services Advisory Council.   And finally, Larry also sits on the board of the Senior and Disabled Fund of San Bernardino County.  Larry is married for 25 years with 3 children and 3 grandkids.

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Shireen McSpadden

Co-Host

The Department of Disability and Aging Services coordinates services to veterans, older adults, adults with disabilities, and their families to maximize health, safety, and independence so that they can remain active in their community for as long as possible and maintain the highest quality of life.

Shireen has more than 25 years of experience developing policies and services to help ensure San Franciscans thrive as they age. She is a board member of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging and is an alternate board member, representing California, for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  

Shireen earned her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Our Speakers
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Alex Ghenis

keynote speaker

“Climate Change, Disability, & AT: Setting the Stage.”

Alex Ghenis is the founder of Accessible Climate Strategies, a disability rights consulting firm in Oakland, CA. Alex views climate and disability as an overarching “umbrella” that gives context to topics ranging from disaster readiness to migration to financial empowerment. More on Alex and ACS is available at: www.accessibleclimate.com.

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Sunne Wright McPeak

Closing speaker

“Digital Equity Now!”

Sunne Wright McPeak is the President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), a statewide non-profit foundation whose mission is to close the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband. With McPeak’s vision and drive, CETF has positioned California as a national leader in advancing Digital Inclusion, developing and launching groundbreaking initiatives such as the Digital Literacy Executive Order, School2Home, California Telehealth Network, and public information campaigns Get Connected!, Internet For All Now, and Digital Equity Bill of Rights. Read more at: https://www.cetfund.org/about-us/governance-and-leadership/staff/

Our Workshop Panelists
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Scout Merry

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Reuse and Repurpose of Unused Items for Making Amazing AT.”

Scout Merry is happily employed at Missouri Assistive Technology where he oversees the Demonstration and Reuse Programs. Scout said, “This is the best job in many ways including getting to learn and talk about AT all day, making fun AT videos, working with fantastically smart people and it comes with the bonus of the best bike commuting route of my life!”

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Therese Willkomm

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Reuse and Repurpose of Unused Items for Making Amazing AT.”

Dr. Therese Willkomm, PhD, is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) She is known nationally and internationally for her innovative strategies for creating solutions in minutes. She has designed and fabricated over two thousand solutions for individuals with disabilities

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Jim Murphy

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “AT for Connection and Companionship.”

Jim spearheads Ageless Innovation’s healthcare business and is responsible for expanding Joy for All Companion Pets’ footprint as an approved nontraditional intervention for older adults who are lonely, socially isolated or living with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Prior to joining Ageless, Jim spent many years at UnitedHealthcare.

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Ted Werth

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “AT for Connection and Companionship.”

Ted Werth is the Head of Corporate Development and Research at MyndVR, the leading provider of Virtual Reality products for older adults. Ted has spent his entire career working at the intersection of media and technology, having co-founded one of the world’s first online magazines (Total New York) and one of the world’s largest webcasters of live concerts (Digital Club Network).

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Debra Williams

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “AT for Connection and Companionship.”

Debra has worked at ACC Care Center almost five years. Debra and her staff strive daily to create as many meaningful purpose-driven moments for their residents as possible. Debra has over 40 years of business experience.

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Kami Griffiths

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Closing the Digital Divide

Kami Griffiths is the executive director and co-founder of Community Tech Network, a nonprofit with the mission to transform lives through digital literacy. With over 15 years of experience working in the public sector, Kami has developed a passion for helping people gain access and better utilize technology, after witnessing firsthand how the digital divide and low literacy levels were aiding the cycle of poverty.

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Ryan Kawamoto

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Closing the Digital Divide.”

Ryan Kawamoto is the Regional Director for Older Adults Technology Services from AARP, where he empowers older adults through ​Senior Planet from AARP technology ​courses offered at Avenidas. He is the former Executive Director of Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service of San Jose and is the former Chair of the Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County. 

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Brenda Rusnak

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “Closing the Digital Divide.”

Brenda, a mother of five, began her career as a physiotherapist with a special interest in healthy aging. She founded a healthcare company specializing in senior care that grew to become a multi-million dollar business. At age 50, Brenda sold her business and was headed for retirement when her oldest daughter approached her with an idea for a documentary film based on the Cyber-Seniors program, a project initiated by Brenda’s two youngest daughters. In 2014, the “Cyber-Seniors” documentary was released and has since been broadcast in 40 countries around the world.

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Tonique McNair

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “AT for Aging in Place at Home.”

Tonique McNair is the Assistive Technology Advocate at Marin Center for Independent Living (CIL). 

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Jose Pena

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “AT for Aging in Place at Home.”

Jose Pena is the Manager of Independent Living (IL) Services at the Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC). In this role, he oversees core services and supports his staff to ensure that people with disabilities in Orange County receive the services they need to remain independent. Prior to his management role, Jose served as the Assistive Technology (AT) Coordinator for the DMC.

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Michelle Rosado

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “AT for Aging in Place at Home.”

Michelle is an AT Advocate for Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL), located in the Central Valley. Michelle loves to work with consumers to find out-of-the-box solutions to make their home modification projects for accessibility a reality. Michelle has coordinated dozens of projects over the last 4 years and enjoys sharing tips and tricks of the trade with her consumers.

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Ashley Bush

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “The Three R’s of AT: Recycle, Refurbish, and Reuse.”

Before becoming an Assistive Technology Advocate and Independent Living Specialist at FREED, Ashley was a homeschool mom. Born with a physical disability,  Ashley learned  to advocate for herse through physical fitness and navigate my healthcare needs by asking questions. Over time I started assisting family and friends in the community with finding resources for Assistive Technology and getting adequate healthcare. I enjoy finding creative solutions to help others stay as independent as possible and reach their goals.

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Jeff Samco

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “The Three R’s of AT: Recycle, Refurbish, and Reuse.”

Jeff Samco has worked over 10 years as an AT Advocate for FREED Center for Independent Living. He works both with the Equipment Reuse Program and the Device Lending and Demonstration Center program. Jeff had a previous career working as an interpretive ranger with the National Park Service.

Adam Sharma

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “The Three R’s of AT: Recycle, Refurbish, and Reuse.”

After 7 years driving sales and innovation in Consumer Electronics and Tech, Adam Sharma shifted his focus to the recovery side of tech. As the VP, Strategic Innovation & Partnerships at human-I-T, Adam develops internal and external initiatives to simultaneously increase the social impact and reduce the environmental impact of electronic devices with partners such as Mattel, ViacomCBS, and United Way.

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Andrew Skinner

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “The Three R’s of AT: Recycle, Refurbish, and Reuse.”

Triumph Foundation was founded in 2008 by Andrew Skinner. Shortly after graduating from college, Andrew suffered a spinal cord injury in a snowboarding accident where he broke several vertebrae in his neck, rendering him a quadriplegic. After years of extensive physical therapy, Andrew regained considerable function and felt destined for a mission: to help others who suffer injuries like him. Andrew founded Triumph Foundation with a simple desire: to bring hope, resources, and mentor-ship to families like theirs, who are dealing with paralysis.

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Mike Dooley

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “AT Smart Home Devices

Mike Dooley is a leading pioneer in consumer robotics, successfully shipping millions of products into homes for over the past 20 years. He launched the original LEGO MindStorms product line, introducing millions of kids to robotics. He later co-invented and launched what is now the Braava series of smart robotic mops (acquired by iRobot). In 2017, Mike co-founded Labrador Systems to establish an entirely new category of assistive robots.

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Drew Redepenning

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “AT Smart Home Devices.”

Drew Redepenning is a Biomedical Engineer and Assistive Technology Practitioner who has over three years of experience in the field of assistive technology. He currently works as an Assistive Technology Specialist for Technology for HOME performing in-home assistive technology assessments. His primary focuses are in environmental access, adaptive gaming, device access, vocational technology, and developing custom assistive technology solutions. 

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Sue Redepenning

Panelist

Workshop Panelist for: “AT Smart Home Devices.”

Sue Redepenning is an Occupational Therapist and owner of LiveLife Therapy Solutions based in Minnesota.

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