Meet our 2019 ABLE NRC Ambassadors

Meet our 2019 ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC) Ambassadors.

Our Ambassadors represent a diverse selection of ABLE programs, types of disabilities, geographic locations, ages, gender, race and ethnicity, along with a wide range of ABLE goals.

The role of our ABLE NRC Ambassadors is to act as national spokespersons, providing a human face to ABLE. During 2019, our Ambassadors shared their knowledge and success using their ABLE accounts with millions of other ABLE-eligible individuals. Our Ambassadors used their own lived experiences and personal stories to motivate others to take advantage of the transformative benefits of being an ABLE account owner.

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Taylor Carty
Individual with Cerebral Palsy

Ballard, CA
ABLE Program: Pennsylvania

Recent graduate from U.C., Berkeley with a Bachelor's in Molecular & Cell Biology. Currently a volunteer and research assistant at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. ABLE funds are being saved for medical school.

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Davinna Christian
Parent of son who has quadriplegia and Sickle-Cell disease

Detroit, MI
ABLE Program: Michigan

Advocate for children and adults with sickle-cell disease. Son receives Social Security Disability Benefits. ABLE funds are being saved for a communications device, durable medical equipment and an accessible vehicle.

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Nathaniel Dykstra
Veteran with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Chandler, AZ
ABLE Program: Michigan

Retired United States Air Force veteran with a Bachelor's in Finance and Account Management. ABLE funds are being saved for housing expenses.

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Denise Gehringer
Parent of an adult son with Down syndrome

Papillion, NE
ABLE Program: Nebraska

Assistant Director of Sheltering Tree L'Arche Omaha and member of the National Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition. Worked on ENABLE program development and her son was the first ENABLE account owner in Nebraska. ABLE funds are for son's dream of living in his own house with a backyard.

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Miles Lessen
Parent of preschooler with a rare autoimmune disease and Type 1 Diabetes

Albuquerque, NM
ABLE Program: New Mexico

Provides emergency psychiatry in the local VA Hospital Emergency Department and outpatient psychiatry in a VA outpatient clinic. ABLE funds are an investment account for son’s medical, educational and investment needs.

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Emily Munson
Individual with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Indianapolis, IN
ABLE Program: Nebraska

Disability rights attorney for Indiana’s Protection and Advocacy Agency. ABLE funds are being saved for durable medical equipment and a down payment on a house.

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Hector Ramirez
Individual with Autism and Bipolar Disorder

Canoga Park, CA
ABLE Program: California

Latino Chiricahua Apache, Two Spirits on the Board of Directors for Disability Rights California and National Disability Rights Network. ABLE funds are being saved to maintain a safety net while working to be self-sufficient.

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Amy Tessler
Parent of son with autism

Oakland, CA
ABLE Program: Ohio (Plans to transfer to CalABLE)

Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Dale Law Firm. Son, Scott, has an internship at the Double Tree Hotel in Pleasanton, CA. through Project Search. ABLE funds are being used pay for Scott’s full share of “in kind support and maintenance” expenses in order to maximize SSI payout. Son also has a SNT.

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Shane Wegner
Individual who is blind Canadian (Legal U.S. Resident)

Minneapolis, MN
ABLE Program: Tennessee

Law student who is a Senior Accessibility Consultant in Minneapolis, MN for Thomson Reuters. ABLE funds are being saved for retirement.