NCA Staff

Sherril York, Ph.D, CAPE
Director

Dr. Sherril York  was appointed Director of the National Center on Accessibility beginning July 1, 2008 following the retirement of NCA founding director, Gary Robb.  Dr. York joins NCA from Oklahoma ABLE Tech, the state’s assistive technology program located at Oklahoma State University. Dr. York has over 25 years of experience in accessibility and disability in physical activity development, recreation activities, and adapted sports. At Oklahoma State University she has served as the Training/Outreach Coordinator for Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Associate Director for the American Humanics Program, and Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology. She has a Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University with an emphasis in biomechanics and adapted physical education.

Voice: (812) 856-4422
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E-mail: shyork@indiana.edu

Ray Bloomer, Director of Education & Technical Assistance

Ray Bloomer is the NCA Director of Education and Technical Assistance.  Ray has served as a Park Ranger/Interpreter at Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, Accessibility Coordinator at Boston National Historic Park, Regional Access Coordinator for the NPS North Atlantic Regional Office and Chief of Visitor Services and Interpretation at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. While working as the Regional Accessibility Specialist, Ray was actively involved from 1983 to 1992 with the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Restoration Project. Following the project, he was presented with a Special Achievement Award from the Disabled American Veterans, for the successful accessibility efforts at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Ray has received numerous awards from the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service including the Secretary of the Department of the Interior's Equal Opportunity Award for continued efforts towards increasing opportunities for employees and visitors in the National Park Service. In 1992 Ray was detailed to the National Center on Accessibility and after three years the assignment was permanently duty stationed at NCA. Ray represented the United States Association of Blind Athletes on the US Access Board's Regulatory Negotiation Committee for Developed Outdoor Areas.  He has served as a consultant on numerous projects of national significance including the Museum Task Force funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Department of Justice settlement agreement with the International Spy Museum, exhibit and program access at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland and New York, and the Cherokee Heritage Center's Trail of Tears exhibit awarded for excellence in media by the National Association for Interpretation.  Ray currently serves on the U.S. Department of Interior Disability Rights Committee and the NPS Service-wide Accessibility Coordinating Committee.

Voice: (812) 856-4422
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E-mail: rbloomer@indiana.edu 

Jennifer Skulski, Director of Marketing & Special Projects

Jennifer Skulski is Director of Marketing and Special Projects for the National Center on Accessibility. Over the last 15 years, Jennifer has provided technical assistance and training to the private sector, federal, state and local government agencies, advocates and consumers on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Jennifer has diverse expertise in ADA employment regulations, Title 2 implementation, accessibility standards, universal design, access to playgrounds and outdoor recreation environments. She has previously served as the Director of Education for NCA, Associate Director for the Great Lakes Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center and ADA Coordinator of the Rockford (Illinois) Park District. Jennifer has consulted with organizations such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grand Canyon National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Access to Recreation initiative. She has trained recreation professionals on accessibility issues, assisted municipalities with prioritizing accessibility improvements, and facilitated public input on barrier removal. In addition, she has developed several distance learning programs through satellite broadcasts, video conferencing and webinars. Jennifer is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector and a member of the ASTM F0.8 Committee on Playground Surfaces. Jennifer is a graduate of Indiana University.

Voice: (812) 856-4422
TTY:(812) 856-4421
E-mail: jskulski@indiana.edu

Alice Voigt,
Accessibility Specialist

Alice Voigt is an Accessibility Specialist for NCA. She provides technical assistance, serves as an instructor for NCA training courses and provides assistance with research and consultation. She also performs physical and programmatic assessments for accessibility. Prior to joining the NCA staff, Alice was the Access Coordinator at the Southwest Center for Independent Living in Springfield, Missouri. She assisted consumers with advocacy efforts, coordinated a home modification program and conducted assessments throughout an eight county area. Alice also has eight years of experience working in Student Affairs at several colleges and universities. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from Allegheny College and her graduate degree in Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Voice: (812) 856-4427
TTY:(812) 856-4421
E-mail: ajvoigt@indiana.edu

Nicole Montembeault,
Accessibility Specialist

Nicole Montembeault is an Accessibility Specialist for the National Center on Accessibility. In her role as an Accessibility Specialist, she provides technical assistance, is involved in recreation facility and program accessibility assessments, and provides assistance on NCA research and consultation projects. Nicole is a recent graduate from Indiana University with a double Masters Degree in Recreational Sports Management and Outdoor Recreation. She first joined NCA as a graduate assistant while pursuing her masters degree. A primary focus for Nicole to contribute to the growing body of knowledge and education pertaining to accessible trails and surfaces. She is the Coordinator for NCA's National Trails Surface Study. Nicole has worked for the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources She has also served on the City of Bloomington Board of Housing and Quality Appeals. Combining her experience in Parks and Recreation with her knowledge on accessibility, Nicole's goal is to create inclusive environments so that all individuals can enjoy the benefits of recreation.

Voice: (812) 856-3680
TTY: (812) 856-4421
E-mail: nmontemb@indiana.edu

Michelle Cook,
Accessibility Specialist

Michelle Cook is an NCA Accessibility Specialist and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Prior to her appointment at NCA, Michelle provided community-based therapeutic recreation support to adults with developmental disabilities in the Philadelphia area. She also has over five years experience in adapted physical education and sport. Michelle also served as a graduate assistant to NCA for three semesters. She was involved in the development of the Program Access online training module. She received her undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and her graduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University.

Voice: (812) 856-4426
TTY: (812) 856-4421
E-mail: cook32@indiana.edu

Jeff Townsend
Accessibility Specialist

Jeff Townsend has spent the last two and a half years in the athletic department at Brigham Young University teaching a life skill course. He received his undergraduate degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his graduate degree from the University of Illinois in Recreation, Sport and Tourism, with an emphasis in Sport.

Voice: (812) 856-4479
TTY: (812) 856-4421
E-mail: jdtownse@indiana.edu

Linda Robertson, Account Representative

Linda Robertson facilitates the day to day operation of the National Center on Accessibility as the Account Representative. Linda responds to customer inquiries and orders, maintains the center databases, library and publications inventory. She arranges staff travel and all of the other administrative tasks associated with the center's daily operation. Prior to joining NCA in August 2003, Linda worked at the IU Art Museum. 

Voice: (812) 856-4422
TTY:(812) 856-4421
E-mail: linarobe@indiana.edu

Nan A. Smith, Training Logistics Coordinator

Nan joined the staff of the National Center on Accessibility as Training Logistics Coordinator the spring of 2000. Her responsibilities include supporting the Director of Education and Technical Assistance by coordinating participant registrations and communications for training/education programs, instructor travel arrangements, preparation of training materials, equipment and the multitude of other logistics involved with the successful delivery of NCA training/education programs.

Nan attended high school in Bloomington, Indiana and after 15 years of service as a Captain in the Merchant Marine she returned to Indiana. She enjoys working with the professionals in the accessibility community and the participants in the training/education programs of NCA.

Voice: (812) 856-4429
TTY:(812) 856-4421
E-mail: nanasmit@indiana.edu