- Director of Education & Technical Assistance
- Director of Marketing & Special Projects
- Accessibility Specialist
- Visiting Research Associates/Accessibility Specialists
- Graduate Assistants
- Nicole Montembeault
- Catherine Nolan
- Danielle Pernell
- Administrative Support
- Web Specialist/Database Manager
Gary Robb, Director
National Center on Accessibility
Gary M. Robb is the Director of the National Center on Accessibility and an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation Parks and Tourism Studies, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University. Working with people with disabilities in recreation environments for more than 35 years, Gary is internationally recognized as one of the leaders in the therapeutic recreation movement. In 1979 he was appointed as the Director of Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s 2,400 acre outdoor center. For 27 years, his work at Bradford Woods focused on building a national model outdoor program for persons with and without disabilities. The Bradford Woods model has inspired the development for other camps and outdoor centers throughout the United States and abroad. He has authored three textbooks and several articles on inclusion of people with disabilities in recreation and outdoor environments. Gary has served as president of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, member of the Board of Trustees of the National Recreation and Park Association and a two term member of the President's Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities. He has received professional recognition including the Distinguished Service Award presented by NTRS. In addition, Gary has served on the U.S. Access Board's Regulatory Negotiation Committee for Developed Outdoor Areas, assisting in the development of accessibility guidelines for outdoor recreation environments. He has provided national leadership in the development of standards and programs related to golf and people with disabilities and was the co-founder of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. At NCA Gary leads the research agenda and serves as an instructor in NCA training programs. He is the Center’s primary contact on trail accessibility. Gary holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Utah, and in 1984 was named the distinguished alumni of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services, School of Health from the university.
Phone: Voice: (812) 856-4422
Ray Bloomer is the 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. He has served as a consultant to national projects including the Museum Task Force funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Most recently, Ray served on the US Access Board's Regulatory Negotiation Committee for Developed Outdoor Areas.
Phone: Voice: (812) 856-4422
Jennifer Skulski, Director of Marketing & Special Projects
Jennifer Skulski is Director of Marketing and Special Projects for NCA. Over the last thirteen years, Jennifer has provided technical assistance and training to the private sector, state and local governments, advocates and consumers on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jennifer has previously served as the Director of Education for NCA and Associate Director for the Great Lakes Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, one of the 10 centers (DBTAC's) throughout the United States, providing technical assistance and training on the ADA. Jennifer has diverse expertise in ADA employment regulations, Title 2 implementation, accessibility standards, universal design, access to playgrounds and outdoor recreation environments. She has also served as ADA Coordinator of the Rockford (Illinois) Park District. There, she trained park district staff on accessibility issues, assisted the municipality with prioritizing accessibility improvements, and facilitated the District's barrier removal citizens advisory committee. She has developed several distance learning programs through satellite, video conferencing, and web streaming. She has also developed staff training materials including an accessibility handbook, inclusion manual and resource guides for park and recreation professionals. 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.
Phone: Voice: (812) 856-4422
Laura Weatherbee, Accessibility Specialist
Laura Weatherbee is an Accessibility Specialist for the National Center on Accessibility. She joined the staff at NCA in July of 2005. In her role as an NCA Accessibility Specialist, Laura provides technical assistance and serves as an instructor for NCA training courses. Laura also provides assistance on NCA research and consultation. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Prior to joining NCA, Laura worked as a Recreational Therapist with individuals with visual impairments at a rehabilitation center in Louisville, Kentucky. Her interest in accessibility sparked from the barriers she faced while taking consumers into the community. She found it difficult to achieve the goal of community reintegration while experiencing barriers to physical and program access. As a result, her professional focus is to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. Laura received her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University in 2001.
Phone: Voice: (812) 856-4479
Alice Voigt, Visiting Research Associate/Accessibility
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.
Phone: Voice: (812) 856-4427
Visiting Research Associate/Accessibility Specialist
Debbie Scharven is an Accessibility Specialist for the National
Center on Accessibility. In her role as an Accessibility Specialist,
she provides technical assistance, serves as an instructor for
NCA training courses, and provides assistance on NCA research and
consultation projects. Prior to NCA, Debbie served as the
ADA Coordinator for Parks and Recreation of Topeka (KS) where she
facilitated the inclusion of people with disabilities into department
programs and services. She also trained staff on accessibility
issues and assisted in the development of department-wide accessibility
protocols and priorities. Debbie has worked with people with
disabilities for over 15 years in the education, community recreation,
and outdoor recreation fields. She holds an undergraduate
degree in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin
and a graduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University
of North Texas. Debbie is also a Certified Therapeutic Recreation
Phone: Voice: (812) 856-4426
TTY: (812) 856-4421
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
Phone: Voice: (812) 856-4422
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.
Phone: Voice: (812) 856-4429
Randolph , Web Specialist/Database Manager
Stephanie Randolph came to the National Center on Accessibility
in September 2005 as a graduate student in the School of Library
and Information Science at Indiana University. She earned her Master’s
degree in Information Science in May 2006 and continues to assist
NCA with its website and database systems.
Stephanie also has a
degree in Social Work from Valparaiso University and worked for
eight years developing programs for people with disabilities in
both residential and occupational settings.
Stephanie is responsible for developing and maintaining the NCA
website, assuring that all NCA web pages meet the minimum accessibility
standards, and developing the NCA site assessment and
accessible trails database systems.
Phone: (812) 856-4422
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