DSLC Board Members bring a wealth of commitment and experience to the organization.
Shirley Johnson-Foell, Board President
Shirley Johnson-Foell M.A- Former member of Redwood Rollers – the first wheelchair basketball team of Sonoma County, now called Santa Rosa Blazers. Shirley left Hewlett-Packard/Agilent after 19 years as an electronic technician and project specialist. She went back to college and earned her degrees at Sonoma State University. Shirley stays busy as a substitute teacher, and is active in her community volunteering with non-profit organizations.
Dr. Wayne C Downey, Board Vice-President
Dr. Wayne C Downey instructor of psychology Santa Rosa Junior College. Dr.
Downey is also an member of the board for adults and aging in addition to serving as a Commissioner for the city of Santa Rosa Housing Authority. Dr.
Downey owns a Supported Living Services agency contracted through North Bay regional center and the California Department of developmental services.
Dr. Downey has received numerous awards for outstanding employment practices by Congress and is deeply committed to service and equity to those who reside within the city of Santa Rosa.
He has published one book and has a service dog named Sean 2nd.
Martie Koskoff, Disability Advocate, Board Secretary
A retired teacher and medical researcher. Martie has been a member of the DSLC Board since 2010. Previously she served on the Becoming Independent Board of Directors and was Chairperson of the Becoming Independent Art Advisory Board. She is now an active volunteer with Canine Companions for Independence.
Jack Geary, MA
Jack has been on the board for ten years. He retired from Geary & Associates, Inc., a private, locally owned, professional consulting practice.
Susan Daniel, Human Resource Consultant
Ben Karpilow, Attorney
Ben has been on the Board for one year. He is an attorney representing plaintiffs in employment-related matters. Ben also sits on the board of ACVREP (Academy for Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals), where he chairs the disciplinary review committee. Ben may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard Zimmer, Psychologist and Professor
Richard is Professor emeritus from Sonoma State University. Richard has worked extensively with people with disabilities.
Albert J. Kastl, Ph.D., Psychologist