Since 2006, Adam Brown has been the Executive Director at Disability Services and Legal Center (DSLC). Mr. Brown, an Attorney, has been employed by DSLC since 1997, managing the Disability Law Clinic and serving as Legal Director for the agency. Also, since 2000, Mr. Brown has taught Administrative Law/Disability Practice at Empire College School of Law. Additionally, since 2016, he has also a Professor of Law and Ethics at Bergin University of Canine Studies. Prior to joining DSLC, Mr. Brown was employed by the Massachusetts Office on Disability and the Disability Rights Center, Inc.
Ann has been the finance director for DSLC since 2005. The Finance Director for DSLC is Ann Galantine whom has been with our organization for 15 years. Ann’s daily duties are filled with lots of duties such as producing payroll, paying invoices, generating invoice to funders, creating yearly budgets and generating financial reports for the yearly audits. Ann enjoys taking long walks, loves history, and recreation time with her husband and three precious Basset Hounds
Juan Orantes has been with DSLC since 2018 and has served as the Systems Change Advocate since 2019. As a Systems Change Advocate, Juan worked on building civic participation with consumers and worked on projects to change engrained systems in our communities. Juan is a Sonoma State Graduate and is now pursuing his MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership. Juan enjoys spending time with friends, exploring Sonoma County and attending live music & sporting events.
MaDonna (Feather) Cruz, named after her aunt MaDonna Thunder Hawk, Born in Ukiah California to Denise (Knight) Feather, And Walter Feather is the oldest of five children, MaDonna is an enrolled member to the Round Valley Indian reservation, in Covelo, CA, And on her father’s side Lakota Sioux. As a young child MaDonna grew up in Ukiah CA & Napa California, and being able to Travel with her grandmother Norma (Fulwilder) Knight, throughout the country too many Native American conferences and meetings & trainings was a true blessing, sometimes around the dinner table in Napa, were Grassroots meetings with either the Black Panthers, Cesar Chavez or MaDonna’s uncle Russell Means of the American Indian movement, recalling serving coffee! Culture has been a part of her life since birth. MaDonna is married to her high school sweetheart, this November 2020, celebrating 30 years together, and have two outstanding children all living in Sonoma County. MaDonna is very committed to her Native American people, currently serving as President to the Indian education committee With Santa Rosa city school District, Director for KBBF radio, Vice chairman to Ya-Kay- AMA Indian Education and Development, Inc. And Community advisory member to the Auntie’s and Uncle’s project Eagle Council with Sonoma County Indian Health Project. After a lifetime of working with corporate companies, DSLC Is the first nonprofit MaDonna has been a paid employee of. MaDonna Has created and facilitates DSLC’s 1st virtual Native American talking circle held every Tuesday via zoom MaDonna has been serving on various nonprofit boards since her teen age years, Being of service to her family, and community is most important.
Suzie Lindsay was born and raised in California, growing up in the Eureka Area up until she decided to pursue her studies and move to Santa Rosa. Suzie attended Empire College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business. Shortly after graduating Suzie began to work for a company now under Wells Fargo Insurance for well over 20 years, where she was in charge of the insurance certificate department. After retiring, Suzie managed to start her own business in 2014 and is now known as the Santa Rosa Bubble Lady. Wanting to do more for her community Suzie joined DSLC to help seniors and people with disabilities have access to their communities.
Michelle Aung is the Housing Coordinator at Disability Services & Legal Center, a nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties. She is originally from the Bay Area, but she has been in Sonoma County for about four years and is currently studying Human Development at Sonoma State University. Michelle has always been passionate about helping others and had many volunteer experiences with Rotary and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Michelle is grateful for the opportunity to help the disabled communities during these hard times. Her goal is to continue to be an advocate to help improve the life of those with disabilities and increase her knowledge on disability rights.
Taylor Curtis is the Disability & Aging Resource Center (ADRC) Coordinator, a collaborative project with Sonoma County. She handles communications with partner agencies and ensures our consumers have adequate resources available to them. She is a 2020 graduate from CSU Channel Islands with a major in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. Taylor’s passion is working and lobbying for her community and their members, which is why she loves her job here so much and has even gone to the state capitol and lobbied to senators and congressmen for financial aid reform. Outside of work she loves to hike, bake, and paint.
Veronica came to DSLC in 2019, as our Office Manager. Her enthusiasm and passion for her position is clearly seen. Being in a fast-paced environment which she enjoys, gives her the drive to enjoy her day! Veronica is the first point of contact and is always more than willing to help those in need. She provides our DSLC consumers with top notch customer service and our clients are certain that their needs are met. She is bilingual and able to support our Spanish speaking clients. Her favorite things to enjoy are reading, walking, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
Jordan Rico is a recent higher of DSLC and managers the Disability Disaster Access & Resource Center (DDARC) Program. Jordan has a strong passion for working with and for people in need. Jordan earned his Associate’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the SRJC, he is also certified administrator for a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE). He has worked with large and local organizations that handle vocational services, ABA therapy, job coaching and more. When not working, Jordan spends a lot of time with his family and dog. He likes dining out and supporting local restaurants but also knows his way around the kitchen. For entertainment he claims to be a huge movie/tv buff and often attends live music, sporting, or food events (pre-covid).
Systems Change Advocate
Collin Thoma is DSLC’s new System Change Advocate and works with consumers and projects to make communities more accessible for those who have disabilities. Collin first came to Sonoma County in 2015 to study Political Science and graduated from Sonoma State in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in American Multi-Cultural Studies. Collin is passionate about many social justice, issues such as police reform and plans to go into California State politics. During his free time Collin enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, cooking and rooting for the San Francisco Giants.
Independent Living Advocate
Victor Hurtado grew up in the Napa Valley. He attended Napa Valley college and obtained an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice as well as a Paralegal certificate. He is also fluent in both English and Spanish. He’s always had a passion for helping others, especially those in vulnerable or underrepresented populations. Victor has a passion for the law, which has only strengthened his belief in helping others. Working as an Independent Living Advocate at DSLC has helped him better relate to and understand people in the disability community. It has helped him to become even more driven and committed to assist others to become independent, and strive to reach their full potential.
Independent Living Advocate
Sintia Ochoa Ortiz
Sintia is a fresh graduate of UC Davis. She gained her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Davis and has an Associates Degree in Psychology from Napa Valley College. She loves school and is determined to expand her education. Being born and raised in the Napa Valley, she is determined to be a pillar of the community in which she grew up in. In addition to her interest in community work, she is heavily interested in the arts. She has a passion for film and hopes to expand her education in that domain in the future.
Independent Living Advocate
Patricia Sullivan has been with the Napa DSLC branch office since 2016 and is currently a CARES Representative assisting seniors and people with disabilities in Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties who have lost income or are negatively financially impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Patricia is a strong community supporter and spends a considerable amount of time volunteering in Napa. Director of Napa Valley Community Housing Board of Directors, AmeriCorps Literacy Volunteer at Snow Elementary School in Napa, Collabria Care’s Adult Day Program assisting adults with disabilities in their horticulture therapy and also a Hospice Volunteer are some of the agencies she devotes time to. In her free time Patricia enjoys traveling the world and learning about different cultures.
Independent Living Advocate
Tanner Silva Parker
Tanner was hired in May 1995 to open the Ukiah Branch Office, which provides DSLC services to people with disabilities in Mendocino & Lake Counties. Having been with the agency for 25-years, Tanner has established long-term professional relationships with many of the agencies, businesses & Native American communities in both counties, and has been recognized many times for her ability to work with clients with severe mental health issues. Agencies refer clients to Tanner for assistance with almost all of DSLC services. Tanner enjoys working with people with disabilities to help them achieve their independent living goals.