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
Since joining the disability community in 1989, Lake, has been active in many areas of disability society. Lake is passionate about disability issues and enjoys providing services and resources to seniors and people with disabilities. She is the creator and facilitator of DSLC’s Access to the Arts an all disability peer support and arts group. Mentoring those newly spinal cord injured has been important to Lake and she is a certified Christopher Reeves Mentor. In her professional and personal activities her goal is to improve the lives of people with disabilities and encourage disability independence and cultural acceptance. In her free time she enjoys county park trails, making art and road trips with her daughter.
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.
Systems Change Advocate
Juan Orantes has been with DSLC since 2018 and has served as the Systems Change Advocate since 2019. As a Systems Change Advocate, Juan encourages civic participation in our consumers and works on projects to change engrained systems in our communities. Juan has been a part of the Sonoma County community since 2015 and graduated from Sonoma State with a B.A. in Political Science in 2019. Juan is now pursuing a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration on Non-Profit Management. Juan is passionate about many social and environmental movements and hopes to pursue law in the future. During his free time Juan enjoys listening to live music, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his Pug Puppy.
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 Disability Disaster Access and Resources (DDAR) Coordinator at DSLC. She is a recent hire that started in May 2020. She helps ensure consumer’s safety and preparedness for wildfires and PG&E power shutoffs. She is a college graduate class of 2020 at 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.
JP Lisciandro is the CAL-Fresh Application Assistant at DSLC, he has been with the agency as an employee for a year but has volunteered prior to that. JP assist consumers with the initial application and gets them in touch with their local human services office. He enjoys knowing that people are able to put food on their table through the services he provides. JP enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is.a friend of Jimmy K.
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
Charlotte Tyran is an Independent Living Advocate at Disability Services & Legal Center. She graduated from New York University with a degree concentrated in Documentary Filmmaking and International Relations with an emphasis on Human Rights. Charlotte realized she had a passion for helping other people while volunteering at a homeless shelter for single mothers in Florence, Italy. After graduating with honors, Charlotte meandered through corporate California as a marketing expert, from the wine industry in Napa to the technology mavens in Santa Rosa. Along the way, she gained skills in office management, customer service, large scale presentations, national event planning, and of course, all things marketing. Today she is grateful to advocate for the disabled community in Napa and help them achieve their goals.
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.
Independent Living Advocate
Nikki provides advocacy and independent living strategies for seniors and people with disabilities. She assists clients in applying and accessing public benefits, housing and community resources while focusing on independent living skills and outreach. Her years of experience in the medical field and her dedication in providing seniors with extensive quality home-based care is an invaluable asset for our clients. Nikki is a Reiki Master who is devoted to helping people and animals heal from stress, injury and trauma. She loves expressing herself through the art of writing and plans to one day write a book on her life experiences. Her genuine compassion for people compels her to advocate and foster an integrated holistic approach for adequate mental health care and homelessness services.