Page Last Updated Sept. 24, 2020.
The following is a list of citizens who serve on the
Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues. Commissioners are appointed by the mayor following formal approval by the Phoenix City Council. Once approved by the Phoenix City Council, the commissioner serves a term of up to three years. Members are expected to attend bimonthly commission meetings and any committee meetings that they may participate in.
For over a decade, Nicole Anderson’s career at Arizona State University has provided her with experience in nonprofit leadership and management, event planning, donor engagement and marketing and communications. Currently, she is the Director of Communications for the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Previously, she was the Manager of Marketing, Communications and Stakeholder Relations for the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation for nearly eight years. Prior to that role, she was the Director of Alumni Relations for the W. P. Carey School of Business and a communications/event manager for the ASU Alumni Association.
When Anderson’s daughter Alexandra was 15 months old, she was diagnosed with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, an ultra-rare, neurodevelopmental disorder. At the time, Alexandra was the third child in Arizona living with this disorder. Her daughter serves as her daily dose of inspiration as she combines her passion to serve along with advocating for those who are developmentally disabled. She serves on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation, Emerging Leaders of Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues. Anderson is also the CEO and Founder of RareiTees for a Cure an online clothing brand with a mission to bring awareness to rare diseases with 100% of proceeds going to research.
Nicole serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues to advocate for individuals like her daughter, who was born with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, and who deserve to have their voice heard so that our elected leaders can ensure she and her community are provided the same access and rights as those of her neurotypical peers.
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Lindsey Corbin is Vice President of Contracts for Outlier, an Arizona based private equity firm. She is a graduate of Indiana State University and received additional certification at Emory University. She has had the good fortune to live in many parts of the country, but now calls Arizona home to be close to family. Lindsey is currently President of I GOT THIS Foundation and has been involved with various charitable organizations, including the Special Olympics Arizona Resource Board. Lindsey is also the founder of Z5 Consulting, and has worked with many companies, including the National Down Syndrome Society, to protect their intellectual property. Lindsey serves on the Commission because she believes Phoenix should be accessible to everyone.
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Hello, I am James Deibler, I live in Phoenix, AZ. I am going to school at Arizona State University. My major is Public Service and Public Policy. After, I graduate from ASU, I want to work with the local government helping with the disabled community. In 2015, I graduated from Glendale Community College with my Associate in General Studies Degree and Photography Certificate. I am currently a commissioner for Phoenix Mayor on Disabilities issues. I make sidewalk and building ADA complaint and make sure people with disabilities can roam freely without any trouble. I lived in Arizona for 32 years and this includes Scottsdale and Maryvale. I see the state changed a lot over the years including improving public transportation in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. My favorite hobbies are photography, working on computers, and going to the city council meetings to voice my concerns in the community.
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Antoinette “Toni” Grimes is a U.S. Army retired Major and an Afghanistan war veteran. Toni served from 1991 – 2011 both as enlisted Solider and as a commissioned officer. She enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a Combat Medic in 1991 and was commissioned from the University of Arizona in 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Science in Health Services with a concentration in Wellness Promotions from California College (2006) and an Associates of Applied Science in Strength, Nutrition and Personal Training from Maricopa Community Colleges (2014).
After being medically retired in February 2011 due to Lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes the body to fight against itself and her PTSD she continued her service after taking off the uniform focusing on female Veterans and Lupus Warriors. She serves as Peer Mentor for the Wounded Warrior Project and is a member of the Class of 2018 Arizona Veteran Hall of Fame. Her true purpose and passion is spreading Lupus awareness where she is a Lupus Foundation of America Constituent Engagement Liaison, Ambassador, Support Group Facilitator, Survivor, Advocate and Spokesperson. She resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Jessica Hipskind, Chair
Jessica Hipskind, Chair of the Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues, has a passion for helping others gain the resources needed to support friends, family members and individuals as well as advocate for our community with disabilities.
Her focus is to provide valuable input to those who are seeking assistance and recognize those who do a tremendous job supporting this community.
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Asma Isack is an advocate, educator, and friend to underserved populations. She currently works as a birth doula and supports a woman’s right to birth how and where they want. Asma volunteered as a children’s rights advocate in Phoenix to protect our most vulnerable population. She has worked to make recess a right for all children in Arizona. She helped develop STEM curriculum for middle schoolers while at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She volunteered to bridge reading gaps for children falling behind. Asma has a BS in Political Science from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Arizona. Caring for her brother who lived 25 years with a hypoxic brain injury created a deep desire to improve the lives of our disabled population. She is the proud mother of three sons all born in Phoenix and wife to a Phoenix native. Asma is grateful for the opportunity to serve her adopted community.
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Bill Manson was born in Longview, WA and has resided in Arizona for nearly 50 years. He previously called Lake Havasu City home until graduating high school and then proceeded to attend Grand Canyon College on a full-tuition scholarship, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. Mr. Manson has since lived in the City of Phoenix for nearly 46 years.
Bill has held the title of Director of “Employment Works” Program serving the GOMPERS organization just over 3 years. GOMPERS is a local non-profit agency serving individuals living with disabilities for over 70 years. The program provides opportunities for the members served to attain gainful employment in an integrated business setting as part of the community’s inclusive workforce. Mr. Manson has served on the Maricopa Workforce Connections Board, Maricopa Human Capital Collaboration, V.P. of Board for Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Board President of NETPA, Executive Board member for Scholarships to YOU and Chair of the bi-annual DREAM Job Fair focused on partnering people with disabilities with employers practicing inclusive hiring methods.
Bill stated it is an honor to serve the community on the Mayors Commission on Disability Issues as his passion is to serve others, especially diverse populations that include individuals living with disabilities, a silent but powerful sector of our community.
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Gregg L. Mossberger and his wife have been married for 45 years and have two adult daughters. Greg has served on the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues since 2015. His first professional job was as a Medical Chemist in the 1970s. For a number of reasons, he switched to education in the 1980s. He taught science at both elementary and secondary levels in Detroit, Michigan and was a Math and Science Curriculum Specialist in East Cleveland, Ohio. As a teacher and school administrator, he worked with students of all abilities. As part of a team of science and math educators who were consultants to NASA, he helped develop international curricula. He has been involved in movements for social justice since the 1960’s and views his participation on the commission as a continuation of that work, as well as his passion for education. The commission is an opportunity for members to learn and to educate the community. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004 and has been involved in activities at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center in Phoenix since moving here in 2013.
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Jordan Moon is the Public Relations and Events Coordinator at SAAVI Services for the Blind. Jordan is the Vice President and the Co-Legislative Director for the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona. Jordan is the Chair of the Vision Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Expo (VRATE.) Jordan, who grew up in California, graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in journalism and political science. Jordan interned with the National Center on Disability and Journalism during its launch. He has contributed articles in the Arizona Republic and other local publications. Jordan’s hobbies are closely following sports, playing drums, and reading about breakthrough technology. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and daughter. Jordan, who is blind, believes that blindness is just a characteristic and doesn’t define who he is and doesn’t dictate what he represents.
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Jill S. Pleasant, MA, OTR/L is the Associate Director for the Institute for Human Development (IHD) at Northern Arizona University – a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She has oversight responsibilities for a wide range of IHD’s Community Service Programs that directly impact persons across disability categories and age ranges. she has many years of experience providing leadership for assistive technology services in Arizona, helping to promote understanding about the value of assistive technology for persons with disabilities and increasing access to services. She has also successfully submitted and executed grant and contract projects funded through federal and state agencies and private foundations. She has coordinated many statewide assistive technology and disability conferences.
Jill has a BS in Occupational Therapy, an MA in Educational Leadership and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications. She is a licensed occupational therapist (OT) with experience providing OT services in healthcare, education and community environments. Jill’s professional perspective as an OT and personal experiences as a family member of an individual with disabilities, underscores her belief that supporting persons with disabilities to engage in self-determined, meaningful activities is critical for independence and true community integration. She is a published author and has presented on disability related topics locally, nationally and abroad.
Jill serves on the Mayor’s Commission for Disability Issues because as a city of Phoenix resident, and as a person whose entire professional career has centered on supporting people with disabilities to be as independent as possible, Jill wants to contribute to Phoenix’s ability to promote positive attitudes, equity and access to services for all residents and visitors to our city.
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Jason Snead, graduate of the University of Houston with a double major in Political Science and Economics. In 2016, Jason graduated from the Arizona Summit Law School. He has been an active member of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Phoenix Mayor's Commission for Disability Issues, and the Arizona ABLE Oversight Committee. He is a proud father to a two-year-old who he cares for full time and is happily married. He has cerebral palsy and has worked with SSI, DDD and vocational rehabilitation. He is passionate about employment disability issues. Jason is employed as a Research and Communications Specialist for Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
Jason serves on the Commission to represent individuals with cerebral palsy in the Phoenix area and to fight for equality for everyone.
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Damir Tursanovic, a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor, an active member of the Arizona Disability Coalition and Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council. Experienced in community engagement. Leads with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Team Building, Public Speaking, and Facilitation. Strong community and social services.
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