Meet our board of directors

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Lauren Beader Makofsky

(Co-founder, President)

Lauren is Maya and Dragon's human. She's also a Special Olympics gymnastics coach, a freelance copywriter with a focus on cause-driven and inclusive creative, and an AVID ice cream fan. Lauren started coaching Special Olympics when she was 12. She grew up with some of the athletes on her team, and never understood why they were treated differently in school — or why she hardly ever saw them in classes. Now, over 15 years later, she runs her local program, coaching the same team. With experience in advertising working for brands big and small, she challenges every client she works with to think more inclusively, represent the disability community more plentifully, and make accessible web and social content more widespread. Through her creative thinking, writing, and her own experiences, Lauren wanted to start AllWorthy to help make a bigger impact. 

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Harrison Makofsky 

(Co-founder, Secretary)

Having grown up with Type 1 Diabetes, Harrison understands the challenges that come when your body doesn't work the way it should. He's been diabetic since he was 2, and has learned to manage his diabetes very well — though some days are, of course, better than others. When Harrison adopted Maya, he was thrown deeper into the world of disability advocacy — and he couldn't be happier. Today, Harrison is the illustrator for all our books, and also runs the business and operational side of AllWorthy. He currently works in product operations for a big online company, with a background in customer success that helps our organization run. He wants to help other kids with disabilities and chronic illnesses be proud of their diagnoses by normalizing them. 

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David Romero 

(Treasurer)

David grew up with cerebral palsy, which has given him an appreciation for accessibility. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and works in high yield credit investments at an asset management company. He enjoys playing video games with his friends in his free time. And even though he has an accessible Xbox controller, he never actually uses it.

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Felicia Hayden

Felicia, also known as Maya and Dragon's catsitter and BFF, has served as a motivator and sounding board for everything we do. She has a background in psychology, childcare, and healthcare and brings a mental health perspective to the team through her own personal experiences and diagnoses. Since 2015, Felicia has co-facilitated mindfulness based stress reduction workshops for children, teenagers, and adults. She loves spending time with her dog Noodle, doing crafts, and eating tacos. She eats so. Many. Tacos.

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Kayla Snover

Born with Down Syndrome, Kayla experiences this world with a unique perspective and lets nothing get in her way. She is a competitive Special Olympics gymnast, a mentor to younger athletes on her team, an artist at Gateway Arts, and a spectacular dancer. She even once received an award at the State House for fulfilling her dream to attend college and pursue a future in the arts. She also has a thriving art business, Kayla Snover Studio. Kayla does everything she sets her mind to, and is so excited to be able to be a part of this organization.

 

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Gabrielle D'Avolio 

Gabby is a first grade teacher in Stoneham, MA. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders from UMass Amherst and a Masters in Elementary and Special Education from Wheelock College. Outside of teaching, she loves traveling, running, hiking, and photography.

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Brooke Mele

Brooke has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, a Master’s in Education, Reading Specialist, and is a licensed mild/moderate special education and reading specialist. For the last 4 years, Brooke taught first grade in an inclusive classroom in Springfield, MA. She currently currently works as a K-4 reading interventionist and school librarian. She also has a very playful cat named Penelope at home, a horse named Ellie in her nearby barn, and an adorable flower farm in Wilbraham, MA.

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Adrienne Cytto

Adrienne is a K-6 Special Education Teacher in Cambridge, MA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and is dual licensed with Special Education, Students with Moderate Disabilities, PreK-8. She is currently pursuing a masters in English as a Second Language. 

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Becky Curran Kekula

Becky has a passion for influencing authentic portrayals of people with disabilities in the media and society. She was born with achondroplasia, the most common type of short-limbed dwarfism. She stands 4 feet tall, and grew up participating in sports such as sailing, skiing, soccer, and swimming, amongst her "average" height peers. Upon graduation and after 1,000 job applications, 100 interviews, and three temporary job assignments, Becky started working in entertainment marketing and casting. She's since worked in the Equity & Inclusion department at SAG-AFTRA, as Employment Chair of Little People of America (LPA), a member of the Board of Advisors for the National Center on Disability and Journalism (NCDJ) at Arizona State University, Positive Exposure, and Verizon’s Disability Advisory Board. She now works at Disability:IN as the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Director and as a motivational speaker. Becky strives to teach acceptance while educating and motivating all people to establish goals and work hard to accomplish them. When people ask her if she likes being a little person, she always says, "I never want to change, but I want the way the outside world reacts to my difference to change."

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Bianca Garcia

Bianca is a food blogger who also leads global digital media for an advertising and PR agency. She is from the Philippines and has two younger sisters, one of whom is deafblind and is Bianca’s inspiration for wanting to be more involved with disability advocacy. Bianca has a BS in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Masters in Journalism from Harvard University. She is always thinking about dessert.

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