An external Advisory Board consisting of advocates from academia, government, industry, non-profits, and community will play an advisory role to the Auburn Alliance Administrative Team.


To advise Auburn Alliance Administrative Team in implementing the alliance’s Strategic and Implementation Plan.


The Advisory Board is made up of experienced NSF RDE Alliances PIs, alumni, and advocates from education, non-profits, government, industry, and associations.


The board meets annually via virtual medium.

Meet the Board

John Kemp | Lakeshore Foundation, Inc., President & CEO

Jamie Axelrod | Northern Arizona University, Director, Disability Resources | AHEAD, Past President

Bill Hendrix | Together We Grow, Interim Executive Director

Chester Thompson, IV | Aptora – Field Service Management, Data Migration Specialist

Shireen Hafeez | Deaf Kids Code, Founder and President

Dr. Andreas Stefik | University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Professor

Bedarius Bell, Jr. | Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Director of Special Programs

James Majors | Slalom Consulting, Director of Software Engineering

Meenakshi Das | Microsoft, Software Engineer; Founder, Working with Disabilities

Dr. Margo Izzo | The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry; Former Director of Transition Services

Dr. Mark McCord | The Ohio State University, Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering

Dr. Chad Walton | University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Assistant Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship

Farida Nana Efua Bedwei | Logiciel (Ghana) Ltd., Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Wanda Díaz-Merced | European Gravitational Observatory, Astrophysicist

Edna Noga | American Samoa Power Authority, Engineer

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