Christopher Hunt, Board Chair
Chris is an attorney and CPA in the Indianapolis area.
Jacqueline is an elder law attorney at Severns & Howard, PC, where she assists clients in preparing themselves and their families to deal with disability, infirmity, and the end of life. Prior to her current employment, Jackie practiced Social Security disability law, helping clients work their way through the Social Security disability application and appeals process. In both her professional and personal life, she advocates for people dealing with disability, poverty, and lack of opportunity. She is motivated by her own life-long struggle with major depressive disorder and wants to help others, especially those with mental health issues, discover and use the strength that comes from facing disability on a daily basis. When she steps away from her mission to save the world, Jackie enjoys tae kwon do (she’s a second degree black belt), beekeeping (she’s managing to keep most of the bees alive so far), and playing guitar. She lives in Whitestown with her partner Tim and her children Tommy, Audrey, and Joey.
Dr. David Wilhelmus
Dr. Wilhelmus was raised in Boonville, Indiana and has been residing in Indianapolis, since 1977. He is a graduate of University of Evansville, Western Michigan University, and Indiana University. His work experience includes employment as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Rehabilitation Teacher for Blind Adults, Coodinator of a Special Education Cooperative for the education of Blind and Visually Impaired Children, Trial Lawyer specializing disability law, University Chair, Library Administrator, Campus Director and University Professor. He has been active in advancing the interest of the disabled for many years including being appointed as a voting delegate to the 1977 White House Conference on the Handicapped. Dr. Wilhelmus has served on numerous for and nonprofit Boards. He has published law journal articles analyzing the ADA and promoting prison reform.
Chad is the Deputy Director of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Prior to his current employment, he served in multiple directorial roles at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. He graduated in 2009 with a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law.
An Eastsider and Indianapolis-based residential real estate agent, was born and raised in Indianapolis. Natalie’s passion for persons with disabilities and inclusion started at a young age when she spent 8 years volunteering with Lead the Challenge, a softball league for children with disabilities. She’s built her career on advocating for the city – including its downtown, distinct urban neighborhoods and nonprofits. Her past employment spans from the deputy director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee to the director of corporate relations for the Indiana State Museum. Beyond her career, Natalie is an investor in real estate and in Milktooth, a nationally recognized and celebrated restaurant in the Fletcher Place neighborhood, the founder and ambassador emeritus of Bourbon Women Indy and a member of the national Bourbon Women board, and a board member of Indy organizations including the Athenaeum Foundation and accessABILITY Indiana. Natalie and her husband, Blake, reside on Indy’s east side in the Community Heights neighborhood, located just north of Irvington, with their two dogs Jack and Jamison. She is a graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, studied Fundraising Management through the Lilly School of Philanthropy, and is a licensed Realtor in the state of Indiana.
I have been called a pioneer in the disability movement. Through my strong motivation and the drive to be a success, I have opened doors to opportunities for other people to follow. In 1968, I was the first student in the Shawnee Mission Schools (a suburb of Kansas City) with a severe disability to attend as part of a regular classroom; I then went on to a private Catholic High School where I was the first student with a disability. I graduated in 1983 from Emporia State University with a degree in Rehabilitation Services. Some of my personal highlights are snow skiing, being invited to the White House, and competing in the World Cerebral Palsy Games in Denmark [won 2 Gold, 1 Silver]. For 22 years working for several agencies, I was an advocate – helping people with disabilities reach their personal goals. I owe a lot of my success to my family support; I am the seventh of nine kids in my family. My personal philosophy is if you want something, you must reach for it. Presently, I am working as a Private Consultant in the Disability Field. In October 2012, I moved from Kansas City to Indianapolis. I enjoy participating in Boccia, Bowling, and Wheelchair Slalom.
Yvonne Sturm is a special education teacher for Center Grove Community School where she has served over the past 15 years. Yvonne earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Ball State University. Before receiving her Master of Education and certification in Building Level Administration from IUPUI, she obtained teaching certificates in Business Education and Special Education. Throughout Yvonne’s career in education she has been an advocate for students with disabilities by supporting local organization such as Special Olympics, Johnson County Autism, and various charitable events. Yvonne’s passion to promote an equitable learning environment for students with disabilities has led her to pursue continuous professional development conferences from organizations including PATINS and the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative. She currently chairs the assistive technology committee for Center Grove Schools and is serving as a board member for accessABILITY. Yvonne resides in Greenwood with her husband where they raised their three children. For leisure, Yvonne enjoys reading, being outdoors, bike riding, golf, and walking her dogs. Yvonne believes having proper work/life balance provides the energy needed to make a positive impact on society.
Nancy Ann Smith
Nancy is a human resources professional with over 17 years of experience in all matters of workforce management. Born in New Jersey, Nancy has lived overseas for 27 years, mainly in Europe as well as South America. Fluent in three languages (English, Greek and Spanish) and having lived and worked on three continents, Nancy has a particular appreciation for the gifts diversity and inclusivity bring. In part as a result of having been recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Nancy decided to become more involved in the community by volunteering her time to local non-profits, including accessAbility. Nancy went back to school to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources while living in South Florida. After relocating to Chicago in 2011, Nancy decided for family reasons to move to Indianapolis where she has since resided in the Meridian/Kessler area. Passionate about the state of the world we live in and especially the environment, Nancy sold her car in 2011 and has not looked back since. Walking, biking, using public transportation, shared resources and/or electric cars and scooters, Nancy has found that limiting her carbon footprint also benefits her ability to stay fit and remain healthy. When not otherwise involved, Nancy can be found riding the Monon or exploring the nearby neighborhoods with her young son.
Jennifer Sacheck is an attorney with Stevens & Associates, PC where she focuses exclusively on serving individuals and families with their elder and special needs legal matters. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Indiana University. Jennifer enjoys volunteering her time with several local, non-profit organizations and keeping busy with her growing family in Westfield, Indiana.