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Leadership

Madison McCall

Founder and Executive Director. Madison is an incoming doctoral student at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and a Fellow in Stanford University’s Brain Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab. Previously, she completed the Georgia LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Fellowship, a practicum at Marcus Autism Center, and a research assistantship in Georgia Tech's Child Study Lab. Madison earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a recipient of the Fund II Fellowship, Berhanu Muleta Award for Engineering Entrepreneurship, Darden School of Business Innovation Lab Grant, and National Center for Women in Technology Aspiration Award.

Marnie Harris

Co-Director. Marnie is an M.B.A student at Emory University who focuses on the creation of inclusive workplaces for individuals with disabilities. Marnie is currently the co-director of the Illimitable Design Summit and serves on the board of the Kyle Pease Foundation. Prior to attending Emory, she completed the Georgia LEND Fellowship and graduated from the biomedical engineering program at Georgia Tech, where she also founded the Excel program - a four-year certificate program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

JACKIE AUSTELL

Operations Manager. Jackie is an M.B.A student at Emory University. Prior to attending Emory, she worked at Duke Energy as an engineer supporting the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant located in Southport, NC. She also served in leadership roles within the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (a nuclear technology advocacy group) and the Leadership Development Network. Jackie earned her bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Jessica Franks, MPH, C.H.E.S.

Communications and Marketing Manager. Jessica is an incoming doctoral student in Public Health at Georgia State University and a Health Communications Specialist with the Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Formerly, she led health communications efforts for the Children’s Preparedness Unit in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Jessica has also completed the Georgia LEND Fellowship and holds a B.A. in Spanish from Clemson University and MPH in health education from San Francisco State University. Jessica has earned multiple CDC Honor Awards for Excellence in Emergency Response.

GINIA TAYLOR, M.A.

Communications and Marketing Associate. Ginia is a specialist in digital marketing and brand enhancement, who has crafted communications for nonprofits, small businesses, and global agencies. As a former guide for universal design exhibits with Habitat for Humanity, she has extensive experience with barrier-free environments and assistive technology. Ginia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Agnes Scott College with a major in psychology and a minor in music. She also earned a master of arts degree in theology and philosophy from Catholic Distance University.

Advisory Committee

Gregory Abowd, PHD

Dr. Abowd is a Regents’ Professor and J.Z. Liang Chair in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where he directs directs the Ubiquitous Computing Research Group. Dr. Abowd is also the Founding President of a local Atlanta non-profit organization, the Atlanta Autism Consortium, established to support the continued and open communication between the various stakeholder communities relating to autism in the greater Atlanta region.

Carrie Bruce, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Bruce is a researcher in person-environment interaction with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, rehabilitation, HCI, accessibility, and universal design. As a Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Tech, she is the Research Director for the Master’s of Science in HCI program; teaches courses related to research methods in HCI, accessibility, universal design, and interactive products; and conducts research related to technology and information design. Dr. Bruce’s expertise is in examining design issues relative to people's abilities and investigating methodologies that measure the impact of physical and social environment factors on activity performance and participation. 

Mark Crenshaw, MTS

Mark is the Director of Interdisciplinary Training in the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University.  Mark graduated with a B.A. in Religion from Oklahoma City University and a Masters in Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Prior to joining Georgia State, Mark was the Executive Director of Interfaith Disability Network, a program that seeks to identify and share the gifts of individuals with disability labels in congregational and community settings. He has a career interests in community capacity building and inclusion. 

Brian Jones, MSEE

Brian is a Senior Research Engineer at the Interactive Media Technology Center at Georgia Tech and the Director of the Aware Home Research Initiative. His primary research interests are in the area of design and development of technologies to improve health and well-being and enable healthy aging and increased independence. His current research projects are considering the role of the connected home as a support in the lives of older adults and people with disabilities; exploring options for measuring gait speed in various clinic and home settings as a proxy for frailty;  and designing a Smart Bathroom for understanding bathroom transfers of people with lower body functional limitations. He holds both a Bachelor's degree and Masters of Science degree from Georgia Tech in Electrical Engineering.

Swathi Krishna, MD

Dr. Krishna is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow and Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University’s School of Medicine. She is also a former APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellow and has served on the A.P.A Council for Children, Adolescents and their Families.  

Josephine Mhende, MPH

Josephine is a Research Coordinator in the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, where she contributes to grant submissions, research design and evaluation methods, and data management. Her specific interests include positive behavior support, leadership and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and maternal child health interventions.