Kate Williams (she/her) serves as the Director of Advocacy Supports at the Disability Equity Center. Kate has supported the disability community professionally for twelve years, with experience serving folks across the lifespan and in both the private and non-profit sector. She is especially passionate about cross-disability community organizing and holistic health and wellness programming. She loves cats, yoga, and radical social justice!
Zina Allen (she/they/Z) is a Corvallis artist and poet. Their art is an outlet and a way for them to create while living with disabilities. They are inspired by the concept of social symbiotic relationships and the idea that equity is possible. Their work joins layers and different ways of seeing things to represent the complexities they observe not just in their own life but also the world around them. They work as an architect, designer and wellness and equity ambassador at the Disability Equity Center. Zina recently received the Paul Harris Fellow award from the National Rotarians for their multiple volunteer efforts.
Laura Estreich (she/her/hers) is the Peer Health Facilitator. Laura was born with Down Syndrome to a family she loves and is close to. Laura describes working for the DEC as her dream job. She loves to travel, going between the East Coast and Corvallis, where she sees her friends. Laura identifies as part of the IDD community and believes working in the disability community is important.
Cameo Ariel K. Perrells serves as our Event and Fundraising Coordinator. She was born and raised in Hawaii and is also an interior design student at Oregon State University in the College of Business.
Cameo volunteers as the Disabled Students Union club president and a Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) committee member. Her passions are swimming, camping, cooking, and baking for her home-kitchen-licensed business.
Our Board of Trustees
Allison P. Hobgood serves as Executive Director of the Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center, a day resource and community hub for individuals living in chronic poverty. She previously was Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Willamette University and now focuses on grassroots community organizing for disability and homelessness justice.
Abby Mulcahy is a co-founder of the Disability Equity Center. Abby completed their PhD in public health at Oregon State University and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care at the VA Portland Healthcare System, as well as a Delivery Systems Science Fellow through AcademyHealth.
Rebecca Olson is Associate Professor of English at Oregon State University. She is passionate about improving access in education through trauma-informed and critical pedagogy, programs designed to support working class students, and more inclusive open educational resources.
Kate Schilke (she/her) is currently a process engineer at HP, Inc., and is training to be a clinical sexologist. Kate resigned her tenure as an Associate Professor of Engineering at Oregon State University because of a prolonged neurological illness. She is an advocate for safe, affirming, and accessible queer and transgender sexual and mental health care.
Lzz Johnk served as a media and website volunteer for the DEC. They are currently a visiting professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Grand Valley State University. They previously worked as an Archival Assistant for the OSU Disability Archives.
Skyler Scott is a DEC intern. They are a student at Western Oregon University. Their major is Interdisciplinary Studies with focus areas in American Sign Language and Writing.
Mike Volpe cheerfully and relentlessly pushed us to do better in serving people in Oregon and brought a perspective to our work that was both personal and deeply considered. We credit him for helping shape programs in Oregon that redefined how long-term services and supports should be delivered.