Mark Stroh has been the Executive Director of Disability Rights Washington since 1990, and has been a leading advocate for disability rights organizations to embrace video advocacy. From 2011 to 2014, he built a Creative Team at Disability Rights Washington that formulated and launched Rooted in Rights in 2015. Prior to his arrival in Seattle, Mark held positions with the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (Lansing MI), the Arc of Michigan (Lansing MI), and Developmental Services Inc. (Columbus IN). Mark graduated from Earlham College with a major in political science and holds a masters degree in instructional system design from Indiana University at Bloomington.
Jordan has been producing creative content for non-profits, companies, and campaigns for the last decade, with a focus on visual storytelling that advocates for human rights. Jordan is a graduate of the filmmaking school at the University of North Carolina and is currently pursuing his Master’s at the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership program. As Creative Director, Jordan leads the creative production of Rooted in Rights content, gives presentations and trainings on video advocacy specifically for rights organizations, and continues to shoot and edit original videos. https://vimeo.com/melogranapolis.
Video Editor and Motion Designer
Peter joined Rooted in Rights as the lead Video Editor and Motion Designer in February 2016. Peter is responsible for crafting stories during editing, designing original animations and motion graphics, and managing the post production workflow. He has been an Americore volunteer as well as a professional arts educator, and has developed projects and curriculum for students with wide-ranging interests and abilities. He is a graduate of the Media Arts department at UCLA, and continues to work with video, installation, interactive media, and performance in diverse and creative ways.
Editor in Chief, Rooted in Rights Blog
Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013. She maintains a blog, Words I Wheel By, and her writing has been published on websites including The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Salon, Vice, and Huffington Post. Alongside her work as a writer, Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, ranging from a panel about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the U.S. Department of Education, to the occupational therapy program at New York University. All of Emily’s activism is driven by her firm belief that if we want the world to be accessible to people with all types of disabilities, we must make ideas and concepts surrounding disability accessible to the world.
Creative Production Assistant
Clark Matthews joined the team as Rooted in Rights’ first Creative Production Assistant in 2016. Providing support throughout the production process from development to distribution allows Clark to combine two of his biggest passions: filmmaking and disability rights. Clark’s media collaborations with artists and activists of mixed abilities have played at film festivals around the globe. His work in disability justice has led to involvement with organizations like National ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Not Dead Yet, the International Society for Disability Studies and more. Clark graduated from Temple University with a degree in Film and Media Arts.
Coordinator, Storytellers Project
Cuquis first worked with Rooted in Rights in the summer of 2015, while interning at Disability Rights Washington through Duke University’s DukeEngage internship program. Back at school, she continued to help Rooted in Rights create new videos about different disability issues, such the rights for Little People, and she became one of the first Storytellers. In July of 2016, she joined the staff part-time to coordinate the Storytellers project. She currently is on her last year as an undergrad at Duke University, where she is getting her B.A. in Psychology and is president of a disability advocacy group on campus called Duke Disability Alliance. In her spare time though, she loves to Latin Dance and occasionally competes in dance competitions, does art, travels and recently has become interested in theater and acting.
Jensen Caraballo is a disability rights activist who is passionate about the equality, civil rights, and freedom of people with disabilities. He is a member of a grassroots advocacy group called National ADAPT, where he engages in nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience. Jensen is also a member of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and recipient of the 2015 Diana Viets Award for his dedication and commitment to improving the lives of young people with disabilities.
Emily’s leg was amputated when she was two years old because she was missing the fibula bone in her left leg. She always knew she wanted a career where she could help people and was drawn to the disability rights movement while on the Civil Rights Law Journal at George Mason University School of Law. Emily is now a staff attorney and program coordinator at Disability Law Colorado. She also serves on the board of two nonprofits – LIM359 and Cycle of Hope – and is an ambassador for Skirt Sports and their REAL women move campaign. In her spare time, Emily enjoys training for triathlons, reading, and spending time with her husband, friends, and cats.
Mizuki lost her ability to walk since she was 2 years old and started using wheelchair since she turned 7 years old. She was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. Despite her mobility impairment, she went to The University of Wisconsin River Falls in the U.S and received her B.S. in Communication Studies and International Studies. After returning to Japan, she worked with three companies in Tokyo and volunteered at a non-profit which publishes a magazine for women with disabilities. Now she is a Visiting International Research Fellow at Burton Blatt Institute in Syracuse University to research employment of people with disabilities.
Noah Seidel is a disabled advocate who currently works at The Arc of Washington state as the self-advocate coordinator. Noah studied at the University of Washington where he received a degree in Disability Studies, Political Science, and Comparative History of Ideas. Noah lives in Lacey Washington where he enjoys playing wheelchair basketball and reading comics.
Arbi Chouikh obtained his Master’s degree in Decisional Computing and Intelligence Applied to Management, with a specialty in Decision Support, and is submitting for a PhD in Organizational Information Systems. He focuses on Computer Science and Technology and his research area is Electronic Government. Arbi has conducted research related to the new possibilities of co-production and co-delivery through social media of platforms for emerging public service interactions led by citizens. Moreover, Arbi has advanced experience in disability rights advocacy, outreach and inclusive policy design. In 2011, Arbi worked with the Tunisian Organization for Defense of Rights of Persons with Disabilities to advocate for the right to equal access to the society as a part of the Tunisian New Constitution of 2014. Arbi now works on local inclusive development, political participation, information and physical accessibility, web accessibility and more.