Meet Your Guides
Get to know our happiness team
Get to know our happiness team
Sarah is our resident social media guru as she helps us share NATURALLY ABLE resources on a daily basis. A natural entrepreneur, Sarah also runs her own social media consulting practice and works from home in Upstate New York.
Sarah graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2014 with a bachelors degree in Sociology and a concentration in Human Services. She has always been passionate about working and interacting with people. Growing up having Cerebral Palsy, she has never let her disability define her. She constantly looks at her challenges as opportunities to educate those around her.
People often describe Sarah as having a unique way of connecting on both a personal and professional level. Currently, she is very involved in the disability community serving as an Ambassador for the Abilities Expo.
She also leads disability awareness training programs for Amtrak employees on behalf of Open Doors Organization. Since 2016, Sarah has served as a certified peer mentor for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, helping individuals with disabilities to navigate their world.
When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling and listening to music. Sarah is the proud parent of our team mascot, Edison, who also wears the honorary title of being Sarah’s service dog, protector and best friend.
Sarah is thrilled to be a part of the N-ABLE team! To her, this effort represents a community of like-minded people, all striving towards a common goal — to help everyone be the best they can be.
As the star of the Wheels2Walking YouTube channel, Richard is presently one of the most-watched social media influencers in the disability space. “I make videos for newly-injured wheelchair users to help improve their quality of life and regain independence,” he shares.
Richard began his video-based outreach effort less than two years ago. Today, he has more than 10 million video views and a skyrocketing social media presence that exceeds 100,000 followers.
As the 2020 Shorty Award Winner for their top health and wellness influencer of the year, Richard has recently starred on the covers of SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, New Mobility and HomeCare magazines, and was named the 2019 winner of the Wheels UP! photo contest hosted by SPORTS ‘N SPOKES.
Richard has made a conscious choice to share his talents as a founding member of the NATURALLY ABLE community, as he is in a unique position to assist organizations who wish to connect with their customers on a deeper level.
He explains, “N-ABLE Guides are a skilled team of superstars who can revolutionize healthcare providers’ approach to consumer marketing. However, our highest goal as a community-focused team is to build a support bridge that helps other wheelchair users escape the disability poverty trap.”
“With everything I do on a professional level, I hope to not just lift myself up, but also to assist a whole generation of people with disabilities who want to make a career for themselves.”
If you’re looking for a ray of sunshine, a smiling face and a ‘no excuses’ positive attitude, find Julienne Dallara at the Abilities Expo. Julienne has Transverse Myelitis, but it doesn’t slow her down.
Julienne not only sells booth space at the Expo; she also serves as the disaster consultant for any exhibitor who has a problem, the unofficial office of information for the Expo attendees, the Abilities Expo queen of hospitality for exhibitors and attendees.
Under her company name Accessible Consulting, Julienne still sells accessible vehicles, does peer counseling and sells her own hand-made jewelry on Etsy.
After waking up paralyzed in 1996, Julienne went from being a professional singer/dancer/actress to selling disability vehicles, with an emphasis on connecting her peers with solutions to their problems.
From 1988-1991, Julienne ran her own non-profit, Volunteer AIDS Massage Project, bringing healing touch to people with AIDS in hospitals and hospices. It is hard to remember, but in those days, no one would touch people who were suffering from AIDS.
When asked why she contributes to NATURALLY ABLE, Julienne says, “I find that the spirit and intention of N-ABLE matches my own. My message is ‘Stop whining, look at these great tools. Now use them to make yourself better!’”
Meet the set of wheels that is taking New York by storm! Andrea Dalzell is the first registered nurse to complete nursing school as a wheelchair user in New York City. She is also a pioneering activist for people with disabilities.
Known on social media as the Seated Nurse, Andrea is a force to be reckoned with, and has emerged victorious against all the obstacles in her path. Tranverse Myelitis left her paralyzed at the age of 12, but she did not allow her disability to become or define her. Andrea completed an undergraduate degree at the College of Staten Island majoring in Neuroscience, biology and nursing.
As an advocate and activist for the rights of people with disabilities, she’s garnered various awards. She was awarded CUNY’s Emerging Leader of The Year Award and also received the Cindy Loo Disability Rights Advocate Award in 2015. Aside from juggling her career as a school nurse, she finds the time to travel and spread awareness for issues that affect people with disabilities such as health, transportation, accessibility and many more.
Andrea was crowned Ms. Wheelchair New York 2015, and utilized her title and platform, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Access, to promote her message and belief that people with disabilities can live a fulling life. She has been featured in O Magazine, Arise TV, New Mobility and other publications/media outlets.
Thanks to her diverse experience, Andrea has presented at a variety of conferences including Medtrade and the U.S. Pain Foundation’s 2019 Pediatric Pain Family Camp,
In her latest commercial for Apple, she inspires an innovative addition to the Apple Watch that tracks pushes instead of steps, as a means of tech inclusion for everyone who uses a wheelchair. Follow Andrea on her social pages below to keep an eye on this rising star!
Sylvia Longmire is an award-winning accessible travel writer, a service-disabled Air Force veteran, and the former Ms. Wheelchair USA 2016. She travels around the world, usually solo, in her power wheelchair to document the accessibility of her destinations through articles, photography, and video.
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, this Air Force veteran refused to let MS define her. She has also refused to let her wheelchair confine her. Sylvia has visited 54 countries, 43 of those as a wheelchair user and 34 of those by herself.
Sylvia is also the owner of an accessible travel agency, President of the nonprofit scholarship fund The PreJax Foundation, and a staunch advocate for accessibility in Central Florida.
Sylvia continually tries to inform and educate the hospitality sector and businesses large and small about accessibility issues. She has also created a series of PSA-style videos on how to improve accessibility at the local level, one of which has garnered over one million views and counting.
She is a brand ambassador for O, The Oprah Magazine, the author of three accessible travel books, and the creator of the Spin the Globe accessible travel blog.
We look forward to her ongoing contributions as an accessible travel and Multiple Sclerosis guide here on NATURALLY ABLE!
Caitlin Patrick is an artist, writer and former classically trained ballerina, residing in Dayton, OH with her dog Chester and a vast plant collection. Since an early age, her desire has been to be an artist, and her love of art has shown up in her life in a multitude of ways.
Numerous trips to Europe planted seeds within her of a love for the arts, as well as a deep appreciation for slow and intentional living. By way of writing and painting, Caitlin hopes to convey the profound importance of the magic that unfolds when we trade our expectations for appreciations.
“For me, living what I truly feel my purpose is has always been more important than showing up for a job that I don’t believe in, just for the sake of a paycheck. I feel that at the core, art is about seeing the beauty in everything,” Caitlin shares. “By letting go of our expectations of how life should occur, we are given a tremendous gift to live in a state of gratitude and abundance.”
“Growing up with a brother who has a disability, I never saw him as anything less than whole and fully capable. I didn’t have expectations on who he ‘should’ be.”
“Part of my mission with my art and my writing here on NATURALLY ABLE is not just to remind people of the beauty we are given to experience in our daily lives, but also to show that we are all One.”
“Our experience may look different than someone else’s, but we are all intrinsically worthy of living our purpose, no matter how we get there or what it looks like.”
In addition to her artistic pursuits, Caitlin supports agency operations for the N-ABLE guide team.
An accomplished industry leader and disability advocate, Kristina Rhoades serves the community-at-large as a gifted writer and life coach who works from home in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Kristina was paralyzed as a baby, and has pursued her passions in life with a zest and zeal that is rarely matched.
Today, she is happily married to her childhood best friend and enjoys homeschooling her daughter. She has used her life experiences as a former Ms. Wheelchair California and business leader to help guide others in her community.
She says, “To me, conscious living is about awareness and intention. It’s the awareness that we have tremendous control over our own lives and the understanding that we are intimately connected to the world around us. Embracing these truths inspires us to make more intentional decisions when it comes to our personal health and happiness, our relationships and how we treat others, and even the way in which we impact the planet.”
An avid music lover and of all things creative, you may find Kristina spinning tracks in her hometown as “DJ Hotwheels” or assisting with wellness retreats and other therapeutic programs in addition to her body of work here on NATURALLY ABLE.
When is the last time you went out of your way to help someone in need? After a life-altering auto accident, Chris learned to appreciate life and devote his time to helping others.
Chris started his career after high school as a sales rep for TruGreen and quickly became one of their top salesmen. But after his accident in 1997, followed by years of physical and mental therapy, Chris began volunteering and visiting newly injured people at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2010, Chris founded Rolling Inspirations, a 100-person-strong support group for those with mobility impairments, eventually turning the program into a certified 501c3 non-profit.
It wasn’t long until Rolling Inspirations gained national attention from United Spinal Association. Chris was invited to serve as president of their San Antonio chapter while simultaneously leading as the South Texas ambassador and a peer mentor for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
A high mark of his community-focused career arrived with his invitation to give a motivational presentation at a Palo Alto College TEDx event in 2019. He is thrilled to continue his personal mission of support and outreach through his contributions to NATURALLY ABLE.
After all he’s achieved, Chris feels like his work is never done and lives by his mantra: “Disabled is a label I intend to redefine!”
Nick handles the back-end operations of our humble outreach effort. After devoting hundreds of hours to direct marketing training, Nick assisted in the launch of an independent marketing firm in Seattle before returning to his roots in California after the subsequent move of the company.
Today, Nick helps his mother and fellow N-ABLE Guide, Julienne Dallara, in promoting the growth and development of the Abilities Expo by maintaining client records, managing accounts, organizing databases, and an assortment of other simple, but essential day-to-day activities. You could say he’s our backbone here at NATURALLY ABLE too. And he’s also our resident comedian!
Nick has a cat named Mushu and their adoration is mutual. An accomplished 24-year-old, Nick enjoys a life of simple pleasures like cooking at home, playing video games, and being a lifelong learner.
Nick made a conscious choice, as a young person who has their career ahead of them, to assist with NATURALLY ABLE. He says, “I’ve always been part of in the disabilities community. My mom has been paralyzed for nearly all my life. When I was asked to join the N-ABLE team, I immediately saw an opportunity to give back to a community that’s been instrumental in building my own life.”
While he’s not yet a Samurai, Scott Stone is a devoted practitioner of mindfulness, movement and meditation. When he’s not moving on his yoga mat or meditating in his 32°F ice bath, he’s likely building and serving his community.
He’s also the president of Community Conscious Consulting, a digital marketing agency that serves the disability community and healthcare service providers.
Scott says, “I exist to connect, promote and unleash the beauty, love and grit that we experience as we author our personal legend.”
“There are two things I believe in whole-heartedly; that we exist in relationships and that the best thing you can give the world is living your life fully expressed. I love telling stories and helping individuals and companies find their unique value within their community.”
Prior to his consulting work, Scott served as Vice President of Customer Experience for Obi Robot, a robotic dining companion for individuals who must be fed by a caregiver. He helped launch and bring this product to market for people who rely on assistive technology to increase their independence.
Matt Tilford didn’t lose his hunger for adventure over a decade ago when he sustained a life-changing spinal cord injury. Instead, his passion grew stronger, leading him down many dusty trails with his backpack full of camping gear.
Although Matt has worked in the medical supply industry since before he was paralyzed, he specializes in and loves adaptive recreational activities. Some of his favorites include camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, waterskiing, and exploring landscapes you wouldn’t think a wheelchair could navigate.
Matt is an adaptive adventure guide at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. He leads people of all abilities on outdoor excursions by bike. He also works at REI part-time, where he not only helps his customers prep for their next adventures, but he also uses his time advocating for the great outdoors as a healing environment for all people.
Matt creates written and video adventure content that he shares via MattTilford.com and many other outdoor and disability outlets. He’s stoked to be part of the N-ABLE crew for many reasons, but the most important is this:
“I love showing my community that physical limitations don’t have to stop you from having a love for the outdoors.”
Jenn Wolff is a disability justice advocate, an occupational therapist and 2011 Ms. Wheelchair Iowa. Jenn began using a wheelchair after she was paralyzed due to surgery and radiation that was intended to remove and treat a tumor in her spine.
She has had the honor of meeting hundreds, if not thousands, of people with disabilities across the nation through her past role in leading UsersFirst, a United Spinal Association advocacy initiative, and by presenting at Abilities Expos nationwide. Today, this native of Waverly, Iowa is focused on empowering her fellow Iowans to share their stories as a means of improving policies and access throughout the state.
Jenn also serves a program coordinator for the Backbones Leadership Program (new this year!), and leads community programs as the advocacy chair of the Iowa Chapter of United Spinal Association. She is also a member of the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium’s Executive Council.
“Getting involved with advocacy helped me find my voice,” Jenn shares. “Telling our stories is essential in creating change and it’s become my life goal to create spaces where people with disabilities find inner strength and power in their lived experiences.“
As a grassroots advocacy guide for the NATURALLY ABLE community, Jenn often shares why it’s important to get involved with advocacy on the local level and how mindfulness can influence a person’s resiliency!
Lisa Wells is the president of Get Social Consulting, a medical device marketing firm that has advised healthcare providers across three continents on better ways to connect with their customers through digital marketing and social media. As the founder of NATURALLY ABLE, Lisa has previously established several social media communities for wheelchair users, including LASCI and Wheel:Life.
With firsthand experience in autoimmune disease as well as being an outspoken advocate and a former caregiver for people who have mobility challenges, Lisa recently portrayed herself on an episode of the groundbreaking ABC tv show SPEECHLESS. She has written four books for the disability and home medical supply industries while mentoring up-and-coming marketing professionals and community advocates for more than a decade.
“While being treated for coronavirus symptoms in the early stages of the pandemic’s impact on the US, I spent three weeks in quarantine alone in my house. In that moment, it was time to reclaim my life, my health, and my ability to serve people who need meaningful support as they, too, navigate a new normal,” she says.
“NATURALLY ABLE is a collective gift created by my own life experience and those of our Guides. I hope this resource helps you heal and grow as much as it has helped me.”