Board of Directors

Chase Phillips, Chair/President
Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Mr. Phillips specializes in developing and implementing advanced financial strategies for families, businesses, and individuals, including those with long term disabilities and special needs. Starting with Merrill Lynch in 2008, Mr. Phillips concentrates on clients’ primary concerns: preservation of capital, tax minimization, and lifetime cash flow needs. To help ensure that customized strategies are developed for his clients, Mr. Phillips works in conjunction with families’ Estate Attorneys and CPAs to establish multi-generational wealth strategies, frequently in tandem with philanthropic techniques. In addition, Mr. Phillips has a specific focus on improving the financial well-being of individuals living with special needs regardless of their age or disability. Mr. Phillips graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in History. Mr. Phillips was also a member of the 2005 and 2006 United States National rowing team where he represented the USA at two World Rowing Championships in Japan and Belgium; bringing home a bronze medal for the USA in 2005. Mr. Phillips resides in Arlington, VA with his wife, Beth.

Curtis Schehr, Esq., Treasurer
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, DCS Corporation

Curtis Schehr serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of DCS Corporation, a government contractor providing advanced technology solutions to government agencies in the national security sector. Mr. Schehr advises management and the board of directors on matters including corporate governance, government contracts, litigation, bid protests, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, employment law and export control. He also serves as the company’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and has overall responsibility for Corporate Security.
Mr. Schehr served previously as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of DynCorp International Inc., then a publicly traded leading provider of mission-critical services to the federal government and international customers. Joining DynCorp in late 2006, Mr. Schehr managed a department of 17 employees and participated in developing and implementing the company’s growth strategy and policies.
Mr. Schehr is Past President of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and is also a member of the board of directors of Music for Life, an after-school music program for low income and at-risk youth who otherwise do not have or cannot afford the opportunity to participate.

 

Nicole Jorwic, Secretary
Director of Rights Policy, The Arc

Nicole Jorwic is the director of rights policy at The Arc, a national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to joining The Arc policy team Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor and Manager of the Employment First Initiative in Illinois, where she collaborated to draft a statewide strategic plan to make Employment First the reality in Illinois, worked with other state officials to work on the states HCBS transition plan, and worked within the department of human services to break down silos for better quality of service for individuals with disabilities. Prior to that appointment, Nicole served as the CEO/President of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities where she continued the Institute’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities and assisted the leadership of the state of Illinois in developing public policy driven best practices in residential and employment services.
Nicole is also an accomplished special education attorney and an advocate for students with disabilities, with a focus on transition-aged youth. Nicole received her JD and Child and Family Law Certificate, from Loyola University Chicago. She received her BS from the University of Illinois. Nicole is also a sibling, her brother Chris is 26 and has autism.

Pier Broadnax, Ph.D, RN
Nursing Program Director, University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Broadnax has over 35 years in professional nursing as a direct provider, educator, and administrator. In these roles, she has focused on the role of advocate for vulnerable populations, whether the client in a hospital or community-based setting. She is a recognized leader in nursing and issues related to the delivery of quality health care services. She has provided services to clients in community-based group settings in addition to placing students in the same settings. Her recent activities have involved health policy advocacy through participation in health policy councils, professional organizations, and national initiatives. Dr. Broadnax obtained her graduate degree in adult health nursing/administration from Hampton University and a PhD in nursing and health policy development from George Mason University. Currently, she is the Program Director of the Nursing Program at the University of the District of Columbia.

Todd Bromberg
Partner, Wiley Rein

Mr. Bromberg has extensive background in counseling, mediating, and litigating employment and ADA Title III disputes (public accommodations). Mr. Bromberg’s litigation experience includes jury and non-jury trials to verdict. Employment matters includes hiring, termination, and evaluation practices; wage and hour; FMLA; and equal employment opportunity (Title VII, ADEA, ADA). Primary focus on assisting corporate counsel in resolving complex employment disputes, internal investigations, and barrier removal/modifications in public accommodations. Mr. Bromberg served as the interim in-house counsel for clients. He has extensive experience negotiating with the United States Department of Justice and Department of Labor. He serves as Wiley Rein’s Employment Counsel and Co-Chair of Pro Bono and Benefits committees. He served as the lead litigation counsel for the Equal Rights Center and a class of 17,000 Metro riders with significant disabilities in a major class-action lawsuit which resulted in a landmark settlement related to the provision of paratransit services.

Bernard Crawford
Self-Advocate, Project ACTION!

Mr. Crawford is an advocate and member of Project ACTION!, a local self-advocacy coalition of people with developmental disabilities. Mr. Crawford lived at Forest Haven until 1989 when he moved to a group home in the community and he now lives in his own apartment. He has held a variety of jobs, but his favorite role is working with other people who have developmental disabilities. He is dedicated to ensuring people with developmental disabilities get opportunities to be involved in their community and joined the Board of Quality Trust in January 2010.

Carol Grigsby
Consultant

Ms. Grigsby retired in 2011 from the federal government as a member of the Senior Executive Service. She served for over thirty years as a manager of U.S. foreign assistance and foreign policy programs, in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State. Ms. Grigsby held senior positions in which she led negotiations and shaped international partnerships with non-governmental organizations, universities and the private sector. She also worked in the Senate as an adviser to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.
Since her retirement, Ms. Grigsby has worked as an international development consultant while also becoming more engaged in advocacy on behalf of local and worldwide disability rights. She is a member of the advisory board for Perkins International and advises the Brookings Institution’s Learning Metrics Task Force on issues of inclusion in international education programming, and serves on the advisory committee for the D.C. Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). She is married and has one son, who receives supports from DDA.

Ben King
Senior Program Manager, C2 Technologies, Inc.

Mr. King brings 15 years of program and operations management to the Quality Trust board. He is experienced in working with commercial, non-profit, Federal and Defense clients to develop innovative performance improvement solutions. He is responsible for overseeing 40 staff and managing annual program budgets of more than $10 million. Mr. King received a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Westminster College, Missouri and an MBA from Hult International Business School, London UK. He resides in Old Town Alexandria VA.

Arlene King-Berry, Ed.D.
Professor of Special Education at the University of the District of Columbia

Ms. King-Berry is a dynamic educator, lawyer, publisher, funeral director and professional signer with over 20 years experience in organizational, instructional, and business management in corporations and educational institutions. She has held a variety of positions in the District of Columbia Public and Charter schools including teacher, supervisor, special education attorney and hearing officer. Ms. King-Berry is actively involved in grant writing and scholarly publication, and is a seasoned conference presenter with national and international presentations. She is extremely active in community service and serves on various local Board of Directors.

Yolandra A. Plummer, PhD
Associate Professor at the University of the District of Columbia in the School of Business and Public Administration

In addition to teaching at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Dr. Plummer currently serves as the Principal Investigator of a $2.9 million grant between the District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS), Economic Security Administration (ESA) and University of the District of Columbia. Under this grant, Dr. Plummer oversees a job skills training for over 700 adults on TANF and low-income families in the District of Columbia. The program offers similar services and supportive resources to DC residents receiving TANF’ benefits who are unable to work because of chronic conditions and or disabilities. Previously, Dr. Plummer managed the District of Columbia’s first non-emergency management transportation (NEMT) program. She has also served as a former Chief of Staff at the Department on Disability Services (DDS). For the past two years, Dr. Plummer has served as a member of the Government of the District of Columbia’s Supported Independent Living Council (SILC).

Steven Powe
Self Advocate, Project ACTION!

Mr. Powe is a strong self-advocate and excellent communicator. Mr. Powe believes people with developmental disabilities should be treated with respect like everyone else. He says that you don’t know that one day you or a loved one may develop a disability and you wouldn’t want them to be treated badly. Mr. Powe testifies before City Council, serves on several Boards and committees in the District of Columbia, and is active in the community. Mr. Powe is employed at Safeway Foods and is looking forward to returning to school to get his GED and enroll in college to pursue another career. Mr. Powe is very passionate about helping people with disabilities have their rights respected and to get jobs that pay a living wage. Mr. Powe is excited to join the Board of Directors and make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities through his advocacy and focus on people living a good life.

Donna Thornton
Self Advocate, Project ACTION!

Donna Thornton is a strong self-advocate and an active member of Project ACTION!, the District’s self-advocacy group. She advocates at DC City Council hearings, trains disability professionals and mentors new self-advocates as they begin their advocacy journey. She is a passionate advocate and believes that people with disabilities should be able to make their own decisions and choices. Ms. Thornton recently retired from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after a 28-year career working there as a public servant. Ms. Thornton believes that people with disabilities should be able to work if they want. Ms. Thornton is a former resident of Forest Haven, the District’s institution for people with developmental disabilities. She has been married for 32 years to Ricardo Thornton and they have a son, Ricky, Jr., who is 31 years old and they are proud grandparents. Ms. Thornton and her husband have received many awards and were recognized as “Washingtonians of the Year” in 1997. The Thornton’s were the subjects of a made-for-TV movie entitled, “Profoundly Normal,” and appeared on 60 Minutes, sharing their story as one of the first couples with developmental disabilities to be married.

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