Pam Ring is currently the Executive Director of The Arc Lane County. She was the Full Access founding board president and held that role for more than eight years. After a few years away from our board she graciously stepped back in as a board member, particularly to support the transitions the agency is undertaking with a new organizational structure and new leadership. Her history with the development of Support Services Brokerages is renowned and she is a tireless advocate for high quality supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
The Arc advocates to enhance the dignity, expand the opportunities, and protect the rights of persons with intellectual disabilites and related developmental disabilities and their families. Their mission is closely aligned with Full Access so the fit between Pam and Full Access is perfect!
Charity Lambert was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014. She has been a client at Full Access since 2002. One of her favorite memories from 2008 is winning the Self-Determination award. Charity likes to crochet, make jewelry, and hang out with friends, especially her best friend. Charity loves her black and tan dachshund, Aalina! She also likes to travel. Charity has a community job out in the real world. She likes her job and has been there 6 years and without a job coach for 3 years. She is very proud of that fact. Charity is a perfect board member because she is a strong advocate. She is excited to be a board member. It is a new experience for her.
Kathryn Weit is recently retired from over 28 years as a lobbyist and advocate for families and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has been an active participant in most of the major initiatives that have occurred during that period of time including the closure of Fairview Training Center, development of policies and waivers to support children and families, and the creation of the brokerage system of self-directed supports. She has been a founding member of a number of organizations and leadership initiatives such as FACT, the I/DD Coalition, Partners in Policymaking, Advocacy Days, Oregon Support Services Association, Family Networks, the Fairview Trust and the state Autism Council. Kathryn was the former Policy Analyst and Executive Director of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is the parent of a 38 year old man who experiences disability.
Michael Mills is a people person! He is well spoken and well known. He is willing to speak his mind and is willing to get in front of a TV camera and speak! He has been on the news several times speaking about Full Access and the Look Me in the Eye public awareness effort! He has many interests and loves a variety of music. He likes to travel and has acted in numerous plays including Grease and My Fair Lady. He works at The Olive Garden and has been a student at Lane Community College. He has a happy personality and is fun to be with!
Michele Smith is an Attorney/Shareholder at Johnson, Johnson & Schaller, PC in Eugene. She was the founding board president of SAIL Housing, and led that organization for its first 7 years. During her tenure, SAIL Housing achieved its first apartment housing complex at Willakenzie Crossing, where 16 apartments are dedicated for adults with developmental disabilities. More recently, Michele has helped found Smart Living, Learning & Earning with Autism (SLLEA), a non-profit that helps transitioning young adults with higher functioning autism find success in the areas of independent living, college and employment. Michele is currently co-Executive Director of SLLEA.
Bio coming soon!