Meet Our Advisory Board
The needs of the people we serve are the inspiration for everything we do. Meet the people who volunteer their time to help us in our mission for mobility inclusion.
Zach Anner is a comedian, author, television writer, actor, public speaker, and YouTube personality. In 2011 he won his own travel series from Oprah Winfrey and went on to create and host series for Google, Reddit, and SoulPancake. His ability to connect with audiences and knack for creating viral content has garnered his videos over a hundred million views and helped change the conversation around disability. Zach’s candid and hilarious memoir, If At Birth You Don’t Succeed, was published in 2016 to rave reviews and he currently works as a story editor on the ABC show Speechless. A native of Buffalo, NY, Zach now lives in Los Angeles and spends most of his spare time in his underwear, thinking about how he can change the world.
Sam Schmidt was a driver in the Indy Racing League before suffering an injury in practice in January 2000 in which he sustained a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic. He created Conquer Paralysis Now a nonprofit with a mission to cure paralysis while assisting those who are already disabled. To date his organizations has invested more than $14 million in research and programs looking to cure paralysis and support people with disabilities to live better lives. Today, besides chairing Conquer Paralysis Now, Sam is an Indy Racing League owner with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and serves on the Board of Directors of BraunAbility.
While on a family vacation in Mexico, Reveca fractured her spinal cord in an automobile accident and was paralyzed. With a few adaptations, she was the first student using a wheelchair to complete the fashion degree at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. She continued her studies in Theater Arts at the University of Arizona and volunteers her time for several organizations Shriners Hospital for Children, Mobility International USA and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s National Center for Physical Activity and Disability. She is also the cofounder of BACKBONES, a nonprofit with a mention to help those living with spinal cord injury or disease and their caregivers connect and share resources and support.