We are incredibly proud of the team of experts with and without disabilities that make MIUSA a powerful organization and an invigorating place to work.
As CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA, Susan is an internationally recognized expert in the area of international educational exchange and leadership programs for persons with disabilities. Susan, a wheelchair rider, has had a personal and professional commitment to disability rights and women's issues for more than 30 years. She has co-authored numerous publications in the area of international exchange and international development opportunities for persons with disabilities and co-produced several award winning videos. Susan has lectured throughout the world on a variety of topics related to inclusive development, international exchange and disability rights.
Susan has received numerous awards for her passionate advocacy for disability rights. In 2013, she became an Ashoka Senior Fellow and received recognition of her work in 2011 by being awarded the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Matusak Courageous Leadership Award and receiving an honorary doctorate from Chapman University and the University of Portland. In 2000, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. In 1995, Sygall received the President's Award from President Bill Clinton for her dynamic leadership in international exchange programs for people with disabilities, for her mentorship of young people with disabilities, and for her active role throughout our country and the world in empowering people with disabilities. Sygall has also been honored with the Rotary Scholar Alumni Achievement Award. She was also awarded a Graduate Rotary Scholarship and the Kellogg National Fellowship. sygall [at] miusa.org (Email Susan)
Cindy is the Director of Programs at Mobility International USA and a senior staff with more than 20 years of experience at MIUSA. She is the co‑author and producer of numerous books and videos. Cindy spearheaded the International Symposium on Women with Disabilities at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, and co-created MIUSA's signature program, the Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD). She brings expertise in project management, writing, and international development; and is widely recognized as an expert on gender, development, and disability inclusion. Cindy holds a master’s degree and is conversational in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). clewis [at] miusa.org (Email Cindy)
Susan is a Program Manager for Mobility International USA's exchange and development programs. She has conducted international training and technical assistance in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East and has authored several articles on topics such as women with disabilities and leadership, inclusive international development, and inclusive emergency response. She regularly co-teaches the University of Oregon course, Global Perspectives on Disability. She also coordinates MIUSA's Gender, Disability and Development Institute, which brings together senior level representatives from humanitarian/development agencies and women with disabilities from throughout the world. Susan currently serves as President of the Zonta Club of Eugene, an international service organization dedicated to advancing the status of women worldwide. She holds an M.A. in International Development from the University of Oregon, with a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment. sdunn [at] miusa.org (Email Susan)
Monica Malhotra is a Project Manager with the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange at Mobility International USA, which aims to increase participation of people with disabilities in inclusive international exchange programs. Previously, Monica worked for 10 years at The University of Texas at Austin, where she assisted with admission, immigration, student counseling, and sponsored student programs as the Senior International Student Coordinator for ESL Services and as International Student Advisor at the International Office. Her past experience includes serving four years on the board for the Multicultural Refugee Coalition and interning with the EastWest institute in New York. Monica earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Masters degree in International Studies from the University of Exeter, UK. mmalhotra [at] miusa.org (subject: web%20contact%20form) (Email Monica)
Lydia is Project Manager for MIUSA's RightsNow! Strong Communities through Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities project, working with a U.S. consortium of partners and stakeholders in Armenia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam to strengthen the implementation and enforcement of disability rights legislation and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Lydia is an expert in cross-disability inclusion and has managed U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange programs for professionals, youth, and women with disabilities, and led delegations on outbound programs to Bahrain, Costa Rica, Jordan, and Spain. From 2006 - 2013 she also organized MIUSA's signature international Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) programs, which brought together grassroots women leaders with disabilities from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East. Lydia has an International Studies: Comparative Community Development degree from the University of Oregon. Born in the U.S., she grew up in Rotorua, New Zealand and studied in Khon Kaen, Thailand. lshula [at] miusa.org (Email Lydia)
Ashley serves as the Executive Specialist to the CEO and is a Project Specialist with the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange at Mobility International USA. In these roles, she works with MIUSA's CEO to carry out special projects and also develops initiatives and resources to increase participation and inclusion of students with disabilities in international exchange. As a Rotary Group Study Exchange participant, Ashley visited disability organizations and alumni in Malaysia to learn about the country’s disability rights issues and movements. Ashley graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in International Studies and Economics with a focus in International Comparative Development and Africa, which led her to intern with a non-profit organization in Dakar, Senegal. aholben [at] miusa.org (Email Ashley)
Justin is a Program Coordinator with the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, working to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange by providing information and resources to both individuals with disabilities and international professionals. Previously, Justin worked for two years in disability community organizing and policy in the foothills of Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Latin American History and Spanish Literature from University of California, Berkeley. He studied abroad at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago Chile, where he researched and wrote a thesis on the history of the blind in Chilean society. In 2008, he spent 10 weeks immersing himself in the culture and language of Michoacan, Mexico. jharford [at] miusa.org (Email Justin)
Johileny is a Program Coordinator with the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, working to increase the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange. As an intern with the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD), Johileny worked at the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), promoting inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency response and preparedness. A Dominican immigrant and native Spanish speaker, Johileny has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Public Health with a minor in Disability Studies from New York University (NYU), having been motivated to pursue an international disability rights career after experiencing “accessibility shock” during a visit to her home country. She studied abroad at NYU London, England as a Global Equity Fellow, where she was tasked with improving resources for diversity, equity and inclusion. Based on this experience, Johileny created a “London Access Culture Guide '' to inform students with disabilities how access in London compared to NYC. Johileny enjoys adaptive sports like indoor rock climbing, scuba diving, sled (ice) hockey and writing poetry. jmeran [at] miusa.org (Email Johileny)