Our Team

A Board that leads - a mission worth following



Founder & Director - SPORK! NFP

Whitney’s vision is supported by both her passion for advocacy and personal experiences of being a part of the differently able community.

Her training as a Universal Designer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago & Central Saint Martins combined with her work at Blind Service Association as Program Manager and the Institute For Human Centered Design (IHCD) as Project Manager of Inclusive Design Initiatives, has fostered her devotion to the community.

SPORK! has empowered Whitney to be an essential cog in the pursuit of documenting the lives, experiences and stories of the differently able. 

To contact Whitney, email whitney@sporkability.org



Executive Director - the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD)*

Valerie is a highly sought after consultant and lecturer. She has served as the former Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. She is a Special Adviser on Inclusive Design to the Open Society Institute, the governments of France and Singapore, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She co-chairs the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts and a Founding Member of the International Association for Universal Design in Tokyo.


The Greater Chicago Systems Manager - United Parcel Service 

Anthony exceedingly important role places him front in center in the communities of which UPS serves. His insight in non-profit fund raising and connecting the community to services makes him an invaluable asset to SPORK!

Anthony also serves on the board of numerous organizations including as the President of the Policy Board of the Helping Hand Center - a nonprofit whose goals include assisting the disabled to become more independent.



President & Owner - Taza Hookah Bar and Café, LLC  

Jesse is invaluable to SPORK! due to his business acumen and expertise in promotion, marketing, and community service.

As the past president of the Alpha Alpha Delta undergraduate chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. (Omaha, Nebraska), he oversaw the “Sleep Out for the Homeless”, numerous food and clothing drives, college scholarship fundraising, and site cleanup for the Malcolm X Birth Site Foundation. He was also Assistant Coordinator of the Glaucoma Initiative out of Creighton University. In this role he went to under served and underrepresented communities in Nebraska, Iowa and the Virgin Islands where he performed free glaucoma screenings and education.



Royal College Of Art - The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Willa continuously seeks opportunities to combine her visual creativity with her desire to work directly with the differently able community. Her passion for social equality and an understanding of the language of design presents a unique skill set.

She received the Betsy Karp Award for exemplary work in Advanced Undergraduate Design Objects at the School of the Art Institute. She worked with the Chicago Rehabilitation Institute designing and developing products for the individuals who had sustained spinal cord injuries. 

As the former Director of User/Expert Lab & Coordinator of Public Programs at the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), she now attends The Royal College Of Art - Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.

*IHCD is a Boston based, international, educational and design non-profit whose analytic research focuses on engaging the differently able community