John Allen, P.E., G.M.B., C.G.R, C.A.P.S, C.G.P.
John Allen is a licensed residential homebuilder, a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in the State of Alabama, a Graduate Master Builder (GMB), a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), a Certified Green Professional, and owner of Southern Construction and Design. He served as a City of Madison Planning Commissioner from 2000 – 2007. Mr. Allen is the 2008 Past President of the Huntsville Madison County Builders Association and is currently serving as the Green Building Subcommittee Chairman. As an instructor for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Allen teaches the two day course for the certified aging in place specialist designation, which focuses on universal design concepts for the residential home builder. Mr. Allen and Southern Construction and Design received UCP’s 2011 Universal Accessibility Design Award for “Casey’s House,” designed and built in response to a family’s need for their quadriplegic son. The home has become a model accessible home utilizing Universal Design principles and guidelines, in addition to creative use of building materials, providing comfort and functionality to Casey and his caregivers.
Dr. Ronald Cohen
Dr. Cohen has been the Chief Executive Officer of United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura, & Santa Barbara Counties since 1987 and with UCP since 1983. Prior to CEO, Cohen was the Clinical Director. He established the first community-based group homes for non-ambulatory children with behavioral disorders in the state of California and is responsible for developing the wide continuum of services the agency provides today. Under his leadership, UCP has developed 30 fully accessible rent-subsidized community homes and apartments. Cohen is widely regarded as an expert on developing housing for special needs populations. He has testified before the California State Legislature and the US Congress on alternatives to institutional living.
Mary Ann Greenawalt
Mary Ann Greenawalt served on the Board of Trustees for UCP National as treasurer for six years and currently is a board member and secretary for UCP of Metro Detroit. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Greenawalt is the founder, owner and President of B&B Specialty Foods. She was named one of the Top 25 business owners in Michigan by the National Association of Women Business Owners. She is actively involved in alumni boards and activities for the University of Pennsylvania, including being a founding member and former Vice President of the Trustees Council of Penn Women. Greenawalt is a mentor and Chair of the Advisory Committee for Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program. Promoting the independence of people with disabilities and advancing opportunities for young women in need of mentoring are two of her greatest passions. In 1978, Greenawalt was involved in an automobile accident, resulting in a T-12 spinal fracture and the loss of the use of both legs. The two homes that she owns, a two-story Tudor and a Cape Cod style cottage built in 1795, have been renovated to allow her full usage and independence.
John P. S. Salmen, AIA
John Salmen is a licensed architect who has specialized in barrier free and Universal Design for over 30 years. He is the president of Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. in Takoma Park, Md., publisher of Universal Design Newsletter and founder of UniversalDesign.com a website that helps people find UD information, products and services. Salmen is a prominent expert in the technical aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act and an international leader in the emerging field of Universal Design. He has written many books including: “Accessible Architecture,” “Do-Able Renewable Home,” “Accommodating All Guests” and “Everyone’s Welcome.” He has presented hundreds of Universal Design and accessibility seminars and key-note addresses throughout North America and the Pacific Rim. Salmen is a voting member of the ICC/ANSI A117 Committee, was the representative of the American Institute of Architects on the ADAAG Review Federal Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities and an At Large Delegate to the 2005 Whitehouse Conference on the Aging.
Dr. Allan “Chip” Teel, M.D.
Dr. Teel, a family physician in Damariscotta, Maine, is the author of “Alone and Invisible No More”. Over the past five years he has been developing a way to provide virtual assisted living that he calls “Full Circle America” (FCA). It allows individuals, including those with significant memory impairment or advanced physical problems due to arthritis, stroke or heart disease, to be monitored by soft technology in the home. FCA has proved so successful in Damariscotta that Teel is working with others to expand its reach. During his 25-year medical career, Teel has worked with thousands of older patients and is currently using technology and a network of paid professionals and committed volunteers to help elders remain in their own homes, the familiar setting where plants, pets and memories give them daily pleasure and comfort.