2023 Annual Conference – Speaker Information

See the biographies below to learn more about our speakers for this year’s Annual Conference. More information will be added soon.

Our Keynote Speaker

Clark Souers is the CEO/Founder of EXPERT EFFECT which provides HR and stress-resiliency solutions to companies of all sizes.  With a background in HR leadership and stress management, Clark is a sought-after speaker by news outlets, conferences and large companies.  He is an Associate Certified Coach, was valedictorian of Pepperdine University and received a MBA from ASU.

Featured Speakers

Travis Davis, Host of “Off the Crutch Podcast”


Sean Crump, Board of Directors at CP Alberta, Founder & CEO of Included by Design


Hon. Tony Coelho



Sean Luechtefeld, Vice President for Communications, ANCOR



Other Speakers, Panelists & Breakout Session Presenters
(listed alphabetically by last name)

Honorable Tony Coelho

The Honorable Tony Coelho is a retired U.S. Congressman from California, a former House of Representatives Majority Whip, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman and the principal author of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Diagnosed with epilepsy at 22 years old, Mr. Coelho has spent his entire adult life helping advance the lives of people with disabilities.  While he calls this his “ministry”, those in the disability community call him their “voice” and “champion.”  Mr. Coelho founded The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation at Loyola Marymount University.



Jennifer Cooley, Director of Marketing and Development, UCP of Mobile

Jennifer Cooley is a 20-year marketing and PR veteran who joined UCP of Mobile in 2022. Jennifer has a wealth of experience from working at advertising agencies and marketing departments and as a consultant and a university instructor. She also has an extensive background in social media marketing and content development.





Dr. Mark E. Gormley, Jr., M.D.

Mark Gormley, MD, Gillette Children’s

Mark E. Gormley MD is a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician at Gillette Children’s Specialty. He treats children and adolescents who have cerebral palsy, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders, and other conditions, with a special interest in spasticity management. He joined Gillette in 1993. Dr. Gormley received his medical degree at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Ky.  He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Tufts Affiliated Hospitals in Boston and completed a fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation medicine and traumatic brain injury at the University of Michigan Medical Center.  He serves on the UCP Board of Trustees and is a member of the UCP Research Committee.



Karen Johnson, Social Current



Kelly Martin, Social Current



Nancy Mireles, CNP, Sr. Director of Development, UCP of Central Florida

Nancy joined UCP of Central Florida in 2020 as the Senior Director of Development. Her non-profit career started in 2005 with the Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America. Nancy has over 17 years of Development experience, including: community partnerships, special events, grants, endowment, major gifts & capital projects.



Valerie Pieraccini, Executive Director of Clinic and Homebased Therapy Program & Early Learning Center, UCP of Central Arizona & Co-Chair of the UCP Research Committee

Valerie Pieraccini MS, OTR is the Director of Clinic and Homebased Therapy Program & Early Learning Center and has practiced as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 30 years, working with children at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona since 1994. Valerie received her Bachelors and Masters in occupational therapy at Western Michigan University and A.T Still University respectively. Her current focus is on implementation of evidence practice for children with cerebral palsy. She is a member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Valerie is a co-chair for the UCP Research Committee and a member of the UCP Professional Learning Series committee. She is the lead author of Handprints: Home Programs for Hand Skills and has lectured often on children’s hand skills.

Kari Luther Rosbeck is the President & CEO of TSC Alliance. She has been involved in nonprofit fundraising and volunteer management for more than 30 years. During her tenure at the TSC Alliance, community volunteers have grown from 90 to more than 2,000, she built 36 volunteer branches across the country and as a result drove revenue growth by 380%.




Mark Shaffer, Executive Director, UCP of San Luis Obispo


Andrea Stoesz, Executive Director of UCP of Minnesota & Director of External Affairs at Gillette Children’s



Deborah Thompson, Studio 929 West Consulting & Coaching

Deborah Thompson is an expert in nonprofit leadership and governance, with over 30 years’ experience working with charitable organizations at national and local levels. As former VP of Chapter Advancement with Make-A-Wish America she has extensive knowledge of federated systems and challenges facing chapter leaders and boards. In addition to her consulting and coaching practice, Deborah teaches courses in nonprofit governance, strategic planning, and finance for Arizona State University



Lisa Vaccarelli, Senior Consultant, Plus Delta Partners

Lisa brings 18 years of advancement experience to her role as Senior Consultant at Plus Delta Partners. In this role, Lisa partners with non-profit leaders to enhance their fundraising results by providing best-in-class performance improvement solutions.  She has worked with organizational leaders, fundraisers, and board members at a variety of non-profit organizations at both national and local levels, including the Anti-Defamation League, Junior Achievement, Feeding America, YMCA, and United Way.