Candace Cable

Candace Cable

Advisory Board Member

Candace is grateful for her spinal cord injury in 1975 at the age of 21 that resulted in the use of a wheelchair for her to be mobile in the world.

This type of mobility is responsible for her 27-year athletic career of 9 Paralympic Games appearances where she gained 12 medals in 3 sports, winning 84 marathons and becoming the first American woman to win medals in both the summer and winter games in 1992. All this has given her the “universally inclusive language” platform of sport, to create a second career speaking about how to uncork the necessary conversations about the need for social justice and human rights of people with disabilities to participate in our global humanity.

Candace continues those conversations as inclusion consultant and Chief Creative Officer for Social Cohesion Resources. She develops workshops, consultations and keynote addresses around the idea that understanding disability is an asset and critical for creating success and inclusion for all people to contribute and thrive in this twenty-first century global society. Candace provides insights to UNICEF’s global partnerships on inclusive education and adapted sport. She attends and contributes to the growth during the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities conferences.

Candace believes that spending time with disabled people is pivotal to create inclusion and she works as a universal access trainer with Open Doors Organization for the travel and tourism industries. She shares these messages hosting webcasts, created videos and writing a blog for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Recently she was the acting director of Paralympic and Disability Engagement for the successful bid to bring the Paralympic and Olympic Games to Los Angeles in 2028 and is currently working on recommendations for education programs for the new LA2028 OCOG, the organizing committee.

Candace is a member and volunteer on the board of directors for the US International Council on Disability – USICD, the Southern California Olympian and Paralympian Association – SCOPA and the US Olympian and Paralympian Association – USOPA. She served as the Athlete Services Coordinator for 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver Canada and during the 2012-2016 quad on the USOC Athlete Advisory Council.

As a faculty member at the renowned Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM), Department of Pediatric NeuroScience, David G. Erickson’s passion for whole person care jells perfectly with the university’s mission – to make man whole. He incorporates this philosophy as he manages a caseload of 500 patients at LLUSM’s Muscular Dystrophy Clinic. Mr. Erickson is also a consulting Occupational Therapist at Angel View Children’s Foundation, which operates 18 six-bed residential homes (ICF-DD/H/N/CN and CLHF licensed), and at Mountain Shadows, which operates 27 group homes, combined these companies serve more than 275 children and adults; Mr. Erickson’s hands-on philosophy and positive outlook help to ensure the highest quality of life possible for these residents/patients. Mr. Erickson sits on two Boards with Mountain Shadows; their Operating and Foundation Boards. He also consults at several other organizations, including Christopher Ranch, an ICF-DD/H facility, and the Angel View Day Program. Prior to this, Mr. Erickson acted as Chief Supervising Therapist for California Children’s Services (CCS), where he administered the CCS program to a caseload of 4,000-5,000 pediatric patients.Mr. Erickson has been recognized for clinical excellence by the Occupational Therapy Association of California. In 1999, he was selected as one of ten “Community Heroes” by the San Bernardino County Sun Newspaper for making a positive difference in the community.Mr. Erickson is a founding Board Member of the Valley of the Falls Community Center inc., in Forest Falls where he makes his home. He is the lead Fire Auxiliary coordinator for the local San Bernardino County Fire Department there in Forest Falls.Mr. Erickson was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University, School of Allied Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy. He is registered with the National Certification Board for Occupational Therapists and holds a current license with the California Board of Occupational Therapy.

David Erickson

David Erickson, OTR/L

Advisory Board Member

Richard Green

Richard Green, LCSW

Advisory Board Member

Richard has been a social worker at Sharp Rehabilitation Hospital in San Diego for 37 years working with the SCI population. He is co-founder of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and facilitates the Men with SCI Network group that meets monthly at Sharp. Richard is the Sharp Rehab liaison with the United Spinal Association.

John is an innovator and creator displaying his creative designs as founder of Colours Wheelchair. John’s SCI came in 1981 and he has dedicated himself to improving the lives of the disabled community since. He pushed the limits with a cutting edge marketing campaign while at the head of Colours getting the attention of the community and showing that this was a movement, that living life to the fullest and pushing the boundaries of what the disabled population is “supposed to be” will break down the attitudinal barriers and change the negative stereotypes.

John Box

John Box

Advisory Board Member

Kathy Dunn

Kathy Dunn

Advisory Board Member

Kathleen L. Dunn, MS,RN,CRRN,CNS-BC received her BSN from Humboldt State University (California) and her Masters in Rehabilitation Nursing from Rush University (Chicago, IL). She has over 43 years’ experience in orthopedic and rehabilitation nursing as a staff nurse, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, program coordinator and case manager, specializing further in spinal cord injury care for the last 34 years. She worked at Sharp Rehab Center from 1976-1981 and 1982-1988. She retired in 2017 as the clinical nurse specialist and rehabilitation case manager for the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, California. She was recruited to open this center and guided development of all clinical programs from 1989-2017. She is an honorary life member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). She was the 2003 Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year for the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and was selected as the Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year in 2008 by the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. In 2008 she was inducted into the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame (NSCIA). She was awarded the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Nursing Excellence Award (Expanded Role) in 2012. She has represented both the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and AASCIN/ASCIP on the Steering Committee for the Consortium of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She has served as a as the lead SCI-Nurse moderator for on-line discussion forums for people with SCI for the www.CareCure.org website since 1997. Currently she does some consulting including legal nurse consultant.

Doreen Casuto has 42 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation nursing providing patient cam, education, and coordination of services. She has 30 years of experience as an independent case manager working with catastrophically injured children and adults. She has over 25 years’ experience preparing Life Care Plans and testifying in regards to the client’s current and future health care needs. Specialty: Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, Neuromuscular Disorder.

Doreen Casuto

Doreen Casuto, RN, MRA, CRRN, CCM, CLCP

Advisory Board Member

Steve Goldman

Steve Goldman

Advisory Board Member

At age four I contracted polio, which affected the use of my legs. From then on, until 1997, I had walked on braces and crutches. In 1997 I had back complications and am now very active while using a wheelchair full time. My education included an M.S. in Business from Long Island University in Brooklyn. During my college years and beyond I played wheelchair basketball with professional teams and had many great moments competing around the country, winning a national championship once.Soon after college I moved to southern California where I began what became my 27-year career in the “Medical Equipment” industry. Our specialization was in the “long-term rehabilitation” area. As a manager, I also got involved in sales, which put me in direct contact with disabled children, their parents, teachers and healthcare providers. Again, many of these relationships have lasted until today.Since retiring from full-time work in the medical business in 1997, I have been involved in helping out some of my old competitors when projects come up. To keep busy I volunteer as a “Citizenship Tutor” and am on The Accessible Advisory Committee for The Port of San Diego. In the past I have served on the boards of The M.S. Society and United Cerebral Palsy. In addition, have been a mentor for disabled teenagers.

Haydee Pena

Haydee Pena

Advisory Board Member