ACDL Hires Four New Employees

ACDL would like you to meet four great new additions to our agency.  Each individual brings a unique talent to the organization.


New ACDL Staff
(Top Left to Right) Jennifer Alewelt, Sarah Kader, (Bottom Left to Right) Annie Goldsand, Donna Powers


Jennifer Alewelt joins ACDL as Staff Attorney for the Protection and Advocacy of Individuals with Mental Illness grant program. Jennifer graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego after completing her Masters in Business Administration with University of Phoenix.  Jennifer is a native Arizonan and Arizona State University graduate, excited to be back in Phoenix making a difference in the Arizona community.

Annie Goldsand works on the Short Term Assistance Team (STAT) providing information and technical assistance to our callers. Her main task is to provide information and resources so individuals are better able to understand their rights and advocacy abilities. Along with those duties, she is working with our PAIMI attorney on investigations in behavioral health facilities. Before joining Arizona Center for Disability Law, Annie completed her Masters in Health Management and Policy from Arizona State University. While completing her degree, she worked for the AARP Foundation in Washington D.C. where she became even more passionate about the world of policymaking. She is especially enthusiastic about health care and health care reform, especially as it impacts people with disabilities.

Sarah Kader joins ACDL as Staff Attorney in the Protection and Advocacy for People with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) program, specializing in health care cases. Sarah graduated from Syracuse University College of Law after serving as a Student Attorney in their Disability Rights Clinic for a year. Following graduation, Sarah worked at the Arizona Justice Project and volunteered at Community Legal Services in Phoenix. Sarah is also a graduate of the University of Arizona where she received her Bachelor of Arts. Sarah grew up in Tempe and is very committed to helping secure the rights of people with disabilities in Arizona. She is thrilled to be working at ACDL to further its mission of maximizing independence and achieving equality for people with disabilities.

Donna Powers joined the Phoenix ACDL office in August 2010 as a member of the Short Term Advocacy Team. As a STAT member, Donna is on the frontlines of ACDL work, assisting persons with disabilities by providing rights information and conducting outreach. Most recently, Donna served as a Program Coordinator with the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council where she worked in the area of transportation, public policy advocacy, emergency management planning, and outreach. Donna also provided technical assistance to the Centers for Independent Living across Arizona. Prior to SILC, Donna was the Director of Living in Motion, LIFE, Inc in Tempe, and a Transportation Coordinator for The Community Forum and Easter Seals Arizona. In these organizations, she managed transportation contracts and researched and developed programs for accessible transportation. She also provided transit trip planning assistance and resource referral for transportation and social services. Donna has a B.A. in Communications from Arizona State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also is a graduate of the Generation Next Non-Profit Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Foundation.