Committee Founders

Jane Deland

Jane Deland

Widow of Mike Deland, former Chairman of the National Organization on Disability (NOD), who led the campaign to add the statue of FDR in a wheelchair.

Jim Dickson

Jim Dickson

Former Vice President of American Association of People with Disabilities and National Organization on Disability; directed grassroots campaign for the FDR wheelchair statue.

Mary E. Dolan

Mary E. Dolan

Executive Director, FDR Memorial Legacy Committee


Board of Directors - FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

 Helena Berger, Chair

Helena Berger, Chair

former CEO and President, American Association of People with Disabilities

Jane Deland, Vice Chair

Jane Deland, Vice Chair

Co-Founder, FDR Committee

Carlos Avila, Secretary

Carlos Avila, Secretary

Bilingual Multicultural Education Program Specialist, New Mexico Public Education Department

Eli Yussuf, Treasurer

Eli Yussuf, Treasurer

Eli currently is the Grants Administrator at Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

Mary E. Dolan, Executive Director

Mary E. Dolan, Executive Director

Co-Founder and Executive Director, FDR Committee

Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell

Chairman, Board of Trustees, University of the District of Columbia; Deputy General Counsel, The Conservation Fund

 Arlene King Berry, J.D.

Arlene King Berry, J.D.

Professor, University of the District of Columbia (UDC); Chair of Faculty Senate

Mary Kay Turner

Mary Kay Turner

Retired Educator

FDR Memorial Legacy Committee Advisors

The following individuals provide guidance and support to the FDR Committee and we are thankful for all that they do to support our mission.

Leslie Guadalupe Alarcon

Inspector, DC Regulatory Agency

Joyce A. Bender

CEO and Founder, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

Linda Bloss-Baum

Professor and Assistant Director, Business and Entertainment Program, American University

Jim Dickson

Co-Founder, Retired Vice President American Association of People with Disabilities

The Honorable Luis Gallegos

Foreign Minister of Ecuador

Steven Graham

Posthumous Emeritus, President, Robert Graham Studio

Daria Halprin

Co-Founding Director Tamalpa Institute

Senator Tom Harkin

Retired - Iowa

Judith Heumann

Posthumous Emeritus, International Disability Rights Advocate

Dr. I. King Jordan, Ph.D.

President Emeritus, Gallaudet University

John D. Kemp

President and CEO, Lakeshore Foundation

John P. Langan

Chief Industry Officer-Regulated Industries CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Christine Liao

Program Manager, American Association of People with Disabilities

Meg O’Connell

President, Global Disability Inclusion

Katherine Ott

Curator, Smithsonian Museum of American History

William Raimondo

Former Lieutenant, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ Fire Department

Louise Raymond

Founder and CEO, L. Raymond Advisors

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Board Chair, Roosevelt Institute

Christopher du Pont Roosevelt, J.D.

Of Counsel, Shapiro Gettinger Waldinger & Monteleone, LLP

James Roosevelt, Jr., J.D.

Counsel, Verrill Dana LLP

Richard Allen Simms

Executive Director, District of Columbia Center for Independent Living

Paul Sparrow

Former Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt President Library and Museum

David B. Woolner, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow and Resident Historian, Roosevelt Institute


Mary has been involved in disability rights for over twenty years. She was a member of the senior leadership team at the National Organization on Disability (NOD) from 1995-2011. Mary was a key staff member on the campaign to add a statue of FDR in a wheelchair to the FDR Memorial. Mary also served as Director of the World Committee on Disability with responsibility for executing all aspects of the FDR International Disability Award with presentations to heads of state at the United Nations.

From 2007 – 2011 Mary was a member of the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin convened by the Ford Foundation and later the Aspen Institute. She is co-contributor to the 2009 paper funded by the Ford Foundation titled, US Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange: Understanding the Impact 40 Years Later. In 2009, Mary testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment at the hearing “Agent Orange: What efforts are being made to address the continuing impact of dioxin in Vietnam.”

Prior to establishing the FDR Committee, Mary worked as a licensed educator of students with disabilities in DC area schools from 2013- 2019.

Mary holds a M.A. in Special Education from George Washington University School of Education and Human Development, a M.A. in International Relations from the Josef Korbel School of International Service at the University of Denver and a B.A. in International Studies from the American University School of International Service.