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.
Former Vice President of American Assn of People with Disabilities, and NOD; directed grassroots campaign for the FDR wheelchair statue.
Mary E. Dolan
Executive Director, FDR Memorial Legacy Committee
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; apprentice architect;
Christopher D. Bell, Esq.
Deputy Counsel General, The Conservation Fund; Chair, Board of Trustees, University of the District of Columbia;
Disability Rights Advocate; former President & CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities;
Senior Director, Artist and Industry Relations, SoundExchange;
Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL);
Senator Max Cleland
Retired U.S. Senator from Georgia;
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;
former Vice President of American Assn of People with Disabilities, and NOD; directed grassroots campaign for the FDR wheelchair statue;
Mary E. Dolan
Executive Director, FDR Memorial Legacy Committee;
The Honorable Luis Gallegos
Ambassador of Ecuador to the United Nations;
President, Robert Graham Studio; Co-Creator of Prologue Room inscription graphics and fabrication casting; son of Robert Graham - sculptor of FDR wheelchair statue;
International Disability Rights Advocate;
I. King Jordan, Ph.D.
former President of Gallaudet University;
John D. Kemp
President and CEO, Viscardi Center;
Arlene King-Berry, J.D.
Prof. Special Education; Chair Faculty Senate, Univ District of Columbia;
John P. Langan
Chief Industry Officer-Regulated Industries CliftonLarsonAllen LLP;
Program Manager, American Association of People with Disabilities;
Clifford L. Muse, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Director/University Archivist, Howard University;
CEO & Founder, Global Disability Inclusion;
Curator, Smithsonian Museum of American History; member of inscription committee for the Prologue Room at the FDR Memorial;
Lieutenant, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ Fire Department;
Founder and CEO, L. Raymond Advisors;
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
Board Chair, Roosevelt Institute;
Christopher du Pont Roosevelt, J.D.
Christopher du Pont Roosevelt, J.D.;
Richard Allen Simms
Executive Director, DC Center for Independent Living;
Mary Kay Turner
Brittany Williams, M.A.
Educator specializing in special education and transition, Disability Advocate;
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.