2012 Symposium Speakers

Heidi Johnson Wright

Heidi Johnson WrightMs. Johnson-Wright has over two decades of compliance experience including expertise in Americans with Disabilities Act, building code issues, human resources, equal employment opportunity, and government regulations and policy. Before joining Miami-Dade, she was the ADA Coordinator for the City of Miami Beach, Florida. Ms. Johnson-Wright also practiced law for over a decade as an attorney with a State of Ohio regulatory agency. She has a B.A. from Kent State University and earned her J.D. from Ohio State University.

Thomas P. Ryan

Thomas RyanAs the current chair of the Advisory Board for Individuals with Disabilities (ABID) and the National Federal of the Blind for Broward County, Mr. Ryan is an advocate for the disabled. He conducts motivational seminars for the disabled and advises them of services and training available which would enable them to become productive employees.

Karen Dickerhoof

Karen DickerhoofMs. Dickerhoof, former chair of ABID, has served on numerous boards and taskforces. She was elected to the School Board of Broward County and served as the executive director of the Center for Independent Living of Broward. In addition, she has successfully advocated for the Vulnerable Population Registry, to aid individuals who need greater assistance during the recovery phase of a disaster.

Rex Pace

Res PaceMr. Pace is the technical assistance coordinator with the U. S. Access Board. In this capacity, he oversees the agency’s provision of technical assistance to the public on accessible design and the Board’s ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines, including its toll-free help line and development of published guidance. In the past, he served as an accessibility architect with the Department of Justice’s Disability Rights Section where he provided technical and architectural assistance on the ADA standards to staff attorneys and management and helped produce and illustrate technical assistance materials for public distribution. 

Jack D. Humburg, M.A., C.R.C.

Jack D. HumburgMr. Humburg is the Director of Housing Development and Americans with Disabilities Act Services with Boley Centers, Inc., where he is responsible for the development of affordable housing for individuals with disabilities in Pinellas County. Mr. Humburg serves as the State Network Administrator for the Florida Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Leadership Network. In addition to his ADA responsibilities, Mr. Humburg is the Chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee of the Florida Building Code Commission. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a Certified Professional of Occupancy. 

Larry M . Schneider, AIA

Mr. Schneider served as a member of the Department of Community Affairs Special Task Force to rewrite the Florida Accessibility Code, which resulted in the 1990 edition of the Florida Accessibility Manual. He was the representing architect on the rewrite of the Florida Accessibility Code (FACBC) and was the lead person in the creation of the 2012 FACBC. He has served on the Florida Board of Building Codes and Standards, AIA Florida and AIA Florida/Caribbean Region.  Currently, he is a representative on the ANSI A117.1 Committee that creates the national guidelines for accessibility compliance and use and is the co-editor of the Pocket Guide to the Florida Accessibility Standards.

Doug Harvey

Doug HarveyMr. Harvey is the Executive Director of the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF). In addition to being responsible for the daily operations of BOAF, he also oversees BOAF’s education and training curriculum. He has been involved in construction as a worker, contractor, inspector, plans examiner and building official. This experience coupled with his more than 25 years of experience instructing, developing classes and operating departments, both governmental and private, provides him with the knowledge necessary for BOAF to continue its long standing reputation as the leader in support of the construction industry.