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Curtis L. Decker, JD
Executive Director

Curt Decker has been affiliated with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) since its inception in 1982. As Executive Director of the nation’s largest non-governmental enforcer of disability rights, Curt oversees all activities related to training and technical assistance, membership services, and legislative advocacy.

Before founding NDRN with other P&A Directors, Curt served as Director of the Maryland P&A – the Maryland Disability Law Center. Curt also served as Director of the H.E.L.P. Resource Project for Abused and Neglected Children for four years, and was a VISTA worker prior to working as a senior attorney for Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau for five years.

Curt is the immediate past chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of over 100 national disability groups, and serves on the boards of Friends of Research and Opera Vivente. In his career, Curt also served as a legislative consultant for numerous groups, including the American Association on Mental Retardation, the National Public Law Training Center, and the Maryland Academy of Physician’s Assistants. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Cornell Law School.

Keith Staples
Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administration

Keith joined NDRN in 2014. He has over 20 years of accounting experience.

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Janice K. Johnson Hunter
Deputy Executive Director for Legal Services

Janice K. Johnson Hunter began her legal career practicing with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau where she represented hundreds of clients in matters involving public benefits, housing, and consumer law for over 7 years. Ms. Hunter later joined the Maryland Disability Law Center as a managing attorney where she divided her time between management activities and a law practice in special education for over 7 years. During her tenure at MDLC Ms. Hunter served as Deputy Director of Legal Work and also as Interim Director. Her professional experience also includes stints as a public policy advocate with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and the Archdiocese of Washington-D.C. Catholic Conference. Joining NDRN in 2007, Ms. Hunter is responsible for supervising the NDRN legal staff and the legally-based technical assistance activities of NDRN and for monitoring the delivery of technical assistance by outside consultants to the P&A network. She also provides direct technical assistance and collaborates with the NDRN Director of Training to develop training programs to meet identified needs of the P&As.  Meet the rest of the Legal Services Team

Eric Buehlmann

Eric Buehlmann
Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy

Eric has been with NDRN since March of 2007, first as a Senior Public Policy Analyst, now as the Director of Public Policy. In these roles he has worked to increase appropriations and enact legislation helpful to the P&A / CAP Systems.  Prior to joining NDRN, from 1995-2007 Eric worked in Senator James Jeffords’ office in a variety of positions, ending with Legislative Counsel. While with Senator Jeffords, Eric worked on a number of issues including: campaign and election law, labor policy, banking and housing, and judiciary-related matters.  Eric graduated from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1995 with a J.D., and from Lehigh University in 1990 with a degree in Accounting.  Meet the rest of the Public Policy Team


Nachama L. Wilker
Deputy Executive Director for Training and Technical Assistance

Nachama is responsible for overseeing the training and technical assistance activities of NDRN, supervising the in-house advocacy and publications staff, as well as providing technical assistance on management, governance, and fiscal issues. Earlier in her career, Nachama was an organizational development consultant with advocacy organizations on issues ranging from strategic planning, fundraising, board development, outcome-based program evaluation, financial management, and public education. She also served as Program Director and then Associate Director of the Genetic Alliance, a coalition of more than 600 organizations representing families, consumer advocates, and health professionals working to improve the health of all by integrating consumers and families into the development of quality genetic healthcare, public awareness, and informed public policies. She holds a BS from Hampshire College in Physics and Public Policy. Nachama's interest in the work of NDRN and the P&As comes in part from her personal experiences as a wife and mother of individuals who, among other things, have special health care needs.  Meet the rest of the Training and Technical Assistance Team

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