Curt Decker has been affiliated with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) since its inception in 1982. As Executive Director of the nations 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 (MDLC). 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 Physicians Assistants. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Cornell Law School.
Since 2007, Janice has served as the legal staff’s supervisor. She oversees the legally-based training and technical assistance activities, provides technical assistance on legal management and professional responsibility/ethics issues, and supports the 11-member Legal Strategy Subcommittee. Janice began her legal career practicing with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau where she represented clients in matters involving public benefits, housing, and consumer law. Later joining the MDLC as a managing attorney, she divided her time between management activities and special education systemic litigation. During her tenure at MDLC, Janice also served as Deputy Director of Legal Work and as Interim Director. Her professional experience also includes policy advocacy with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and the Archdiocese of Washington on issues impacting safety-net services to families and children. She is a graduate of American University (B.S.) and Howard University School of Law (J.D.), both in Washington, D.C. Janice is licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Meet the rest of the Legal Services Team
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 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