Betsy Valnes is the Executive Director for NYLN. She was part of NYLN’s inception [beginning]. She loves the value of empowerment. She wants people to recognize their full potential. Her main passion is international human rights. She has contributed to events in eight different counties. Many of these events focused on inclusion justice. Betsy works with other organizations as well. One example is the National Council on Disability. Another is the Mobility International. She also worked with the World Bank and the United Nations. She advocates for the power of young people and people of diverse cultures. Betsy completed her Master’s degree at American University in 2010. In her free time, Betsy likes to read, write, travel, create expressive art, mow lawns, and use power tools.
Kristen Jones is Technical Support (web updates, updates the listserve, and develops the newsletter) for NYLN. She has been part of NYLN since 1999. She has a passion helping to shape and mentor youth into the next generation of leaders. In December 2012, she finished her doctorate in multicultural special education at the University of Texas at Austin. Kristen teaches disability studies courses for the Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She also works full-time for Disability Rights Texas, a protection and advocacy (P & A) organization, as a training and technical support specialist for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). In Kristen’s free time she enjoys watching movies, cooking, and reading.
Cindy Singletary is NYLN’ s Volunteer Coordinator. She is an Independent Living Specialist at LIFE (Living Independence For Everyone) of Mississippi, a center for independent living. She has been with LIFE for nine years. Cindy also serves on multiple boards and councils. She holds leadership positions in the Community Partnership Advisory Council for the Institute of Disabilities Studies (IDS) and the COCA Steering Committee. In her spare time, she spends time with her family and friends. She enjoys helping youth become independent.
Jessica Croner is NYLN’s Honorable Fellow. Jessica graduated from Idaho State University in 2009 with a Bachelor degree in University Studies with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy. During her college years, Jessica became heavily involved in advocacy and Universal Design. Since graduation, she has worked with many state disability advocacy organizations. Two years ago, Jessica began working with NYLN as the coordinator for the state partnership in Idaho and was the 2012 NYLN president.