Deborah Ondersma, JD

Vice President

“All Belong’s work transforms our communities. Years ago, while talking with my daughter about her friend from school who had a disability, I wondered aloud what the friend’s life would have been like without a disability.  My daughter stopped me in my tracks. “Mom, he’s perfect exactly as he is.” She didn’t view him as someone with a disability; she viewed him as her friend. I realized then that All Belong’s focus on the inclusion of persons with varied abilities builds and strengthens entire communities. It is important work, and I look forward to using whatever skills I have to further this goal through my work on the Board.”