Edison Lopez Jr. currently lives in Chicago and works as a specialist at Apple Store. With Latino parents and three deaf siblings, his background is rich with cultural diversity. Tapping into this experience lends to successful community collaborations resulting in several volunteer opportunities and leadership roles. In 2015, Edison achieved a Deaf Interpreter license in the state of Illinois. He is the current owner of Zepol Interpreting Services, LLC.
Michelle N. Johnson began her journey of advocating health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist. Following her stage 4 endometriosis diagnosis, she founded the Fighting Fiercely© Endometriosis Awareness Movement. As an accomplished author, speaker, and educator, Michelle is dedicated to educating, enlightening, and empowering all affected by this disease.
Chris Huff is a 29-year-old African American male from Chicago’s Southside. He grew up in Auburn-Gresham where he developed a passion for social change and civic engagement. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication and Economic Development from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga. Then, he received his Master of Arts in Social Administration from the University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration. He has 5+ years of professional experience that includes working with organizations such as Mikva Challenge, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Nextdoor, University of Chicago, Vera Institute of Justice, and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.
Christea Parent is a creator, producer, and nonprofit professional with a passion for disability justice and neurodiversity. They currently serve as the Chicago Studio Coordinator for Art of Life, and are the Executive Producer and Artistic Director for BAD TASTE Productions. As a performer and writer, their creative work is focused on queerness and social expectations; as a nonprofit professional, they excel at facilitation and administration, as well as experience in all aspects of nonprofit management, including development, board service, programming, and HR. Christea approaches all their work with a justice-oriented mindset and is heavily invested in equity for the disability community, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.