Meet The Team
Co-Founder & CEO
Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt
Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt is a speech-language pathologist who is certified by the American Speech
Language Hearing Association and is licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners. For over 30 years, she
has been a Professor of Speech Language Pathology at Loyola University Maryland as well as a practicing Speech Language Pathologist. As an SLP, Dr. Schoenbrodt has provided in-depth assessment and individualized treatment with school-age children and adolescents who have language deficits as a result of a wide range of language and learning disabilities, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and more. She also has many years of experience in collaborating and consulting with teachers, professors, counselors, psychologists, and other specialists.
Co-Founder & COO
Dr. Leah Katherine Saal
Dr. Leah Katherine Saal is an adolescent and adult education/literacy teacher and researcher. Dr. Saal’s scholarship explores literacy skills as a social determinant of public health. Passionate about life-long learning, she has over 17 years of experience teaching, designing, and evaluating educational and training programs for adolescents and adults with and without disabilities. Her expertise lies in the assessment and evaluation of individual learning as well as the creation, implementation, and evaluation of human service programs and systems.
Amy Kent completed her undergraduate degree at Loyola University Maryland and her graduate degree at Towson University. Her expertise ranges from journalism, public relations, social media and web content management. She has over eight years of experience as a writer and editor for several print and digital outdoor, travel and lifestyle publications as well as a variety of start-up companies.
Our Self-Advocate Educators
"Not only does the LeadAbility program give people with IDD’s the chance to learn how to advocate on behalf of themselves and a positive cause, but the officers we’ve worked with come away with an opportunity to interact directly with members of a community they protect. It is both a responsibility and an honor to be a part of LeadAbility because it makes me feel included as a part of these valuable learning experiences."
"I'm seen for abilities and not my disability. I enjoy training first responders through roleplaying as gives them a 'hands-on' approach to working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities rather than just learning from a lecture."
"Being a Self-Advocate Educator is important to me. As a person with a disability, I want to speak for myself and want others to be able to do the same. Learning to be a self-advocate gives an individual more confidence and self-esteem."
"I can help the Police and EMS know how I feel when I’m hurt or scared and now I know that they want to help me and other people with Downs… they talk to me so I can understand them. I know they are my friends!"
"Being a Self-Advocate Educator helps others see that I can be a contributing member of society, not defined by intellectual disability. It is exciting to be able to share from our perspective with our EMS and Law Enforcement partners the best way to interact with our population through the use of improv training and hopefully have a better society where we are all 'included' in a meaningful way."
"It’s important to be a Self-Advocate Educator because you’ll be able to bring police officers in perspective on how people with disabilities are in the real world since police brutality in the disabled community is incredibly big."
"I'm proud to be a Self-Advocate Educator because I can teach others with or without disability. It is important to me because I’m slowly getting out of my comfort zone and letting others know about me and my disability and how to communicate with others like me."
"I want to encourage others with disabilities to be the best they can be – to never give up, never look down, and always look forward to a brighter future with a disability. Through my role as a Self Advocate Educator, I hope to show others that they should have determination and perseverance! Don’t focus on the negative. Try to stay positive!"
"I like being a Self-Advocate Educator because I want to help First Responders work with people who have disabilities. It’s important that they get to have practice helping people like me when there is an emergency."
"As a person with a Traumatic Brain Injury, it is important that first aid responders should realize the physical and cognitive challenges people like me have. I use a wheelchair, so my day to day life is very different compared to other people. It’s hard for people to understand the challenges that disabled people face. Through this program, I want to help first aid responders learn about it, teaching them how to effectively help people like me."
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