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Access Code Collaborative Members

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is pleased to announce the charter members of the Access Code Collaborative (ACC). The following individuals were selected for a specific constituency category, to ensure all stakeholder perspectives are considered in the collaboration efforts of the ACC. While each member has been selected for a specific constituency category, many members identify with more than one constituency group, which contributes to enhanced collaboration among the group.


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Rosemary Hannah Barker, selected to represent individuals with disabilities, graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Past projects of Barker’s have been designing travel and tourism plans for Chatham County and Nash County in North Carolina as well as a business plan development for a potential resort accessibility consulting company. Barker is most interested in bringing a "bird’s eye view" since she has had a mobility disability for the past 15 years. Barker enjoys volunteering in the community and this year participated in the Tiger Woods Foundation–Hyundai Genesis Open and the Saint Mary’s School Mentor program.


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Stoyan Bumbalov, serving as an ex officio member, joined the California Housing and Community Development’s State Housing Law (SHL) Program in 2010, and currently is part of a team involved in the development and maintenance of the California building codes related to residential buildings and structures. He acts as a subject matter expert in projects associated with the California Building Standards Code development process and other rulemaking activities, and is currently the SHL Program manager. Bumbalov carries 15 years of experience in developing and enforcing accessibility standards in California and in Europe. For the last eight years, he has spent a substantial amount of time with the modification of the California Building Code (CBC), Chapter 11A. His daily duties also include technical expertise and interpretations on issues related to access, as well as enforcement of CBC Chapters 11A and 11B in regards to Factory-Built Housing and Special Occupancy Parks. Prior to his state service, Bumbalov was a building inspector and plans examiner for a local jurisdiction. His private sector experience includes 6 years as a building inspector, internal control engineer, and a third party consultant in a company based in Europe. Bumbalov is a Certified Access Specialist; he also possesses seven International Code Council certificates, including Accessibility Plans Examiner. He has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.


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Kaylan M. Dunlap, selected to represent individuals with disabilities, holds an associate of Applied Science from Gwinnet Technical Institute and a Certified Access Specialist. Dunlap is the Special Programs Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the CASI Institute as well a subject matter expert for the Division of State Architect. Additionally, Dunlap completed the Great Plains ADA Center ADA Coordinator Training Certificate Program in 2017 and served on the US Access Board’s Advisory Committee on Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment. Currently, she is the primary Healthcare Accessibility Specialist at Evan Terry Associates and the Senior Technical Director for the Comprehensive Online Resource for the ADA at Evan Terry Associates. Dunlap believes her mobility disability enables her to have a unique perspective of looking at accessibility.


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Rachelle Golden, selected to represent building/facility owners, obtained her Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law in 2013 and is an associate attorney at Overstreet and Associates. As an attorney, Golden regularly helps businesses and government entities proactively comply with the California Building Code (CBC) and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as defend businesses against accessibility-related litigation. Golden is the Vice President of the Fresno County Woman Lawyers and is an educator/consultant for the Civil Justice Association of California. Due to her mobility disability, Golden understands firsthand the unparalleled importance of the accessibility requirements of the CBC, but as a defense attorney also understands the importance of an appropriate balance in creating and enforcing construction-related accessibility requirements.


Picture of Arfaraz Khambatta

Arfaraz Khambatta, selected to represent code enforcers, has over 20 years of experience in planning and executing diversified ADA accessibility consulting and construction projects. He has presented and published papers at International Conferences on Mobility & Transport for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities; the American Public Works Association; the Transportation Research Board; and Project for Public Spaces. He has previously served on the Division of State Architect’s Evaluation of Detectable Warnings Advisory Committee and provided training for design professionals in numerous State and local agencies. As Deputy Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability, Arfaraz Khambatta manages the Office’s capital program evaluating budgetary needs and prioritizing accessibility improvements at City facilities. In this role, he collaborates with other City agencies to determine scope of future barrier removal work and coordinate budget requests from the City’s Capital Planning Committee. He manages a team of Certified Access Specialists and building inspectors, who are responsible for reviewing and verifying code-compliance of permit plans for affordable housing projects and other City projects.


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Gary Layman, selected to represent code enforcers, is a Certified Access Specialist, Chief Building Official/Fire Marshal for City of Oroville, CA, as well as the Chair of the California Building Officials (CALBO) Access Committee. Mr. Layman trains building inspectors, plan examiners, contractors, architects and engineers for the International Code Council and CALBO. Additionally, he provides training to Chambers of Commerce and local business owners on understanding the laws, codes and best practices to achieve access compliance.


Picture of Jihee Lee

Jihee Lee, selected to represent building/facility owners, received her Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and is an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. As a Certified Access Specialist, Lee works as a facilities project manager and a subject matter expert in accessibility for University of California Office of the President, and works as an accessibility consultant. Lee is also a registered architect with the State of California and enjoys art, photography and traveling.


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Carol Bartolo Loeffler, selected to represent individuals with disabilities, is an Occupational Therapy with 35 years of experience working with individuals of all ages and in various treatment environments. Loeffer received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University, Master of Arts from the University of Southern California and Associate of Arts in Interior Planning and Design from American River College. Additionally, she has also been recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association by receiving a Board Certification in Pediatrics. Since 2006, Loeffler has been the Disability Access Advocate for the BSC CAC - Building Fire. As a university and community college professor, Loeffler has formed a flexible instruction style to facilitate training on disabilities, including mobility, hearing and developmental disabilities.

 


Picture of Eugene Lozano Jr.

Eugene Lozano Jr., selected to represent individuals with disabilities, received his Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the California University of San Diego and has worked in a collaborative manner on laws and regulations impacting the built environment at all levels of government for the past four decades. As a published author, Lozano advocates for individuals like himself who are visually impaired. In April, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the California Council of the Blind. Since 2014, Lozano has been the Vice-Chair for the Caltrans External Access Advisory Committee and a member of the Access Advisory Board at Greyhound Lines, Inc. In addition, Lozano is a founding member of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors’ Disability Advisory Commission.


Picture of Vidal Medina.

Vidal Medina, selected to represent disability advocates, has been employed with the Independent Living Center servicing; Fresno, Merced, Madera, Kings and Tulare Counties’, now known as Resources for Independence Central Valley (RICV). In his employment with RICV, Vidal has provided; Social Security, Independent Living, Housing, Travel Training, Peer Support Assistance and System/Individual Advocacy to persons with Disability in the five County areas. Vidal is currently a member of the President’s Committee on Disabilities and Access (PCD ’ A) on the campus of CSU Fresno as the Community Lesion to the PCD ’ A. Current member on the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC) with the Fresno Council of Governments (FCOG). Vidal has a Bachelor of Science-Health Science-Health Services option from CSU Fresno. Vidal shares a passion for working with persons of all disabilities, as he became legal blind with optic nerve damage to both eyes in 1994. Vidal was a Licensed Vocational Nurse in his first profession and believes his training provides the unique understanding and compassion when working with consumers.


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Robert E. Raymer, selected to represent the building/construction industry, has trained over 4,000 builders, building officials and architects on the implementation of California’s disabled accessibility building standards for multi-family dwellings and California’s code-adoption process. Raymer has actively participated in every code-adoption proceedings conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and DSA since July of 1981.


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Dara Schur, selected to represent disability advocates, obtained her Juris Doctorate from University of California, Berkeley and is the Litigation Counsel at the nationally recognized nonprofit law firm, Disability Rights California. In addition, Schur sits on the Board of Directors of The Impact Fund and regularly trains attorneys on housing, civil rights, and litigation skills. Schur is proud of having over 37 years of experience serving as the lead or co-counseling class action and impact lawsuits that have led to the establishment of thousands of accessible and affordable housing units in California. In 2017, Schur was reappointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. as a member of the California Fair Employment and Housing Council.


Picture of Lewis R. Springer III

Lewis R. Springer III, selected to represent design professionals, is a graduate from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Architecture. Springer is the owner of LRS Architecture, a firm focusing on public accommodation properties and their compliance with the American Disabilities Act along with California Building Codes. Additionally, Springer is a Certified Access Specialist and has a Contractor’s License. Springer has public sector experience with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment along with the Regional Transit, where he managed the light rail station design for the Folsom and South Line extensions.


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Ernest Wuethrich, selected to represent Certified Access Specialists, is a Certified Access Specialist in addition to an International Code Council Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner. Wuethrich is currently the accessibility program manager for a Santa Rosa architecture firm, and comes from a background overseeing architectural projects in the private sector including fueling, restaurants and retail. Prior, Wuethrich was a project manager for a landscape architecture firm designing public parks and lands. Throughout his career, Ernest has gained a wide variety of experience in the design industry and has become an advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.