Meg Wallace, MA, LMSW, organizer
Meg completed her Master’s degree in Social Work at Baylor University, with a specialization in public dialogue strategies, in 2018. She started her career in 1988 as a community organizer and adult educator, then worked for two decades as a freelance writer, editor, and book indexer while raising her two daughters in Chicago. Meg’s engagement with intentional Christian communities and personal experiences with disability and family dissolution set the stage for her to launch the Amberley Collaborative, with the goal of strengthening organic support systems for people facing challenging circumstances.
Jeff Lewis, board president
Jeff is the owner and operator of Waco Wonk, a business operations and technology firm. He is a Nebraska native and is hard-of-hearing. When he is not working, Jeff is spending time with his partner, Jeffrey, and their wonderful son, as well as their fur babies, Pants, Pixel, Millie, and Odie.
Aravind Kannappan, board vice president
Aravind is a sophomore at Baylor University studying Molecular Biology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. His experience with hearing loss, as well as a life-long struggle toward finding his identity in this regard, drives him toward wanting to provide a supportive community for students with disabilities. Additionally he has a passion for addressing global health inequities and improving the health of others through medical research. When Aravind is not working, you will find him writing poetry, playing chess or piano, or binge-watching shows on Netflix.
Tory Schafer, board secretary
Since 2018, Tory has been serving seniors and people with disabilities by giving them a better understanding of how to reduce out-of-pocket expenses, avoid gaps in coverage, and access additional health and financial resources. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in personal finance, he pursued a career that allows him to work with underserved populations in his community. Tory is a general lines agent and life and health insurance counselor in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Devan Stahl, PhD, MDiv, board treasurer
Devan Stahl is an assistant professor of religion at Baylor University. She received her Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics from St. Louis University and her M.Div. from Vanderbilt University. Devan has experience teaching bioethics and medical humanities to undergraduates, medical students and residents, nursing students, and veterinary students. She has also worked as a clinical ethicist in tertiary hospitals and has trained as a hospital chaplain. Her research interests include medicine and the visual arts, theological bioethics, and disability studies.
Rae Jefferson, board member
Rae is the communications director at the Family Health Center, where she spends each day promoting the medical, dental, and behavioral health needs of Waco’s most underserved communities. Previously, she served as the director of marketing and communications at Creative Waco, where she helped establish the Waco Downtown Cultural District and promoted various arts initiatives, including the Cameron Park Sculpture Zoo and a pop-up gallery that eventually became Cultivate 7Twelve. A Baylor University alumnus, Rae is also a 2018 graduate of Waco’s Leadership Plenty Institute and a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Waco Foundation’s Communications Co-Op. Her newest personal endeavor, The Hopeist, provides an online platform for sharing stories at the intersection of mental illness and faith.
Aleysia Chambers, board member
Aleysia works with Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS) as a Transition Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. A recent transplant to Waco from the Killeen area, she hopes to learn more about the community and make a positive impact by helping youth and others with disabilities connect to resources.