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Mat Rice
Public Policy Director, People On the Go Maryland

Mat Rice currently serves as the public policy director and advocacy coordinator at People On the Go Maryland (POG). He is a disability advocate and former student at the Maryland School for the Blind and Parkville High School. Mat has served as a support broker and administrative support assistant for Shared Support Maryland, Inc. where he worked for over four years. Mr. Rice was formerly the public policy director and project lead for the Empowering Partners self-advocacy initiative at The Arc Maryland. He also served as the public policy specialist for POG.  Mr. Rice has been instrumental in educating legislators on issues which impact the quality of life for people with disabilities in Maryland.  As a leader in the community, he served as the lead facilitator on the Equal Employment Coalition to help pass the Ken Capone Equal Employment Act.  Additionally, Mr. Rice served as a board member of Maryland Association of Community Services and MD Works, Inc., and he currently serves as the chair of the Developmental Disabilities Administration Quality Advisory Council.

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Tracy Wright
Director of Training, People On the Go Maryland

Tracy Wright currently serves as the director of training at People On the Go Maryland (POG). Ms. Wright is currently the Life Enrichment Consultant for By Their Side Maryland, an advisory committee member and a trainer for Expectations Matter, My Life My Choice.  Ms. Wright formerly served as the voting advocate for Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) and as a lead trainer for People On the Go. After graduating from Maryland Partners in Policymaking, Ms. Wright worked at The Arc Maryland for over 15 years. During her tenure, Ms. Wright designed and presented trainings on self-determination, self-advocacy, disability rights, risk taking, and quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the professionals who support them. She was a project director for the Self Advocacy Network (SAN) Peer Mentoring program. She mentored individuals residing in state residential centers, including the Holly Center (Eastern Shore) and Potomac Center (Western Maryland), and provided education on living in the community. She was the lead SAN mentor during the closure of the Rosewood Center in Baltimore.

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Devin Wylie
Program Coordinator, People On the Go Maryland

Devin Wylie is the program coordinator for People On the Go Maryland (POG). Devin mentors and supports POG officers and members. Devin is committed to improving the quality of life for those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She previously served as a direct support professional and Community First Choice case manager, where she was able to provide resources to ensure that individuals with disabilities received supports and services within their community. Devin is committed to using a person-centered approach to empower individuals with disabilities to live meaningful lives.

Board of Directors

Crystal Stephens, Board Chair

Crystal Stephens joined People On the Go in 2014 to help other adults with disabilities understand self-advocacy. Crystal works to spread the word about self-advocacy, since anyone can use self-advocacy tools in their life. Crystal is also president of New Hope for All, a self-advocacy group of Baltimore County.

Matthew Plantz, Vice Chair

Matthew Plantz, vice chair, joined People On the Go in 2016. Matthew is a member of the Community Advisory Council for the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute and is a board member of The Howard County Autism Society. He is a past president of the self-advocacy group People Power of Howard County, as well as a past board member of The Arc Howard County. Matthew previously served as the chair of the Howard County Commission on Disabilities for two years.

Kim Vander Weyden, Board Treasurer

Kim Vander Weyden joined People On the Go in 2006. Kim is also the treasurer of Working Together Frederick Maryland, and is a member of SARTAC, a national advocacy group. Kim is a 2004 graduate of Partners in Policy Making, and went from living in an institution to owning his own home.

Aileen O’Hare, Board Member at Large

Aileen O’Hare has been a People On the Go member for almost 20 years. Aileen feels that it is important that each region is represented on the organization's board by at least one member. Aileen has also been a co-facilitator of Game Changers, a self-advocacy group founded by CHI Centers, Inc.

Diane Vander Weyden, Board Member at Large

Diane Vander Weyden became a People On the Go member in 2006. She joined the group to strengthen her understanding of advocacy and to help others. Diane is president of Working Together Frederick Maryland, and a member of SARTAC. Diane worked at United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware for 34 years as a book keeper. Her parents were instrumental is creating resources for children with disabilities and their parents, and they helped find United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware along with two camps for children with disabilities.

Alex Barnes, Board Member at Large

Alex Barnes has been a People On the Go member since 2010. Alex learned of the organization through People Power of Howard County. He wanted to join the People On the Go board to explore his interests in the legal field, and to have the opportunity to work with the organization’s leadership directly. Alex is a past president of People Power of Howard County, and served two terms on the board of The Arc Maryland. Alex has been employed at Wegman’s since 2012.

Amanda Del Riego, Board Member at Large

Amanda Del Riego is from Central Maryland. She joined People On the Go in 2016, and has always loved being a part of such an influential group that does so much for people with disabilities. Amanda reminds us that some people have not yet found their voice to advocate for themselves, and People On the Go’s work benefits all who are members of the disability community. Amanda is involved in the Main Street Community membership.

Nan Gootenburg, Board Secretary and Historian

Nan Gootenburg was the first president of People On the Go. She remains active in state and local advocacy efforts, and is a champion for the rights of people with disabilities.