Disability Network Southwest Michigan is pleased to introduce two new board members.
Josh Park and his family moved to Kalamazoo in May 2019 to work for Stryker Instruments in Portage, Michigan. He has extensive experience in business development and corporate finance, general management, and has served in board director and chairman roles with previous organizations.
Josh earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northeastern State University and an Executive MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He began his career in the United States Marine Corps and over 8 years of service he worked in various active and reserve assignments. He credits the military with giving him an appreciation of diverse cultures, love of learning languages, and passion for serving others in need. After 3 consecutive cross-country moves over three straight years, one of his first objective was to set roots and get involved in his community. While he was in the process of certifying his English Mastiff as a therapy dog, he had the opportunity to serve again when he discovered that the Disability Network of Southwest Michigan was searching for a board member. He is thrilled to leverage his experiences and personal network to help support Disability Network.
Hilary Selznick is a professor specializing in disability studies and the rhetoric of health and medicine. Her research focuses on accessibility and disability, rhetorics of chronic pain, and composition pedagogy. Most recently, Hilary has been an adjunct professor at Albion College and a full-time lecturer in Western Michigan University’s Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program. Hilary is passionate about using education to eradicate the socio-political, economic, and cultural barriers that exclude persons with disabilities from fully participating in public and civic life.
Hilary earned her PhD in Rhetoric, Composition and Technical Communication from Illinois State University. She also holds a MFA in Creative Writing and a MEd in Elementary Education.
Hilary enjoys playing with her five-year-old son, making memories, and reading fantasy novels. Hilary identifies as a person with a disability and is pleased to be joining Disability Network Southwest Michigan’s board of directors.