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Umbrella Alliance US Appoints National Board Chair

July 27, 2023

Neurodivergent advocacy and education non-profit begins board formation.

Wichita, KS: Today, Umbrella Alliance US formally announces the appointment of Sarah Phelps as National Board Chair. This is the first appointment of a board selection process that will continue through Q3 as Umbrella Alliance US ramps up programming and partnerships work nationwide.

“Having Sarah as our board chair is an absolute blessing, igniting a flame of hope and determination within our organization’s core. With her passion and unwavering commitment, we are destined to forge a path of stability and sustainability, advocating for and, more importantly, with NDs across the United States” stated Angela Locashio, Executive Director. “Words alone cannot express the joy that fills my heart for welcoming Sarah to our team. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will strengthen and empower our community, always valuing our unique experiences, needs, and aspirations.”

Ms. Phelps is an experienced board founder and has served on 10 founding boards to date. Her history of dedication to diversity, equity, and belonging work, record of successful innovative strategies, and program creation experience will help Umbrella Alliance US create infrastructure and programs that support and empower neurodivergent individuals in all facets of their lives.

“I cannot express how honored I am to join this Umbrella, and how excited I am to work towards an equitable future for neurodivergent folks. Angela and her team have done hundreds of hours of work speaking to ND folks throughout the US and providing webinars and LinkedIn Lives that respond to the needs they have expressed. Together, we will create a board and staff that support advocacy and education in our schools, corporations, and healthcare organizations.”

Sarah Phelps
Sarah Phelps is a white woman with short, curly hair. She is smiling gently at the camera and wearing a black top with a keyhole opening at the neck. The shirt has white, pink, purple, and teal planets, stars, and moons printed on it.
Ms. Phelps is currently the Director of Programs and Operations at OutNebraska, founding board member of MomPower Inc., and founding board member of Rainbow Rest Stop (2024 launch).

ABOUT UMBRELLA ALLIANCE US: UA US works to increase the knowledge and empowerment of neurodivergent (ND) individuals living in a neurotypical world. We work with organizations to support an increasingly neurodiverse workforce. Our mission is to advocate and educate about neurodiversity by researching, actively listening, & engaging in collaborative work to establish extensive, free access to evidence-based, community-created, ND-affirming resources. Read about the ND23 initiative here.