Our Office & Staff

Our Mission

Promote equal access for students with disabilities in curricular and co-curricular activities within the university experience.

Foster partnerships with students, faculty, and staff to create environments that are accessible, diverse, and inclusive.

Empower students to fully participate in the university community.

Our vision is for all students to achieve their fullest potential.

As part of George Mason University’s continuing commitment to upholding the letter and spirit of the laws that ensure equal treatment of people with disabilities, the university established and maintains Disability Services. Under the administration of University Life, the center implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities.

Disability Services is available to serve all students with disabilities, including those with cognitive, learning, psychological, sustained head injuries, sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments.

As part of University Life’s commitment to recognizing and honoring the richness of diversity at George Mason University, Disability Services staff members actively participate in the campus-wide diversity dialogue. The office welcomes and encourages all students with disabilities, whether registered with Disability Services or not, to identify themselves as members of the disability community and to engage in the diversity dialogue on campus by getting involved with Disability Services and other multicultural programs and activities.

The Disability Services Team

Naomi Martinez-Jones, Director – nmarti20@gmu.edu

Jamilah Anderson, Associate Director, Mason Autism Support Initiative (MASI) – jander53@gmu.edu

Jeffrey Ogden, Assistant Director – jogden5@gmu.edu

Aja Puopolo, Coordinator of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services – apuopolo@gmu.edu

Lisa Coats, Access Consultant – lcoats@gmu.edu

Morgan Strimel, Access Consultant – mthomp26@gmu.edu

Marcel Assink, Data Analyst – massink@gmu.edu

Maureen Breen, Administrative Assistant – mbreen1@gmu

Rachel Carter, Test Administrator – rcarter8@gmu.edu