Mark Steele has many years’ experience as both an advocate and a person with a disability. In 1981, while a freshman at East Carolina University (ECU), Mark experienced a spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia. Mark returned to college at ECU and obtained his Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1993. Prior to graduating from ECU, he served on the NC Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) from 1989 until 1993. In 1993, Mark went to work for the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, where he served various caseloads, was on many committees and held different positions. During his career with VR as a Rehabilitation Counselor, he was promoted to the Unit Manager where he merged the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Independent Living offices to serve eleven counties. Mark was also the Independent Living Rehabilitation Program Specialist where he was responsible for statewide policy consultation and technical assistance. In July, 2014, Mark accepted the position as Executive Director for The Adaptables, Inc. Center for Independent Living. He is an active member of several disability advocacy groups including the Winston-Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons with Disabilities where he served as President from 1998-2001. Mark is a founding member and active participant of SpiNet, a local spinal cord injury peer support group. In addition, Mark is a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem class of 2001.