My name is Denise. I don’t always have the physical energy to engage or reply.
I have a respiratory condition that interferes with my ability to breathe and speak. It is extremely difficult & often impossible for me to speak on the phone. I’ve had this condition since 1994. There are other aspects of my health that I keep private.
I had Maxillomanidbular Advancement surgery in late 2013. It will be a long recovery.
I will have surgery to remove a meningioma in Nov of 2014 or later. Yes, I’m scared.
I’m a progressive, feminist, whistleblower, author, Emotional Intelligence & NVC enthusiast, sound conflict resolution enthusiast & workplace expert. I’m also a Buddhist-flavored Agnostic Unitarian Universalist & a spoonie.
My book published by McGraw Hill is: The HR Toolkit: An Indispensable Resource for Being a Credible Activist. I am a former Human Resources executive and was a delegate at the annual International Emotional Intelligence Conference.
I earned an EdM in Counseling Psychology and an MA in Organizational Psychology, both from Columbia University. The foundations of these degrees were in issues of Identity: race, gender, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, age, color, etc.
I’m proud to have been associate producer of the film, The David Dance: written, directed by and starring my dear friend, Don Scime.
I was lucky to have the most ethical and excellent lawyers in the world when I was a whistleblower.
My disabilities can be challenging, and social media provides news & opportunity for political action. I mostly RT things, but when I have energy, I sometimes tweet satire or other stuff. I often repost tweets bc of low energy. I used to have a friend post my tweets for me to limit my typing, but now I just tweet less.
Please do not ask me personal questions about my health even if you think you have ideas that will help me. If you’re not a medical professional who has reviewed my entire medical history & is examining me in person, such discussions are a waste of my energy.
I have had many surgeries, and I was told by an anesthesiologist in 2010 in NY that he had to temporarily paralyze all of my muscles on the previous surgery because even after I had been given general anesthesia, my body continued to cough convulsively and they were unable to do the surgery otherwise.
Here is the best article written (by @JasStanford) about my ordeal with TX DPS having subpoenaed my tweets. I was very lucky that @MichelleKostun, a lawyer in Austin, TX, represented me to deal with this terrifying ordeal.
In my experience, most US workplaces are in serious, willful violation of ADA & EEO laws. I say this as a workplace expert, former Human Resources executive, and as a person with disabilities who has seen how the ADA is routinely ignored without consequence.
The EEOC & state Human Rights divisions are underfunded and understaffed; backlogs mean you won’t get any action until well after you complain and experience unlawful retaliation. You have to be able to afford an attorney to fight back. Most attorneys will not take cases on contingency because these cases don’t yield much. When there are settlements, part goes to attorneys and the rest can be taxed. What complainants do NOT get is their jobs. Most people who make legitimate EEO complaints lose their jobs. Guess who keeps their jobs? – the harassers and those in leadership positions who allowed harassment or retaliation to exist or who sanctioned it.
I studied for two years with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa in Boulder, CO where I earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics and performed in various performance art, dance and poetry pieces. I also studied ballet, modern, jazz and African dance as an undergraduate.