• University Professor, BBI Chairman

    Photo Image of Peter BlanckPeter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D.
    Email : pblanck@syr.edu
    Phone : (315) 443-9703
    Dr. Blanck is University Professor at Syracuse University, which is the highest faculty rank granted to only eight prior individuals in the history of the University. He is Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.Read More
  • Executive Director

    Photo Image of Michael MorrisMichael Morris, J.D.
    Email : mmorris@ndi-inc.org
    Phone : (202) 296-2046
    Fax : (202) 296-2047
    Michael Morris has over 25 years of experience in research, knowledge translation, and system change activities advancing community participation and economic self-sufficiency for individuals across the full spectrum of disabilities.Read More
  • Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

    Photo Image of Meera AdyaMeera Adya, J.D., Ph.D.
    Email : madya@syr.edu
    Phone : (315) 443-7346
    Fax : (315) 443-9725
    Meera Adya, Ph.D., J.D., is the BBI Senior Director of Research and Evaluation and Affiliated Faculty in Psychology at Syracuse University and the Consortium for Culture and Medicine involving SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, and Le Moyne College. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on identifying and remediating social problems through empirical exploration of the factors that affect decision-making and testing of efficacious remedies that fit within an existing legal framework. Dr. Adya earned her law degree and doctorate in social psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which is among the foremost interdisciplinary programs in psychology and law.Read More
  • Director of Operations & Business Manager

    Photo Image of Diana FooteDiana Foote,
    Email : dmfoote@syr.edu
    Phone : (315) 443-5915
    Fax : (315) 443-9725
    Diana has served as Business Manager for the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University since 2008 and as Director of Operations since 2011. In this role, Diana manages BBI’s annual budget of approximately $6 million, including external grants and contracts, federally funded projects, and gifts and endowments. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations, she manages resources for current and future goals of BBI through the development single and multi-year projections, and monitoring budget status and financial reports. Read More
  • Director of Legal Research and Writing

    Photo Image of William N. MyhillWilliam N. Myhill, M.Ed., J.D.
    Email : wmyhill@syr.edu
    Phone : (315) 443-1367
    Fax : (315) 443-9725
    William has worked in the fields of education and law over 25 years, collaborating with and providing services for diverse individuals with disabilities and cultural/linguistic differences through extensive research, teaching, and advocacy. He has a lifetime of personal experience with disability. As Director of Legal Research and Writing at BBI, William has overseen the Institute’s disability law and policy research initiatives, and supervised law student research and writing across numerous BBI projects. He is Principal Investigator of the Oswego County Governance & Standard Operating Procedures for Emergency Response project, and is co-PI for Project ENABLE, where he has developed and taught its curriculum and resources for creating inclusive library programs in collaboration with the Center for Digital Literacy (Syracuse University iSchool).Read More