David Fazio, President
David Fazio is the Founder & President of Helix Opportunity, a business and organizational development consulting and training firm that provides holistic brand management with respect to the persons with disabilities demographic in the workplace, as well as the consumer marketplace. He is also the author of Harmony at Work, the Business Innovators Guide to Profiting from the Growing Disability Demographic by Creating Meaningful Experiences for Everyone (available on Amazon Kindle).
He survived a softball sized hemorrhagic stroke, from a brain aneurysm, at the age of 13, that paralyzed the entire left side of his body, severely damaged his brain, learning & cognitive functioning, and caused him visual perceptual difficulties. David graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies. He is also certified in Conflict Resolution, Advance Mediation, Lean Transformation, and Six Sigma.
Mr. Fazio’s professional background is deeply rooted in government and regulatory compliance. He worked for the United States Air Force, as a civil service employee, facilitating the Lean Transformation of a complex, multi-billion dollar operation. David also served the American Federation of Government Employees, as a Federal Union Representative, where he litigated Equal Employment Opportunity complaints of disability discrimination before Administrative Judges. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Support for Families of Children with Disabilities and the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area.
David is a member of the Bay Area Water Trail Accessibility Advisory Subcommittee, where he advises on the development, and implementation of, the Accessibility Plan. David is passionate about progressing society towards a more inclusive and meaningful relationship with all of humanity and its various forms of different abilities. Mr. Fazio is a professional public speaker, frequently presenting to the Financial Services Industry, the Global Travel & Tourism Community, the Information Technology Sector, and Corporate America. You can view some of his appearances on Youtube.
Monique Morales, Vice President
Monique Morales has a 30-year background in publications, marketing, and engineering support. As a mother and advocate of a special-needs child on the spectrum, she has hands-on experience dealing with challenges of daily life routines, behavioral outbursts, and educational plans. Working with different agencies and non-profits, in her son’s best interest, has helped Monique broaden her knowledge base.
For the past three years Monique has held two lead positions at Northrop Grumman within the Victory Over Impairment and Challenge Enterprise (The VOICE) Employee Resource Group. Serving as Campus and Communications chairperson on the Northrop Grumman Enterprise board, she interacts with all levels of personnel and brings a fresh outlook to the resource group utilizing her skills to effectively communicate the company mission while leveraging personal experiences. At the Enterprise level, she utilized her publications background and created a campus newsletter, “The Advocate,” which was elevated to Sector level and is currently distributed to all campuses within four sectors of Northrop Grumman. “The Advocate” has become a communication tool for the corporation, which includes personal stories of challenges and achievements. The VOICE ERG also hosts experts on topics such as autism, diabetes, ADHD, sleep apnea, anxiety, depression, and managing stress. Under her leadership, VOICE membership has grown to more than 100 members.
In her private life Monique manages and performs in an R&B band, playing all over the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a classically trained vocalist.
Yvette Crespo, Secretary
Yvette is the Workforce Management & Development Practice Leader for Kaiser Permanente. Prior to that she served as Senior Consultant/Program Director, for Project Search, from 2010 – 2015. As such, she was responsible for developing diversity strategies for the Disability and Veterans workforce, delivering management consulting services and collaborating with senior management to implement solutions and achieve strategic goals. Yvette successfully managed 6 Project Search intern programs and identified and implement new sites, resulting in 76% intern placement rate.
She has Co-chaired the National Disabled Population Support Council, implementing programs and processes and developed the re-launch of the Disability Multi-Cultural Business Resource Groups (MBRG). Yvette’s work served an integral role in the national strategic partnerships amongst NSHMBA, ALFPA, USBLN and NBMBAA. She has spearheaded and developed 4 Veterans and Disability workshops for 450 National Diversity and Inclusion conference attendees.
Suze Siegel, Treasurer
Suze is a Finance Director with extensive experience in computer hardware/software and financial service industries, providing key financial insights to optimize EBITDA, free cash flow, and revenue growth. Demonstrated track record in driving margin improvement through modeling and analysis of various financial levers: pricing, discounting, channel programs, COGS, OPEX, CAPEX. Strategic thinker leveraging a wide functional background across all corporate functions.
Her specialties are: FINANCE: Full P&L Management, Budgeting and Forecasting, Cost & ROI Analysis, Business Modeling, M&A Due Diligence, BUSINESS: Strategic Planning, Business Analysis, Performance Metrics/KPIs, Contract Negotiations/SLA’s, OPERATIONS: Process Re-Engineering, Project/Program Management, Vendor Management, Hardware & Software Management.