Leah Zapf Donald – Executive Director


Leah Zapf Donald is the Executive Director at A2I. Her personal and family experience with disability propelled her to pursue her passion for inclusion. She has worked in various roles in the Social Services field for 15 years and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Upper Iowa University.

When she’s not directing the day-to-day at A2I, Leah enjoys spending time with her wonderful family and talking about where to find the best pizza.

Donald Mitchell – Independent Living Specialist


Don came to Access 2 Independence in September 2015 with over 15 years experience working in Independent Living Centers.  He currently provides services out of the Cedar Rapids office.

Don is passionate about advocacy particularly making our communities more accessible for people with disabilities.


Kiersten Onanga, BSW – Independent Living Specialist


Kiersten graduated from Mount Mercy University with a degree in Social Work. She started working at A2I in May of 2016 providing services to those living with disabilities. Kiersten loves talking to people and hearing their stories.

Some of Kiersten’s favorite things are hanging out with her awesome family, going to zoos and eating pizza!

Talor Gray, MPH – Independent Living Specialist


Talor is the newest staff member at A2I.  She graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and most recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a Master’s of Public Health in Community and Behavioral Health.  Talor is a strong advocate for people with disabilities and gets extra excited when planning art projects for the Expressive Art Groups.

If you stop by the office, ask to see a photo of Talor’s adorable Boston Terrier pup, Lily!