About Us

A resource for special needs equipment in Northern California

AbleCloset is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was founded on the vision of providing children with special needs a resource for borrowing needed equipment. Obtaining rehabilitative equipment can be costly and time consuming. AbleCloset provides a resource for families that find themselves in these situations, allowing them to browse and then borrow from our “library” of equipment. We act as an interim between families and organizations, accepting donations of equipment that children may have outgrown or no longer need, and then lending them out to families with children that could greatly benefit from their use. Our vision includes purchasing new and difficult to obtain equipment through donations and fundraising. Our ultimate goal is the core of our mission… to provide children with special needs with the equipment they need to reach their maximum potential.

If you are a family with equipment to donate, please email us at info@AbleCloset.com. All equipment donations are tax deductible.  If you are a family in need of a piece of equipment, search our inventory and create a reservation through our webpage.

Thank you for helping AbleCloset’s vision to become a reality.

 

Founders

Kelly Steitz
Kelly is the mother of two daughters, Kylee and Peyton. Kylee was born in 2004 with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment and microcephaly. Kelly has been inspired by her daughter and the potential that she displays. She hopes that the development of AbleCloset will provide many other families with the opportunity to unleash their own children’s potentials. Kelly graduated with an MBA for Notre Dame De Namur and has worked for over 20 years in Marketing.
Julie Bursey, DPT
Julie received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Southern California in 2000 and has been specializing in pediatrics since that time. She has worked for multiple organizations and now has her own private practice. She has always found obtaining equipment a daunting task for her families, and hopes that AbleCloset provides a much needed service that will not only make the lives of special needs children and their families a little bit easier but also provide the children with opportunity to develop as much as possible.

 

Board of Directors

Todd Bursey
Having a wife as a pediatric physical therapist, and a son that was born prematurely with complications, Todd has been linked to the special needs community for years. He currently works as the Vice President of Products for RingDNA, offering intelligent telephony through access to real-time consumer data. He has used his extensive technology background to establish and run AbleCloset’s infrastructure. Todd has been a long-time supporter of the core values that drive AbleCloset and is confident that many families in the community will benefit from our efforts.

Mike Mansfield
Mike is retired and comes to us with over 40 years in the home medical industry. He founded Rehab Specialists and has personally helped many of our clients with their health care needs. He particularly enjoys working with special needs kids and their families, adjusting, repairing and evaluating mobility/home care products.  In his free time, Mike loves to cycle, travel, ride horses and maintain his vineyard.  Mike started as a volunteer with AbleCloset in 2012.  In 2017 he joined the Co-Founders as a Board Member.

 

Volunteers

Shannon Cogan
Shannon joined AbleCloset in 2012 as our Program Administrator, but recently shifted to a volunteer position.  She currently serves as the Clients’ Rights Advocate at the San Andreas Regional Center, providing technical assistance and direct representation to enforce the rights of people with developmental disabilities.  Shannon previously worked as Deputy County Counsel with Santa Clara County, but took a leave of absence to coordinate therapies for her son.  She is a member of the school district’s Community Advisory Committee and active with Parents Helping Parents.

Betsy McKone
Betsy retired from Numotion in 2017 after many years of fitting durable medical equipment.  She is well-known throughout the industry and we are lucky to have her 1-2 Saturdays each month helping AbleCloset kids.  When she’s not at AbleCloset, she and her husband work on training their high-energy pup.

Carol Maddox
Carol is currently an Occupational Therapist at the Alameda County CCS where she also leads the effort for the acquisition of durable medical equipment.  Carol’s experience working with children while also focusing on the equipment has helped educate the entire AbleCloset staff.  Carol’s work extends to a number of organizations and non-profits.

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