"Babette Peyton recent winner of 10 gold and 2 silver medals in archery, at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.I travel the world, but I’m glad I can access information and services from my own city, right from my phone."
Babette Peyton is a Disabled Veteran who has a boundless zest for life and a reputation for social activism and advocacy. Raised on the South and West sides of Chicago, she followed a family tradition and joined the military. There, she sustained an injury that resulted in paralysis and a diagnosis that would have defeated many people. Relegated to a hospice, she began writing her obituary and had almost accepted that as her fate, when she was invited to go to a Paralympic Military Sports Camp. That trip was a life-changer for her. She participated in the activities and discovered archery. Babette only has the use of one arm, which she uses to hold the bow; she pulls the arrow back with her teeth. She hit two Bullseyes the first time she tried and hasn’t looked back since. 110 gold medals later, Peyton is training for the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.
"As a technology professional, I’m excited about Chicago’s revamped 311 City Services system. It’s innovative, cutting edge and gives the residents multiple ways to request and track city services and information."
Zee Moric is a tech-preneur with over 15 years of professional design, product management, marketing and user experience. His company, Moric Media, is a trusted source in technology and design and is highly sought after in Chicago and beyond. Zee's passion is working with entrepreneurs who serve and value community, a philosophy he mirrors in his own work. He currently serves as a mentor to students at California Lutheran University's Center for Entrepreneurship, is a Venture Board Member for mHUB Chicago, and volunteers for Susan G. Komen Chicago and iF Charities.
With a wealth of experience on the client side, Zee understands how to listen to a customer's needs and translate their goals and desires into compelling online interactions. He's brought that zeal and expertise to his service and to the Community Advisory Group for the modernization of the 311 City Services system.
"As millennials, computers and mobile devices are our preferred methods of communicating. I’m excited to teach the youth in my programs the self-service options available through 311 that gives them access to the information and services they need."
Quentin Mables looked around his neighborhood and decided to get involved with youth at risk. As director of I Grow Chicago, an Englewood-based community organization he founded, he works with youth promoting peace and engaging in work force development. Quentin helps program participants take control of their lives, make good decisions and become productive citizens.
"Chicago’s new and improved 311 portal gives access to services and information in multiple languages to all citizens regardless of ability."
Horacio Esparza is a disability advocate who practices what he teaches – living a full and independent life. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and studied at the school of the blind in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, later earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Horacio serves as the Executive Director of the Progress Center for Independent Living and travels the world speaking on topics related to disability. He produces and hosts Radio Vida Independiente, the first radio show in the country dedicated to disability rights, culture, and the independent living philosophy.