Bree Lair-Milani, Co-Founder, Board Member
Bree became involved in the disabled community on 2001 when she participated in her first wheelchair distribution and sports camp in Mazatlan, Mexico. Bree was so moved by her experiences that she changed her focus from videography to Occupational Therapy.
Bree graduated from the University of Arizona in 2006 with a degree in Special Education, Rehabilitation and School Psychology with a minor in Family Studies and Human Development. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2009 and earned her masters degree in Occupational Therapy. In addition to working for Push International, Bree also works as an outpatient Pediatric Occupational Therapist in the USA.
While Bree attended the University of Arizona she organized wheelchair collections, participated in wheelchair distributions and sports camps, spoke to community organizations, schools, churches winning state wide awards for her work in the disabled community abroad, she worked with Paralympic tennis, rugby and basketball athletes, volunteered at collegiate wheelchair tennis tournaments, worked at the disability resource center, studied assistive technology, traveled and worked with people with disabilities in 12 countries, and lived with room-mates with disabilities.
Bree has had extensive experience working in foreign countries with people with disabilities, has researched deeply and felt the need to focus on sustainable services for people with disabilities abroad. She has seen first hand how the lack of disability policy and advocacy programs dramatically impact the lives of the disabled community and felt compelled to do something about it.
Bree started Push International with Steve Oliver to address the needs on the disabled community on a more long term basis. Push International is not a relief organization but a community development organization focused on improving the quality of life of those with disabilities after their initial need for mobility has been met.