Hallie Hovey-Murray, Founder and President
Hallie Hovey-Murray is the Founder and Managing Partner of Gordian Partners. Hallie is a graduate from William & Mary Law School and an Attorney. She founded and currently serves as the Director of the Autism Success Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which works to help provide college preparatory resources for high-school students on the Autism Spectrum. She is a 2019 graduate of William & Mary Law School, and a 2016 graduate of Southern Methodist University. In 2019, she was named to the Gamma Phi Beta national 30 Under 30 list. She is a keynote speaker and has published a memoir, Overcoming Expectations. Her work as an Inclusion advocate has been featured in numerous publications across the United States.
To learn more about Hallie’s work as a speaker & author, please visit halliehoveymurray.com.
Catherine Pall, Education & Accommodation Consultant
Catherine is a Detroit, Michigan native who started working with students with special needs while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field. After receiving her BA in History in 2004 she attended Eastern Michigan University where she attended a dual Masters and Teacher Certification program. This is where her passion for special education law began. She then taught special education in a self- contained classroom in Maryland for students with a variety of disabilities, before moving to Virginia where she co-founded Richmond Autism Integration Network where she currently serves as Program Director. She now runs successful programs that help adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder understand who they are, build self-esteem, and develop life and social skills. Her education and personal experiences with her own disability and in the field, allow her to be an advocate for families that need help in the Richmond, VA area. She has been able to help countless families to better understand the law and get the services that their children desperately need. Catherine is excited to utilize her experiences as an educator to work with educational institutions and workplaces to develop practical accommodations for individuals with both developmental and physical disabilities.
Chastity Bailey, Workplace Inclusion Consultant
Chasity Bailey is a native to Princeton West Virginia. She obtained her BA in Psychology from Concord University in 2010, and her MA in counseling in 2013. In 2016, she left West Virginia to attend William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. She obtained her Juris Doctor of law from William and Mary in May of 2019. In addition to her educational pursuits, she has written numerous peer reviewed medical articles. She now focuses on corporate public policy for a Fortune 500 Company in Richmond, Virginia.
Chasity was diagnosed with a physical disability shortly after her very premature birth. Because of her personal experience with disability, and because of her understanding of the common dynamics fueling workplace discrimination against those with who are differently abled, Chasity can explain how to best include people into the work environment to make use of the skill sets that people with varying abilities can provide. Chasity knows how important an inclusive work environment can be to a company’s economic growth and security. In summary, she believes that companies should look to adapt to a changing workforce, one that includes talented people of all abilities to increase productivity and generate new revenue sources.
Kate Gonzalez, Director of Business Development and Inclusion Consultant
Kate Gonzalez attended the University of Maryland, College Park on a Division 1 Athletic Scholarship for Volleyball while training for the Olympic Womens’ National Team. While practicing, she sustained a severe sports injury that resulted in nine different spinal surgeries and a permanent nerve condition. After her nerve condition developed, she refocused her passions from sports to advocating for others. Kate became a leader on campus through her work as a representative of S.A.R.P.P. (Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program), a crisis intervention counselor, and a Residential Assistant. She also coached and mentored other young athletes aspiring to professional athletics careers. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Maryland’s honors college in 2014, and she was initiated into Mortar Board for her academic excellence.
In 2019, Kate graduated from the William and Mary College of Law. Despite her condition, she found the time and energy apart from her coursework to edit articles for William & Mary’s Journal of Women and the Law and intern with three county prosecutors’ offices where she prosecuted domestic abusers. She also assisted disabled veterans with their applications for benefits with the Lewis B. Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic. Additionally, she volunteered to draft wills for the elderly and indignant. Her first exposure to the effects of legal disability protections came when she petitioned and fought with the College numerous times to ensure their compliance with ADA Regulations and their adherence to their promised accommodations for disabled students. She is dedicated to using her own personal experiences to aid other individuals, companies, and education facilities navigate through legal accommodations, personal struggles, and inclusion training.
Kate’s experience in marketing and business development stems from her work with The Zimmer Marketing Group, a marketing and consulting firm that advised senior housing communities nationwide on a variety of matters. She has experience in performing large-scale marketing research functions for contracted long-term care facilities, analyzing and reporting performance data, and drafting customer service policies and procedures. She has also assisted in training personnel to work with aging individuals with a diverse range of disabilities. She served as a personal relations and marketing director for the counseling center at the University of Maryland, and she coordinated events between the Honors College and other organizations. In her spare time, she is writing a memoir for young athletes describing her experiences with sports-related injuries and disabilities.