In February 2015, shortly after the first meeting of the Advisory Committee, Randee EllenChafkin passed away. Randee was a long time employee in the U.S. Department of Labor,contributing her knowledge and passion first at the President’s Committee on Employment ofPeople with Disabilities, then the Office of Disability Employment Policy, and most recently theEmployment and Training Administration.

Randee dedicated her life to increasing employmentof people with disabilities, especially youth and adults who experience the most significantbarriers to full inclusion in employment and community participation.

She will be greatlymissed. When she died, a note was pinned to the wall near her desk. The sentiment expressed inthat note reflects Randee’s dedication and career, and is fitting for the work of the AdvisoryCommittee.”It’s the action, not the fruit of the action that’s important.

You have to do the right thing. It maynot be in your power, may not be in your time that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean youstop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if youdo nothing, there will be no result.” – Mahatma Ghandi