Howard L. Chabner
Howard L. Chabner, Vice Chair, has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2001 and Vice Chairman since 2006. He was diagnosed with FSHD at age 18, in 1975, and has used a power wheelchair since 1990. Leveraging his 20 years of experience practicing corporate, equipment leasing, and commercial law, Howard provides legal guidance to the Society. As an activist for disability rights and wheelchair access, Howard brought a successful lawsuit against a major life insurance company for charging a discriminatorily high premium based on his having FSHD.
Howard received a BA from Washington University and a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He and his wife Michele have authored articles about wheelchair-accessible travel in Europe and Israel.
Howard and Michele live in San Francisco across from the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.