Staff Experts & Advocates

Knowledgeable & committed experts working for you

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only Congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. Learn more about Our Mission.

You can find our experts in the nation’s capital, in the field, and across the country, providing services, research and resources to catastrophically disabled veterans, their caregivers, and their families.

General Counsel

Leonard Selfon

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Nonprofit Law and Governance
  • Association Law
  • Veterans Law and Benefits
  • General and Appellate Litigation (State and Federal)
  • Chapter Programs and Operations
  • Disability Law


Government Relations

Heather Ansley
Associate Executive Director

  • Veterans issues
  • Disability Civil Rights
  • Legal Advocacy


Veterans Benefits

Peter Gaytan
Associate Executive Director

Veterans Budget Appropriations, Gulf War Illness, Veterans Homeless Issues

Joseph Badzmierowski
Director of Field Services
 


Advocacy

Susan Prokop
National Director

  • Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Fair Housing
  • Employment of People with Disabilities
  • Emergency Management

 

Lee Page
Senior Associate Director

  • ADA
  • Air Carrier Access Act
  • Disability Civil Rights
  • Voting


Medical Services

Amanda Milisits
Director

  • Healthcare Advocacy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Healthcare Policy
  • The Independent Budget


Accessibility

Mark Lichter
Architecture Program, Director of Architecture & Facilities 

  • Accessibility
  • Design & Construction
  • ADA Compliance


Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Fabio Villarroel
Director, Sports and Recreation

  • Adaptive Sports and Recreation
  • Emergency Medical Procedures
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


Appellate Services

Jim Fischl
Senior Appellate Services Operations Manager

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Veterans Services
  • Regulatory Compliance


Employment

Lauren Lobrano
Director, PAVE Program


Prosthetics

Fred Downs, Jr.
Prosthetics Consultant

Prosthetics, Sensory Aids, Spinal Cord Injury, Vietnam War, Veterans Affairs Material Management, Orthotics, POW/MIA Affairs, Veteran Affairs Data Management, Medical/Surgical Standardization

RECENT NEWS

September 17, 2019 PVA announces Senator Duckworth as recipient of 2019 Gordon Mansfield Congressional Leadership Award
September 16, 2019 PVA issues statement on Senate passage of TSA Precheck bill for veterans with disabilities
September 15, 2019 Program works toward fixing high unemployment rates among veterans
September 12, 2019 Unique Charity Golf Open to raise funds for Veterans’ employment program
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