- Virginia Board for Persons with DisabilitiesBoard Member, 2014 - presentAppointed by Governor Terry McAuliffee to Virginia’s development disabilities council responsible for promoting and guiding public policy changes that impact individuals with disabilities.
- Virginia Special Education Advisory CommitteeMember, 2011 - 2014Appointed by the Virginia State Board of Education to advisory committee responsible for the formulation and development of long-range plans to provide services to students with disabilities. Led subcommittee focused on the concerns of recruitment and retention of special education teachers and related service providers.
- Examiner.comDC Disney Traveler, 2011 - 2014Regional content provider focused on developing online content on current news, travel tips and topics for enthusiast who vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
- Examiner.comDC Disabilty Examiner, 2009 - 2010Regional content provider focused on developing online content on issues impacting the disability community in the areas of education, housing, civil rights and transportation.
- Virginia Board for Persons with DisabilitiesChair, Education Committee, 2007 - 2010Appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to Virginia’s development disabilities council responsible for promoting and guiding public policy changes that impact individuals with disabilities. Led subcommittee focused on developing policies, positions and initiatives intended to enhance the delivery of disability services in schools and other educational institutions. • Served on Medicaid Waiver Task Force at the request of the Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services to work with other disability advocates and agency representatives to develop a Medicaid Waiver for Autism Services for funding consideration by the Governor of Virginia.
- United States SenateVarious positions, 1994 - 2003
For the past 20 years, I have called the Washington DC metro area home and in that time, I have not had a traditional career path. The road I have traveled has taken me to a variety of challenging experiences in Federal and state government, nonprofits and the private sector. I have served 3 U.S. Senators and 1 U.S. Federal Judge; briefly worked for General Colin Powell’s national nonprofit, America’s Promise; helped set up the DC office of one of the leading global digital forensics firm; co-founded a political action committee concerned about people with disabilities in Virginia; was on online content provider for Examiner.com, writing about issues impacting people with disabilities and traveling to Walt Disney World; was appointed by 2 different Virginia Governors to positions in state government and have served on 4 of the 7 state-wide panels that participate in helping to shape policies and advocate for needed reforms or services for people with disabilities.
I am always learning from the people around me and I keep my eyes and ears open to find that my leadership style improves as I work during difficult situtations with great people. What's next? Let's find out!
- University of Texas at El PasoPolitical Science, 1987 - 1992
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