dLCV Board Members

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Sally Conway (President)

Sally Conway is a former Deputy Chief in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. During her 23 years in the Disability Rights Section, she directed the Department’s wide-reaching Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assistance Program, including the nationwide ADA Information Line and the development of technical assistance documents and other guidance, to meet the ADA’s statutory mandate to educate those with rights and responsibilities under the ADA. She also oversaw the Department’s ADA Mediation Program, and the Intake Unit, and served as liaison for Congressional staff on questions related to the ADA, constituent issues, and disability rights generally. Having worked in the fields of disability and civil rights for more than 35 years, she has conducted training sessions, workshops, and presentations on the ADA for members of the public and private sectors, advocacy organizations, people with disabilities, and the general public throughout the country.

Before her career with the Department, Ms. Conway worked in New Hampshire as a program director for Granite State Independent Living, as an investigator for the state’s Commission for Human Rights, as a medical social worker, and as a grade four through 12 music teacher in the public schools. In the last century, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Plymouth State University.

Sean Campbell (Vice President)

Sean Campbell is a 4th generation public educator and has over 20 years of experience in the public education field. Sean earned his Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and his Master’s degree in child development from Virginia Tech. He also holds a post-graduate certificate in gerontology (Virginia Tech), a post-master’s certificate in educational leadership (VCU), and a post-bachelor certificate in disability leadership (VCU). Sean graduated from the Partners in Policymaking program in 2013 and graduated from the Virginia LEND program in 2019. Currently, Sean serves on the State Council for the IFSP Program at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. He also serves on the Education Policy Committee at the Arc of Virginia, and he is a family navigator at the Center for Family Involvement.

When Sean has free time, he enjoys hanging out with his wife, also an educator, and his two teenage sons. He enjoys watching movies, working with the local Boy Scout troop, and attending concerts.

Tyler Williamson Esq. (Secretary)

Tyler Williamson decided after practicing law for six years in Hampton Roads, to follow his passion and joined FACT as its new Executive Director in 2020.  He is a former Camp Counselor and has been a member of the FACT Board since 2018. Tyler’s younger brother Brian was one of the first children with autism to attend Camp Gonnawannagoagin’. Tyler oversees the organization’s programs, fundraising, and special events.

Stacy Ruble (Treasurer)

Stacy Ruble has worked for 25 years in the grant profession and as a domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocate. She entered the disability field in 2001 as a sign language student. Her three interests converged when she won a multimillion-dollar U.S. Department of Justice grant to support people with disabilities being impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This grant educated disability service providers about these issues and educated sexual and domestic violence agency staff about disabilities and accessibility.

Stacy served on the dLCV Foundation Board 2015-2020, serving as Gala Committee Chair for multiple years and ending her tenure as President upon the merger of the foundation with dLCV. Stacy has been a Richmond-based independent grant consultant since 2011, writing and reviewing grants, and conducting prospect research, policy review, and training.

Bolor Amarsanaa

Bolor Amarsanaa is a Northern Virginia-based Certified Public Accountant. She holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. With over 10 years of professional experience, her journey has been guided by a passion for making a meaningful impact on the world, rooted in a background with organizations focused on natural resources, conservation, education, health, children’s rights, economic development, and shared prosperity in developing countries. Bolor brings diversity and breadth of experience to the dLCV Board, where she is committed to learning and actively contributing to the organization’s mission, fostering positive change, and creating a better future for individuals with disabilities.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Bolor volunteers with the State Society of CPAs and other non-profit organizations demonstrating dedication to community service, advocacy, and the advancement of professional standards.

Sierrah M. Chavis 

Mrs. Chavis has over 10 years of experience in education. She has worked in different educational settings, but her passion for youth and helping the underserved or the “underdog” see their full potential remains consistent throughout her work in advocating for people with disabilities, DEI, domestic violence victims, and survivors. She currently serves as the Director of Education with United Way of South Hampton Roads. She has a master’s degree in Special Education and School Leadership and Administration from Old Dominion University.

Mrs. Chavis is a published author and has written for several educational publications, blogs, and articles. Mrs. Chavis has presented at several conferences, women empowerment events, and radio. She has received several awards including the Diversity Champion award from Old Dominion University, the Impact Leadership award from the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD), the Teacher of the Year award from the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities, and most recently National Teacher of the Year from the Council of Learning Disabilities. She enjoys cooking, writing, and volunteering her time in the community with her three daughters.

Greg Crapanzano

Greg Crapanzano is a civil litigation attorney in Richmond, Virginia.  Greg grew up in Richmond and, after many years away, moved back in 2016.

Greg has a passion for using his skills and energies towards connecting people to resources and putting his expertise to work. Greg founded Peanuts and Crackerjacks while a student at the University of Virginia, which tutors low-income Charlottesville elementary school kids and takes them to UVA baseball games as a reward. Greg has also volunteered with reading programs for New York City public schools and coached high school mock trial teams from the Bronx.

Greg joined the Board to help advocate for those with disabilities and assist Stacy Ruble in applying for grants. In addition to this role, Greg is also a member of the Board of Young Professionals of Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now).

Greg earned his B.A. in English from the University of Virginia in 2009 and his J.D. from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2014.

Diana Crosswhite

Diana Crosswhite is the Policy and training Manager for the Housing Choice Voucher Program at Virginia Housing. Through a referral program with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health, Diana is instrumental in providing integrated living choices for individuals with developmental disabilities. Before joining Virginia Housing, Diana worked at K.W. Poore & Associates, Inc., as an Associate Planner, where she oversaw numerous community development and revitalization projects throughout Virginia. Diana has over 20 years of experience working in federal housing programs.

Diana is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning. As a person with a “hidden” disability, Diana is passionate about disability rights especially related to workplace accommodations.

Harry L. Gewanter, MD, FAAP, MACR

Harry L. Gewanter, MD, FAAP, MACR is a Richmond, Virginia, pediatrician and pediatric rheumatologist. He is a graduate of Duke University, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital Pediatric Residency and Fellowship Program. Beyond his pediatric rheumatology practice, Dr. Gewanter has also served as a general pediatrician and chronic illness/disability consultant. Throughout his career, Dr. Gewanter has always advocated for children, families, and people with disabilities. He has been a member and held leadership positions in a variety of national, state, and local committees and organizations.

Dr. Gewanter was the initial Walter E. Bundy, Jr. Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Division of Community Pediatrics at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and the first pediatrician to receive the Paulding Phelps Award from the ACR. In 2017, he was named a Master of the American College of Rheumatology. Along with two colleagues, he founded Medical Home Plus, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting families of children with any chronic or disabling condition with the appropriate information, services, and support.

He and his wife, Cynthia, have four adult children, some of whom have chronic issues. His personal and professional experiences fuel his passion for improving the lives of all individuals with varying abilities.

Donna L. Gilles, Ed.D. 

Associate Professor, and the former Executive Director of the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University (Virginia’s University Center for Excellence in developmental disabilities and part of the Developmental Disabilities Network with dLCV and the VBPD), Dr. Gilles has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with severe disabilities, their families, teachers, and service providers.  Before coming to VCU, she administered training and technical assistance projects at the University of Florida, specifically addressing issues in autism, multiple disabilities, and deaf-blindness. Earlier in her career, Dr. Gilles taught students with those same disabilities listed above, in a public school system in Maryland.

For seven years, Dr. Gilles served on the Governing Board of TASH, an organization that advocates for the inclusion of individuals with severe disabilities in schools, at work, and in their communities. For three years she served as President of the Board. Dr. Gilles is dLCV’s past President.

Cameron Lynch

Cameron Lynch graduated from the College of William and Mary, where she studied Sociology and Government, with a concentration on Social Problems, Policy, and Justice. Cameron is a disability rights advocate who works specifically with young disabled individuals. She has had her work featured in USA Today, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the BBC. Cameron founded Chronic and Iconic, a support and advocacy organization for disabled college students, and works to ensure that disabled young people feel supported and informed through college accommodation processes.

In the past, Cameron has served as the Policy Intern at Disability Rights UK, where she had the opportunity to write disability policies for the British Government and work closely with young people throughout the country as well as interning for the Department of Justice Disability Rights Section. She served as the President of Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity on campus, a Confidential Peer Advocate for the campus sexual assault center, and recipient of the 2022 James Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership.

For fun, Cameron loves to dance, hang out with friends, and start knitting projects that she will never finish.

Angela Thanyachareon

Angela MW Thanyachareon is an immigration attorney and advocate who was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but currently lives in Fairfax County, Virginia.

She is the parent to three young adults: two adopted identical twin daughters and one biological son. All three of her children have disabilities.

Angela previously served as a board member of the Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy and disAbility Law Center of Virginia before returning as a current board member.

She is a trained disability rights advocate and a graduate of Virginia Partners in Policymaking.  Angela became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana.

She is a graduate of the University of MO-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri.

Charlotte Woodward

Charlotte Woodward is a young woman who was born with Down syndrome. She has had four open-heart surgeries and a lifesaving heart transplant. She works at the National Down Syndrome Society as the Education Program Associate.  

As the third registered lobbyist with Down syndrome, she promotes the passage of important state and federal legislation that impacts the disability community. There is currently legislation before both the House and the Senate of the U.S. Congress that bears her name: the Charlotte Woodward Organ Transplant Discrimination Prevention Act; Charlotte was also instrumental in the 2020 passage of Virginia’s Non-discrimination in Organ Transplantation Act.

She is a Board member of the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia and the director of DSANV’s Advocacy Program. She is also a member of the National Council of Self-Advocates, a member of the Arc of Virginia’s “A Life Like Yours” Self-Advocacy Alliance, and a member of the Policy and Positions Committee of The Arc of the United States.

Charlotte is a recent graduate of George Mason University from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Inequality and Social Change. Charlotte’s studies and her work perfectly complement each other – as a sociologist, she examines the structural and systemic inequalities in society that affect the lives of people with disabilities, and as an advocate, she uses this knowledge to raise awareness and to affect positive change. She is a passionate advocate for the human and civil rights of all people with Down syndrome and frequently writes and speaks on issues important to the disability community.

In her free time, Charlotte loves to read, write and bake!

Evan Wrinkle CPA

Evan Wrinkle is a Richmond-based CPA specializing in tax preparation and planning for individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. He has an older brother with autism and became disabled himself due to a spinal cord injury in November 2012. A student at Virginia Commonwealth University at the time, Evan later graduated with degrees in Accounting and Business with a concentration in Finance. Once established, Evan began advocating for those with disabilities in his community, particularly through the United Spinal Association of Virginia, where he continues to serve as Treasurer of the Board. The Virginia Society of CPAs recognized Evan as one of their Top 5 Under 35 award recipients for 2021.

In his free time, Evan enjoys playing wheelchair tennis and exploring Richmond’s many restaurants.

Zipporah Levi-Shackleford (PAIMI Council Chair)

Dr. Zipporah Levi-Shackleford is the Founder and the Behavior and Education Consultant for the Creative Approach Development Center in Richmond, VA. Inspired by her experiences as a special needs sibling and parent she is a strong advocate in the fields of disability, mental health, and education. Zipporah is a consumer, a parent of children with various mental health disorders, and a sibling to a brother who is a consumer in addition to being a provider and advocate. She assists individuals and families with setting up systems and learning new skills to overcome challenges and behaviors that interfere with reaching goals and increasing independence. She also provides training to businesses and organizations to help them better understand how to support people with disabilities and mental health impairments and those who support them.

Zipporah has a Doctorate in education and certifications in Positive Behavior Support, Disability Leadership, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has spoken and trained across the country on these topics and serves as the Secretary for the Arc of Virginia, Chair for the Parent to Parent USA DEI Taskforce, and Chair for the PAIMI Council for the disAbility Law Center of Virginia.