dLCV Board Members
Carrie Knopf (President)
Carrie Knopf is the Student Affairs Coordinator and disability access liaison at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. She previously served as the school’s Community Outreach Manager from 2016-2018. A Virginia native, Carrie returned to Roanoke in 2016 after working in marketing/public relations and fundraising in Birmingham, AL and New Orleans, LA. Profoundly deaf in both ears, Carrie has over a decade of experience advocating for individuals with disabilities and is proud to serve on the board of dLCV. In her free time, Carrie enjoys painting, golfing, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Bennett.
Sally Conway (Vice 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, 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. Prior to 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.
Donna L. Gilles, Ed.D (Secretary)
Associate Professor, and 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), has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with severe disabilities, their families, teachers, and service providers. Prior to 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, she 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, three years of which she served as President of the Board.
Frank Hayes (Treasurer)
Frank Hayes has led and managed not-for-profit organizations for over 40 years. His experience includes working on behalf of people with disabilities and senior citizens as Executive Director of a Center for Independent Living, two Continuing Care Retirements Communities, and a Hospice, as well as serving in leadership positions with long-term care facilities, a hospital, and working for a brain injury services provider. Recently retired, Frank and his wife, Connie, live in Roanoke County, and have four children and four grandchildren.
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’s 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 teenaged sons. He enjoys watching movies, working with the local Boy Scout troop, and attending concerts.
Sierrah M. Chavis
An active education advocate, Mrs. Chavis is currently pursuing her Ed.S in Educational School Leadership at the Old Dominion University. For the past seven years, she has been dedicating her career to advocating for equitable and inclusive education while galvanizing community partnerships to develop her students’ fullest potentials.
While motivating her students to be the best versions of themselves, Mrs. Chavis also inculcates the values of courage, empathy, and compassion among her learners, particularly those with exceptional learning needs. She consistently exemplifies her steadfast commitment to providing positive and equal learning opportunities to make her students appreciate what they can do despite their personal struggles. Mrs. Chavis is part of several organizations to include a board member of the Disability Law Center, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and the Urban League of Hampton Roads.
Henry Claypool is the former Director of the Health and Human Services Office on Disability and a founding Principal Deputy Administrator of the Administration for Community Living. He also was appointed by the President to serve as a member of the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care, advising Congress on how long-term care can be better provided and financed for the nation’s older adults and people with disabilities, now and in the future, and was Executive Vice President of the American Association of People with Disabilities, which promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living and political participation for people with disabilities. He is Affiliated Faculty at the Institute for Health & Aging at UCSF and principal of Claypool Consulting.
Greg Crapanzano “Esq”
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 own 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 assists Stacy Ruble in applying for grants in addition to his role Greg is also a member of the Board of Young Professionals of Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now).
Greg earned is 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 is the Policy & 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. Prior to 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 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.
He 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 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.
Gavriel Legynd is a 20 year Technology veteran who is the brain child behind VisioneerIT which specializes in Marketing, Technology, and Digital Security. VisioneerIT’s flagship product, RepSec Management; was born out of Mr. Legynd’s 20 year background in cybersecurity where he witnessed the challenges that corporate brands face when integrating marketing with Digital security.
Mr. Legynd has held Technology positions with Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce, HHS, ESRI and CACI just to name a few. Mr. Legynd has spoken at Inc 5000, National Business Inclusion Consortium, Congressional LGBT+ Equality Caucus, John Hopkins School of Business, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce events, Metropolitan College of New York Bronx and The Jewish Federation and featured in Hispanic Network Magazine and the Baltimore Business Journal. He is the Co-Chair of the mentorship committee for the NGLCC Trans Task force, Vice President of the African American Marketing Association, and has been on the executive board of the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce and served as a Business Mentor for the American Marketing Association.
He is a passionate advocate for the Transgender Community, Jews of Color and those with Disabilities.
Cameron Lynch is a third-year student at the College of William and Mary, where she is studying Sociology and Government, with a concentration in Social Problems, Policy, and Justice. Cameron is a disability rights advocate who works specifically with young disabled individuals. She’s 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 she has served as the Policy Intern at Disability Rights UK, where she had the opportunity to write disability policy for the British Government and work closely with young people throughout the country. She is also the current President of Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity on campus, serves as the Vice President for the dance company, a Confidential Peer Advocate for the campus sexual assult 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.
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 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.
Carol W. Tuning
Carol Tuning is the Executive Director of the Disability Rights and Resource Center, whose mission is to help any person with any disability achieve and maintain a life of independence. In addition to working closely with her Board of Directors to ensure efficient and effective operations of the center, she continues her efforts in working closely with community non-profit agencies to foster collaboration and strengthen existing programs.
Carol recently retired from local government where she served as the Human Services Administrator, responsible for writing grants, overseeing staffing and projects as well as fostering community collaborations to benefit local residents. She currently serves as the Board President for Restoration Housing in Roanoke. She is a past board member of the United Way Emergency Food and Shelter Board, the Community Impact Committee, the Governors Coordinating Council on Homelessness, Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness and the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Ferrum College and her graduate degree from Hollins University with a focus on leadership development.
Thomas Walk “Esq”
Thomas Walk is an attorney in private practice in Tazewell, Virginia with 40 years of experience in the general practice of law. He is a former member of the Governing Board of the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy. He was Board Chair of his local Center for Independent Living for several terms. It was his privilege to serve the Commonwealth for over 15 years on a part-time basis as a Special Education Due Process Hearing Officer and Special Justice for civil commitment hearings. He is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. His educational background includes a B.S. from Virginia Tech and a J.D. from Wake Forest University; and he is certified as a Family Financial Specialist mediator by the State of North Carolina. He has a physical disability.
Tyler Williamson “Esq”
Bio coming soon
Tina Stelling (PAIMI Council Chair)
Tina Stelling is a mental health advocate and consumer of mental health services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from The College of William and Mary. She formerly served as Chair on Western State Hospital’s Local Human Rights Committee and was the Vice President of her local NAMI affiliate, NAMI Central Shenandoah Valley VA. She is a regular speaker at Crisis Intervention Team training for law enforcement and other first responders. Before getting involved in mental health advocacy, Tina lived overseas as a traveling writer and English teacher. She is the proud mother of a 17 pound mutt, Bernadette.