Stephen Dawe (Vice President) has a background in nursing. He currently advocates for people with mental health challenges and offers services to them. He can also draw on many years of experience as a consumer of various types of mental health services. He is or has been involved with committees related to human rights, advocacy, and advisory roles.
Jacqueline Eubanks (PAIMI Council Chair) (biography coming soon)
Donna L. Gilles, Ed.D, 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.
Maureen Hollowell is Director of Advocacy and Services at the Endependence Center. She has extensive advocacy experience with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medicaid, health care and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Maureen and her husband, Lew, live in Virginia Beach and have five children including a daughter who is deaf and has spina bifida.
Carrie Knopf (biography coming soon)
Tarun Mehta is an employment lawyer with more than a decade of experience defending corporate entities and helping them comply with civil rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He currently works in-house at a Fortune 100 company in Richmond, Virginia, as Senior Corporate Counsel. He lives in the Richmond area with his wife and daughter.
Angela MW Thanyachareon (President) is an Immigration Lawyer and Disability Rights Advocate. She started her earliest advocacy work in California as a member of the Down Syndrome Association. She is a member of several advocacy groups in Virginia and serves on the Governing Board for the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy. She has a child with an intellectual disability. She and her family live in Northern Virginia.
CW Tillman had been active in disability rights advocacy for more than 12 years. Mr. Tillman had substantial multi-state P&A work and otherwise working with and advocating for individuals with mental illness. Mr. Tillman has been very active in suicide prevention efforts as a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Suicide Attempt Survivors Taskforce. Mr. Tillman currently works for Employment Solutions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing as a Job Mentor and as the Director of Outreach for a grant project providing healthcare advocacy for the Deaf community.
Michael Toobin (Secretary) has been practicing law in Virginia since 1974. His practice emphasizes wills, trusts, and estate work, especially with families with a member having special needs. Mr. Toobin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Northern Virginia. He is the co-author of several books relating to estate planning. He resides in Burke, Virginia.
Thomas Walk (Treasurer) is an attorney in private practice in Tazewell, Virginia with nearly 35 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. He has a physical disability.