Stephen Dawe (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)
Harry L. Gewanter, MD (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.
Jefferson Harding (Treasurer) (biography coming soon)
Frank Hayes (biography coming soon)
Holly Hilton is an attorney who serves the elder and special needs population in her practice, handling estate and long-term care planning for the general population as well as the elderly and family members of disabled individuals, and performs litigation needed to manage their affairs and care. She lives in Madison County with her husband of 35 years, is the mother of three children and the grandmother of four to date. She was admitted to the bar in December, 1987. She served as an attorney for the Fairfax County Attorney’s Office, federal government agencies, solo practice, Rappahannock Legal Services and Potomac Legal Aid Society in succession until 2006, when she opened her law firm, Hilton & Associates, PLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, in Charlottesville. She has served on three other boards in various capacities, including current service on the board of the Arc of the Piedmont.
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)
Peter Mazure (biography coming soon)
Angela MW Thanyachareon (Immediate Past 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.
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 (Vice President) 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.