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Meet Our All- Volunteer Board

We are currently looking to recruit several new Board members. We are especially looking for volunteers skilled in online media, technology, and newsletter mailings. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in the rewarding work of serving on a board where you make a measurable difference in the real lives of other people.

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Chris Cadwaller

Chris Cadwaller

Board President, Advocacy Committee

Chris has served on our board since 2005, and taught special education for more than four decades. Issues close to her heart include eliminating the waiting list for community-based support services for people with disabilities, and integrated schooling for students with disabilities. She loves travelling, Tarheels basketball, and her four delightful grandchildren.

Judy Rowe

Judy Rowe

Secretary, Co-Chair Events Committee

A board member since 2014, Judy is a retired special education teacher from Montgomery County, VA. She says, “It’s such a pleasure to see former students all grown up and being successful in the community!” She enjoys family, bicycling, hiking, gardening and being outdoors.

Susan Morikawa

Susan Morikawa

Treasurer, Social Media and Membership Committees

Susan joined the board in 2015 to serve as Treasurer and to learn about disability issues and realities. She enjoys walking, reading and digital storytelling.

Charlie Fox

Charlie Fox

Advocacy Committee

Charlie has been on the board since 2010. He is passionate about ensuring that people who experience disabilities have an opportunity to live and participate in their communities. Charlie enjoys hikes in wild, beautiful places.

Judy Gwazdauskas

Judy Gwazdauskas

Chair Membership Committee

Judy has served on the board since 2004. She has been advocating for people with disabilities for 35 years.  She says, “Much has changed in this time, but we must continue until people with disabilities are truly valued in the community.”

Ruth Mclachlan

Ruth McLachlan

Social Media Committee

Ruth has served on the board since 2009. She believes that people experiencing disability should be fully included in schools, the work force and their communities. Ruth works in the area of literacy and is a nationally certified sign-language interpreter.

Bayley Alphin

Bayley Alphin

Co-Chair Events Committee

Serving on the Events committee since 2013, Bayley helps pull things together.  She has a spirit of service and volunteering and also works at the Giving Tree Food Pantry.

Robert Metz

Robert Metz

Events Committee

Robert has been on the board since 2010 making sure we have the church for our meetings and the big room for our Christmas party! He loves to travel, especially to neices and nephews graduations.

George Rogers

George Rogers

Social Media Committee, Facebook Page Manager

George joined the Board in 2016 and keeps our Facebook page lively.  He connects us to activities and students on the Virginia Tech campus.

Ches Wallace

Ches Wallace

Events Committee

Ches joined the Board in 2014 and serves on our Events committee. He loves music and singing and is an avid ping-pong player and bowler.

Cindy Noonan

Cindy Noonan

Advocacy Committee

Cindy joined the Board in 2016. She cares that people with disabilities are treated kindly and fairly, receive services they need and support for their families. Cindy cares for her brother with autism, loves animals, watching movies and reading.

Katelyn Doxsee

Katelyn Doxsee

Advocacy Committee

Katelyn is our newest member, joined in 2016.  She holds a BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech, and has experience supporting individuals dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.

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