Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only Congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. Learn more about Our Mission.

You can find our experts in the nation’s capital, in the field, and across the country, providing services, research and resources to catastrophically disabled veterans, their caregivers, and their families.

General Counsel

Leonard Selfon

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Nonprofit Law and Governance
  • Association Law
  • Veterans Law and Benefits
  • General and Appellate Litigation (State and Federal)
  • Chapter Programs and Operations
  • Disability Law

Government Relations

Heather Ansley

Associate Executive Director

  • Veterans issues
  • Disability Civil Rights
  • Legal Advocacy

Veterans Benefits

Peter Gaytan

Associate Executive Director

  • Veterans Budget Appropriations
  • Gulf War Illness
  • Veterans Homelessness Issues

Joseph Badzmierowski

Director of Field Services

Marco Rossi

Associate Director of Field Services


Susan Prokop

National Director

  • Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Fair Housing
  • Employment of People with Disabilities
  • Emergency Management

Lee Page

Senior Associate Director

  • ADA
  • Air Carrier Access Act
  • Disability Civil Rights
  • Voting

Medical Services

Angela Weir


  • Healthcare Advocacy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Healthcare Policy


Mark Lichter

Director of Architecture & Facilities

  • Accessibility
  • Design & Construction
  • ADA Compliance

Adaptive Sports and Recreation

Fabio Villarroel

Director, Sports and Recreation

  • Adaptive Sports and Recreation
  • Emergency Medical Procedures
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Appellate Services

Jim Fischl

Senior Appellate Services Operations Manager

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Veterans Services
  • Regulatory Compliance

Veterans Career Program

Charles McCaffrey

Director, Veteran Employment

Genia Hachenberg

Associate Director, Veteran Employment



Fred Downs, Jr.

Prosthetics Consultant, Purple Heart Recipient

Prosthetics, Sensory Aids, Spinal Cord Injury, Vietnam War, Veterans Affairs Material Management, Orthotics, POW/MIA Affairs, Veterans Affairs Data Management, Medical/Surgical Standardization