Staff Experts & Advocates

Knowledgeable & committed experts working for you

MISSION

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.

Each staff member’s expertise is noted below. You can download individual expert pages by selecting the person’s name.

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 Homeless Issues

Joseph Badzmierowski, Director of Field Services

Advocacy

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

Amanda Milisits, Director

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

Accessibility

Mark Lichter, Architecture Program, 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

Employment

Lauren Lobrano, Director, PAVE Program

Prosthetics

Fred Downs, Jr., Prosthetics Consultant

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

RECENT NEWS

May 14, 2019 Paralyzed veterans from across the country gather in Denver area to further their mission
May 08, 2019 PVA’s partnership with Women Veterans Interactive to empower heroes who served through education and employment
April 30, 2019 Webinar to update disabled veterans and others with disabilities on their civil rights
April 23, 2019 After Paralyzed Veterans of America lawsuit, Department of Transportation states it will issue proposed airline restroom accessibility rule in December 2019
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