Mr. Gary DuPriest
Gary is our Director / CEO & founder of CVDA. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Before being diagnosed with his disabilities, Gary had been a district and regional manager for a national corporation and has served on several directors boards, after having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He carries on the USMC "Semper Fi" tradition by faithfully attending the downtown "Armed Forces Support Vigil" on Friday mornings at Monument Terrace in Lynchburg.
Currently, Gary is a mover and shaker in the community. His tireless efforts to educate both public and private entities of their responsibilities regarding parking spaces and access aisles for the disabled have recently been met with undeserved and, frankly, illegal opposition. Gary also currently serves as the Secretary of the ADA Advisory Board for Greater Lynchburg Transit Company and serves on the Board of Directors,and the Construction Project Commitee with Rush Homes on the Victoria Ridge Apartment complex for the disabled, where his expertise in A.D.A. housing and accessibility is greatly valued. Gary will be an integral part and key member on the next project that Rush Homes is proposing to do in the near future. Most recently Gary was nominated and voted to serve on an Advisory Committee for the Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging, working to assure that the elderly are provided the services that they need in the Central Virginia area.
Gary is a leader in the ministries provided by CVDA; the Facilitator for the Central Virginia Fibromyalgia Support Group; a member of the Central Virginia Autism Action Group; and, Group Leader for "Disability Doesn't Mean Inability", a community support group for people with any type of disability. He is also instrumental in bringing "Violence Free" a Batterers Intervention Program to Lynchburg.
Both Gary and his wife, JoAnn, live with disabilities and have a grown son who has lived his life despite having Asperger Syndrome, a high functioning form of Autism.
We formed CVDA to help as many people, living with one or more disabilities, as we possibly can. We don't expect accolades for our work, merely change. We will work in the community, with the community and for the community to enable that change to take place in a cooperative manner and expedient time frame.
We need change in the attitudes, feelings and misconceptions of, and by, the general public; change in general perceptions of the disabled and change in the treatment, by private citizens and the government at the local, state and national level, of and pertaining to the disabled and the disabled community as a whole. We will not pick and choose which disabled consumers we assist. We will not hide in offices and wait for the disabled to come to us. We will exhaust all avenues of assistance for a consumer in an effort to create a better life for them, their family and their surroundings.
CVDA is local, but; the impact is, and will be, felt statewide, nationally and globally; because we start with those around us. We would love to help everyone, but we must 'Love our neighbors' in our own backyard before going outside the needs of the immediate community. CVDA will train others to live in the community just as those without disabilities (if such persons truly exist), and we will train the community to accept the fact that not every one of the almost 7 billion people on earth are the same as them.
Included in these almost 7 billion, nearly 1.5 billion live with some form of disability. America herself includes over 50 million disabled. The disabled citizens of Central Virginia, our advocacy, represents approximately 44,000.
Family / Disability Services Chaplain
Steve serves as Board Member for CVDA.
Upon returning home, as a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, Steve was quickly introduced to a region lacking in active disability advocates. Other than the U.S. Army, where he served as a human resource, awards, promotions and personnel manager, as well as being trained for chaplaincy; Steve has been a 501c3 non-profit board chairman, high school teacher, adjunct college instructor, actor, director and technical director for both college and community theatre.
Steve a supporter of the Central Virginia Fibromyalgia Support Group; a Group Co-Leader for "Disability Doesn't Mean Inability", a community support group for people with any type of disability. He is also involved with Central Virginia Autism Action Group.
Steve's 15 year old son has Asperger's, a high functioning form of Autism. His wife, Jo Ann, endures Fibromyalgia and 2 fused vertebrae in her neck. Steve and Jo Ann are care providers for her mother, who has Dementia and Alzheimers. They all live in Goode VA.
VOLUNTEER Grants Advisor
Lindsey has been involved in the community as a development coordinator, a board member working with the disabled, and a certified batterer intervention program director for domestic violence prevention. Lindsey is our Grants advisor.