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Our Board of Directors

Helena Berger, Treasurer
Joan Joyce 
Thomas Kelley
Kent Keyser
Susan E. Lydick, Secretary 
Bradley Miles, Fundraising Chair
Julie Nepveu
Lee Page, President
Susan Picerno

 

Bradley Miles ( Vice President /Fundraising Chair)

Brad was born with an inherited Auto -inflammatory condition. He started and managed an Internet support group for others with his condition and related conditions. 

 

He initially became involved with ECNV when he lived in Arlington and was recruited by a former board member. Brad served on the board for two terms,  and was board president for two years.

 

He currently works at the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired as a Rehabilitation Engineer with a focus on finding solutions to eliminate barriers, and empower individuals with vision impairments and other disabilities.

 

Previously he worked at the U.S. Department of Education as a Subject Matter Expert and Project Leader as a contractor for SAIC and CSC.

  

He has a BS and an MBA. He has been involved with the Arlington Jaycees, Toastmasters International and IMPROV.

Helena Berger (Treasurer)

Helena Berger has been a disability-rights advocate for over 25 years. She is currently the President & CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Ms. Berger has been associated with AAPD for 18 years; serving in the following leadership positions over the past 15 years: Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President. She is a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading an executive team, and developing a performance culture among a diverse group of individuals.
 
Prior to joining AAPD, Ms. Berger was the Advocacy Director for the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA), renamed in 2005 United Spinal Association. Under her direction, EPVA’s advocacy program significantly expanded its public education and community outreach activities, specifically aimed at raising awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a result, Ms. Berger has extensive experience in designing and implementing grassroots programs and working effectively with non-governmental organizations, community and business leaders, and public officials to increase the freedom, independence, and rights and opportunities of all people with disabilities.
  
Ms. Berger’s international disability rights work includes working with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs as a feature speaker on disability rights, policy, and growing grassroots movements. She has spoken with diverse disability audiences in Mongolia, Nepal, and Cyprus, and traveled to Jordan and the West Bank in Israel.
 
Ms. Berger currently serves as co-chair of the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Advisory Committee and recently completed a four-year term on the Comcast and NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council.  

 


Helena Berger

Kent Keyser

In 2007, Mr. Keyser suffered a C-3,C-4 incomplete spinal cord injury. Since his injury, he enjoyed returning to the workforce thanks to a proactive employer, former Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia. Upon retiring in January 2015, Mr. Keyser has become active in the disability community being elected to the Board of the United Spinal Association's National Chapter in Washington, D.C. 
 
Mr. Keyser served 37 years as a professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. As Chief of Staff and Sr. Policy Advisor for Congressman Rahall, Mr. Keyser worked on a wide range of issues and projects, including transportation, public infrastructure, economic, community, and workforce development in rural areas.  
 
Adept at employing public entrepreneurship to build consensus and create successful public/private partnerships, Mr. Keyser has worked with a number of projects to further local and regional goals by employing federal and state program resources. A seasoned communications manager and community outreach strategist, Mr. Keyser earned a B.A. and M.A. in political science from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. Mr. Keyser resides in Arlington's Fairlington neighborhood.

Kent Keyser

Lee Page (President)


Mr. Page lives in Falls Church, VA and is employed as an Associate Advocacy Director at the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). In his role as Associate Director, he works to ensure the rights of people with disabilities by advocating for the removal of attitudinal and regulatory barriers, through interaction with Congress, the White House Administration, federal agencies, private businesses and the general public. Mr. Page did extensive work in helping to insure the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), The Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare), and other legislation affecting people with disabilities. The major focus of his current work is Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS). Mr. Page was a Board member of ECNV from 1999-2006 and President of the Board from 2003 until the end of his term.

Lee Page

Joan Joyce 

Joan Joyce lives in Arlington Virginia and has been employed at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington DC for 23 years.  In her role as Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Community Outreach, Joan started a community adapted sports and fitness program that serves over 200 individuals with physical disabilities. Their mission is to facilitate healthy lifestyles for individuals with physical disability. Joan has 25 years of experience in post-acute rehabilitation, working with children and adults as a recreation therapist.   Joan has a MS in Recreation Administration/Therapeutic Recreation from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is certified as an Aquatic Therapist (ATRI).  Joan was first elected to the United Spinal Metro DC Board in 2015, and is the past Vice President, currently the Secretary. Joan is also on the board of  Endependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV). 



 


Julie Nepveu


 

Susan Lydick  (Secretary)

Susan Picerno

Thomas Kelly