BVA Headquarters Staff


Executive Director

Al Avina

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 304

Administrative Director

Brigitte Jones

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 330

Blind Hockey Program Director

Bruce Porter

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 332

Membership Membership

Cecelia Montenegro

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 315

Convention Coordinator/Legislative Research Specialist

Dawn Jakutowicz

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 313

Chief Financial Officer

Kathy Ruais

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 317

Executive Assistant & Human Resources Specialist

Krissi Spence-Gilbert

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 323

Administrative Assistant to Administrative Director

Lindsay Ruais

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 319

Director of Public Affairs

Melanie Brunson

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 305

Development And Website/Social Media Specialist

Rushil Rahman

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 325

Membership Assistant

Susan McFetridge

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 302

Bookkeeper

Yvonne Preston

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 324


National Field Service Director

Edward Eckroth

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 322

Senior National Veterans Service Officer

Claudia Belk

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 336

National Veterans Claims Representative

Assia Khadri

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 335

National Veterans Training Specialist

Hallie Smith

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 337

National Veterans Claims Representative

James Lewiski

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 334

Administrative Assistant to the National Field Service Program

Judy Eckroth

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 318

National Veterans Benefits Officer

Patrick Johnson

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 333

National Veterans Service Officer

Richard Lane

Phone: 202-371-8880 ext. 326