Lauri Evans, Board President
Lauri Evans has a deep connection to the Disability Action Center, having worked several years as a service provider in the 1990’s, when DAC was known as Independent Living Services of Northern California (ILSNC). She is a Chico State graduate and has been a strong advocate for disability issues for most of her life. She currently works as a Student Services Wellness Coordinator and Case Manager at CSU, Chico. Lauri has provided leadership, wisdom and insight during her term as DAC Board President. She says that her main contribution to the organization is that she, “… really understands what an independent living center should provide, not only for its consumers, but for the wider disability community, as well.”
As Lauri’s 6th year on the DAC Board winds down, she is working on a succession plan to find her eventual replacement. If you have an interest in learning about DAC Board of Director opportunities, please contact Evan LeVang, Executive Director.
Frank Smith, Board Treasurer
Frank Smith is an icon of the Disability Action Center. He has been a member of the Board for more than 20 years serving multiple terms in multiple capacities. Frank is a man of many talents and interests, but above all, he is a truly dedicated and passionate advocate for disability rights and issues. “Frank is always the one person you can count on to suit-up and show-up wherever and whenever we have to fight for our community,” says Evan LeVang, DAC Executive Director. “He has logged thousands of miles traveling to Sacramento, the Bay Area, Oroville and Chico City Hall over the years; making public testimonies, speaking at rallies, doing interviews and, on several occasions, when the stakes were very high, participated in non-violent civil disobedience. There are lots of great disability rights activists – but only a select group are willing to go to jail in defense of others. Frank is one of those people.”
Frank Smith is also an exceptionally talented photographer. What began as a hobby not too many years ago has blossomed into a passion and a small business. From a mobility device, normally a wheelchair or scooter, Frank uses a custom camera stand and automated controls to take his photos independently. Several of his framed landscapes are on display at the Chico DAC office (also for sale!). Frank also has an online business where his photos can be viewed and ordered in a variety of formats. See for yourself at http://www.tfsmithphoto.com/
Kim Scott, Secretary
Member since 2011.
Teresa Oliver, Member
Member since 2015.