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Board of Directors Nominees Bios

2018 - 2019



Paul Austin
Paul Austin
Paul J. Austin was born on July 24, 1977 in Valdease, NC. He graduated from Freedom High School in Morganton, NC in 1995. He resides in Moncure, North Carolina where he continues keeping up with his own Landscaping and Tree Service business. Paul has 2 daughters: one that is a cosmetologist and the other that is leaving for the Air force July 31, 2018. He was in the US Navy from 2003-2007 where he entered basic training in Chicago, IL then was stationed in Norfolk, VA for 4 years. His assignments were held on the Aircraft Carrier Enterprise, Aircraft Carrier Eisenhower and The USS Wasp. He became a T11 paraplegic on November 9, 2017 when unfortunately he fell from a tree that he was cutting down. This hasn’t stopped him with wanting to make a difference in people’s lives for the good. He has always been a “go-getter” and wants to continue with that same aspect in life. He feels that he can touch people’s lives and share his experiences even better by becoming a board member of the PVA.

Arnold Beard
Aircraft and Control Warning Operator (AC&W), Serving in the Air Defense Command under NORAD and Pacific Airforce Command. I left the Airforce in 1971 after 4 years of service. After leaving the USA I later enrolled in Mortuary School in Syracuse, NY. Upon finishing Mortuary School I moved to Maryland to serve a required 2 year apprenticeship. After successfully taking the Maryland State Boards I received my Funeral Director and Mortuary license.

I was employed by Vernon Bailey and Bullocks Mortuary establishments for several years until, I decided to open my own establishment with my wife and children and some very dedicated employees I continued to operate the business for eight years following my Spinal Cord Injury. It was in those years I realized that life goes on no matter what circumstances you are confronted, and as long as you try you can achieve.
I have been a member of this Mid-Atlantic PVA Chapter for 16 years.

Our chapter has been one of the most viable and solvent chapters in the country. If you cast your vote for me when you get your ballots I promise you I will do everything in my power to put your concerns first, and keep our chapter strong and successful in order to serve all our members, and support our National PVA Organization.


Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley is a United States Army Veteran and resides in Raeford, North Carolina. Charles duties as a Chaplain's Assistant inspired him to pursue the ministry as a civilian where he has been actively serving as a lay minister for 32 years. Charles is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. He has been married for 23 years and has 5 adult children and 12 grandchildren. Charles loves participating in adaptive sports and being involved with the activities of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Charles has been a PVA member since 1987 and is actively involved with the Fayetteville VAMC Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Support Group.

Bagferry “Ace” Cruz
Ace was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1978. Ace completed his primary schooling in the Philippines and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in May 2001 with a degree in Accounting. Ace enlisted in the Marines in October 1978. He served 14 years before he was medically discharged as a result of a motorcycle accident. His level of injury is T4/T5. Ace has been a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) since 1992. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic PVA Chapter’s board. He is also a volunteer at the Fayetteville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and serves as the Veteran Administration Volunteer Service (VAVS) Officer. He is also a member of the patient education committee. In 2007, Ace was elected and served as the vice president and treasurer of the North Carolina Handicapped Sportsman Association. During his service in the Marines, his assignments included: Parris Island, SC; Cherry Point, NC; Camp Lejeune, NC; Navy Air Station, Millington, TN; Yuma, AZ and numerous deployments overseas. Ace’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Mast (3rd Award), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3rd Award), Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal. He has also received a host of appreciation letters for duties performed on station and in the community. Ace resides in Fayetteville, NC.

Preston Curry
Preston A. Curry, 44, is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 1989, he graduated from Floyd E. Kellam High School, in Virginia Beach.
Preston enlisted in the United States Army in 1992, as an Automated Logistics Specialist. Upon entry into the U.S. Army, Preston completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Advanced Individualized Training at Fort Lee, Virginia.

Preston’s duty stations included Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Fort Dix, New Jersey. Some of Preston’s duties as an Automated Logistics Specialist included bidding on contracts, buying and keeping inventory on repair parts and weapons systems, and some grant writing.

While in the Army, Preston earned awards such as the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

In February of 1995, Preston sustained a Spinal Cord Injury in an automobile accident, making him a C7/T1 quadriplegic. In June of that same year, Preston was medically retired, ending an abbreviated military career.

After completing rehabilitation at McGuire VAMC, Preston earned an A.A.S in Human Services from John Tyler Community College, and a B.S. in Human Services from Old Dominion University. He also was employed at VCU Hospitals as a Research Specialist on the Spinal Cord Injury Research Project from 2005-2008.

In his spare time, Preston’s hobbies include participating in several wheelchair sports, cooking, reading, traveling, and attending sporting events, among others.

Preston also volunteers as a Peer Counselor at McGuire VAMC and with Sportable.

As a PVA member for 20 years, Preston has served on several committees, and as an Ad Hoc Board Member with the PVA Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Midlothian, VA has been Preston’s home since 1998, which he shares with his wife, and daughter.

Welton Locklear
My name is Welton Locklear I am a disabled veteran, I served in the military from 1974 through 1978. I was in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Field Artillery. I am married to my wife Barbara Locklear, we have two sons and seven grandchildren. When I got out of the Army I did construction. On November 11th 1980 I was in a automobile accident and was paralyzed from the waist down. I was in the hospital for about six months doing my surgery and physical therapy. After I got out of the hospital I went to a Technical College for three years working on getting my Business Degree. Over the years was doing a lot activity’s with my family fishing and camping. In 1995 I got into wheelchair sports playing basketball that one of the greatest things i ever did getting into wheelchair sports. In 2002 I started my own wheelchair basketball team, called the All Heart Tornados. I am the President and CEO of the team that is a Nonprofit Organization. We were a very successful team winning a lot of games and finishing second in Nationals one time. Then in 2003 I started participating in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and have been going to them every year with PVA Mid- Atlantic Chapter. In 2017 I was nominated as Sports Director of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Now I would like to be voted in as a Board Member with our Chapter.

Welton Locklear
Thanks for your support

Jimmy May
A 68-year-old disabled veteran of the Vietnam era. This December, Mr. May will have been in a wheelchair for 50 years. Mr. May was injured in Vietnam on December 1, 1968. At the time, he was in the Army serving with “The Big Red I” Infantry Division. While serving he received a Purple Heart, the Army Accommodation Medal, and other medals. Mr. May is past president of the Independent Wheelchair Athletic Association. He has been involved with Independent Wheels since 1974, and has served as president on and off for over 28 of those years. Mr. May is very much involved in wheelchair sports. One accomplishment of which Jimmy is very proud is that he is the only veteran who has attended the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games for 37 out of the 38 years of the existence of the Games.

He also serves as coach of the Richmond Rimriders wheelchair basketball team. Mr. May bowls on the Sitting Ducks Plus bowling league. Mr. May lives in Midlothian, VA with his wife of 49 years, Sue. Mr. May enjoys spending time in Urbanna camping, fishing with wife Sue. Sue is a stylist and owner of Sue's Hair Care for Seniors. He has two sons, Troy and Kevin, and two grandchildren, Savannah and Zachary. Troy is a Sergeant for the Goochland County Virginia Sheriff’s Department and Kevin works for Hunter Construction.

Mr. May is a life member of the local chapters PVA, DAV, VFW and Sportable. He is also on the board of directors of American Wheelchair Bowling Association.

He is currently serving on the Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Board of Directors, he serves on several Committee with in the chapter.

Mr. May enjoys volunteering his time and services in helping all Veterans.

Mr. May would very much like your vote to continue serving the paralyzed veterans of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of PVA.

Edward “Ed” Mays
Edward Mays
I am very humbled to be considered for the board of the Mid-Atlantic PVA. I have been very blessed to have the PVA as my advocate for many years. With help from the PVA I have had the best healthcare available and the opportunity to participate in many great events. It is my hope if elected to help the board continue the outstanding work they have done to carry out its mission helping veterans in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, Ed grew to love the outdoors at an early age, hunting, and fishing with his father. After high school, he graduated from the Military Police Academy in 1979. While deployed on a humanitarian mission in 1980, he was struck by lightning on guard duty causing extensive nerve damage. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army with in 1981 and has a 100% Service Connected Disability Rating.

Ed was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 1993. He semi-retired and became Mr. Mom to his three sons Jeremy, Paul, and Alan. He was confined to a wheelchair in 1995 due to paralysis of his right leg and problems with his left arm. In 1998, Ed was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Always believing the only limitations we have are the ones we place on ourselves, he returned to the outdoors with the help of the Southeastern PVA and Georgia Handicapped Sportsmen.

When Ed and his wife Mary retired, they moved to North Carolina in 2003. Seeing the need there, Ed began to tirelessly advocate for disabled sportsmen. Ed worked with the PVA to have a new Huntmaster lift donated to The NCWRC in December 2004. He founded the North Carolina Handicapped Sportsmen in May of 2005. In July 2006, NCHS signed a partnership agreement with the NCWRC. As President of NCHS, Ed has worked with The Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, the NCWRC, SCI, BADF, PVA, AFF, NRA, and individuals all over the country. He became a Certified Hunter Education Instructor and helps coach the local Hunter Education Shooting Teams.

Robert Satterwhite
Robert G. Satterwhite was born in Oxford, North Carolina on 4 December 1956. He graduated from J. F. Webb High School in 1975.
Robert joined the Paralyzed Veterans of America in April 2007. He serves as the President of Paralyzed Veterans of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Robert also serves on PVA National Committees, Chapter Sports and Recreation Chapter (CSRAC), Planned Giving and Ad Hoc for Evaluation of Chapter Model.

Robert retired from the Army after 21 years of service. He is a T2 paraplegic as a result of an abdominal aneurysm.
Robert entered the Army July 1975 and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. His tours include Fort Hood, TX (3 tours), Korea, Fort Jackson, SC (Drill Sergeant), Fort Stewart, Ga, Germany, Operation Desert Storm, and Fort Knox, Ky.

His assignments consist of 13B Field Artillery Cannon Crewman, Section Chief, Drill Sergeant, PLDC Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Operation Sergeant, First Sergeant and Readiness Group Knox, adviser to the National Guard for the state of KY, IN and GA.
Robert’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Badge and the Distinguished Order of Saint Barbara Award.

Robert has three sons, Leo-Phoenix, AZ., Robert D.-Japan and Anthony-Keller, TX. Robert resides in Stem, N. C.

Terence "Smitty" Smith
Smitty was born in Fayetteville, NC. He graduated from 71st High School in 1978. Smitty served 13 years in the Army before his accident. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division as a Jump Master. His awards and decorations include: the Army Accommodation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Service Medal, the Army Expedition Medal and the Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon.

Smitty, a C 6/7 as a result of an auto accident, has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Paralyzed Veterans of America since August 1990. Smitty has served on the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter the last 9 years; two years as Treasurer, and before he was Vice President for two years and currently serving as Secretary. Smitty also volunteers at the Fayetteville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). At the Fayetteville VAMC, Smitty coordinates activities and events between the Spinal Cord/Disease Injury (SCI/D) Support Group and the Mid-Atlantic PVA. He also assists with the daily administrative duties for the SCI/D Support Group.

An avid athlete, Smitty is a member of the Raleigh Sidewinders Quad Rugby Team. He has played wheelchair basketball for years and is a distance bike rider. He served as president of the Carolina Wheelchair Conference from 2003 until 2006.

Rickey Wood
My name is Rickey Wood. I am a Richmond, Virginia native. I was born at MCV and raised in Henrico. I presently reside in Midlothian. I went to Vandervall Elementary School and then Ridge Elementary. I then moved to the Highland Park section of Richmond and attended Highland Park Elementary. I then was promoted Thomas Henderson Middle School and John Marshall High School.

In 1979 I joined the Army in the delayed entry program, and actually went in 1980. I did my basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia and then went to Fort Polk, Louisiana. From 1982 to 1983 I was stationed in Bamburg, Germany. In 1983 I returned to Richmond and worked at various janitorial services while in the National Guard until 1997.

I worked for Snead Refuse until 2010, when I had an accident and sustained my spinal cord injury. At that time, I met Chuck Willis who was the President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America. He introduced me to the Paralyzed Veterans of America where I have been an active member and participant until present.

I frequently go to the Chapter office to assist the staff with whatever I can do. I also am ready and willing to represent the Chapter at their numerous sports, promotional and fundraising events. I have attended the Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tournaments, Golf Tournaments and Trap-Shoots, just to name a few. I have also sold items at the NASCAR races to bring public awareness to Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Since I already spend so much time with the Chapter, I am in a position to have a working knowledge of all the challenges and responsibilities of the organization. I feel this has given me an advantage and would serve me well as a member of the Board of Directors

Melvin Washington
I was born Jan. 27, 1945 in the city of Richmond, 1505 N. 25th street, the East End. I went to George Mason then to Armstrong High School. In 1963 I finished school and was married and had 2 kids. I work Hygrade Meat company and in 3 years, I bought my first home 20 Saint Claire Lane. 1965 had a good life, but my dream was to be a marine so I did 67-69, came home hardship on the wife so I came home to take care of my family. At John Tyler Community College I did 2 years, study bases law and I got in security. Yes, I another friend went in security business. In 1999 I was in McGuire Hospital later I heard about the PVA. 2009 I still couldn’t believe that people care that much about one another, I keep looking asking questions. I with the help of PVA member, Arnold Beard, Chuck Willis and the bus driver, I join the best from all the rest. I have learned much by being with the PVA. I like talking to people/helping in any way I can. Just call on me. I know not much but I am willing to try. I am a PVA member for life. If it’s God’s will I will be there to answer the call. I live by myself and I need something to work with helping others. Thank PVA.