Joanna Boval is the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at UC San Diego, and has served in this position for the past eight years. She has presented at AHEAD on several occasions on a variety of topics and co-chairs the AHEAD Graduate and Professional School SIG. She has won several awards including the UCSD Community Champion Award recognizing her efforts in furthering the spirit of diversity, equal opportunity and affirmative action. She is also actively involved in the UCSD Veterans Staff Association and serves as their Chair. Previously, Ms. Boval worked with non-profit and social services agencies to address the needs of foster children and youth, particularly those with disabilities.