About Our Board of Directors

The Adaptables Inc. Board of Directors is dedicated to high-quality governance and service. We are always seeking new members who bring expertise in business, nonprofit, and public relations and specific knowledge about disability to the table. We seek individuals with disabilities who have life experiences based on a belief of consumer choice and responsibility. The application process for joining our board is simple and begins with a call to The Adaptables at 336 – 767 – 7060.

Board Meetings are held six times a year.

The Adaptables Inc. Board Member Bios

Bailey Liipfert III: Bailey is a board-certified elder law attorney and concentrates is practice in planning for the elderly and persons with disabilities. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Campbell University School of Law. He is a frequent speaker at educational programs for attorneys, accountants and other professionals as well as the public on issues affecting persons with disabilities.

Dean E Vavra, MS, CEBT:  Executive Director North Carolina Eye Bank. Dean Vavra has 30 years of eye bank experience and has held almost every job in an eye bank: Recovery Technician, Technical Director, Hospital Development/Marketing, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director. Dean has served on the Board of Directors for the Eye Bank Association of America and VisionShare. He is the Vice-President of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation in Colorado. Dean was the Chair of EBAA Technician Education, a member of the EBAA Medical Advisory Board, Regulatory Affairs Committee and has served on many other EBAA committees. Dean Vavra was recognized with the 2010 Leonard Heise Award issued by the EBAA “In grateful recognition of Distinguished Service Rendered to the Nation and The World in the fight Against Blindness.” Dean Vavra started out as an Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) that lead to his eye banking career. All four of his brothers have had cornea transplants to treat granular dystrophy type II. So, he views cornea transplantation and eye banking as a many faceted endeavor. Dean has Master’s Degree from Colorado Christian University’s School of Business. Dean Vavra retired from the Colorado National Guard in 2005. He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Dan is married to Janice and they have two grandchildren.

Bryan Dooley: I am Bryan Dooley.  I am proud to say I am a graduate of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system.  I am a senior at Guilford College and thinking about my next step.  Although I am younger than other board members are, I have been involved in the Winston-Salem disability community for many years.  I began my advocacy very early in Winston-Salem working alongside the Physical and Occupational Therapists within the school system.  I won several awards through my work including the Yes I Can award and the Matthew Graziadei award.  I continue my work at Guilford College and with many other groups including The Adaptables.

Ron Day: I am a graduate of Elon College with a BA Degree in Mathematics and a Graduate of UNC Greensboro with a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Agency Counseling.  I worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for thirty-five years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and for the last nine years as the Vocational Rehabilitation Officer supervising approximately twenty staff members.  I am presently certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Additionally, I am one of the founding members for the Kernersville Mayor’s Council for People with Disabilities which was incorporated in 1984.  I have served several terms as the Chairman and several as the Vice-Chairman.  This has provided me with the opportunity to serve as an advocate for people with disabilities.  I consider it a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for The Adaptables.

I am married with four grown children and two grandchildren and another expected in November.

Tamara S. Rhyne: Adjunct instructor for Winston-Salem State University, Deaf Studies Minor program under the Rehabilitation and Human Services Department. Graduated from Appalachian State University. Native of Winston-Salem, Child of Deaf Adults (CODA), also has Deaf family relatives. Served as an Interpreter for the Deaf for approximately 16 plus years.  Passionate about teaching American Sign Language.  Tami is married to Jim Rhyne and they have two daughters.