Al Avina is the former executive director of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) in Washington, D.C., which provides services, support and advocacy for blinded veterans. Mr. Avina joined the U.S. Army in 1990 and moved up to personnel administrative manager at Fort Lewis, Washington. During a routine eye examination in 1994, Avina was diagnosed with rod cone dystrophy. He left the army and sought assistance from the American Lake Blind Rehabilitation Center at the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. The decorated veteran participated in NIB’s Business Leaders Program as a fellow, where he gained valuable business experience at NIB and its associated agencies.
Mr. Avina holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington.