The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) announced today that its Board of Directors has promoted Diane Boyd Rauber to executive director, effective May 1, 2016. She replaces David Hobson, who came out of retirement in May 2012 to assist with NOVA’s consolidation efforts in the Washington, D.C. area. During this time, NOVA’s membership reached record levels, as did attendance at its semi-annual training conferences – widely regarded as the ‘gold standard’ in veterans’ law education.
Diane has served as NOVA’s Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs since September 2015. Her appointment to the top spot, recommended by Mr. Hobson in a March letter to NOVA leadership, is yet another step toward NOVA’s long-range vision to enhance its mission by further educating Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the public about fair and just treatment of our nation’s disabled veterans.
“Diane is the right person at the right time to accomplish our expanded mission, having earned the respect and trust of the Board of Directors and the membership,” stated NOVA President Glenda Herl. “During her short interval with NOVA, it became apparent that Diane’s knowledge and professionalism are perfect attributes for the top staff leadership spot, enhancing NOVA’s efforts going forward.”
President Herl went on to say, “This is a natural evolution for NOVA that was set in motion the day David Hobson took control of the helm. His leadership has guided NOVA’s growth to where we are today – NOVA is now ready to tackle some of the most difficult challenges faced by advocates representing disabled veterans and their families.”
Additionally, “David has agreed to remain with NOVA in a senior advisory role, at Diane’s request. David will be a valuable asset during this transition, as he has been throughout his tenure and in securing his successor, in accordance with NOVA’s long-term plan.”
In closing her commentary, President Herl noted: “I hope all of you will join me in welcoming Diane to this key spot in NOVA’s leadership, and in thanking David for his dedicated service and for completing the mission he set out to accomplish four years ago.”
As NOVA’s Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Diane has focused on reaching out to members of Congress, VA, and veterans’ service organizations (VSOs) to raise awareness of NOVA’s mission and goals. She is participating in an ongoing dialogue with VA officials about much needed reform to the appeals process for veterans’ claims and how best to accomplish meaningful change without infringing on veterans’ rights.
Diane has extensive knowledge of the hurdles set before disabled veterans who choose to appeal the VA’s decision to deny their earned benefits. In January 2015, Diane testified before the House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs regarding the veteran’s dilemma navigating the VA’s complex appeals process. Diane will continue to provide testimony on behalf of NOVA, enabling Congress to better understand the complex issues and procedural roadblocks facing veterans who are seeking their earned benefits.
Prior to joining NOVA, Diane served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Appeals at Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Office of General Counsel, in Washington, D.C. At PVA, she oversaw the transition of the National Appeals Office to attorney leadership. She also represented hundreds of PVA clients before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board), served as PVA’s liaison in Board/VSO meetings and working groups, and collaborated with PVA’s Government Relations staff on appeals reform issues.
Diane’s prior positions include serving as of counsel to the Law Office of Wildhaber and Associates, and as a staff attorney at the National Veterans Legal Services Program, representing veterans before the Board and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). She also served as a consultant to the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, contributing to numerous publications on child welfare law and practice.
Diane is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to NOVA, she is also a member of the CAVC Bar Association and the Maryland Bar Association Veterans Affairs and Military Law Section.
Diane earned her law degree from the Catholic University of America School of Law, Washington, D.C. Additionally, Diane has a Master of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the Pennsylvania State University.
The National Organization of Veterans' Advocates is a not for profit educational membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1993. NOVA is a national organization of attorneys and other qualified members who act as advocates for disabled veterans. Our goal is to provide excellent representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans who have disability claims against the government resulting from their service as members of the armed forces. Offices are at 1775 Eye St. NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: (202) 587- 5708, Fax: (202) 587- 5600, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Contact: Katy Whalen, Assistant Director
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National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc.
May 2, 2016