Commission on Disabilities

Commission on Disabilities

Commission on Disabilities Members

In 2014, Vivian Stancil became a member of the City of Riverside’s Commission of Disabilities and is currently the Chairperson.

In 1979, Vivian was diagnosed as legally blind with Retinitis Pignatosis (RP). She became the 1st Blind Teacher in Long Beach Unified School District.

Later in life, she was informed in order to survive, she needed to lose weight, so she overcame her fear of water and became a swimmer. Discovering she loved swimming, she mastered her strokes, began losing weight and started swimming competitively. Vivian has competed in Senior Olympic Games in numerous states and regionally in Southern California, has over 200 National Senior Games Association (NSGA) and Regional Medals from various competitive races and is a 2007 City of Riverside Sports Hall Of Fame Recipient.

In 2013 Vivian began the Vivian Stancil Olympian Foundation (VSOF), a 501(c)3 Non Profit, established to enrich the lives of Riverside residents within its sphere of influence. VSOF has seen many lives changed for the better. Hallmarks of VSOF include: Drown-proofing events, a Community Outreach Newsletter and speaking engagements to help get seniors back on the move. Vivian operates a second 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization that provides outreach in the community to families, residents, collaborative partners and to at risk youths.

Dr. Gregory Alexander, III is native of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. His family settled in the inland empire where he attended Cajon High School and California State University, San Bernardino. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, two Master’s Degrees in Special Education and Education Administration and an Education Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne

Dr. Alexander has been working in the field of Special Education since 1998. He is currently the Director of Special Education at the Ontario-Montclair School District, the 3rd largest K-8 district in the State of California. His past work experience includes Special Education teacher for the Moreno Valley and Jurupa Unified School Districts, Program Specialist and Coordinator for the San Jacinto Unified School District, non-public school Principal in Riverside serving students with special needs and Director of Special Education for the Inglewood Unified School District. He has been an Adjunct Professor at National University and a Special Education Field Work Supervisor at California State University, San Bernardino

Gregory is currently the interim Pastor and President of the Board of Directors at the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Riverside California and a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

Previously, Vivian Foust volunteered in the classroom with her son who has special needs. The encouragement of teachers and students provided the inspiration to turn volunteerism into a job. Vivian has worked for the Riverside Unified School District for 16 years, with Special Day Class (SDC) and Resource Middle School students. She enjoys teaching students with special needs subjects such as math; topics some students feel they will never understand. She cares deeply for her students and hopes to make a big difference their lives.

Ms. Foust has been involved in her Northside Improvement Association (NIA) for about 15 years and is the oldest neighborhood group. NIA meets the 2nd Monday of every month at Reid Park. The group attends City Council meetings when possible, but especially if an item on the agenda involves her neighborhood. Community involvement is extremely important. The Northside Neighborhood Association has worked on different items such as park open space, issues surrounding the old golf course and public outreach events to let people know the Association is around and available to residents.

Sharron Lewis is an educator and co-founder of EMPOWER-U Edutainment. The Empower-U Edutainment mission is to provide positive messages of hope by creating a sense of self-worth through advocacy, training, and edutainment that include dance, song, poems, spoken words, and skits. Sharron is an experienced leader and is currently the Second Vice President of the Riverside Branch NAACP and the advisor for the Riverside County NAACP Youth Council. She has received the prestigious California Teachers Association Lois Tinson Human Rights Award for her serving as a role model inspiring and encouraging leadership potential in our youth, and her work towards achieving equal opportunities for all students. She achieved the Mary Hatwood Futrell Award from the National Educators Association for promoting equal educational opportunity for women and girls.

Educational background includes her receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University California Riverside and her Master Degree from Washington State University. Sharron is a graduate of the Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership. Passionate about working to make a difference in our community, Sharron is currently the Parent Coordinator for the University Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy and a member of the City of Riverside Commission on Disabilities.

Albert Davis, Sr. has been a resident of Riverside for nearly 50 years. He and his five (5) children have experienced the inclusion of all people from all backgrounds in this City.

Mr. Davis is a U.S. Army Veteran, received life-time teaching credentials from UCLA, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Education at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU) and taught at Riverside Community College (RCC) as an adjunct faculty member in the Trade and Industry Department.

Mr. Davis retired from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) with more than 25 years of service. He served as a Community Resource Manager (CRM) who managed complaints from State Employees regarding discrimination or sexual harassment from Peace Officers and civilians. He was also certified as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) representative, Discrimination Complaint Investigator for CDCR and as an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for the California Institution for Men (CIM). This training allowed him to understand the importance of programs targeting people with disabilities. His years of experience as a Community Resource Manager involved relating to people from all walks of life and gave him very good insight into the needs and challenges people face. He also understands polices and directives from government entities.

Tola Perkins has worked in Government since the 1990s. She has provided Managerial Business Support to Special Education students, ensuring their Transportation, Safety, and Emergency Services needs were met. She has also been an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Team Member on many Special Education student cases for various Departments of Education, Superintendents and School Districts in Southern California. Tola has a soft spot for children with disabilities and believes everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their own personal best.

Tola’s background includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies & Communications, and a Business & Administrative Management Certification.

Tola currently resides in the City of Riverside. She is happily married, has two daughters, and enjoys watching her youngest daughter play softball in the local league. She and her family enjoy regular Church events and quality family time. Tola’s oldest daughter graduated from California State University San Bernardino, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

Tola is excited to serve on the City of Riverside’s Commission on Disabilities and looks forward to assisting her Community.

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Riverside, CA 92522

Phone: (951) 826-5427

Monique Gordon
Administrative Analyst/ADA Coordinator

Mission Statement
The mission of the Commission on Disabilities is to promote greater awareness of, respect for, and the total participation of individuals with disabilities into all aspects of life.
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