Commission on Disabilities

Commission on Disabilities

Commission on Disabilities Members

Lisa Miller, Vivian Stancil, Marsha Gonzalez, Sharron Lewis

Chairperson Vivian Stancil lost her sight at age 19, with two young children and a full-time job, she went back to school at night to get her degree. When her doctor discovered a heart murmur and her weight was a problem, she had to exercise. She overcame her terror of water, jumped in the pool, and became a champion swimmer.

Today her heart is sound and her weight healthy, and she’s a gold-medalist in our local Senior Olympics and a fierce competitor in the National Senior Olympics program. Vivian Stancil has inducted into the Riverside Sports Hall of Fame.

When she’s not swimming, Vivian Stancil leads a prayer ministry called Christian Intercessors of the Nations Organization, and she is also a member of the Uptown Riverside Kiwanis Club.

Through these organizations, she has reached out to young women in our community and shown them through her own story that obstacles can be opportunities for growth and that no handicap can stop them from achieving their dreams.

Chair Keith Nelson’s (Ward 4) mission is to bring his technology knowledge and passion for sports to the Commission on Disabilities and increase community awareness and programs.

Keith Nelson and his family have lived in Riverside since 1985. He has a Doctrine in Computer Science and completed his American Electronics Association (AeA) [now The Stanford Executive Institute) at Stanford University. His children all attend or have attended Riverside Unified School District Schools and he became involved with local Special Education Programs. Keith was President of the Riverside Poly High School Special Education Boosters while his eldest son attended high school. Keith’s passion is athletic and social programs for those with special needs, and has coached for many years with Arlington Little League – Challenger Baseball. With his wife, he later started Junior All American (AYSO) VIP Soccer and later began coaching with Special Olympics. Keith’s community involvement has focused on youth and young adult activities with a slant towards athletics. Keith also serves on the Board of Directors for Ability Counts, Inc., a community non-profit, public benefit corporation that provides employment and employment training for individuals with developmental disabilities. ^ Top of the Page

Donald Hawecker (Ward 3) has lived in Riverside since 1967 and is an advocate for those with disabilities. Donald is a volunteer with the PossAbilities program and the Drayson Center, a fitness facility on the Loma Linda University campus. As a person with disabilities, Donald brings a unique perspective on the needs of the disabled community.

After becoming suddenly disabled in a vehicle accident, Donald decided that he would remain positive and not be left behind in life. He sought and received specialized help from the PossAbilities program where doors to accomplishment were opened when he attained a wonderful level of physical fitness at the Drayson Center with one arm, one prosthetic leg and the other leg in a brace. Doctors and nurses have called on Donald to counsel others who have suffered severe accidents and are facing amputation and other physical limitations.

Donald refuses to dwell on things he can no longer do. Instead he turns his focus on the possibilities and opportunities before him. Through the Commission on Disabilities, Donald would like to help disabled residents be as independent as possible and look forward to what is ahead.
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Rich Olquin Richard Olquin volunteers his time with several non-profit organizations in the Inland Empire. His favorite in Riverside is Steppin’ On Up, a non-profit that provides shoes to those in need, where he assists in fundraising. He serves as a Long Term Care Ombudsman for Riverside County as well as being a founding board member of CHANGE Riverside, an organization whose focus is Environmental Prevention and Community Development.

Mr. Olquin has over 30 years of management experience in both the non-profit and private sectors. He has a long history of community activism and leadership throughout Southern California. He has served in various management consulting and fundraising capacities with organizations focused on youth, senior services and nonprofit management support.

Currently, in his role as President of Next Step Resources, Inc., Mr. Olquin leverages his background in government relations, public affairs and nonprofit management to assist small nonprofits and organizations in fundraising, capacity building and grant writing. As a hobby, he maintains his involvement in both Legislative and political affairs at the local, State and Federal levels directing campaigns and assisting with political fundraising as well.

Mr. Olquin holds degrees in Political Science, Broadcast Communications, and Business Management. He earned the Masters Certification of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2005. He resides in the La Sierra Hills area of Riverside with his fiancé Alysia Webb, and their three rescue dogs- Dakota, Daisy, and Chinook.
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Robin Treen Robin is a California Real Estate Broker and native of Riverside and is active in his community. Member of the City of Riverside's Human Resources Board from 2007-2011, Riverside Neighborhood Partnership 2009 – 2011, and currently serves on the Commission on Disabilities dealing with ADA compliance.

Robin served on Riverside's Homeless Services Advisory Council, the Steering committee for the La Sierra High School Business Academy, a Docent at the Historic Mission Inn. President of Riverside's largest Kawanis Club established in 1921.
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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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