Metrolina Association for the Blind, Inc. (MAB) is excited to announce Dana A. Draa has joined the agency to further develop our growing position in providing world class services to people in the community who are blind or visually impaired. As a member of the executive team, she will report to the President and CEO, Tracy Libertino.
Ms. Draa joins MAB with a wealth of experience within the industry, having spent the last 10+ years as a Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs – Health Administration. She was responsible for the case management of over 300 legally blind and visually impaired Veterans in the Charlotte, NC area. Among various other duties including benefits review and referral, rehabilitation interventions, and serving as a vision loss expert for the Salisbury VA Medical Center, she was also responsible for the assessment, issuance, and training of assistive technology devices for her Veterans. Prior to her tenure with the VA, Ms. Draa was an assistive technology consultant for Division of Services for the Blind where she used her knowledge of technology and assistive technology to assist persons with vision loss return to independent living, school, and work.
Ms. Draa has a Masters of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Arkansas in Little Rock and Masters of Arts in Counseling with a focus on Orientation and Mobility for the Blind from Western Michigan University. Ms. Draa is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), a Certified Adaptive Sports Specialist (CARSS), has a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) and is currently studying to be a Certified Meditation Instructor (CMI).
Ms. Draa served 4 years active duty in the United States Navy and 3 years in the Alaska Army National Guard. She is a Veteran of Desert Storm/ Desert Shield.
In addition to her professional duties, Ms. Draa is a former Chapter Coordinator for Team River Runner, a former Captain and Veterans Bridge Home, and formerly on the board of Peace of Adventure, Veterans Transport Services and Hook Line and Heroes. Ms. Draa is currently an Ambassador for Veterans Yoga Project and is very active in the Charlotte Veteran Community.
All Vision Rehabilitation Services division personnel will report to Dana and she will be serving as the agencies liaison on the Board Program Planning Committee with a focus on reaching out to the blind and visually impaired community to lead the effort to further strengthen current solutions and develop future programs and services to best meet the needs of the community.