2013 Disability Awareness Month Heroes - KPBS
As part of Union Bank's Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards and to honor various individuals for the positive contributions and influence they have made to the community.
The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards, which Union Bank sponsors with public television station KPBS. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Disability Awareness Month programming the month of October.Congratulations to our 2013 Local Heroes of the Year:
President & Founder
L.E.A.P.S. and BOUNDS
Linda Bounds is an artist, educator, and creative intuitive. She founded L.E.A.P.S. and BOUNDS (Lovingly Energetic Artistic Programs for Seniors) in 2000. It is a non-profit that uses art as an engaging teaching style to enrich the lives of individuals, regardless of age and/or illness. Ms. Bounds founded the organization for individuals facing physical and emotional challenges to breakout of the routine of convalescent care and experience the excitement of creativity.
In 2008, she developed Healing Hearts, a unique therapeutic fine arts program at Edgemoor Hospital. All patients, regardless of their abilities, are invited to participate in the program. It promotes the well-being of each individual; participants are challenged with new beginnings and filled with purpose.
Intergenerational programs are a passion of hers and she created, “M.A.G.I.C.” (Making Art Grow in Communities) which brings together sixth grade students and seniors grappling with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Al Kovach, Jr.
National Senior Vice President
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Al Kovach, Jr., of Coronado, CA, is the national senior vice president of Paralyzed Veterans of America and currently serves as the Cal-Diego Chapter immediate past president. He joined the chapter as its government relations director and has served on its board of directors since 1991.
He was a member of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, when he broke his neck in a parachuting accident in 1991. He is a two-time winner of the L.A. Marathon and participated in the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. In 1998, Mr. Kovach completed a 3,700-mile transcontinental triathlon. Mr. Kovach was selected as San Diego Hall of Champions’ Disabled Athlete of the Year in 1999.
A native of Philadelphia, Kovach attended Indiana University before joining the military as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He and his wife, Magaly, reside in Coronado, CA.
View past Disability Awareness Month Honorees