COOFIA Claimant Advocacy Group

Disability Maintenance Organization

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Member Biographies

 

COOFIA Founding Members

 

Dr. Zabian R. Crosby, D.H.Ed.

 

Dr. Zabian Crosby began his academic career in the applied sciences, graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University. Dr. Crosby has 20 years of experience in Database Management Systems (DBMS) and related information systems technologies, culminating in the Los Angeles County South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) Phase II project, where Dr. Crosby developed the information system for PrimeApp Profiles On Demand Legacy Database System as the MIS Director for QuickApp Employment Services, which is available for use throughout Los Angeles County to over 300,000 job seekers as part of the South Bay Workforce Investment Board WIA Initiative.

 

Upon honorable discharge from the United States Navy, Dr. Crosby went on to pursue graduate studies in education, graduating in 2008 from American InterContinental University with a Master of Education degree in Leadership of Educational Organizations. Two years later, Dr. Crosby began his doctoral studies in health care education at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, graduating in 2013 with a Doctor of Health Education degree in Health Science Management. Dr. Crosby serves on the education advisory board for two major universities, is a health education consultant for a medical equipment provider specializing in health services for disabled and historically disadvantaged populations, and is a founding member and advisor to the California Office Of Federal Insurance Advocacy, a regional collaborative that seeks to preserve the rights of the disabled in applying for and receiving federal insurance benefits as a result of disability.

 

Emory Long, J.D.

 

Claimants filing for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration often face a daunting task in receiving approval for the benefits that they paid for through payroll deductions during their working years. Likewise, veterans filing for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs face an often adversarial and protracted approach to receiving compensation for injuries sustained as a result of active duty or secondary injuries arising from service-connected impairments. Emory Long, J.D., as part of the COOFIA advocacy team, diligently advocates for individuals to receive entitlement to benefits to allow for dignity and standard of care in their lives.

 

L. Gilbert Lopez, J.D.

 

L. Gilbert Lopez, J.D. was the Principal Consultant of the firm Social Justice and Equity Advocacy Associates. A graduate of the University of LaVerne College of Law, Dr. Lopez also held an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges and was also a graduate of Riverside Community College.

 

Dr. Lopez had over 20 years of experience as an Equal Opportunity Officer for the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, and in that capacity, Dr. Lopez developed model policies and procedures for grievances and non-discrimination that are used by other agencies nationwide. In this guise, Dr. Lopez has also acted as a Hearing Officer for other Counties and Cities. Other assignments included Procurement Administration and Career Counseling.

 

As Legislative Analyst, L. Gilbert Lopez has interpreted numerous versions of Federal Employment and Training legislation, as well as Disability legislation. In this capacity, sections of his concept papers have been incorporated into various employment laws. Other materials have been developed to implement such measures as the Welfare-to-Work program, as well as notification requirements for plant and workplace closing measures.

 

As Vice-Chair of the City of Riverside Community Relations Commission, Dr. Lopez was instrumental in mediating and resolving disputes and helping various segments of the community gain access to governmental processes to redress critical issues.

 

The applied experience of L. Gilbert Lopez in the Disabled Community stemmed from simple removal of architectural barriers to increasing opportunities in the workplace and in society to help those with disabilities to contribute and feel useful. This was in addition to direct services and assistance to patients with various concerns and problems, such as conducting Support Groups and Workshops in association with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

About COOFIA Membership

COOFIA assists disability claimants nationwide. As such, we welcome new professionals who want to join our team.  If you are interested in becoming a disability advocate, please contact our office.  There are many opportunities within our organization to assist regionally, giving you the ability to make a difference in your local community.  When contacting our office, please provide your resume or curriculum vitae along with a brief introduction letter stating why you want to serve as a disability advocate. The California Office Of Federal Insurance Advocacy believes in equal opportunity for all citizens, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, orientation, religion, or disability.