Board Appointed Members

Christopher D. Wagner photo Christopher D. Wagner
Chair
Dunedin (Pinellas County)

Christopher D. Wagner is chief operating officer for ZVRS and Purple Communications, both of which provide video telecommunications solutions to deaf and hard of hearing individuals and foreign language speakers. He is past president of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the nation’s premier civil rights organization representing the American deaf community, and serves as the chair of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Foundation Board. Instrumental in the creation of the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wagner served as the first chair by appointment of then-Governor Jeb Bush. Previously he served as president of the Florida Association of the Deaf and the Florida Coalition for Disability Rights; as vice chair of the Governor’s Americans with Disabilities Act Working Group; and on the State of Florida Disability Task Force for Emergency Preparedness. Appointed by the governor August 29, 2006, reappointed April 17, 2007, December 9, 2008, and May 14, 2013; term ends November 19, 2016.

Owen B. McCaul photo Owen B. McCaul
Vice-Chair
Tallahassee (Leon County)

Owen B. McCaul graduated from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in 1982 and has been an assistant state attorney in Leon County since 1989, and is active in several masonic organizations – J. Edwin Larson Lodge #361 (past master), Talwar Grotto (past monarch), Masters and Wardens Association for the Seventh Masonic District of Florida (past president). He is currently the chief of the Leon County Felony Intake Division, which resolves approximately 40% of the felony cases in Leon County. He represents the State of Florida in Leon County’s Felony Drug Court and in numerous extradition matters, and represents the State Attorney’s office on the Leon County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee and the Public Safety Coordinating Council. He received his bachelor’s degree from Flagler College and Juris Doctor degree from the Florida State University’s College of Law. Appointed by the governor August 29, 2006, reappointed April 17, 2007, December 9, 2008, and May 14, 2013; term ends December 10, 2016. 

Christine Chapman photo. Christine M. Chapman
St. Augustine (St. Johns County)

Christine Chapman is a philanthropist who has devoted herself to many organizations in support of St. Augustine. She earned both her master’s degree in educational leadership and bachelor’s degree in special education K-12 from the University of North Florida. A longtime resident of St. Johns County, she worked for 20 years at FSDB in both the classroom and administration. Her community experience includes service on many nonprofit boards, including the Junior Service League of St. Augustine (past president), Kids Bridge (past president), Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Flagler Hospital, and Limelight Theatre. She is married to Steve Chapman, owner of All American Air-Conditioning and Heating. In 2010, she and her husband established the All American Air Charitable Foundation, and she serves as president of the board. Appointed by the governor February 10, 2014; term ends November 13, 2017.

Linda DiGonzalez photo. Linda C. DiGonzalez
Tallahassee (Leon County)

Linda C. DiGonzalez has long been an advocate for persons in need. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she relocated to Tallahassee in 1990, where she and her husband Robert DiGonzalez raised their three sons. In 2001, they adopted a special needs child from Cuenca, Ecuador who is enrolled in FSDB. The following year, she became Director of Volunteer Services and trained volunteer directors across the state for Westminster Communities of Florida. At Westminster Oaks where she is based, she trains senior mentors to work with local schools. Active in the Miccosukee United Methodist Church, she previously held volunteer positions in the public school system, the local Red Cross chapter, and the Family Readiness Group for the Florida National Guard 779th Engineering Battalion. Appointed by the governor August 5, 2014, reappointed March 27, 2015 and June 12, 2015; term ends February 7, 2019. 

Ralph V. "Terry" Hadley photo Ralph V. “Terry” Hadley, III
Altamonte Springs (Seminole County)Ralph V. “Terry” Hadley, III is owner and managing partner of Swann, Hadley, Stump, Dietrich & Spears, P.A., a private law practice in Winter Park, FL. He served as director and counsel to the local BankFirst (now Seacoast Bank) for 25 years. He earned his bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Florida. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He is currently a member of the American Bar, Florida Bar, California Bar and Orange County Bar Associations. He is also the owner of the Aunt Zelma’s Blueberries farm in Island Grove, FL, and has received awards for his pro bono work on behalf of neglected and abused children. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Altamonte Springs. Appointed by the governor March 27, 2015 and reappointed June 12, 2015; term ends November 20, 2017. 
Thomas M. Zalveson photo Thomas M. Zavelson, M.D.
Gainesville (Alachua County)

Dr. Thomas M. Zavelson is a retired pediatrician and clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Previously, he was a founding and senior partner with the Pediatric Associates of Gainesville; a pediatric consultant for Children’s Medical Services; chairman of the North Florida Regional Medical Center Department of Pediatrics; and a member of the North Florida Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. Appointed by the governor November 22, 2010, reappointed June 15, 2012 and January 15, 2016; term ends November 7, 2019.