From a six-page newsletter in 1945 to a monthly publication that spans the globe, PN continues to be an invaluable resource for people with spinal-cord injuries, family members and caregivers alike.
Originally, PN was known as Paraplegia News, and during an era where spinal-cord injuries were considered a life-altering tragedy, our mission was clear.
Since that time we have seen great strides in technology, public awareness and the general perceptions concerning people with disabilities and wanted to recognize that Paraplegia News meant more than paraplegia.
It embodies the “power” of the spirit, the “professional” contributions to society, the “personal” story within each person, the “practical” resolve to carry on and even the “playful” nature of the soul.
In short – we are PN, and we welcome you to better wheelchair living.
Al Kovach Jr.
U.S. Navy Veteran
A Navy veteran and former Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) national president, Al Kovach Jr., became the 10th editor-in-chief for PN in July 2023. He plans on bringing new and exciting information to PN readers, while continuing to preserve the historical importance the magazine has played in the lives of veterans and others with spinal-cord injury and disease since PVA’s inception in 1946.
Al joined the United States Navy in 1988 and sustained a spinal-cord injury (SCI) in a 1991 parachuting accident while serving on SEAL Team 5.
With a passion to serve, Al volunteered with the PVA Cal-Diego Chapter and was elected as a PVA national vice president in 2008. He also served as PVA’s national president from 2014 to 2017.
Prior to joining the Navy, Al was a competitive swimmer in high school and earned All-American honors during his senior year. He went on to swim for national and Big Ten Conference powerhouse Indiana University.
Following his SCI, Al continued to participate in sports. He competed in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, won the Los Angeles Marathon in 1997 and 1998, completed a 3,700-mile triathlon from Los Angeles to New York City in 1998 and won multiple titles in handcycling and triathlons.
Al has retired from racing, but he continues to ski recreationally and is always looking for opportunities to scuba dive anywhere there’s warm water.
Andy Nemann came to PVA Publications after more than six years as an editor with the Gannett Magazine Group where he helped manage two national magazines and a trio of Florida travel publications.
Nemann has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including writing for a national newswire and managing custom publishing projects for clients such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the University of Arizona.
In his off-hours from editing, Andy volunteered for the Arizona Animal Welfare League for over a decade.
Sherri has been a pivotal part of PN Magazine for more than 40 years.
She has literally worked in every department, starting at the front desk, and then accounting and on to the production layout department.
She has penned articles for both publications and has become the advertising and marketing guru for the publication while employing her keen sense of experience with the daily operations.
Sherri received her BS degree in business from Clarion State University in Pennsylvania.
Garvey, as she is best known, brings a unique blend of humor and professionalism to our little family.
Like so many in the office, She started working the front desk helping to orchestrate the many tasks of deadline, circulation, and customer service and in the process has honed an exceptional flare for her job.
The Utah native moved to Ariz. in 1959 and recalls wondering why there weren't horses tied to posts around town.
Garvey attended Brigham Young University, where she earned her BS in speech pathology.
Suzi came aboard PVA Publications more than 25 years ago and has become a trusted member of our family, especially to all our customers and subscribers. She is the voice you hear for subscription questions or when ordering a shopping cart item.
The native Arizonan is a graduate of Glendale Community College where she earned her AA. Suzi's devotion and genuine love of people is a treasured trait in and out of the office.
John Groth has covered every National Veterans Wheelchair Games since he joined.
Before coming to Phoenix, John spent 10 years in the newspaper industry as a sports reporter/editor throughout the Midwest. He's taken home honors wherever he's worked, including a 2007 Hoosier State Press Association first-place Best Sports Event coverage award.
In his spare time, John enjoys watching sports – especially Notre Dame and Indianapolis Colts football — along with trying out new, local restaurants and hiking.
John received his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communications from DePauw University in Indiana in 2004.
Brittany Martin is pleased to bring her talents, passion and enthusiasm to the PVA Publications team. Writing, reporting and editing are her heart and soul, and she feels privileged to be given the opportunity to share the stories of veterans and others with spinal-cord injuries and diseases.
Brittany honed her journalistic skills in the newspaper industry, working as a copy editor, page designer, web content editor and social media manager for 10 years. During her tenure with 1013 Communications, the website under her guidance earned first place in the Arizona Newspapers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest for three consecutive years.
In her spare time, Brittany loves competing in skeet and sporting clays tournaments, working out, knitting, cooking, listening to music and spending time with her amazing husband.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2005, where she graduated summa cum laude with honors from the Barrett Honors College.
U.S. Navy Veteran
Kerry brings more than 20 years of graphic design experience and fresh ideas to the production team.
The New Mexico native served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49 before earning his BA in graphic design from Collins College.
In his free time Kerry enjoys basketball, photography and spending time with his wife and kids.
Christopher "Virgil" Di Virgilio
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Christopher works his magic keeping the web sites current with the content you crave. He is also the primary photographer for the magazine and many of his photos have graced the pages of PN magazine.
The Chicago native has called Phoenix home for more than 25 years. Prior to coming to PN he wrote for a variety of Arizona valley publications.
Christopher proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 12 years as a field radio operator and wireman.
He has volunteered as a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), helping socialize young puppies to one day be placed with people needing a service animal.
In his off-hours, Christopher is an artist who enjoys designing and creating scale models, props and dioramas from popular movie and television pop culture using a wide range of mediums and techniques.
Christopher is a licensed FAA drone pilot.