[nFBMI-Talk] [State-affiliate-leadership-list] Extremely Sad News

J.J. Meddaugh jj at bestmidi.com
Mon Feb 4 03:46:48 UTC 2019

Very sad news.

*From:* State-Affiliate-Leadership-List 
<state-affiliate-leadership-list-bounces at nfbnet.org> *On Behalf Of 
*President, National Federation of the Blind via 
*Sent:* Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:39 PM
*To:* State Affiliate Leadership List 
<state-affiliate-leadership-list at nfbnet.org>
*Cc:* President, National Federation of the Blind 
<OfficeOfThePresident at nfb.org>
*Subject:* [State-affiliate-leadership-list] Extremely Sad News

Dear Federation Family,

It is with deep shock and a strong sadness that I share the news with 
you that our friend, mentor, and colleague Rachel Olivero passed away 
very suddenly late last evening. I have known Rachel for nearly twenty 
of her thirty-six years and I have felt the significant impact she has 
made on the lives of so many people especially within the National 
Federation of the Blind.

I wanted each of you to know as soon as possible. Details of funeral 
arrangements will be coming in the following days. I would ask you to 
join with me in keeping Rachel’s family especially her partner Karen 
Anderson in your thoughts and prayers.

Within our movement a core value we share is love. That we open our 
hearts to each other is what makes our work together so meaningful. That 
we open our hearts to each other also means that we feel the pain in a 
real way when we experience a loss in our family especially one as 
bright and powerful as Rachel Olivero. Thank you for your openness to 
the bond that we share together.

Many have asked how they can help in this time of loss and I know that 
your support is much appreciated. If needs arise, you can be certain you 
will be called upon.

For now, I invite you to keep the impact that Rachel played in your life 
close to your heart. Considering the significant work that she did 
behind the scenes for our organization, if you had no direct experience 
with her, you can be sure that you have utilized a tool that she helped 
build for us.


Mark A. Riccobono, President

200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 659-9314 | Officeofthepresident at nfb.org 
<mailto:Officeofthepresident at nfb.org>

Twitter: @Riccobono

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