[Perform-talk] Hello, PAD!

Julie McGinnity kaybaycar at gmail.com
Mon Jul 13 03:36:57 UTC 2015

Congratulations Kaiti!

I look forward to working with you over the next year and beyond.  I
think you will be a great addition to the team.

What a great message; I think we have an exciting year ahead of us.

On 7/12/15, Kaiti Shelton via Perform-talk <perform-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi, everyone,
> Due to speaking engagements I had with the Human Services division at
> convention I wasn't able to stay for the duration of our meeting, but
> I wanted to introduce myself as the newest member of the PAD board to
> those who might not have had a chance to speak to me, as well as those
> who were not able to attend convention or our division meeting.
> I'm going into my senior year of undergrad in the University of
> Dayton's music therapy program.  Clarinet is my primary instrument but
> I also play several others including guitar, piano, percussion, and a
> few others on a hobbiest level like violin and viola.  I sing as well
> and love everything from Mozart to Girshwin, but musical theatre is my
> favorite.  I've been fortunate enough to have experiences in acting,
> dance, and other sectors of the performing arts since an early age and
> hope I can be a resource to the division along with Jordy, Julie,
> Katelyn, Lizzie, Jim, and the rest of the board through next year.
> I'm excited to serve you all as secretary.  This is a position I used
> to hold in the Ohio Association of Blind Students before being elected
> to the presidency, and the work of this position is something I've
> missed in the two years since I last took down minutes.  I'm all about
> lists, action points, and databases, so if something needs to be
> written out and kept for records I'm your girl.  I've already been
> working on forming a new system to gain information about activity of
> our members in the performing arts that we can use to create a
> mentoring program, and will start forming a database once that system
> is modified if necessary and approved by the board.  One of the things
> that you can hopefully look forward to in this system is a series of
> experience levels to self-report your level of proficiency to be
> matched with a mentor or mentee that is similar to you.
> I can be reached at this email easily enough for the moment.  I look
> forward to meeting more of you over the next year and further in the
> future as we work to show that blind performers can-and do-participate
> in the arts and can even outshine our sighted cast members,
> colleagues, or ensemble peers.
> --
> Kaiti
> President, Ohio Association of Blind Students 2013-Present
> Secretary, The National Federation of the Blind Performing Arts
> Division 2015-2016
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Julie McGinnity
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri second vice president,
National Federation of the Blind performing arts division secretary,
Missouri Association of Guide dog Users President
graduate, Guiding Eyes for the Blind 2008, 2014
"For we walk by faith, not by sight"
2 Cor. 7

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