[Pibe-division] Exciting NOPBC Announcement

Dr. Denise M. Robinson dmehlenbacher at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 11 15:13:40 UTC 2010

NOPBC is very fortunate. What a great team of people to lead this group!!!

Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D. 
Teacher of the Blind & Visually Impaired
Yakima School District
TechVision-Independent Contractor
509-674-1853     deniserob at gmail.com

--- On Sun, 7/11/10, David Andrews <dandrews at visi.com> wrote:

From: David Andrews <dandrews at visi.com>
Subject: [Pibe-division] Exciting NOPBC Announcement
To: david.andrews at nfbnet.org
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2010, 4:26 AM

> Dear Listers,
> I am most happy to announce that at this year's Annual Meeting in Dallas this past Monday, the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children elected a new president and board.
> As many of you know, I stepped into the position of NOPBC president under unusual circumstances a little over a year ago.  I have had a wonderful experience being president and hope that I have made a contribution to the organization.  But I never intended to run for this office and in fact, though I was very honored, I turned down the offer to do just that two years ago, when Barbara Cheadle announced that she would not run again.  I believe that this organization that I love so much will be better served by having a president whose child is younger and who is closely connected to the education system.  After all, my daughter is 26 now and I haven't had a direct connection with the schools for five years.  In addition, I was very happy serving as a support to Barbara Cheadle for all those years and I will be extremely content to return to a position of support for our new president.
> And so, it is with great excitement and pleasure that I announce that our new president is Laura Weber of Texas.  Laura is the very capable founder and past president of the TX POBC, a very lively and dynamic chapter.  She is the mom of Lindsay Adair who just turned eight years old and will be entering second grade in the fall at her local elementary school.  Laura, her husband John, and Lindsay live in Houston.
> Laura had a seventeen-year career as a biomedical engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center.  Recently, she shifted gears and is now in the last class of a master's program in special education.  Student teaching comes next in the fall.  Once she is certified in special education, Laura plans to pursue certification as a teacher of blind students.  Laura has also successfully completed all the required coursework for certification as a literary braille transcriber and is working on completing her manuscript.  It will be a wonderful thing to have a person like Laura as a professional in the blindness field.
> I would also like to announce our newly elected board:
> 1st Vice President: Stephanie Kieszak-Holloway (GA)
> 2nd Vice President: Carlton Walker (PA)
> Secretary: Andrea Beasley (WI)
> Treasurer: Pat Renfranz (UT)
> Board Members:
> Jean Bening (MN)
> Jim Beyer (MT)
> Wingfield Bouchard (MS)
> Carol Castellano (NJ)
> Lety Castillo (TX)
> Denise Colton (UT)
> Dave Hammell (IA)
> Zina Lewis (VA)
> Barbara Mathews (CA)
> Sally Thomas (TX)
> I believe that our organization is in very, very capable hands and I hope you will join with me in enthusiastically welcoming and supporting our new president and board.
> All the best,
> Carol
> Carol Castellano
> National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
> 973-377-0976
> carol_castellano at verizon.net
> www.nopbc.org

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