Divisions, Committees, and Groups

The National Federation of the Blind carries on its business through divisions, committees, and groups. These various bodies provide support, information, and resources regarding a wide range of professions, recreational activities, special interests, legislative issues, fundraising projects, and other areas related to blindness.

Each of our Divisions is led by an elected president and board of directors, and membership is based on interest, participation, and the paying of annual dues. Committees' members and their corresponding chairpersons are appointed annually by President Maurer. And Groups are run by coordinators or chairpersons with the approval of the President.

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Awards

Blind Educator of the Year | Distinguished Educator of Blind Children | Scholarships

Blindness Skills

Braille | Computer Science | Guide Dog Users | Orientation and Mobility

Fund Raising/Financial

Jacobus tenBroek Memorial Fund | Imagination Fund | Kenneth Jernigan Fund | Cash and Caring | PAC Plan | Shares Unlimited in NFB (SUN) | White Cane and Affiliate Finance

Legislative

Automobile and Pedestrian Safety | Legislative Initiatives

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Professions

Blind Educators | Educators of Blind Children | Employment | Entrepreneurs | Human Services | Industrial Workers | Journalists | Lawyers | Merchants | Musicians | Office ProfessionalsPublic Employees | Rehabilitation Professionals | Writers

Recreation

Agriculture and Equestrian | Automobile Enthusiasts | Faith | Genetic Education | Amateur Radio | Judaism | Library Services | Living History | Performing Arts | Sports and Recreation | Travel and Tourism

People

Blind Parents | Community Service | Deaf-Blind | Diabetes | Krafters | NFB Lions Group | Parents of Blind Children | Seniors | Spanish Translation | Students | Underserved Populations | Veterans

Technology

Assistive Technology Trainers | Research and Development | Science and Engineering | Social Media Committee | Technology (Promotion, Evaluation, and Advancement) | Webmasters

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Divisions

Agriculture and Equestrian Division of the NFB

President: Fred Chambers
3510 Bedford Circle
Carlsbad, California 92008
Home: 760-505-8500
E-mail: regenerative@earthlink.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/ag-eq_nfbnet.org

Assistive Technology Trainers Division of the NFB

President: Michael Barber
2721 34th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50310-5255
Home: 515-284-1569
Work: 515-281-1305
E-mail: michael.NFBI@gmail.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/trainer-talk_nfbnet.org

Deaf-Blind Division of the NFB

President: Joe Naulty
3924 South Wind Drive
West Melbourne, Florida 32904
Phone: 321-768-9500
E-mail: jnaulty@cfl.rr.com
Web site: http://www.nfbdeaf-blind.org/
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-db_nfbnet.org

Diabetes Action Network for the Blind, a Division of the NFB (DAN)

President: Michael Freeman
3101 NE 87th Avenue
Vancouver, Washington 98662-6832
Home: 360-576-5965
E-mail: k7uij@panix.com
Web site: http://www.nfb.org/diabetics
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/diabetes-talk_nfbnet.org

Human Services Division of the NFB

President: Merry C. Schoch
1003 Papaya Drive
Tampa, Florida 33619
Phone: 813-626-2789
E-mail: Merrys@verizon.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/humanser_nfbnet.org

National Association of Blind Automobile Enthusiasts, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind

President: David Hutchins
210 West 100th Terrace, Apt. 211
Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Home: 816-942-3233
Cell: 816-489-5073
E-mail: davehutchins13@att.net

National Association of the Blind in Communities of Faith, a Division of the NFB

President: Tom Anderson
5628 South Fox Circle, Apt. A
Littleton, Colorado 80120-5429
Work: 303-778-1130
E-mail: tanderson@cocenter.org
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/faith-talk_nfbnet.org

National Association of Blind Entrepreneurs, a Division of the NFB

President: Jim Bonerbo
733 Yonkers Avenue, Suite 304
Yonkers, New York 10704
Phone: 914-476-8444
Fax: 914-476-8446
E-mail: jbonerbocpa@optonline.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nabentre_nfbnet.org

National Association of Blind Lawyers, a Division of the NFB (NABL)

President: Scott LaBarre
1660 South Albion Street, Suite 918
Denver, Colorado 80222-4046
Work: 303-504-5979
Fax: 303-757-3640
E-mail: slabarre@labarrelaw.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/blindlaw_nfbnet.org

National Association of Blind Merchants, a Division of the NFB (NABM)

President: Nicky Gacos
16 Linsley Place
Metuchen, New Jersey 08840-2532
Home: 732-548-7176
Work: 732-672-7766
Merchant's Message: 877-521-8363
E-mail: nickycolorado@netscape.net
Web site: http://www.blindmerchants.org/
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/vendtalk_nfbnet.org
Publication: The Merchant Messenger (http://www.blindmerchants.org/merchantmessenger.html)

National Association of Blind Office Professionals, a Division of the NFB

President: Lisa Hall
7001 Hamilton Avenue, Unit 2
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
Home: 513-931-7070
E-mail: Lhall007@cinci.rr.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nabop_nfbnet.org

National Association of Blind Rehabilitation Professionals, a Division of the NFB

President: Melody Roane
3230 Grove Ave.
Richmond, Virginia 23221
Home: 804-262-7057
Work: 804-371-3323
E-mail: melody.lindsey@dbvi.virginia.gov
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/rehab_nfbnet.org

National Association of Blind Students, a Division of the NFB (NABS)

President: Sean Whalen
5 Cowperthwaite, Apt. 501
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Cell: 608-332-4147
E-mail: nabs.president@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.nabslink.org
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nabs-l_nfbnet.org
Publication: The Student Slate (The Student Slate)

National Association of Blind Veterans, a Division of the NFB

President: Dwight Sayer
P.O. Box 784957
Winter Garden, Florida 34778
Phone: 321-948-1466
E-mail: president@nabv.org
Web site: http://nabv.org
Mailing list: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/blindvet-talk_nfbnet.org

National Association of Guide Dog Users, a Division of the NFB (NAGDU)

President: Marion Gwizdala
1003 Papaya Drive
Tampa, Florida 33619
Home: 813-626-2789
Hotline: 888-NAGDU411 (888-624-3841)
E-mail: president@nagdu.org
Web site: http://www.nagdu.org
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nagdu_nfbnet.org

National Association to Promote the Use of Braille, a Division of the NFB (NAPUB)

President: Sandy Halverson
810 22nd Street South
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Home: 703-379-1141
E-mail: sandyh50@verizon.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/napub_nfbnet.org

National Federation of the Blind Amateur Radio Division

President: Anthony Olivero
5340 "R" Street, Apartment 9
Lincoln, Nebraska 68504
Cell: 765-977-1683
E-mail: anthony@olivero.us

National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science, a Division of the NFB

President: Curtis Chong
400 Central Ave. SE, Unit 201
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
E-mail: curtischong@earthlink.net
Web site: NFB Computer Science
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfbcs_nfbnet.org

National Federation of the Blind Krafters Division

President: Joyce Kane
465 Highland Avenue
Stratford, Connecticut 06614-3222
Home: 203-378-8928
E-mail: blindhands@aol.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-krafters-korner_nfbnet.org
Web site: www.krafterskorner.org

National Federation of the Blind Seniors Division

President: Ruth Sager
7634 Carla Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208-4409
Home: 410-602-9030
E-mail: rsager@bism.org
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-seniors_nfbnet.org

National Organization of Blind Educators, a Division of the NFB (NOBE)

President: Cayte Mendez
1439 East Avenue, Apt. 7G
Bronx, New York 10462
Phone: 315-345-3813
E-mail: caitryl@gmail.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nobe-l_nfbnet.org
Publication: The Blind Educator (The Blind Educator)

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, a Division of the NFB (NOPBC)

President: Ms. Carlton Walker
105 Creamery Road
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007
Home: 717-658-9894
E-mail: carltonwalker@gmail.com
Web site: www.nfb.org/nopbc
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/blindkid_nfbnet.org
Publication: Future Reflections

National Organization of Professionals in Blindness Education, a Division of the NFB

President: Eric Guillory
895 Woods Road
Ruston, Louisiana 71270-7139
Home: 318-245-8955
E-mail: ericguillory@aol.com

Performing Arts Division of the NFB

President: Jordy Stringer
8259 Harcourt Road, Apt. 123
Indianapolis, Indiana  46260
Home: 317-643-1890
E-mail: jordystringer83@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.padnfb.org/
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/perform-talk_nfbnet.org

Public Employees Division of the NFB

President: Ivan Weich
4301 Clogston Avenue NE
Bremerton, Washington 98310
Home: 360-731-9782
E-mail: ieweich@yahoo.com

Science and Engineering Division of the NFB

President: John Miller
10955 Deering Street
San Diego, California 92126
Home: 858-527-1727
E-mail: johnmillerphd@hotmail.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-science_nfbnet.org

Sports and Recreation Division of the NFB

President: Lisamaria Martinez
34904 Herringbone Court
Union City, California 94587-4626
Phone: 510-289-2577
E-mail: LMartinez217@gmail.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/sportsandrec_nfbnet.org

Travel and Tourism Division of the NFB

President: Cheryl Echevarria
10 Aljan Drive
Brentwood, New York 11717
Home: 631-236-5138
E-mail: cherylandmaxx@hotmail.com
Web site: http://www.nfbtravel.org
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/travelandtourism_nfbnet.org

United Blind Industrial Workers of America, a Division of the NFB

Chairperson: Thomas Stivers
5701 Tallow Tree Drive
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512-656-6955
Web site: http://www.ubiwa.org

Writers' Division, NFB

President: Robert L. Newman
504 South 57th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68106-1202
Home: 402-556-3216
E-mail: newmanrl@cox.net
Web site: http://www.nfb-writers-division.org
Mailing List: http://www.writers.nfb.org

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Committees

Ambassadors Committee

Chairperson: Angela Wolf
NFB of TX: 512-323-5444
E-mail: awolf@nfb-texas.org

Blind Educator of the Year Award Committee

Chairperson: David Ticchi
Work: 617-530-9178
E-mail: dticchi@comcast.net

Cash and Caring Committee

Chairperson: Ramona Walhof
Home: 208-338-1595
E-mail: ramona.walhof@gmail.com

Committee on Automobile and Pedestrian Safety (CAPS)

Chairperson: Deborah Kent Stein
Home: 773-631-1093
E-mail: dkent5817@att.net
Web site: http://quietcars.nfb.org/
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/quietcars_nfbnet.org

Committee to Empower Underserved Populations (formerly Multiculturalism)

Chairperson: Ron Brown
NFB of IN: 317-205-9226
E-mail: rb15@iquest.net

Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award Committee

Chairperson: Cathy Jackson
Home: 502-366-2317
E-mail: cathyj1949@gmail.com

Employment Committee

Chairperson: Dick Davis
Home: 612-780-9051
E-mail:ddavis@blindinc.org
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/jobs_nfbnet.org

Genetic Education Committee

Chairperson: Barbara Pierce
Home: 440-775-2216
E-mail: bpierce@oberlin.net

Imagination Fund Committee

Chairperson: Anil Lewis
Phone: 410-659-9314
E-mail: alewis@nfb.org

Jacobus tenBroek Award Committee

Chairperson: Ramona Walhof
Home: 208-338-1595
E-mail: rwnfbi@qwest.net

Jacobus tenBroek Memorial Fund Committee

Chairperson: Gary Mackenstadt
Home: 425-743-4756
E-mail: dmackenstadt@comcast.net

Kenneth Jernigan Fund Committee

Chairperson: Allen Harris
Home: 205-520-9979
E-mail: allen.harris@dwx.com

Library Services Committee

Chairperson: David Hyde
Home: 608-758-6152
E-mail: w.dave@sbcglobal.net
Related Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/dtb-talk_nfbnet.org

Membership Committee

Chairperson: Ron Gardner
Home: 801-299-0349
E-mail: rongardnermail@gmail.com

Newel Perry Award Committee

Chairperson: Allen Harris
Home: 205-520-9979
E-mail: allen.harris@dwx.com

NFB Communications Committee

Chairperson: Robert Leslie Newman
Home: 402-556-3216
E-mail: newmanrl@cox.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-editors_nfbnet.org

PAC Plan Committee

Chairperson: Scott LaBarre
Work: 303-504-5979
E-mail: slabarre@labarrelaw.com

Promotion, Evaluation, and Advancement of Technology Committee

Chairperson: Gary Wunder
Home: 573-874-1774
E-mail: gwunder@earthlink.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/promotion-technology_nfbnet.org

Public Relations Committee

Chairperson: Christopher Danielsen
Work: 410-659-9314
E-mail: cdanielsen@nfb.org

Research and Development Committee

Chairperson: Anthony Olivero
Cell:  765-977-1683
E-mail: Anthony@olivero.us

Resolutions Committee

Chairperson: Sharon Maneki
Home: 410-715-9596
E-mail: nfbmd@earthlink.net

Scholarship Committee

Chairman: Patti Gregory Chang
Cell: 773-307-6440
E-mail: pattischang@gmail.com

Shares Unlimited In NFB (SUN) Committee

Chairperson: Sandy Halverson
Home: 703-379-1141
E-mail: sandyh50@verizon.net

Social Media Committee

Chairperson: Christopher Danielsen
Phone: 410-659-9314
E-mail: cdanielsen@nfb.org

Spanish Translation Committee

Chairperson: Conchita Hernandez
Home: 530-908-3547
E-mail: hernandezlogorreta@gmail.com

White Cane and Affiliate Finance Committee

Chairperson: Alpidio Rolón
Home: 787-781-9071
E-mail: arguza@attglobal.net

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Groups

Blind Musicians Group

Chairperson: Linda Mentink
Home: 402-563-8138
E-mail: mentink@frontiernet.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/musictlk_nfbnet.org

Blind Parents Group

Chairperson: Deborah Kent Stein
Home: 773-631-1093
Fax: 773-792-8245
E-mail: dkent5817@att.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/blparent_nfbnet.org

Blind Professional Journalists Group

Chairperson: Elizabeth Campbell
Home: 817-738-0350
E-mail: batescampbell@charter.net

Co-Chairperson: Bryan Bashin
Home: 916-441-4096
E-mail: bashin@calweb.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/journalists_nfbnet.org

Community Service Group

Chairperson: Darian Smith
Phone: 415-215-9809
E-mail: dsmithnfb@gmail.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/community-service_nfbnet.org

Legislative Initiatives Discussion Group

Chairperson: Don Burns
Home: 505-922-1929
E-mail: burnsandburns@msn.com

Living History (Group)

Chairperson: Michael Freholm
Phone: 859-608-2470
E-mail: mfreholm@unbridledaccess.com

NFB in Judaism (Group)

Chairperson: David Stayer
Phone: 516-868-8718
E-mail: davidandloristayer@verizon.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfbj_nfbnet.org

NFB Lions Group

Chairperson: Ramona Walhof
Home: 208-338-1595
E-mail: ramona.walhof@gmail.com

Orientation and Mobility Group

Chairperson: Edward C. Bell
Work: 318-257-4554
E-mail: edwardcbell@bellsouth.net

Piano Technology Group

Chairperson: Don Mitchell
Home: 360-696-1985
E-mail: donmi@pianotuningschool.org

Webmasters Group of the NFB

Chairperson: Gary Wunder
Home: 573-874-1774
E-mail: gwunder@earthlink.net
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-web_nfbnet.org

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