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 the National President. And Groups are run by coordinators or chairpersons with the approval of the President.

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Assistive Technology Trainers Division of the NFB

President: Nancy Coffman
880 S. 39th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-3522
Home: 402-488-8610
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/trainer-talk_nfbnet.org

Deaf-Blind Division of the NFB

President: Alice Eaddy
216 W. McNeal Street
Millville, New Jersey 08332
Phone: 856-765-0601
Email: [email protected]
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: Bernadette M. Jacobs
1501 Langford Road
Gwynn Oak, Maryland 21207
Cell: 410-215-8587
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.nfb.org/diabetics
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/diabetes-talk_nfbnet.org

Human Services Division of the NFB

President: Candice Chapman
661 Permenter Road
Carthage, Mississippi 39051
Phone: 601-201-1602
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/humanser_nfbnet.org

National Federation of the Blind in Communities of Faith

President: Tom Anderson
8023 Grandview Lane
Overland Park, Kansas 66204
Cell: 303-842-9661
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/faith-talk_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
Email: [email protected]
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
Email: [email protected]
Website: 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
Email: [email protected]
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
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/rehab_nfbnet.org

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

President: Kathryn Webster
P.O. box 29623
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27109
Phone: 203-273-8463
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.nabslink.org
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nabs-l_nfbnet.org
Publication: 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
Email: [email protected]
Website: 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)
Email: [email protected]
Website: 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: Steve Booth
200 E. Wells Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Home: 410-659-9314, extension 2412
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/napub_nfbnet.org

National Federation of the Blind Amateur Radio Division

President: Rachel Olivero
15 Charles Plaza
Apartment 803
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Cell: 765-977-1683
Email: [email protected]

National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division

President: Darian Smith
1440 Palou Avenue
San Francisco, California 94124
Phone: 415-215-9809
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.nfbcommunityservice.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/communityservicedivision
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/community-service_nfbnet.org

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

President: Brian Buhrow
406 Palm Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060-4722
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 650-213-1311
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
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-krafters-korner_nfbnet.org
Website: www.krafterskorner.org

National Federation of the Blind Seniors Division

President: Ruth Sager
7634 Carla Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208-4409
Home: 410-602-9030
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://seniors.nfb.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
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nobe-l_nfbnet.org
Publication: The Blind Educator

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

President: Ms. Kim Cunningham
2715 Shauntel Street
Pearland, Texas 77581
Phone: 713-501-9659
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://nopbc.org/
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: 318-245-2157
Email: [email protected]

Performing Arts Division of the NFB

President: Julie McGinnity
1626 University Avenue
Apartment B-1
Columbia, Missouri  65201
Phone: (314) 610-7740
Email: [email protected]
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
Email: [email protected]

Science and Engineering Division of the NFB

President: John Miller
10955 Deering Street
San Diego, California 92126
Home: 858-527-1727
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-science_nfbnet.org

Sports and Recreation Division of the NFB

President: Jessica Beecham
1224 North Nevada Avenue, Apt. 1
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Phone: 615-497-0435
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/sportsandrec_nfbnet.org

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

Chairperson: Sandy Halverson
810 22nd Street South
Arlington, Virginia 222025
Phone: 703-379-1141

Writers' Division, NFB

President: Eve Sanchez
Home: 208-339-2430
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://writers.nfb.org/
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/stylist_nfbnet.org

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Ambassadors Committee

Chairperson: Dan Burke
Phone: 406-546-8546
Email: [email protected]

Autonomous Vehicles and Innovations in Transportation

Chairperson: Sachin Pavithran
Phone: 435-512-6877
Email: [email protected]

Blind Educator of the Year Award Committee

Chairperson: Edward Bell
Work: 318-255-7006
Email: [email protected]

Blind Federal Employment Committee

Chairperson: Ronza Othman
Phone: 708-829-0523
Email: [email protected]

Cash and Caring Committee

Chairperson: Ramona Walhof
Home: 208-338-1595
Email: [email protected]

Committee on Automobile and Pedestrian Safety (CAPS)

Chairperson: Maurice Peret
Home: 804-928-4015
Email: [email protected]

Committee to Empower Underserved Populations

Chairperson: Ron Brown
NFB of IN: 317-205-9226
Email: [email protected]

Communications Committee

Chairperson: Jessica Beecham
Home: 615-497-0435
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-editors_nfbnet.org

Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award Committee

Chairperson: Carla McQuillan
Home: 541-726-6924
Email: [email protected]
Nomination Form (fillable PDF)--Email is strongly encouraged for transmitting nominations; letters of support and other relevant materials should be included as attachments. Applications sent by mail and postmarked by the deadline will also be accepted. Send all material by May 1, 2018, to Carla McQuillan, Chairperson, Teacher Award Committee, [email protected] or by mail to 5005 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97478.

Employment Committee

Chairperson: Dick Davis
Work: 612-872-0100
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/jobs_nfbnet.org

Evaluation and Advancement of Technology Committee

Chairperson: Mark Jones
Home: 601-501-7711
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/promotion-technology_nfbnet.org

Genetic Education Committee

Chairperson: Ronit Ovadia Mazzoni
Home: 909-489-7255
Email: [email protected]

Imagination Fund Committee

Chairperson: Everette Bacon
Home: 801-631-8108
Email: [email protected]

Jacobus tenBroek Award Committee

Chairperson: Dr. Marc Maurer
Home: 410-659-9314
Email: [email protected]

Jacobus tenBroek Memorial Fund Committee

Chairperson: Tracy Soforenko
Home: 540-287-5446
Email: [email protected]

Kenneth Jernigan Fund Committee

Chairperson: Allen Harris
Home: 205-520-9979
Email: [email protected]

Library Services Committee

Chairperson: David Hyde
Home: 608-758-6152
Email: [email protected]
Co-chair: Marcy Carpenter
Cell: 206-604-5507
Email: [email protected]
Related Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/dtb-talk_nfbnet.org

Membership Committee

Chairperson: Jeannie Massay
Phone: 405-600-0695
Email: [email protected]

PAC Plan Committee

Chairperson: Scott LaBarre
Work: 303-504-5979
Email: [email protected]

Research and Development Committee

Chairperson: Brian Buhrow
Cell: 831-423-6743
Email: [email protected]

Resolutions Committee

Chairperson: Sharon Maneki
Home: 410-715-9596
Email: [email protected]

Scholarship Committee

Chairperson: Cayte Mendez
Phone: 410-659-9314, extension 2415
Email: [email protected]

Shares Unlimited In NFB (SUN) Committee

Chairperson: Sandy Halverson
Home: 703-379-1141
Email: [email protected]

Spanish Translation Committee

Chairperson: Conchita Hernandez
Home: 530-908-3547
Email: [email protected]

White Cane and Affiliate Finance Committee

Chairperson: Alpidio Rolón
Home: 787-781-9071
Email: [email protected]

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Blind Musicians Group

Chairperson: Linda Mentink
Home: 402-563-8138
Email: [email protected]
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
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://nfb.org/blindparents
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/blparent_nfbnet.org

Blind Professional Journalists Group

Chairperson: Elizabeth Campbell
Home: 817-738-0350
Email: [email protected]

Co-Chairperson: Bryan Bashin
Home: 916-441-4096
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/journalists_nfbnet.org

Careers in Automotive Related Specialties

Chairperson: Marcus Simmons
Home: 248-552-8928
Cell: 248-595-9134
Email: [email protected]

Legislative Initiatives Discussion Group

Chairperson: Don Burns
Home: 505-922-1929
Email: [email protected]

Living History (Group)

Chairperson: Michael Freholm
Phone: 859-608-2470
Email: [email protected]

NFB in Judaism (Group)

Chairperson: David Stayer
Phone: 516-868-8718
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfbj_nfbnet.org


Chairperson: Tai Tomasi
Home: 515-329-4908
Email: [email protected]

NFB Lions Group

Chairperson: Ramona Walhof
Home: 208-338-1595
Email: [email protected]

Orientation and Mobility Group

Chairperson: Edward C. Bell
Work: 318-257-4554
Email: [email protected]

Piano Technology Group

Chairperson: Don Mitchell
Home: 360-696-1985
Email: [email protected]

Travel and Tourism Group

Chairperson: Amy Baron
Phone: 612-822-8711
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/travelandtourism_nfbnet.org

Webmasters Group of the NFB

Chairperson: Gary Wunder
Home: 573-874-1774
Email: [email protected]
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-web_nfbnet.org

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