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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Agriculture and Equestrian Division of the NFB

President: Fred Chambers
3510 Bedford Circle
Carlsbad, California 92008
Home: 760-505-8500
Email: 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
Email: 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
Email: jnaulty@cfl.rr.com
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
Email: k7uij@panix.com
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: Merry C. Schoch
1003 Papaya Drive
Tampa, Florida 33619
Phone: 813-625-1850
Email: 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
Email: 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
Email: 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
Email: 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
Email: 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
Email: nickycolorado@netscape.net
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: 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
Email: 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
Email: nabs.president@gmail.com
Website: 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
Email: president@nabv.org
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: president@nagdu.org
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: sbooth@nfb.org
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
Email: anthony@olivero.us

National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division

President: Darian Smith
1440 Palou Avenue
San Francisco, California 94124
Phone: 415-215-9809
Email: dsmithnfb@gmail.com
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: Curtis Chong
400 Central Ave. SE, Unit 201
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Email: curtischong@earthlink.net
Phone: 505-508-1978
Website: 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
Email: 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
Email: 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
Email: 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
Email: carltonwalker@gmail.com
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: 318-245-8955
Email: ericguillory@aol.com

Performing Arts Division of the NFB

President: Jordy Stringer
8259 Harcourt Road, Apt. 123
Indianapolis, Indiana  46260
Home: 317-643-1890
Email: jordystringer83@gmail.com
Website: 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
Email: ieweich@budworks.net

Science and Engineering Division of the NFB

President: John Miller
10955 Deering Street
San Diego, California 92126
Home: 858-527-1727
Email: 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
Email: 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
Email: cherylandmaxx@hotmail.com
Website: 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: Sandy Halverson
810 22nd Street South
Arlington, Virginia 222025
Phone: 703-379-1141
Website: http://www.ubiwa.org

Writers' Division, NFB

President: Robert L. Newman
504 South 57th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68106-1202
Home: 402-660-1743
Email: newmanrl@cox.net
Website: http://www.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: burke.dall@gmail.com

Blind Educator of the Year Award Committee

Chairperson: Edward Bell
Work: 318-255-7006
Email: ebell@latech.edu

Cash and Caring Committee

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

Committee on Automobile and Pedestrian Safety (CAPS)

Chairperson: Deborah Kent Stein
Home: 773-631-1093
Email: dkent5817@att.net
Website: 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
Email: rb15@iquest.net

Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award Committee

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

Employment Committee

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

Genetic Education Committee

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

Imagination Fund Committee

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

Jacobus tenBroek Award Committee

Chairperson: Dr. Marc Maurer
Home: 410-659-9314
Email: mmaurer@nfb.org

Jacobus tenBroek Memorial Fund Committee

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

Kenneth Jernigan Fund Committee

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

Library Services Committee

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

Membership Committee

Chairperson: Jeannie Massay
Phone: 405-600-0695
Email: jeannie.massay@nfbok.org

Newel Perry Award Committee

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

NFB Communications Committee

Chairperson: Corbb O'Connor
Home: 703-309-4884
Email: corbbo@gmail.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/nfb-editors_nfbnet.org

PAC Plan Committee

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

Promotion, Evaluation, and Advancement of Technology Committee

Chairperson: Mark Jones
Home: 601-501-7711
Email: mark@vicksburgv105.com
Mailing List: http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/promotion-technology_nfbnet.org

Public Relations Committee

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

Research and Development Committee

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

Resolutions Committee

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

Scholarship Committee

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

Shares Unlimited In NFB (SUN) Committee

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

Social Media Committee

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

Spanish Translation Committee

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

White Cane and Affiliate Finance Committee

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

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Blind Musicians Group

Chairperson: Linda Mentink
Home: 402-563-8138
Email: 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
Email: 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
Email: batescampbell@charter.net

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

Legislative Initiatives Discussion Group

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

Living History (Group)

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

NFB in Judaism (Group)

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

NFB Lions Group

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

Orientation and Mobility Group

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

Piano Technology Group

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

Webmasters Group of the NFB

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

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