Braille Monitor                          July 2020

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Seventeen Active People Who Lead the National Federation of the Blind

The burden of the pandemic has fallen hard on all of us, but seventeen people in particular have been charged with coming up with policies that will help the National Federation of the Blind continue to do all of our regular business and to take on the special challenges that COVID-19 presents. Our Board of Directors has learned a lot about the coronavirus and has contributed perspectives from throughout the country as each member watches their local and state officials struggle with the challenges. But these seventeen people had to do more than collect information; they had to synthesize and act upon it in the best interest of all of us. It is for them that we give this special shout-out and honor them by dedicating this issue in recognition of the people they are, all that they do, and the tremendous responsibility they take foreseeing that we continue to be the leading force and work with the blind in the United States.

First row from left to right: Pam Allen (Louisiana), First Vice President and Chairperson of the Board; Amy Buresh (Nebraska), Board Member; Denise Avant (Illinois), Board Member; Mark Riccobono (Maryland), President; Norma Crosby (Texas), Board Member; Carla McQuillan (Oregon), Board Member; Terri Rupp (Nevada), Board Member. Second row from left to right: Jeannie Massay (Oklahoma), Treasurer; John Fritz (Wisconsin), Board Member; Joseph Ruffalo Jr. (New Jersey), Board Member; Adelmo Vigil (New Mexico), Board Member; Shawn Callaway (Washington D.C.), Board Member; Ron Brown (Indiana), Second Vice President; Amy Ruell (Massachusetts), Board Member; Everette Bacon (Utah), Board Member; James Gashel (Hawaii), Secretary; Ever Lee Hairston (California), Board Member.

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