Members of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind are a diverse group of leaders who dedicate their time, professional expertise, and strategic vision to advancing our mission.
The powers and duties of the board of directors, excerpted from the NFB's constitution, include:
The function of the board of directors as the governing body of the Federation between Conventions is to make policies when necessary and not in conflict with the policies adopted by the Convention. Policy decisions which can reasonably be postponed until the next meeting of the National Convention shall not be made by the board of directors. The board of directors shall serve as a credentials committee. It shall have the power to deal with organizational problems presented to it by any member, local chapter, state affiliate, or division; shall decide appeals regarding the validity of elections in local chapters, state affiliates, or divisions; and shall certify the credentials of delegates when questions regarding the validity of such credentials arise. ... The board of directors shall meet at the time of each National Convention. It shall hold other meetings on the call of the president or on the written request of any five members.
Members of the board of directors are elected at our national convention. The board includes five officers and twelve members for a total of seventeen.
- Mark A. Riccobono, President—Maryland
- Pam Allen, First Vice President and Board Chair—Louisiana
- Ron Brown, Second Vice President—Indiana
- Everette Bacon, Secretary—Utah
- Norma Crosby, Treasurer—Texas
- Denise Avant—Illinois
- Shawn Callaway—Washington, DC
- Marci Carpenter—Washington
- Ever Lee Hairston—California
- Barbara Manuel—Alabama
- Carla McQuillan—Oregon
- Grace Pires—Rhode Island
- Donald Porterfield—Arizona
- Tracy Soforenko—Virginia
- Terri Rupp—Nevada
- Adelmo Vigil—New Mexico
- Sheila Wright—Missouri