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Leadership

Shari Roeseler
Executive Director
sroeseler@societyfortheblind.org

Liz Culp
Director of Resource Development
lculp@societyfortheblind.org

Pat Duffy
Director of Senior Programs
pduffy@societyfortheblind.org

Cherry Flanagan
Director of Finance and Human Resources
cflanagan@societyfortheblind.org

Penny Riley
Director of Clinical and Retail Services
priley@societyfortheblind.org

Kathleen Shevlin
Manager of Senior Programs
kshevlin@societyfortheblind.org

Jenna Sims
Director of Client Services
jsims@societyfortheblind.org

Shane Snyder
Director of Programs
ssnyder@societyfortheblind.org

Debbie Hurst
CPA, CGMA (Consultant)

Administrative Services

Debra Pendleton
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Resource Development Department

Lina Lloyd
Development & Volunteer Resources Associate

Teaching Academy

Karen Ankeny
Instructor, Assistive Technology

Vinay Billimoria
Adaptive Technology Instructor

Dwayne Davis
Adaptive Technology Instructor

Leena Dawes
Instructor, Braille Literacy

Greg Dewall
Instructor, Orientation and Mobility

Paul Gray
Access News Coordinator/Instructor

Brandie Kubel
Instructor, Independent Living Skills

Diane Starin
Instructor, Independent Living Skills and Braille Literacy

Senior IMPACT Project

Liz Campos
Instructor

Randy Cummings
Instructor

Greg DeWall
Instructor

George Hunter
Driver/Assistant

Ann Jacobson
Instructor

Kevin McGrath
Instructor

Sheriann Rucobo
Driver/Assistant

Priscilla Yeung
Instructor

Low Vision Clinic

Toni Boom, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Jamie Mitchell
Low Vision Clinic Optician

Bingo Staff

Linda Taylor
Bingo Manager

Carolyn Boggus
Bingo Supervisor

Constantine Ryan
Bingo Supervisor

Society for the Blind’s Board of Directors

Volunteers With A Vision

A volunteer Board of Directors governs Society for the Blind. Society for the Blind seeks out Board members that bring the necessary skills and expertise to inform our strategic decisions, ensure financial responsibility and accountability, and to lead the organization in realizing its mission. At least one-third of our board members are blind or low vision.

dawnDawn Cornelius, President

Cornelius & Company
Dawn Cornelius has been a member of the Society for the Blind Board of Directors since July 2010.

Dawn is a principal at Cornelius & Company, a local CPA firm started by her father in December 1994. She specializes in income tax preparation and consulting, and litigation support services. Dawn has an undergraduate degree in Economics from UC San Diego and an MBA and Master’s in Accounting from the University of Washington.


bryce-mcanallyBryce McAnally, Vice President

Visit California
Bryce McAnally joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in March 2010.

Bryce is the Brand Advertising Manager for Visit California. He has an undergraduate degree in Communication Design from California State University-Chico and an MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from California State University-Sacramento.


image of Janice WalthJanice Walth, Secretary

See No Limits
Janice Walth joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in July 2013.

Janice has been a world class competitive archer for the past eight years but has been blind since childhood with Retinitis Pigmentosa or R.P., a degenerative condition of the retina. Janice has a bachelor’s degree in Assistive Technology. She is an Independent Service Provider for the Department of Rehabilitation and offers technology support to individuals who are blind throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

Janice competed in the 2007 Paralympic Archery World Championships in Korea winning the overall silver medal for the United States (men’s and women’s), while setting five women’s world records. Janice continues to complete world-wide.


image of Allison OttoAllison Otto, Treasurer/CFO

Otto Construction
Allison Otto joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in September 2007.

A third-generation member of the family business, Allison joined the Otto Construction team as its marketing director in 2000. Currently, she is VP/Business Development.

Allison graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in business management and earned her Certificate in Construction Management from UC Davis.


image of William CarterWilliam Carter, Immediate Past President

William E. Carter Co., Inc.
William (Bill) Carter joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in September 2007.

Bill is owner of the William E. Carter Company, a full service design/build residential/commercial remodeling firm, serving the greater Sacramento area since 1976. He has been a pioneer in the industry receiving many accolades and design awards including national, regional and local recognition.


image of Ramona HerrifordRamona Herriford

Herriford Insurance Services

Ramona Herriford joined Society for the Blind Board of Directors in January 2014. She is a member and past chair of the Society’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Ramona lost her vision in 2009 and after receiving services at Society for the Blind, went on to became a mentor for the Senior Impact Project (SIP). “As a mentor I assist the staff by encouraging, motivating and empowering the retreat participants to know that life does not end because we are blind”.

Ramona is CEO of Herriford Insurance Services and is a Certified Agent for Covered California (California’s Health Exchange). She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women.


Steve-LernerStephen M. Lerner

California Attorney General’s Office, Sacramento

Steve Lerner re-joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in May 2014. He previously served on the board from 2003 through 2012, serving as Board President from 2004 through 2008.

Steve obtained his juris doctorate from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Steve currently serves as a Deputy Attorney General in the Natural Resources Law Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Steve worked in private practice for 16 years, including 10 years at McDonough, Holland & Allen.

Steve is a 2009 graduate of the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Leadership Program and served on the program’s Alumni Board for several years.

Witnessing his grandmother lose her sight because of diabetes, Steve is passionate about Society’s mission to empower individuals living with low vision or blindness to discover, develop and achieve their full potential.


dr-mannisMark J. Mannis, M.D.

UC Davis Health System Eye Center
Dr. Mark Mannis joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in July 2011.

Dr. Mannis is Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology for the UC Davis Health System Eye Center specializing in corneal transplantation and external diseases of the eye. He received his medical degree from University of Florida College of Medicine and has been in practice for 33 years.

Dr. Mannis has pioneered the use of the Implantable Macular Telescope (IMT) to restore central vision for patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration at the UC Davis Eye Center.


image of Gary OrrGary Orr

Wells Fargo
Gary Orr joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in 2011.

Gary is executive vice president and region head for the Central California Region of the Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Group. Gary is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of Pittsburg. He is involved with The Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Drexel University Center for Graduate Studies, and People Reaching Out. He is also a senior fellow with the Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum.


image of MarilynMarilyn Park

Sacramento Doncaster Women’s Clothing
Marilyn Park re-joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in January 2014. She previously served on the board from 2008 – 2009.

Marilyn is a graduate of University of the Pacific and has lived in Sacramento since 1958. Marilyn is the principal of Sacramento Doncaster Women’s Clothing. She was previously President and Chairman of the Board of Mother Lode Savings Bank and owner of Marilyn Park and Company Interior Design. Marilyn has served on the board of various local organizations including United Cerebral Palsy, the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, the Private Industry Council, and the Sacramento Public Library Foundation. She is also a member of the Sacramento Rotary Club.


image of Dr. Paul PetersonDr. Paul Peterson

Peterson Chiropractic Corporation
Dr. Paul Peterson rejoined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in January 2014. He previously served on the board from 1998-2011.

Although Dr. Peterson grew up with a macular degeneration which he inherited and was diagnosed with at the age of six, his vision has never slowed him down. Dr. Peterson has operated the Peterson Chiropractic Clinic in Sacramento for the past 37 years. He graduated as valedictorian from Palmer College of Chiropractic where he went on to become a member of the faculty. While teaching at Palmer, he was the team doctor for the rugby football team. Dr. Peterson has also been a member of the Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees for the past 33 years.


image of Susan PrudlerSusan Prudler

Delta Gamma Foundation
Susan Prudler joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in January 2006, and served as the Co-Chair of the 2006 Capital Campaign Committee.

Susan, a former secondary school teacher, has been involved with Society for the Blind since 1970 as one of the founding volunteers of Society for the Blind’s Low Vision Clinic. Susan is also a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity Alumnae Chapter and an active participant in other civic causes throughout the Sacramento area.


 

image of Neil SilkNeil Silk, O.D.
Dr. Neil Silk joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in July of 2013.

Dr. Silk earned his BS and OD from the University of California at Berkeley. After 34 years in practice with the U.S Air Force and later Kaiser Permanente, he retired.

Dr. Silk is a volunteer reader for the Society’s Access News program and he has put his photography hobby to work recording the center’s training and recreational activities.


ericEric Stauss                    

Monarch Mine Investments
Eric Stauss has been a member of the Society for the Blind Board of Directors since February 2013.

Eric is a principal of Monarch Mine Investments, LLC; he specializes in the development and management of commercial and residential real estate. Eric has an undergraduate degree in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from UC Berkeley.