Director of Resource Development
Director of Senior Programs
Director of Finance and Human Resources
Director of Clinical and Retail Services
Director of Programs
CPA, CGMA (Consultant)
Resource Development Department
Development & Volunteer Resources Associate
Instructor, Orientation and Mobility
Instructor, Adaptive Technology
Instructor, Independent Living Skills
Instructor, Adaptive Technology
Instructor, Independent Living Skills and Braille Literacy
Instructor, Adaptive Technology
Senior IMPACT Project
Manager of Senior Programs
Low Vision Clinic
Toni Boom, OTR/L
Low Vision Clinic Assistant
Caitlin Walsh, O.D.
Lead Clinic Doctor
Retail Operations Manager
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.
Dawn 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 McAnally, Vice President
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.
Janice 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.
Allison Otto, Treasurer/CFO
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.
William 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.
Stephen M. Lerner
California Bureau of Real Estate, 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 Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Steve was appointed Assistant Commissioner of Legal Affairs at the California Bureau of Real Estate by Governor Brown Jr. in November 2015. Prior to this appointment, Steve served as Deputy Attorney General in the Natural Resources Law Section of the California Attorney General’s Office. Steve also 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.
Mark 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.
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.
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.
VSP Vision Care
Les Passuello joined the Society for the Blind Board of Directors in March 2015.
Les is the CFO for VSP Vision Care, the largest and only not-for-profit vision benefits company in the U.S., serving over 70 million members nationwide. He has worked in various positions at VSP for over 20 years, and previously worked in banking, insurance, and retail.
Les is a CPA and has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Indiana State University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish and Orangevale Rotary Club.
Dr. 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.
Neil 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.