Society for the Blind extends a warm welcome and our deepest gratitude to our four newest board members: Tracy Kinoshita, Marlene Mourtzikos, Steve Osterholt and Jeff Thom.
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Tracy retired in July 2015 after a nearly 20 year career in banking. After spending much of her career in retail branch management she transitioned to Risk Management and Operations in 2008. As VP/Operation Controls Manager she was responsible for physical security; loss prevention; fraud investigations; legalities; retail branch support; and Bank Secrecy Act policy, procedure and compliance. Currently, in additional to her work with the Society for the Blind, Tracy and her husband Steve coach Cross Country and Track & Field at Folsom High School, are employed as Campaign Executives at United Way California Capitol Region, assist at the United States Association of Blind Athletes National Marathon Championships, and foster kittens for the Bradshaw Animal Shelter. Tracy’s son Michael, who has a rod-cone dystrophy, sparked her passion for advocacy for those who are blind and low vision.
Since joining Delta Gamma Fraternity in college, Marlene has been giving time to organizations that reflect Delta Gamma’s philanthropic vision of Service for Sight. She is especially passionate about serving our veterans and active duty men and women who are blind or have low vision, and has volunteered with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System’s Blind Rehabilitation Center since 2012. With over 18 years of retail and online industry experience spanning E-Commerce, catalog, and brick-and-mortar channels, she is currently a freelance internet retail consultant. Marlene holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, cum laude, from the University of Rochester and a J.D./M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
Steve is currently the Director of the Sacramento City College, Business Student Center. His previous career of 34 years was in management with Safeway Stores in California and Washington. Steve has volunteered with Lions Club International for over 30 years. He moved to the Sacramento area in 2000 after spending two years sailing with his wife down the coast of Mexico. Steve has volunteered as the liaison to local Lions Clubs on the Society for the Blind Consumer Advisory Council and fundraising committees. Steve has also served on the board of various organizations including the Red Cross, Salvation Army, City of Everett Symphony Orchestra and the Northern California Lions Sight Association.
Jeff Thom serves as an ex-officio member of the board representing the Consumers of the Society for the Blind. Jeff graduated from Willamette University with his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and received his Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School in 1978. He recently retired from the California Office of Legislative Counsel. Jeff is involved in the California Council of the Blind, the American Council of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind, among other civic organizations.