We We Are

The National Federation of the Blind is the oldest and largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the United States. Since its establishment in 1940, the Federation has grown to more than 50,000 members and consists of affiliates in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The Federation works to remove legal, economic, and societal barriers that the blind may face in employment, education, recreation, and all aspects of life to achieve full integration into society.

People like you are members of the National Federation of the Blind of Vermont. We work to promote better services and opportunities for blind children in education, adults needing help adjusting to blindness, those seeking services from the state in the area of rehabilitation, and job seekers working toward maximum employment. Together, we are proving that blind people can live the lives they want in Vermont, across the country, and around the globe.

 

Board of Directors

Susan Bellimer, President


(she/her)
(802)-370-2663 - presidentnfbvt@gmail.com

Biography Coming soon

 

Marc Companion, First Vice President

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Vacant, Second Vice President

 

Biography Coming soon

Brett Hess,Treasurer

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Ronald Bellimer, Secretary


 

Biography Coming soon

Our Board Members

Mae Lane-Karnas, Board Member 

 (They/Them)
(They/Them)

Mae Lane-Karnas (they/them) is a teenager who loves Braille, math and the Nemeth code, and art. Mae has a host of visual challenges under the umbrella of Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) that cause them to function at the level of legal blindness, even though their acuities are typical. Mae co-organizes an ongoing CVI discussion group at Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and has co-presented nationally to clinicians, scientists, inventors, educators, and medical students about their lived experience of CVI and the importance of non-visual access for all blind students, including CVIers. Mae has served as an NFBVT board member since 2023.

 

Josh Tabor, Board Member


 

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Fred Jones, Board Member

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Jessica Trask, Board Member

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Our Staff

Kris Pregent , Webmaster

(802)-266-5013 -webmasterngbvt@gmail.com