Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors is comprised of seven members, drawn from diverse professional fields including, but not limited to, law, education, business and rehabilitation. Membership in the Board is open to anyone for a three-year term, and Board members convene three to four times annually.

Other than the composition of the Board and term length, DBCA imposes no other limitations, including the designation of a certain number of seats for certain categories of persons. This is consistent with our commitment to diversity, and we believe that tackling complex challenges of our community and the world we live in requires a highly skilled and dedicated Board.

Regardless, we make every effort to recruit talented deafblind candidates, because everyone deserves equal opportunities.

The following are current Board members, all elected or re-elected by the organizational membership in April 2016.

Jacobs, Lisa A.: Ms. Jacobs has been a long-time educator of visually impaired students at Perkins School for the Blind and beyond. She brings decades of educational experience and a passion of working with others. Read her biography here

Arndt, Dr. Katrina: An Associate Professor in the Inclusive Education Department of St. John Fisher College. Dr. Arndt has been with the organization since April 2013.

Conway, Dr. Megan: Dr. Conway is an Assistant Professor and Director of Instruction and Training, Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Conway was first elected to the Board in April 2016.

Parker, Dr. Amy, Board Chair: Dr. Parker has been on the Board since 2013 and is currently Professor of Special Education and Orientation and Mobility at Portland State University. She previously held professorships at Texas Tech University and Western Oregon University, as well as the position of Coordinator of the National Center on Deaf-Blindness.

Richert, Mark: An attorney and Policy Director of the American Foundation of the Blind.

Ruzenski, Susan: Ms. Ruzenski first joined the group in 2016 and is currently the Executive Director of the Helen Keller National Center.

Stilson, Greg: Elected to the Board in 2016, Mr. Stilson is the Blindness Product Manager for HumanWare USA.