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Todd Stephens, President

Todd has served as President of the Technology Assistance Division for the National Federation of Kentucky since 2012. Todd is contracted by the NFB of Kentucky where he serves as both project manager and state coordinator for NFB-NEWSLINE Kentucky, an audio reading service for the print impaired. He was employed by Independence Place, a Center for Independent Living (CIL) from August 2009 to October 2015. Todd served as the center's Senior Project Manager. He also served as Assistive Technology Specialist, where he provided technical education and training to individuals with disabilities. Prior to his work at Independence Place, Todd worked for Wells Fargo Bank in CA from 1988 to 1999 as a Financial Analyst, Business Underwriter and Consumer Underwriter.

Todd studied Assistive Technology at the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired (CAVI), headquartered in Perth, Western Australia. He earned his certification in Assistive Technology Information from the agency known as Equal Access to Software Information (EASI) in conjunction with the University of Southern Maine in June 2012. Todd also engages in website accessibility consulting for businesses, schools and individuals. He is a member of the International Webmasters Association (IWA). He is also a member of the Governor's Councils: Kentucky Assistive Technology Service Network (KATS) and Kentucky Office for the Blind State Rehabilitation Council ( SRC) where he serves as chair. He served on the Red Cross Wheels paratransit advisory board, and Mayor's Commission for Citizens with Disabilities in Lexington before relocating to Ashland, KY.

Todd Stephens earned his MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University located in San Francisco, CA and a BA from the University of Kentucky in Business Administration. He is a member of the NFB Kentucky State Board of Directors; he is the former Vice President of the NFB Lexington Chapter, and has been affiliated with the National Federation of the Blind since 2003. Todd enjoys studying technology, designing accessible websites, reading, writing and traveling.

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Sandra Williams, Vice-President

Sandra Williams is a full time Home management instructor employed by the Kentucky Office for the Blind's Charles W. McDowell Center, a rehabilitation center for the visually impaired, located in Louisville, KY. She is a true advocate and believes very strongly in assisting those with disabilities through education and training so that they can advance their independence.

Sandra Williams is a resident of Louisville, KY and has earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Louisville.

Sandra has been a member of the National Federation of the Blind for 20 plus years and has held a variety of positions on the local and state board.

Sandra enjoys teaching, public speaking and singing in her church's choir.

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Hellena Emery, Treasurer

Hellena is a resident of Louisville and is a graduate of the National Statler Center for Careers in Hospitality Service located in New York. Currently, Hellena is employed at the Kentucky Exposition Center where she works in the Premium Services department.

Hellena Keaton has been a member of the NFB for 20 plus years and attended her first NFB National Convention in Anaheim, CA in 1996.

Hellena LaTrese Keaton is a real music connoisseur; she enjoys crocheting, canoeing and playing cards.

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Angela Dehart, Secretary

Angela Dehart has recently accepted a position with Applied Behavioral Services (ABS) as an Intervention Specialist in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to her position with ABS, Angela taught children with Moderate to Severe Disabilities in the Kentucky Public School system for three years.

Angela earned her degree from Morehead State University in Special Education with an emphasis in Moderate to Severe Disabilities in 2014. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Education at the University of Cincinnati in Foundations in Behavior Analysis.

Angela Dehart has been a member of the NFB since 2002. Angela is the recipient of both national and state NFB Scholarships. She is one of the founding members of the NFB kentucky Ashland Chapter. Angela currently serves on the NFB of Kentucky State Board of Directors; she is the President of the National Association Promoting the Use of Braille (NAPUB), and serves as Secretary for the Entrepreneur Division in addition to serving as Secretary for TAD. She was also a former president of the NFB kentucky Student Division.

Angela Dehart enjoys traveling, listening to music, cooking, technology, and social media.

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Danielle Burton, Program Manager

Danielle is a senior at Morehead State University where she majors in elementary education and students with moderate to severe disabilities. Danielle serves as Secretary on the national board of the NFB's Deaf-Blind Division. After receiving her BA, Danielle plans to get her certification to teach students with visual impairments.

Danielle has also been the recipient of both national and state NFB Scholarships. She has been fortunate to have had the experience to attend one of the NFB's training centers, Blind, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Danielle has been enrolled at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and is expected to conclude her studies at this center on 11/3/2017. Danielle also attended Guiding Eyes in New York, where she got her first guide dog, Willa.

Danielle enjoys reading, swimming and rock climbing.

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Scott Spaulding, Communications Manager

Scott is a Louisville resident and is an active volunteer serving the community in every capacity that he can. Scott Spaulding received his B.A. in communications from the University of Louisville in 2012. He has been a member of the NFB since 2003. Scott enjoys Pod Casting as well as learning and teaching technology.

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Avery Baggett, Board Member

Avery Elizabeth Baggett is a resident of Lexington, KY and recently earned a degree in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Avery is now enrolled as a full time student in the Linguistics Master's program at the University of Kentucky. Her original plan had been to pursue a PhD in that field and become a college professor. However, in 2014 Avery had a grand mal seizure resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury with loss of vision and other physical disabilities. Many months of hospital treatment and therapy in Philadelphia and Louisville were necessary. Even before Avery became disabled herself, she had considered accessibility through technology. In college she took American Sign Language and had thought about making her thesis on an ASL to English translation.

During her years at Columbus High School in Georgia, Avery developed serious interests in computers and technology. She also honed her skills in advocacy in debate. She was captain of her high school policy debate team, and later, in college she ran the tabulation room for the University of Pennsylvania parliamentary debate tournament.

Avery attended St. Anne School until she transferred to a liberal arts magnet school, Columbus High, the top-ranked public high school in Georgia. Avery's parents and stepparents have been exceptionally supportive of her educational, spiritual and rehabilitation progress.

In Columbus, Avery was involved in many formative activities, including theater camp at the Springer Opera House for several summers, two weeks on a mission trip to Ecuador, debate camp at the University of Kentucky, and participation in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. With her parents she has traveled to Chicago, Key West, Washington, DC, New York City, New Orleans, Park City, UTah and Albuquerque. Avery traveled independently to Boston, Quito, Baltimore and Miami. One summer during her college years, she explored Paris for three weeks. Another summer Avery drove with a roommate from Seattle to Philadelphia.

Currently, Avery enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, cooking, exercising, and attending live music events. She especially enjoys media that focuses on politics, culture, and technology.

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Nickie Pearl, TAD Consultant, Presidential Appointment

Nickie Pearl is a life long resident of Louisville, KY. Nickie has served the Greater Louisville chapter since 2005 as well as other divisions within NFB of Kentucky. In 2015 Nickie Pearl was elected to the board of the NFB of Kentucky. She has also been the social media coordinator for NFB of Greater Louisville & NFB of Kentucky for several years.

Nickie is a tireless advocate for herself & her fellow blind piers. Nickie believes that accessible technology is another piece of the equality pie & the knowledge of it is essential for education, career & everyday life.

Nickie enjoys being outdoors and working in her yard, creating tactile art, traveling and adventures, hanging out with friends , playing cards, and reading books.

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Jennifer Hall, TAD Consultant, Presidential Appointment

Jennifer is a resident of Salem, which is located near Paducah in the Southwest corner of the state. She is currently serving as a member of the Kentucky Office for the Blind State Rehabilitation Council(SRC).

Jennifer Hall has earned her Bachelor’s degree and is currently working on a Master’s in Biblical Counseling.

Jennifer began her membership in the NFB back in 2001. Jennifer currently serves as President of the Four Rivers Chapter of NFB Kentucky. Jennifer has also served as a member of the NFB Kentucky Board of Directors, TAD Secretary and Vice-President of the Kentucky Association of Blind Students in the former Murray, Kentucky Chapter. Jennifer joined TAD with the hope of learning how to better use technology in her Masters of Biblical Counseling program.

Jennifer's hobbies are reading, writing and cooking!

Cindy Sheets, TAD Consultant, Presidential Appointment

Cindy is a freelance web designer, and has built many attractive and accessible websites in her career. She designed the national website for the NFB Krafters Division. You may find the site that Cindy designed at: http://www.krafterskorner.org/. She has a vast amount of experience in Technology, and has studied Assistive Technology for the Vision Impaired (CAVI) headquartered in Perth, Western Australia. Cindy was elected in 2015 to serve as the very first Program Manager for TAD!

Cindy Sheets earned a B.A. in Photography from Northern Kentucky University in 2000, and in 2005, she earned a B.A. in English from the University of Louisville. Cindy has been a member of the National Federation of the Blind for 10 plus years, and has held many positions on the national and state level.

Cindy enjoys reading, writing and all things crafting.

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Ryan Harvey, TAD Consultant, Presidential Appointment

Ryan served as Broadcast Network Administrator and Assistive Technology Instructor for Fedora Outlier, LLC, a national deliverer of consulting, teaching, and support to the blind and other disabled communities.

Ryan is one of TAD's authorities in all things Apple. He is proficient in MS Office, web design (HTML), particularly in audio manipulation. Ryan received high praise for his work in streaming the 2011 NFB Illinois State Convention from NFB President Mark Riccabono ; he has a proven track record in audio editing and production.

Ryan Harvey earned his B.A. in Communications from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL in 2012. He has recently earned his certification in Comptia A+ in computer and network technology.

Ryan is a member of the NFB Illinois Affiliate and loves teaching individuals with disabilities so that they can also maximize their independence.

David Brown, TAD Consultant, Presidential Appointment

David resides in Minneapolis MN and is a member of the Minnesota affiliate. David is employed by Blind, Inc., a premier training center for the blind and visually impaired operated by the National Federation of the Blind.

For photo and biography information, please see David Brown

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Ramazani Mubelela, TAD Consultant, Presidential Appointment

Ramazani Mubelela is a full-time student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) in Lexington, KY.

Ramazani speaks five languages and is a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. He came to the United States in 2013 on a Refugee Visa. In this four year time frame, he has learned English, cane travel and assistive technology. Rama, as he is affectionately known, is studying computer programming at BCTC where he has his sites set on being a coding specialist so that he can contribute in advancing the independence of the visually impaired through computer technology.

Rama enjoys electronics where he has been known to fix radios and do extensive wiring without any formal education! Ramazani is our NVDA specialist; however, he is also proficient in many other assistive technology software applications

Rama enjoys watching TV, listening to the radio, working with technology and interacting on social media platforms

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