NIB Board of Directors
Dr. James A. Kutsch Jr., Chairperson
The Honorable Gary J. Krump, Vice Chairperson
Ronald Tascarella, Treasurer
Kristin Graham Koehler, Esq., Secretary
Daniel J. Boucher John H. Mitchell, III
Robert A. Council Lou Moneymaker
Gibson M. DuTerroil Major General Hawthorne L. Proctor, USA (Ret)
Michael N. Gilliam Billy J. Sparkman
Louis Jablonski, Jr. Dennis L. Steiner
The Honorable William A. Johnson, Jr. Shelly Taylor
William B. Johnson, CPA Karen S. Walls, CPA
Reinhard M. Mabry
Kevin A. Lynch, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mary Jane Surrago, Assistant Secretary
Dr. James A. Kutsch Jr.
Jim Kutsch is President of The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, whose
mission is to enhance the independence, dignity and confidence of people who
are blind through the use of Seeing Eye dogs. Prior to this position, Kutsch was
vice president of strategic technology for Convergys Corporation. Before
joining Convergys, he held a number of positions with AT&T Universal Card
Services and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Kutsch holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois. His
doctoral dissertation was to design and implement a talking computer terminal
for blind programmers, leading to the development of one of the first computer
screen reading programs. He was also on the faculty of West Virginia
University, where he previously earned a B.A. in psychology and M.S. in
computer science. Kutsch received an honorary doctorate from Rowan University for designing the first
talking computer for computer users who are blind.
The Honorable Gary J. Krump
Gary Krump, is Vice President and Director of Federal Marketing for The
Rhoads Group, and is one of Washington’s leading experts in federal
contracting and federal market development. Prior to joining the firm, Judge
Krump served as the Chairman & Chief Judge of the Department of Veterans
Affairs Board of Contract Appeals. From 1992 until 2003, Judge Krump served
as a member of the Procurement Executives’ Council (Chief Acquisition
Officers’ Council), including serving two terms as Vice-Chairman of the council,
and Chair of the Executive Committee. In 1993 President Clinton appointed
Judge Krump to the President’s Committee for Purchase From People Who
Are Blind or Severely Disabled, where he served until his retirement from
federal service, including serving two terms as Chairman of the group.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Krump served in a variety of senior roles
in the Department of Veterans Affairs, including serving as the VA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for
Acquisition and Materiel Management. A career member of the Senior Executive Service, Krump served
in many other capacities within the Department, including Acting Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions and
Facilities, Director of the Office of Real Property Management, Director of Acquisition Management
Service, and Deputy Assistant General Counsel. Krump began his federal career in 1972 as an attorney
in the U.S. Army, serving as a Judge Advocate Officer and later a senior staff attorney.
A native of North Dakota, Krump holds a B.A. from North Dakota State University, an M.B.A. from
Southern Illinois University, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He is also a
graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Federal Executive Institute,
Leadership VA, and the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University.
Ron Tascarella is Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of PathFinder
Bank in Oswego, New York. He is responsible for implementing the bank's
business plan, streamlining the bank's lending processes, and working closely
with branch administration to foster growth in the loan portfolio. Having spent
more than 25 years in the banking business, Tascarella has held various
positions of increasing responsibility at banks in Syracuse, Utica and Oswego,
Tascarella is past Chairman of Industries for the Blind of New York State and
the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Utica, New York.
Active in many local community affairs, he is past president of the Oswego
Chamber of Commerce and a member of its Finance Committee, a member of
the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation loan board, Treasurer for Seneca Hill Manor,
Treasurer for the Safe Haven Museum, and Treasurer of the Oswego Revitalization Corporation Board of
Directors. Tascarella earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the State
University College at Oswego, New York, in 1979.
Kristin Graham Koehler, Esq.
Kristin Koehler is a partner at Sidley Austin, LLD in Washington, D.C. Her practice involves representing
individuals and corporations in all phases of complex civil and white collar criminal litigation matters,
including internal investigations, grand jury proceedings, trial proceedings, and appeals. Koehler has
handled matters involving health care, immigration, government contracting, pharmaceutical, securities
and environmental regulation, as well as anti-trust violations. She has significant experience representing
clients in qui tam actions brought by the Civil Fraud Division of the United States Department of Justice.
She also has participated in jury trials in a number of federal courts.
Prior to joining the firm, Koehler served as a law clerk to the Honorable David G. Larimer, Chief Judge of
the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Koehler graduated with honors from
the State University of New York, where she was the Assistant Executive Editor of the Law Review and a
member of the National Trial Advocacy Team. While at the State University, Koehler also was the
recipient of the Justice Phillip Halpern Award for Excellence in Writing on the Law Review and the Law
Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Law School.
Koehler is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court and the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers. Koehler also currently serves as the Co-Chair of the American Bar
Association, Section of Litigation, Criminal Litigation Committee.
Daniel J. Boucher
Daniel J. Boucher is Executive Chair of Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind
in North Carolina. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer since
1997, during which time the organization increased the number of employees
who are blind from 65 to 365, expanded its facilities by 50 percent, opened a
satellite plant in Puerto Rico employing 128 blind employees, and purchased a
modern building in Asheville, doubling previous capacity. In addition, Boucher
oversaw the addition of an optical division which manufactures 450 pairs of
eye glasses daily and the opening of 14 Base Supply Stores from Ft. Dix to
Gitmo Bay, Cuba.
Earlier in his career, Boucher was on the staff of National Industries for the
Blind for 27 years. He was Vice President of Marketing when he left in 1997 to
take the helm of Winston-Salem Industries. Prior to joining NIB, Boucher was
employed at Lever Bros. Company in New York City and was also an adjunct
professor of Marketing and Management at the Evening Division of St. Peters College. He did his
undergraduate work at St. Peters and Providence Colleges, where he received his B.S. degree. He holds
an M.B.A. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Boucher is a member of the National Association
for the Employment of People Who Are Blind.
Robert A. Council
Rob Council is a seasoned sales and marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience in new
business development, executive sales at all levels of the health care environment, and sales and
executive management. He is currently General Manager of Government Markets at 3M and has global
market responsibility for the development of business with the federal government. Prior to joining 3M in
1996, Council was National Sales Manager with Pymah Corporation.
Council is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Gibson M. DuTerroil
Gibson M. DuTerroil is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lighthouse for the Blind of Houston,
where he is responsible for planning and directing the organization's rehabilitation, community services,
residential facilities, industrial division and education programs. He also serves as President of the
Houston Lighthouse Foundation, Lighthouse Living Centers and Lighthouse Living Center No.2.
DuTerroil is a member of the Board of Directors of Texas Industries for the Blind and Handicapped. He is
a past president of The General Council of Industries for the Blind, the National Accreditation Council for
Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped, and Lighthouse Industries for the Blind of Texas.
Appointed by Governor White and Governor Clements, DuTerroil served as Chairman of the Texas
Committee on Purchase of Products and Services of Blind and Severely Disabled Persons. He has also
served as an expert witness before the United States Congress and Texas Legislature on programs and
services for people who are blind.
Michael N. Gilliam
Mike Gilliam is President and Chief Executive Officer at the San Antonio
Lighthouse in Texas. Prior to this position, Gilliam was Senior Vice President
at the Lighthouse. Earlier, he was Vice President, Long Distance and Merger
Compliance, at SBC Communications Inc. in San Antonio, where he was
responsible for securing entry into the long distance business and complying
with merger commitments associated with the Ameritech acquisition in all
states in which SBC Communications Inc. operates.
Gilliam is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree
in civil engineering and completed the advanced management program at
Cornell University in 1987. He serves on the boards of the American
Foundation for the Blind and the National Association for the Employment of
People Who Are Blind.
Louis Jablonski, Jr.
Lou Jablonski is Executive Vice President and General Manager of KGB, a privately held, New York-
based company and the world's largest independent provider of directory assistance and enhanced
information services. A senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience in the public and private
sectors, both domestically and internationally, Jablonski has directed major business turnarounds,
delivered corporate growth approaching $1 billion, executed cost containment initiatives and has been the
architect of strategic alliances.
Earlier, Jablonski was Senior Vice President-Client Management at TeleTech Holdings, a $1.5 billion,
publicly-traded provider of outsourcing services with operations in the Western Hemisphere and Asian
Pacific American Coalition. He also held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales at Convergys
Corporation, the leading provider of outsourced customer care and billing services.
Jablonski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from Manhattan College. He
has taken executive management graduate courses at Penn State University and Columbia University.
The Honorable William A. Johnson, Jr.
Bill Johnson was Mayor of Rochester, New York, from 1993-2005, retiring from
public service at the end of his term. Since then, he has been a Distinguished
Professor of Public Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Prior to his election, Johnson served 21 years as President and CEO of the
Urban League of Rochester. Prior to moving to Rochester in 1972, Johnson
was Deputy Executive Director of the Flint, Michigan, Urban League and
legislative analyst at the National Highway Users Conference in Washington,
D.C. A political science major, Johnson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree
and Master of Arts degrees from Howard University. He was awarded honorary
doctorates from Keuka College, St. John Fisher College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He
was Minett Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and in 1999, Governing magazine named
Mayor Johnson Public Official of the Year. The Rochester Rotary Club made him a Paul Harris Fellow in
William B. Johnson, CPA
Bill Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of Kansas, Missouri,
and Ohio, and a licensed real estate agent. He was co-owner and Chief
Financial Officer of Eyeworld Optical Company, responsible for all finance and
treasury functions. Prior to that, he was a partner with Arthur Andersen & Co.
and consulted with a broad range of corporate and individual clients on tax and
Johnson holds B.S. and M.A.S. degrees in Accounting from the University of
Illinois. Active in community activities, he was President of the Cincinnati
Association for the Blind, a member of the Board of the Cincinnati Community
Chest, and a member of the President’s Council at the University of Illinois. He
is a past member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and
Past President of the Cincinnati Estate Planning Council.
Reinhard M. Mabry
Reinhard Mabry is President and Chief Executive Officer of Alphapointe Association for the Blind.
Alphapointe provides employment to more than 100 blind and visually impaired individuals each year.
Through the manufacture and sale of office and medical products and the operation of several base
supply centers, sales exceed $28 million. Alphaponte's comprehensive vision rehabilitation services are
designed to meet the needs of youth, adults and seniors, with all types of vision loss.
Prior to joining Alphapointe, Mabry was Vice President of Business Development and Base Stores at
Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind. Earlier he was Chief Operating Officer and Director of RESPECT
Mabry is Vice President of Public Policy of the National Association for the Employment of People Who
Are Blind. He graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political
Science and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration.
John H. Mitchell, III
John Mitchell has been Executive Director of the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually
Impaired since 1996. Earlier, he was the organization's Director of Operations. CABVI assists more than
4,000 persons who are blind each year by providing rehabilitation, counseling, employment and
information services. Its Industrial Division generates $10 million in sales annually to provide employment
to approximately 50 individuals who are blind. Prior to joining CABVI, Mitchell was Vice President of
Industrial Operations at the Clovernook Center for the Blind.
Mitchell is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Employment of People
Who Are Blind and a participant in the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Leadership Cincinnati
Program. He is also Treasurer of the Ohio Radio Reading Services and a past President of the Ohio
Alliance of Work Centers.
Mitchell holds Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Public Administration degrees from the University of
Lou Moneymaker is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bosma Industries
for the Blind in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1969 to 2001, Moneymaker worked
at the Indiana School for the Blind where he held positions as a classroom
teacher, coach, guidance counselor, athletic director, assistant director and
assistant superintendent. He was also appointed by the Governor of the State of
Indiana as superintendent of the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home
Moneymaker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Indiana
University and earned his Master of Science in Education from Butler University.
Moneymaker has volunteered with many organizations; however, most notably,
he is one of the founders of the United States Association of Blind Athletes in
1976 and has remained active serving as secretary, treasurer, and a member of
the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the past 20 years.
Major General Hawthorne L. Proctor, USA (Retired)
Hawthorne "Peet" Proctor is President of Proctor & Boone, LLC, a consulting
firm that provides business services to organizations doing business with the
federal sector, particularly in the areas of logistics, contracting and information
technology. Earlier, he was Chief Operating Officer of INNOLOG, Inc. where he
directed a $25 million operation consisting of a 200-person workforce engaged
in assisting customers to find logistics solutions using business process
reengineering techniques underpinned by technology.
Major General Proctor received his commission in 1968 as a distinguished
military graduate from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
where he earned a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics. He received a
master's degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in
1976. His military schooling includes the Quartermaster Basic and Advanced
Courses, the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the Army War College, and Executive
Management Development Training at the University of California at Berkeley.
Among his many assignments were: Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Operations, U.S. Army
Materiel Command, Alexandria, Virginia; 26th Commander of the Defense Personnel Support Center; and
the first commander of the Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His awards and
decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with three oak leaf clusters),
Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Joint Services
Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Air Assault Badge, Army
General Staff Identification Badge.
Billy J. Sparkman
Billy J. Sparkman has been Executive Director of Alabama Industries for the
Blind in Talladega, Alabama, since 1995. Earlier, he was Vice President and
General Manager of Royal Maid Association for the Blind when it was the
largest employer of people who are blind in the United States.
Sparkman has served as Vice President of Services of the National Association
for the Employment of People Who Are Blind and Secretary of The General
Council of Industries for the Blind. He has been a board member of the
Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the American
Association of Workers for the Blind.
On the state level, Sparkman is a founding member of the Alabama Coalition Industries and a Board
member of the Red Door Kitchen, the Alabama Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Greater
Alabama Council Boy Scouts of America and the United Way of North Talladega County.
Sparkman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology.
Dennis L. Steiner
Dennis L. Steiner is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Susquehanna
Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since
2007. Earlier, he was the organization's Vice President and Chief Operating
He is a member of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the
Visually Impaired and the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter, the Lancaster
County Task Force for Supported Employment of Disabled Individuals and the
Selinsgrove State School. Steiner has served as Chairman of Pennsylvania
Industries for the Blind and Handicapped, First Vice President of the Lancaster
Lions Club and Chairperson of the Church Council.
Steiner received his Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Education degrees
from Pennsylvania State University.
Shelly Taylor is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana
Association for the Blind in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Association
manufactures a variety of paper products, chip boards and abrasives. She has
been with the organization since 1995 having served as Senior Vice President,
Vice President of Marketing, and Director of Community Relations and
Services. She has been responsible for the development of the Association's
Low Vision Rehabilitation Center and the growth of base supply centers within
Taylor serves on the Youth Enrichment Board of Directors, SMEI, Lions Club.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, Magna Cum Laude,
from Louisiana State University and her Master's degree in Business
Administration, Cum Laude, from Centenary College.
Karen S. Walls, CPA
Karen Walls is President of MidWest Enterprises for the Blind, located in
Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Chief Financial Officer of Industries for the Blind,
located in West Allis, Wisconsin. She serves on the Board of Directors of
Industries for the Blind. MidWest Enterprises has annual sales of about $1.8
million and 30 employees. Industries for the Blind has annual sales in excess of
$80 million and 200 employees. Prior to joining Industries in 1988, she spent
more than 13 years in the printing industry.
Walls attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree
with a double major in Art and Spanish. She holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, as
well as an M.S. degree in Accounting, also from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Certified Public
Accountant licensed in the State of Wisconsin, and a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public
Accountants. She currently serves as President for the National Association for the Employment of
People Who Are Blind.
Kevin A. Lynch
President and CEO
Kevin Lynch was appointed by the Board of Directors in August 2008 as
President and CEO of NIB after serving six months as Interim Chief Executive
Officer, during which time he lead the organization through a transition in
executive leadership. Under his previous leadership as Senior Vice President of
Marketing and Operations, NIB developed several major channels of
distribution, including e-commerce business and 129 Base Supply Center retail
operations in the United States and its territories.
Prior to joining NIB, Lynch was Executive Director of Georgia Industries for the
Blind, where he was responsible for the management of three manufacturing
plants that employed 165 people who are blind on more than $10 million in
government contracts. Earlier, he was Director of Manufacturing at the
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Greater Rochester,
negotiating and executing multi-million dollar contracts with the General Services Administration,
Eastman Kodak, the Xerox Corporation, and other commercial customers. He holds a B.S. degree in
Education from SUNY Oswego and a Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse
Mary Jane Surrago
Mary Jane Surrago is Assistant Secretary of National Industries for the Blind.
Earlier, she was NIB’s Vice President-Administration, responsible for Board
relations, corporate communications, event management, and rehabilitation
services, and has been affiliated with NIB for 35 years. A graduate of Queens
College in New York, Surrago holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
Accounting. She is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.
Active in her community, Surrago is President of the Borough Council of Glen
Rock, New Jersey. She serves as Chairperson of the Division Public Works,
Chairperson of the Division of Community Affairs, as well as a member of the
Division of Revenue and Finance and the Division of Public Safety. As a New
Jersey State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Surrago is an active
member and past President of the Glen Rock Volunteer Ambulance Corps.