You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.

Meet the Board

Amy Buresh, Nebraska

Elected as president of her affiliate in 2003 and to the national board in 2006, Buresh is a dedicated mentor, volunteer, and advocate.

Ever Lee Hairston, California

A retired program director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hairston was elected to the national board in 2010.

James Gashel, Hawaii

A lifelong stalwart of the movement, Gashel has held numerous positions and has advocated for the rights of the blind since the 1960s. 

Terri Rupp, Nevada

A respected teacher and marathon runner, Rupp has been elected twice as affiliate president in Nevada and was elected to the national board in 2019.