SBS Board Officers
Fort Collins, Colorado
Dan Berlin is an entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and endurance athlete who happens to be blind. Diagnosed with rod cone dystrophy at 7 years old, he became legally blind in his late 20s. After more than 12 years of working in large, multi-national corporations, he co-founded Rodelle, a world-leading vanilla extract company which sold to Archer-Daniels Midland Company in 2018, and subsequently exited as CEO at age 48. In addition to serving on several non-profit boards, he is a co-founder and President of Team See Possibilities, a non-profit organization which empowers young people with vision loss to thrive by providing scholarship and mentorship to high achieving college students who are vision impaired. He also enjoys taking on epic endurance challenges around the world, challenging the perception of what a person with vision loss is capable of achieving. Dan was the first blind runner to complete the 46 mile rim to rim to rim run across the Grand Canyon and back, and has subsequently run over a dozen marathons, Ironman triathlons, as well as trail-ultramarathons in South America, Africa, Asia and New Zealand. One of his greatest athletic endeavors was competing in the 2018 Race Across America, known as the toughest bike race in the world. Dan co-founded Team Sea to See comprised of four stokers who are blind riding tandem bicycles and completed the race in an amazing 7 days, 15 hours, and 3 minutes. Dan's passion is finding and uplifting ability in himself and others.
Mr. Berlin has a BS degree from Penn State University and an MS degree from University of Delaware.
Hoboken, New Jersey
Andy is a market research professional with more than 10 years of experience at global Fortune 100 technology and entertainment companies. In his mid-20s, his central vision deteriorated quickly and he was diagnosed with Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). Thanks to the services offered by Lighthouse Central Florida, he learned the skills needed to function as a legally-blind person in a sighted world. Armed with a personal understanding of the benefits and services available, he joined Lighthouse's Young Executive Committee to help others who are blind or have low vision to understand the positive impact these services can have on their lives. At that time, he also launched LHON Live - a monthly shared learning program to encourage and inform others in the LHON community.
Andy began his career at The Walt Disney Company as a market research analyst. After 6 years at Disney, he joined Audible, an Amazon company, where he currently works as senior manager of market research and also helps lead the Accessibility at Audible Committee. He holds degrees in Economics and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While not at work or raising the bar for accessibility and disability inclusion, he enjoys performing stand-up comedy in the NYC area.
Kathleen E. Zeider was a banker for over 30 years. Most of her career was spent in the Midwest and on the East Coast and included an assignment in Paris, France. She focused on international banking including foreign exchange and Eurodollar trading and domestic and international structured finance. Before moving to Phoenix in 1996 she was the executive in charge of the Chicago Office of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and then founded the Midwest/West Coast regional office of Bank Brussels Lambert where she served as the regional executive. After moving to Arizona from Chicago, she spent several years as a financial consultant and as the Executive Director of the state's Commerce and Economic Development Commission and Fund before returning to banking as President, Compass Bank, Payson/White Mountain Region. After retiring from banking in 2011, she served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations specializing in enterprise development and management.
In July of 2014 Ms. Zeider became the interim president of the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Educational Professionals ("ACVREP") and was named its President and CEO in January of 2015 where she still serves.
Ms. Zeider graduated from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science and attended John Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Elly du Pré has been in the field of serving people who are blind or visually impaired for over forty-five years. She read a book at the age of 12 - a monthly Children's Book Club selection called Follow My Leader - and it inspired her in the direction of this career. She has been an Orientation & Mobility specialist (before ACVREP), has taught computer access technology and was the executive director of Lighthouse of Broward where she built a staff of certified professionals. Currently she is the executive director of Florida Agencies Serving the Blind, a consortium of 17 agencies, all of whom emphasize hiring ACVREP certified professionals, and strive to ensure that all Florida counties and all ages have access to much needed services.
Dr. du Pré graduated with a BA in History from Denison University in Ohio, an M.Ed. in Peripatology (O&M) from Boston College, and a DPA in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
SBS Board MembersKiran Kaja
Having been born blind because congenital retinal dystrophy, Kiran grew up in Hyderabad, India where access to assistive technology and support for blind students was nonexistent. So when Kiran discovered that he can use computer as a blind person at the age of 18, Kiran realized the transformative impact that technology can have on the lives of blind and visually impaired people. Kiran brings a unique perspective to disability, accessibility and inclusion due to his background in working in corporate and nonprofit sectors and in a number of countries. Kiran led a diverse Accessibility program team for Search, Assistant and news at Google ensuring that these products are helpful for everyone including users with disabilities. Kiran is about to take up a new role leading the accessibility program for Instagram. Kiran also held accessibility leadership roles at Adobe, SAP Labs and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB UK). Kiran holds a degree from Pondicherry University, India: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Jessica Loomer graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Marketing. At age 27, she lost her vision to a rare genetic eye disease called Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. Facing the many obstacles of vision loss, Jessica found a passion for running through the storm. She truly found a love for this sport and has run the Boston Marathon, NYC Marathon and California International Marathon. Jessica brings a skill set of Project Management, Public Speaking and Development to the Board. Jessica followed her passion and now works on the Accessibility team as an Architect at Spectrum in Denver, CO. She proudly supports and advocates for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation as an Ambassador, striving to build connections and empower those around her. One of her favorite summer adventures is spending a week at a high school camp for kids that are blind/visually impaired; teaching them how to self-advocate, adapt and succeed in their life! Her positive energy is contagious and makes an impact wherever she goes.
New York, NY
Charles R. Scott is an adventurer, author of two books, co-founder of the nonprofit organization Team See Possibilities, and a 14-year veteran of Intel Corporation. He serves as a mentor to CEOs and senior executives, helping ambitious people work more efficiently and offering tools to craft a meaningful life.
He gives conference keynotes and developed an executive workshop called "What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?" He has delivered this popular workshop to thousands of CEOs and senior executives across North America, and has spoken at Uber, Intel, The World Bank, Harvard Business School and many others.
His adventures have been featured in press around the world, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, FOX News, National Geographic and Outside Magazine. He also gives talks at schools and to parent groups about raising resilient children. Mixing in anecdotes from cycling over 7,000 miles with his young children across Japan, Iceland, Europe and the U.S., and from guiding the first blind runner to cross the Grand Canyon and back nonstop, he helps people achieve ambitious goals while prioritizing their personal health.
Mr. Scott has a BA degree from Vanderbilt University and an MA degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Sylvia Stinson-Perez has over 20 years in the field of blindness. She worked as a social worker and program manager at the Miami Lighthouse prior to becoming the Executive Director/CEO of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind in New Port Richey Florida from 2008 to 2018. She joined the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision at Mississippi State University in January 2019. She is currently the Director of the Vision Specialist graduate certificate program and the Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center.
Sylvia earned Master's degrees in Social Work and in Visual Disabilities Rehabilitation from Florida State University, and in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist through ACVREP. Mrs. Stinson-Perez has been legally blind since birth.
Auburn, New York
Angela Winfield describes herself as a multifaceted professional who just happens to be blind. She became legally blind at 10 and totally blind at 20. She is an attorney, a published author, a professional motivational speaker, a life and success coach, a real estate investor, a wife, an avid foodie and yogi. Angela has received numerous awards including being featured in The Wall Street Journal.
Currently, Angela is the Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at Cornell University and is an advisor to the President of the university on diversity and equity. In this role she provides leadership and vision, developing innovative and practical strategic initiatives focused on creating actionable change. She leads the university's affirmative action and federal contractor compliance program, manages the university's five identity/affinity-based colleague network groups, provides training opportunities for the 7,000+ staff, oversees religious accommodations and serves on the university's ADA coordinator Team
Angela is admitted to the New York State Bar and is Of Counsel with the law firm of Barclay Damon and is a member of the firm's higher education, employment law and commercial litigation practice groups. Angela earned her law degree from Cornell University and her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University.
She currently sits on the boards of directors for Gadabout Transportation, the Rev Theatre Company and Legal Assistance of Western New York. In the past she served as board chair for the United Way of Cayuga County and is a former board member for Aurora of Central New York, that provides vision rehabilitation services.