National Industries for the Blind Announces Appointments to Board of Directors

New Chairman and Vice Chairman Named

February 9, 2012, ALEXANDRIA, VA – National Industries for the Blind (NIB) recently announced the election of its 2012-2013 Board of Directors and board officers following its annual board meeting at NIB headquarters.  The Honorable Gary J. Krump was elected to serve as Chairman and Ronald Tascarella was elected Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the NIB board.  Krump and Tascarella are part of a 20-member board representing the corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors.

“The addition of Gary and Ron as chair and vice chair to NIB’s Board of Directors ensures that NIB will continue to benefit from a diversity of knowledge and opinions. They were selected because of their dynamic leadership skills, extensive business and management experience and proven track records — especially in creating innovative opportunities for people who are blind,” said Kevin Lynch, president and CEO of NIB.”

Krump has been a NIB board member since 2007.  He is currently Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, he is one of Washington’s leading experts in federal contracting and federal market development.  Previously, he served as the Chairman and Chief Judge of the Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Contract Appeals.  In 1993 President Clinton appointed Krump to the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (now known as the U.S. AbilityOne Commission), where he served until his retirement from federal service, including serving two terms as Chairman of the group.

Tascarella is Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at Pathfinder Bank in Oswego, New York. He 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.

In addition to Krump and Tascarella, other members of the NIB Board are:

Kristin Graham Koehler, Esq. (Sidley Austin)
Jorge Asef-Sargent (KPMG)
Richard C. Bland (New York City Industries for the Blind)
Michael G. Chew (Mississippi Industries for the Blind)
Robert A. Council (3M)
Susan Costlow (Lockheed Martin Corporation)
Gibson M. DuTerroil (Lighthouse for the Blind of Houston)
Robert K. Hanye (Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment)
Louis Jablonski, Jr. (Retired)
The Honorable William A. Johnson, Jr. (Rochester Institute of Technology)
John H. Mitchell, III (Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired)
Jeanne L. Morin (Akerman Senterfitt)
Major General Hawthorne L. Proctor (Retired)
Billy J. Sparkman (Alabama Industries for the Blind)
Dennis L. Steiner (Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired)
Lauren K. White (NewView Oklahoma)

Two vacant positions will be filled in the near future.


About National Industries for the Blind (NIB)
NIB is a nonprofit organization focused on its mission to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment.  NIB and its network of 90 associated nonprofit agencies nationwide serve as the largest employer for people who are blind by the sale of SKILCRAFT® products and services through the AbilityOne Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act.