New public and private sector representatives elected at winter meeting of the organization’s board of directors.
ALEXANDRIA, VA — National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors: David D’Arcangelo, a state disability agency leader from Massachusetts; Dennis Steiner, an NIB associated nonprofit agency president and CEO; and J. Anthony (Tony) Poleo, a private sector representative.
David D’Arcangelo serves as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), where he oversees the agency’s $34 million budget to ensure delivery of the highest quality vocational and social rehabilitation services to people throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who are blind. D’Arcangelo also serves on the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that plays a leading role in crafting disability policy and advising the president, Congress, and other federal agencies on disability policies, programs, and practices.
Dennis Steiner, president and CEO of NIB associated agency VisionCorps in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has been instrumental in the organization’s success over the course of his 40 years with the organization. Steiner is directly responsible for the expansion and construction of VisionCorps’ Lancaster facility, the development of facilities in three other Pennsylvania counties, and a merger with ForSight Vision in 2017, which expanded VisionCorps’ reach to York and Adams counties. He also serves as NIB’s delegate to the World Blind Union, as treasurer for the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, and as a member of the board of directors of VisionServe Alliance.
Anthony (Tony) Poleo served on the U.S. AbilityOne Commission® from 2007 to 2015 as a representative of the Department of Defense, including serving as Commission chairperson from 2011 to 2015. Prior to his retirement in 2017, Mr. Poleo served as director of finance and chief financial officer for the Defense Logistics Agency, which provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and other federal agencies with a variety of logistics, acquisition, and technical services.
“We are delighted to welcome David, Dennis, and Tony to the NIB board of directors,” said Dr. Paul Healy, NIB board chairperson. “Their exceptional knowledge and decades of experience will be invaluable as we continue to expand employment opportunities for people who are blind.”
NIB’s board of directors provides governance and oversight for an organization that supports the employment of more than 5,100 people who are blind across the country. Composed of 11 public and private sector representatives and chief executive officers from seven NIB associated agencies, the NIB board sets the organization’s strategic direction, oversees finances, and approves and monitors programs and services, among other duties.
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About National Industries for the Blind
Since 1938, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has focused on enhancing the opportunities for economic and personal independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment. NIB and its network of associated nonprofit agencies are the nation’s largest employer of people who are blind through the manufacture and provision of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services of the AbilityOne® Program. For more information about NIB, visit NIB.org.