Ken J. Fernald

Ken J. Fernald, Member

Ken Fernald is president and chief executive officer of the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment (AVRE), located in Binghamton, New York. He began his tenure with the agency in 1990 on the manufacturing floor, later overseeing quality assurance and then manufacturing operations. Prior to his current position, Fernald was the vice president of operations. AVRE comprises a manufacturing and vision rehabilitation services facility in Binghamton and three Veterans Administration hospital switchboard operations in the Bronx and mid-Hudson Valley. AVRE offers products and services in the state, federal, and commercial markets.

Fernald represents AVRE within the industry at the state and national levels, serving on the boards of Empire State Employment Resources for the Blind (ESERB) and the New York Vision Rehabilitation Association (NYVRA). Within his local community, he serves on the United Health Services (UHS) Foundation Board.

Fernald holds a degree in business administration from SUNY-Broome. Through National Industries for the Blind’s (NIB) Business Management Training program, he earned a certificate in business management from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Graduate Business Administration.