Contacting NABS

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We hope our website provides you with answers to many of your questions, but if you would like to contact NABS please reach out to any of the below Board Members and we will do our best to be of assistance.

The State System

NABS has developed a state system. There are 8 groups, and each group is served by a NABS board member. State Liaisons are here to advise you on building and strengthening your division.
If you request a rep, we'll do our best to provide a representative for your division's next event.

Below, you will find a listing of all of the NABS board members, the states they serve and their contact information. We encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding your state, region or NABS as a whole. We're always open to new ideas and suggestions.

If you would like to have a NABS representative speak at your event, complete the NABS Rep Request Form.

Meet the 2018 Board

President: Kathryn Webster

(203) 273-8463
nabs.president@gmail.com

I am so honored to serve as President of this fine organization. After graduating with my Bachelors of Science degree in Data Analytics and Statistics from Wake Forest University in the spring of 2017, I began my career at Deloitte Consulting, LLP as a Strategy & Data Analyst. Part-time, I am the Coordinator of Project RISE, NFB of Virginia’s transition program for blind youth. I plan to pursue my MBA in the fall of 2019 in order to take my experience to the next level. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, lounging on the beach, reading non-fiction books, and traveling the world to gain cultural understanding through different lenses. I have a passion for giving back. The National Federation of the Blind taught me that it is my duty to shower fellow blind students with endless resources, support, friendship, and advice to equalize the playing field. We are as capable, willing, eager, and ready, if not more, than our sighted counterparts. Let’s break down those misconceptions and build our vast network while changing what it means to be blind! Excited to connect with you!

1st Vice President: syed rizvi

(413) 250-3523
syedrizvinfb@gmail.com

Hey NABSters! I’m from Longmeadow, Massachusetts and attend college at the University of Texas at Austin. There, I am pursuing a major in Government and attaining a minor in Philosophy. I lift for the UT Austin Power Lifting team and am very involved in on-campus organizations that cater to South Asian and Muslim students. When I’m not hitting the text books, mosque, or gym, I am bonding with friends and family over delicious food. As a proud graduate of the Louisiana Center for the Blind, the Federation has made all my wildest dreams come true. I hope I can do the same for you!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington

2nd Vice President: Kenia Flores

Hello, fellow Federationists! I am currently a junior at Furman University, where I am majoring in Politics and International Affairs. After graduating, I plan to attend law school to equip me with the knowledge and expertise to become a civil rights attorney. Outside of my commitments as a student, mentor, and advocate, I enjoy rock climbing, spending time at the beach with a good novel in hand, and attending concerts. I, along with my fellow board members, are looking forward to preparing our fellow students with the necessary tools and confidence to ensure success in the classroom and beyond. We want to help you turn your dreams into reality, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, let’s go build the National Federation of the blind with love, hope and determination!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont

Secretary: Melissa Carney

(860) 391-9319
carne23m@mtholyoke.edu

I am thrilled to serve on the NABS board and work with all of you! I am originally from the small town of Deep River, Connecticut. I am a senior at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, pursuing a double major in English and Psychology. After receiving my Bachelor’s, I plan to obtain my doctorate in clinical psychology. In addition to my academic interests and career goals, I am passionate about disability rights and advocacy, resolving access barriers, and fostering independence and mentorship within the community. I am conducting research on accessibility at IBM over the summer, and will be interning with the National Council on Independent Living in the fall. I serve as the president of the Connecticut Association of Blind students, secretary of the Massachusetts Association of Blind Students, and a Peer Mentor for incoming freshmen with disabilities at Mount Holyoke. In my free time, I enjoy reading science fiction, writing poetry, running, and any other recreational outdoor activity. I am an avid horseback rider and skier, as well as a competitive singer. I always enjoy meeting new students, hearing your stories, and giving advice or encouragement when needed, so feel free to reach out!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma

Treasurer: Dustin Cather

(309) 267-7670
cather.dustin@gmail.com

My name is Dustin Cather, and I am proud to serve as your Treasurer of NABS. I am a senior at Oregon State University studying Political Science via their online program. I live in the small town of Pekin Illinois, where I am a cook for an upscale restaurant. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my cat Oakley, and playing the trombone. I am looking forward to working with a lot of you during my time with NABS!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • Kansas
  • New York
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Board Member 1: Mausam Mehta

(540) 886-5330
seemarmehta@hotmail.com

I am thrilled to work with the National Student Division to build our momentum and exceed our goals. I am from a small town in Virginia, and I’m working towards a bachelor’s in Business Administration and Information Technology at the University of Virginia. Outside of my exciting work with NABS, I love breathing the air of new and strange places, reading frightening suspense novels, and petting fluffy animals. I’m so honored to be a part of NABS, and I can’t wait to see where our dreams will lead us!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Nebraska
  • Oregon
  • Virginia

Board Member 2: Tarik Williams

I grew up in Pennsylvania, where I was part of my high school basketball team. Sports has always been a huge part of my life, so after I lost my vision, I still wanted to be a part of a team. I joined the marching band, which I participated in all 4 years of college. After becoming Mr. West Chester and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, I decided that before I went onto graduate school to become a VR counselor, I should increase my assistive technology skills so I decided to go to Louisiana Center for the Blind. While there, I realized that my passion was to work hands on with students and so I decided to go to Louisiana Tech University to get a Master’s in Counseling and Guidance, with certifications in Orientation and Mobility and Rehabilitation Teaching. After graduation, I accepted a job at SAAVI Services for the Blind where I teach Cane travel and is a program advisor. If you want to be on my good side, just tell me how much you love the Dallas Cowboys and how awesome Lebron James is and you are set!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington DC

Board Member 3: Janae Burgmeier

I am from Des Moines, Iowa and have been an NFB member for 12 years, however I have become a more active member over the past 3 years. I am currently obtaining a Master’s degree in Business Administration, while working at Wells Fargo as a financial Crimes Specialist. I also serve in the local community as a board member for the Des Moines chapter of New Leaders Council, as well as the Statewide Independent Living Council. I enjoy participating in Pub trivia with friends, hiking, reading, and traveling to new and exciting places. I am so excited to get involved and continue to build the Federation.

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Board Member 4: Justin Salisbury

I am thrilled to be back on the NABS Board in the exact same position I held from 2012 to 2014, and I am even further thrilled to be serving with such a phenomenal group of student leaders on this new board. I am taking classes in education and public administration as I prepare for a PhD program in education. I am particularly interested in programs focusing on education leadership and policy analysis, as well as social and cultural foundations of education. It is an honor to be welcomed back into student leadership as I return to higher education. I grew up mostly in rural northeastern Connecticut and joined the National Federation of the Blind through the Connecticut affiliate in 2008, thanks to our scholarship program. I thought I would take the money and run, but I found something greater than a scholarship check. I have served six years as a student division president between Connecticut, North Carolina, and Hawaii. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and economics from East Carolina University. After college, I attended the Louisiana Center for the Blind in a gap year before a PhD program in agricultural and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That year of training changed my life, and I became obsessed with helping other blind people achieve the freedom and empowerment that can come from training at an NFB training center. I also dove headfirst into the legislative work of the Federation. I stopped writing my dissertation and left UW-Madison to attend Louisiana Tech University, where I earned a master’s degree in teaching cane travel. Today, I teach cane travel at a training center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina