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 2017 Board

President: Kathryn Webster

(203) 273-8463

Hey everyone! I am a rising senior at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I was born in south Florida, raised in Connecticut, and now find myself somewhere in between the two. I am pursuing a double major in Business & Enterprise Management and Computer Science, while attaining a minor in Statistics. Upon graduation, I hope to begin my career as a data anlyst/strategist. Aside from my academic work, I enjoy volunteering, traveling, reading, and advocacy. I have been apart of our Federation family for three years now, and am so proud to be among such driven and extraordinary individuals. The National Association of Blind Students is an organization built off of our membership. We are the students of today, yet the leaders of tomorrow. I truly look forward to working with each of you in the coming two years, serving as your president! Please do not hesitate to reach out.

1st Vice President: Bre Brown

(304) 203-3832

Greetings! I am Bre Brown, and I currently live in Texas. I am pursuing a degree in general studies with concentrations in special education, family and child development, and psychology at Texas State University. I am excited to be serving as the vice president of our student division. I am also currently serving as the president of the Texas Association of Blind Students. I am a proud NFB member, and I love working to continue changing what it means to be blind. In my spare time I enjoy reading, singing, traveling, spending time with friends, and listening to music. I am looking forward to another fantastic year in NABS. Please feel free to contact me with questions or ideas.

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • New Mexico
  • South Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

2nd Vice President: syed rizvi

(413) 250-3523

Hey NABS! I am from Massachusetts, am a proud graduate of the Louisiana Center for the Blind, and attend the University of Texas at Austin. In my free time, I enjoy lifting, attending protests, and hanging out with my boys. The National Federation of the Blind has been enormously helpful in my life so I’m pumped to have an opportunity to give back. Success starts with learning and growing as students, so let's go build the Federation.

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Secretary: Michael Ausbun

(775) 432-8789

Greetings fellow students! My name is Michael Ausbun, and I currently reside in Nevada! I am pursuing a degree in Philosophy, with secondary studies in Anthropology, Communication Studies and Political Science. I aspire to one day receive a masters from Louisiana Tech, with emphases in Orientation and Mobility and Rehabilitation, followed by law school. For fun, I read Science Fiction and Fantasy, go for walks, do collegiate debate, and act as an alum volunteer with the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. I look forward to serving the next two years as your Secretary!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina

Treasurer: Luke schwinck

Howdy! I am currently living in Wichita, Kansas. I have been married to my gorgeous wife Jamie for five years. My wife and I have the privilege of parenting an adorably clever son named Jerico. I have earned a degree in Exercise Physiology from Wichita State University, and am currently furthering my education in the Masters of Sport Management program, also at Wichita State University. My short term goals are to earn a PhD in Sport Management and then begin a career in athletic event and tournament management in collegiate athletics. My long term goal is to be the first blind athletic director at a Division I university. I have been a member of the National Federation of the Blind since I was a state scholarship winner in 2015. In addition to serving on the executive board of the National Association of Blind students, I serve as the Treasurer for the Kansas Association of Blind Students. I am excited and humbled to work with so many other young, intelligent, and passionate blind students to continue raising the expectations of blind people.

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • California
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Tennessee

Board Member 1: Vee Gaspa

(434) 989-1868

Once I was Secretary/Treasurer for the Virginia Association of Blind Students, but then I took to a more urban lifestyle, and moved to New Jersey to attend Seton Hall University. I am majoring in English and Theater. I was elected President of the New Jersey Student Division, and also started playing goal ball for the USABA women’s team in New Jersey. I love dogs, rock ‘n roll, and food. I am super excited to be a NABS Board Member, and I am ready to go build the Federation so all blind students can live the lives they want!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • South Carolina

Board Member 2: Tarik Williams

Hi NABS! I am 23 years old. I graduated from West Chester University in Pennsylvania with an English Writing degree and a minor in professional secondary education. I am an easy person to talk to. I enjoy sports and working hard in every aspect of my life. I will be attending Louisiana Tech in the fall for my masters in counseling and guidance. At this program, I will also be receiving certifications in Rehab Teaching and orientation and mobility (NOMC). On my down time I am either watching Law and Order SVU or wiring music. I look forward to working with you!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Indiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Board Member 3: Chris Nusbaum

(443) 547-2409

Hey NABS! I come from the great state of Maryland. I'm currently a student at the Louisiana Center for the Blind, where I'm getting training which will help me live the life I want. After my graduation from LCB, I will enter Lynchburg College in Virginia, majoring in special education with the end goal of becoming a teacher of blind students. I've been an active member of the Federation since 2011, and am honored to be serving on the NABS Board for my second year. When I'm not doing school or Federation work, I can usually be found singing, playing piano, reading, travelling or hanging out with friends. Feel free to contact me with questions, feedback or just to chat! I look forward to working with all of you to transform our dreams into reality!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington DC

Board Member 4: Bryan Duarte

(480) 652-3045

I was born and raised in Arizona and continue to reside in the Phoenix metro area. I recently graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Software Engineering focused on embedded systems and network security. After some serious consideration and a lengthy application process I was admitted into a Ph.D of Computer Science program. As a Ph.D candidate I applied for a National Science Foundation fellowship which awards 30,000 dollars a year to students conducting research and development in the STEM fields. I was selected and awarded the Alliance for Person-centered Assistive Technology fellowship program. In 2015 I was a national scholarship winner from Arizona. I currently am the secretary of the Arizona Student Division. During the 2016 National Convention, I was elected to serve as a Board Member of NABS and am excited to continue serving blind students of America. Thank you for supporting me as I support all of you as we break down barriers on the path to living the lives we want!

Contact me regarding the following states:

  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont