Contacting National Student Leadership

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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.

NABS State Liaison Program

NABS has developed a State Liaison Program. 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, their contact information, and the states that they serve. 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, email the NABS President as soon as possible .

Meet the 2020-21 National Student Board

President: Trisha Kulkarni

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Trisha is humbled and honored to serve as the President of the National Association of Blind Students! She is originally from Dayton, Ohio and is currently a junior at Stanford University studying computer science. This summer, Trisha is very excited to have had the opportunity to intern at the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, working on product management and design. Whether it is through technology or creative writing, Trisha is passionate about creating new pathways for impact. Outside of NABS and school, you can find her in the gym, taking a deep dive into her Spotify recommendations, or getting boba with friends. Trisha is inspired daily by the power of our collective knowledge in this organization, and she welcomes any student or ally to reach out with any questions, concerns, or ideas about the work that we do. Together, let’s build a brighter future for blind students everywhere!

1st Vice President: Kenia Flores

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Kenia Flores serves as 1st Vice President of the National Association of Blind Students. She calls the wonderful state of North Carolina home. Kenia recently graduated from Furman University where she majored in Politics and International Affairs. Kenia plans to go to law school in the near future; however, she is currently a student at the Louisiana Center for the Blind where she is pursuing blindness training. Kenia is committed to achieving equality, opportunity, and security for our nation's blind students, and she is looking forward to the work we will accomplish in the year to come. Let's go build the National Federation of the Blind!

Contact Our 1st Vice President Regarding the Following States

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Washington

2nd Vice President: Justin Salisbury

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Justin works as Coordinator of Educational Programs at Associated Services for the Blind, Inc., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently preparing for a doctoral program in education in pursuit of his dream of teaching at the university level. He has worked as a cane travel instructor, a legislative aide to a state senator, an economic research fellow, and other education-related positions. He holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a concentration in Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind from Louisiana Tech University, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mathematics and Economics from East Carolina University. He devotes much time to advocating for social justice through policy and practice, and he contributes articles to the Braille Monitor, Future Reflections, and the Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research. His research focuses on documenting best practices for the education, rehabilitation, and empowerment of blind people.

Contact Our 2nd Vice President Regarding the Following States

  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Secretary: Mausam Mehta

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Mausam is a junior at the University of Virginia, studying commerce with concentrations in information technology and entrepreneurship. She grew up in a middle-of-nowhere town in Virginia, which has contributed to her thirst for exploring new places. In her free time, she can be found absorbed in a high-stakes thriller, or breathing the air of the great outdoors. Mausam is beyond excited to continue her work with NABS, harnessing the potential of blind students across the country, and building an empowering future

Contact Our Secretary Regarding the Following States

  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Wisconsin

Treasurer: Elizabeth Rouse

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Elizabeth Rouse is both the current NABS treasurer and a recent graduate of Central College, a division 3 university in Pella, Iowa. During her four years at Central, Elizabeth studied English and Theatre, simultaneously participating in and out of the classroom in many activities, including Washington Seminar 2017, 2019, and 2020. Now that she has her degree, Elizabeth is focused on obtaining structured discovery training at one of the National Federation of the Blind’s training centers, hoping to start in September of 2020. Elizabeth is passionate about all things money-making and self-advocating as they pertain to NABS! She’s also always up for a conversation about Broadway or the Chicago Cubs.

Contact Our Treasurer Regarding the Following States

  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Board Member 1: Nina Marranca

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Nina is working toward her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice, with a concentration in family and juvenile justice, with the goal of obtaining a PHD in clinical psychology. She currently lives and goes to school in upstate New York with her guide dog Viggo trotting by her side. Nina has an affinity for murder mystery novels, coffee, chocolate, and writing. Since her introduction to the NFB in late 2018, Nina has found her passion for advocating on behalf of all blind students. She is very excited to continue this advocacy and to serve students everywhere.

Contact Our Board Member 1 Regarding the Following States

  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Puerto Rico

Board Member 2: Johna Wright

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Johna is a fun-loving, charismatic and enthusiastic person who loves traveling, dogs and food. She is a Fulbright Scholar and first-year Master’s student at Tampere University in Tampere, Finland studying Comparative Social Policy and Welfare. In addition to her coursework, Johna is an intern at Mobility International USA, where she works to encourage students with disabilities to pursue international exchange opportunities. Also, Johna is the proud founder and director of ABLE Mercer, a first-of-its-kind university program that focuses on getting students with disabilities involved in grassroots and national advocacy efforts. During her second year as a NABS board member, Johna hopes to connect with even more amazing Federationists and ignite a passion for advocacy in the younger students who will serve as leaders in the future. Johna is so very proud to serve as your fundraising committee co-chair and self-proclaimed “social media maven”, and is excited to grow and learn all while listening and responding to student needs.

Contact Our Board Member 2 Regarding the Following States

  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee

Board Member 3: Robert Parsons

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Robert is a graduate student at Western Michigan University. He is in the Rehabilitation Counseling and Teaching dual master’s program and intends on becoming a rehabilitation counseling graduate professor. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Michigan Association of Blind Students and as a board member of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan. His interests include reading, cooking, travel, and linguistics.

Contact Our Board Member 3 Regarding the Following States

  • Alaska
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Washington D.C.
  • Wyoming

Board Member 4: Shane Wegner

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Shane is a third year law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, attending classes evenings and weekends in Minneapolis Minnesota. During the day, they are a Senior Accessibility Specialist at Thomson Reuters, working on the Legal team. Raised in Vancouver, Shane enjoys travel and getting to know people from all walks of life. They are pursuing a career in corporate diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion is not just a catchphrase; diversity is the secret sauce that makes people and organizations flourish. Moreover, lacking inclusivity, diversity cannot take hold. Shane currently serves as Chair of the NABS Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Contact Our Board Member 4 Regarding the Following States

  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Texas