2020 Board of Directors Nominations

The NBA Nominating Committee will be preparing a slate of officers and directors to stand for election at the Fall 2020 NBA Professional Development Conference. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in the opportunity to serve NBA, please complete the form below.

You may submit nominations in the form of a letter if you prefer. Be sure to include any background information and pertinent experience pertaining to the nominee. To submit by letter, you can mail to:

National Braille Association
c/o Nominations Committee
95 Allens Creek Road
Building 1, Suite 202
Rochester, New York 14618

Nominations submitted prior to October 1, 2019 will be considered.

Available Positions

The following positions are to be filled:

Vice President and Secretary

The Vice-President and Secretary both serve a two-year term and are eligible to serve a consecutive two-year term in the same office. To be eligible for an office, a candidate must be a current director in good standing for at least two years. An officer, upon expiration of his or her second term, shall be eligible for election to another office or as a director.


Directors serve a three-year term; an elected director is eligible for a second consecutive term. A person who fills a vacancy for less than one-half of a full term shall not be considered to have served a term. To be eligible to serve as a director, an individual must be a member in good standing of the Association for at least a year prior to election. An elected director who has served two terms shall be eligible to serve as a director after a lapse of at least a year from the expiration of his or her last term as director.

Expiring Terms and Eligibility

Kyle DeJute’s term of Vice-President is expiring in the Fall of 2020 and she is eligible for a second term, another officer, or a director position. Diane Spence’s term as Secretary is expiring in Fall 2020 and she is not eligible for another term.

Current Board Members Eligible For Officer Positions

People eligible for officer positions:

                Robert Beaton                   Betty Marshall

                Kyle DeJute                        Cindy Olmstead

                Saul Garza                          Julie Sumwalt

Two directors’ terms (Robert Beaton and Saul Garza) are expiring in the Fall of 2020. Robert Beaton is eligible for an officer position. Saul Garza is eligible for a second term as a director or an officer position.

Nomination Form

(The deadline for nominating has now passed.)