Serving those in the braille community through the amazing products that NBA creates and supports has been, and will continue to be, a privilege.
I hope that you find the resources on our website easy to use, easy to find, and very instructional. If you think of other things that would be beneficial to our membership, we want your ideas! Contact the National Office and let us know how we can improve.
Want to get involved with this amazing group of people? Let us know. We are always looking for lead learners as we continue to grow and change with the needs of our community.
I am excited to serve as NBA's President and am look forward to seeing where the coming years take the National Braille Association.
As Executive Director it is my pleasure to work closely with the Board of Directors, members, volunteers, and staff.
I have come to realize how important the NBA’s services are to braille transcribers and readers. It is a great honor to represent the NBA in the many ways I have been asked to serve. The dedicated Board of Directors, the staff, and many volunteers are the heart of this outstanding organization.
The National Braille Association seeks to enhance and expand the services we offer. I encourage our members and our website visitors to submit new ideas and suggestions. Contact me.
The members of the NBA Board of Directors and members of Skills Committees are all volunteers who are committed to supporting the organization and its mission. They participate in:
The Board invites members who are interested in serving to contact either the Skills Committee Chair or any member of the Board of Directors.
PRESIDENT - Cindi Laurent (Minnesota)
PRESIDENT ELECT - Jana Hertz (California)
VICE PRESIDENT - Kyle DeJute (Kentucky)
SECRETARY - Diane Spence (Texas)
TREASURER - Betty Marshall (Alberta, Canada)
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - Heidi Lehmann (New York)
ELECTED MEMBER FROM THE BOARD - Cindy Olmstead (Michigan)
Robert Beaton (Michigan)
Kathleen Cantrell (New York)
Randy Davis (Georgia)
Saul Garza (Michigan)
Patrick Janson (Ohio)
Melissa Klepper (Texas)
Guy Toles (Georgia)
Lindy Walton (Wisconsin)
Braille Formats/Textbook: Randy Davis, GA, Chair
Makes available to transcribers and instructors of braille transcribing interpretations and usage based on rules contained in the official braille codes as they pertain to the transcription of textbook materials. Also develops and implements the self-study NBA Braille Formats Study Guide and conducts the examination leading to certification as a braille textbook transcriber.
Computer-Assisted Transcription: Melissa Klepper, TX, Chair
Makes available information concerning the techniques required for preparing braille with the assistance of a personal computer, and keeps transcribers informed of new developments in the field.
Foreign Language: Patrick Janson, OH, Chair
Makes available to transcribers and instructors of braille transcribing interpretations and usages based on rules contained in the official braille codes as they pertain to the transcription of foreign languages.
Music Braille: Kathleen Cantrell, NY, Chair
Makes available to transcribers and instructors of braille transcribing interpretations and usages based on rules contained in the official braille codes and all subsequent materials approved by the Braille Authority of North America as they pertain to the transcription of music.
Nemeth Code for Math and Science: VACANT
Makes available to transcribers and to instructors of braille transcribing, interpretations and examples based on the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, the Nemeth-based Chemistry Code, and the Guidance documents from BANA for using these codes within UEB contexts, including special formats and code switches.
Prison Braille: Cindy Olmstead, MI, Chair
Makes available information and resources for administrators and corrections officials of prison braille programs. Providing advocacy, inclusion, communication, knowledge, and experience in starting up and operating a prison braille program, and information sharing/gathering as it affects the incarcerated men and women braille transcribers.
Tactile Graphics: Saul Garza, MI, Chair
Makes available information concerning the equipment and techniques required for the production of tactile graphics, and keeps tactile graphics producers informed of good practice and new developments in the field.
Transcriber/Educator Services: Jana Hertz, CA, Chair
Provides education and timely information to volunteer groups and educators of persons who are visually impaired.
Unified English Braille Literary: Dan Gergen, MN, Chair
Makes available to transcribers, and to instructors of braille transcribing, interpretations and examples based on the rules of Unified English Braille.
Unified English Braille Technical Material: Kyle DeJute, KY, Chair
Makes available to transcribers and to instructors of braille transcribing, interpretations and examples based on the rules of Unified English Braille and on the UEB-based Guidelines for Technical Material.
NBA’s Representative to the BANA Board of Directors: Diane Spence, TX
Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures: Jana Hertz, CA, Chair
Reviews, frames, and proposes amendments to the NBA Bylaws and to the Policies and Procedures in accordance with actions taken by the Board of Directors. The committee also interprets these documents.
Bulletin Editor: Betty Marshall, Canada, Chair
Is responsible for the production of the Bulletin – NBA’s quarterly membership publication, produced digitally and in print and braille. The Bulletin contains articles about new materials and equipment, modification of braille codes, skills columns, tips to transcribers, and news of activities of interest to the membership.
Meetings: Robert Beaton, MI, Chair
Identifies sites for NBA professional development conferences, establishes local contacts, if available, and coordinates the details of the meetings.
Membership Development: Diane Spence, TX, Chair
Organizes activities related to increasing and maintaining membership in the National Braille Association.
Nominating: Heidi Lehmann, NY, Chair
Presents a slate of candidates for offices and directorships to be elected at each Annual Membership Meeting, and submits to the board of directors names of candidates to fill vacancies occurring in the interim between Annual Membership Meetings.
Planning and Program Development: Jana Hertz, CA, Chair
Devises long-range plans for the Association and reviews specific projects.
Publications: Betty Marshall, Canada, Chair
Examines for content, format, and style any educational materials such as guidelines, manuals, and lessons developed for publication.
PR and Marketing: Guy Toles, GA, Chair
Skills Coordinator: David Shaffer, NY
Coordinates the activities of the skills committees.
Webinars: David Shaffer, NY, Chair
Plans, implements and evaluates high-quality educational offerings that are delivered via webinar.