Chapter Leadership Institute

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Current CLI Participants: Please use the tabs above to access current class materials.

The mission of the National Federation of the Blind is carried out through various divisions, committees, and affiliates. But make no mistake. The backbone of the Federation is made up of its local chapters. Effective chapters introduce the greater community to our positive blindness philosophy, recruit and retain active members, and engage external partners to carry our collective work forward.

The inaugural class of the NFBV Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI) kicked off at our state convention in November 2018. Representatives from the Virginia chapters underwent a number of tasks to develop them as individuals and as future leaders in their local communities. When the program began, they had little idea what to expect. They only knew they would be pushed out of their comfort zones and forced to meet their personal and professional insecurities head on. Together, as one team, they grew in exceptional ways, and the benefits of their collective strength have filtered down to their local chapters, where their talents are needed most.

The second class is underway, and the leadership we are forging is more potent than ever.

Current Roster

  • Annette Carr: Fairfax Chapter
  • Bobbie Cohen: Fairfax Chapter
  • Oscar Montiel: Prince William Chapter
  • Annie Ascher: Chesapeake Chapter
  • Lois Fritz: Peninsula Chapter
  • Brittaney Ingram: Fredericksburg Chapter
  • Jessica Reed: Fredericksburg Chapter & Blind Parents Group
  • Jackie Bruce: Williamsburg Chapter
  • Jimmie Morris: Richmond Chapter
  • Michael Kitchens: Tidewater Chapter
  • Jennifer Blinsmon: Tidewater Chapter
  • Patrick Johnson: At-Large Chapter
  • Naim Abu el Hawa: Potomac Chapter
  • Christine Grassman: Potomac Chapter
  • Renee Valdez: Greater Alexandria Chapter

For Further Information


Joe Orozco, Co-Coordinator, or Domonique Lawless, Co-Coordinator