Chapter Leadership Institute

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 have undergone 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 have grown in exceptional ways, and the benefits of their collective strength have filtered down to their local chapters, where their talents are needed most.

Current Roster

  • Annette Carr: Fairfax Chapter
  • Annie Ascher: Chesapeake Chapter
  • Brittaney Ingram: Fredericksburg Chapter
  • Chris Walker: Winchester Chapter
  • Jackie Bruce: Williamsburg Chapter
  • Jimmie Morris: Richmond Chapter
  • Kathryn Webster: Potomac Chapter
  • Mike Davis: Tidewater Chapter
  • Michelle Abdi: At-Large Chapter
  • Naim Abu el Hawa: Fairfax Chapter
  • Sarah Patnaude: Potomac Chapter (currently serving in Ruston, Louisiana)
  • Suzy D’mello: Greater Alexandria Chapter

For Further Information


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