Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today that President and CEO, Michael J. Monteferrante, has been appointed to the board of directors of National Industries for the Blind (NIB), with key assignments on the Legislative and Regulatory Policy Committee, and the Budget and Finance Committee. As part of the AbilityOne® Program, NIB, based in Alexandria, Va., serves as the central nonprofit agency supporting a nationwide network of 99 nonprofit organizations dedicated to enhancing opportunities for economic and personal independence for people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. Monteferrante will serve an initial one-year term and be eligible for re-election to a four-year term.
“I am delighted to have Michael join our board,” said NIB President and CEO Kevin Lynch. “His dedication, broad-based management and communications skills, and demonstrated commitment to growing opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired make him a great asset to our board.”
Comprised of 20 members, 10 of whom are chief administrators at NIB associated nonprofit agencies and 10 of whom are executives or leaders from the private sector, the NIB board of directors sets strategic direction, oversees finances and approves and monitors programs and services. The board meets quarterly and conducts its work through several standing and special committees.
The Legislative and Regulatory Policy Committee identifies major legislative and regulatory policy issues that may impact the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Act, NIB and its associated agencies and people who are blind. The Budget and Finance Committee reviews financial issues including NIB's annual budget, reserve policy and criteria for loan and grant programs.
Monteferrante has long been an advocate for people who are blind and visually impaired. As President and CEO, he has expanded Envision’s role as:
• A leading employer of people who are blind and visually impaired;
• A trusted provider of programs and services benefiting people who are blind and visually impaired;
• A hub of research surrounding low vision;
• A manufacturer of diverse product lines; and
• An educator of specialists focused on low-vision symptoms and rehabilitation.
Monteferrante regularly works with fellow agencies supporting people who are blind and visually impaired, and has spoken before legislative bodies, gatherings of vision specialists, and members of the business community, media and others to draw attention to the challenges and opportunities associated with blindness and low vision.
Early last year, Monteferrante also was named to the board of the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB), an association of more than 60 nonprofit agencies from across the United States that share a common goal of providing employment for people who are blind or visually impaired. He serves as vice chair of NAEPB’s Strategic Planning Committee.
“I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to working with my fellow board members, NIB staff and our associated agencies to advance our common mission,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to have a greater impact on issues at a national if not global scale, while simultaneously making connections, gaining insights and reaching a broader audience on behalf of the people Envision serves through its Midwest base.”
About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.