Leader with Decades of Experience and Passion for Community Involvement Will Advance Envision’s Mission
Wichita, Kan. – Dr. Noreen Carrocci has joined Envision as the Senior Vice President for Foundation and Mission Services, reporting to Michael Monteferrante, CEO and president. Dr. Carrocci will lead all strategic mission and foundation efforts including oversight of the Envision Foundation, Gigi and Carl Allen Envision Research Institute, Cathy G. Hudson Envision Child Development Center, Bicknell Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center, Envision University, Envision Programs and Education Outreach.
“I’ve always been drawn to the mission at Envision and have been a passionate supporter for more than 14 years,” said Dr. Carrocci. “Now, I look forward to working directly with the team to advocate for and improve the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired.”
Dr. Carrocci was President of Newman University in Wichita from July 2007 until she retired in December 2019. During her tenure, Newman University achieved record enrollment, retention and graduate rates. A successful campaign led to renovations for Nursing and Allied Health program facilities and the construction of the Bishop Gerber Science Center in 2017. In addition to her duties as president, Dr. Carrocci has been very active in the Wichita community serving on and leading many nonprofit boards.
“We’re honored to have Noreen’s passion, experience and aptitude added to our leadership team at Envision,” said Monteferrante. “She has been an integral community member leading many important efforts at Newman and countless nonprofits in Wichita. I know she will drive our mission forward in all areas.”
When Dr. Carrocci retired in 2019, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, Bob Benson, but always intended to go back to work. Their return from a Florida trip in March of 2020 was met with the mandated lockdown due to the pandemic.
“I always thought I would work part-time or be a professional volunteer once I retired, but the pandemic really forced me to learn how to retire,” said Dr. Carrocci. “However, I was very happy when Michael called. Now I get to attend the upcoming Evening with Envision Gala as an employee instead of a third-party enthusiast like I have for the last ten years.”
About Envision: Envision (www.envisionus.com) 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 and opportunity for people who are blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.