Envision Welcomes Two Prominent Leaders To Board Of Directors | News

New Board Of Director Appointments

By Envision Marketing • Mar 12, 2021

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Wichita, Kan. – Envision announced today the appointment of two new board members, Dr. Wendy Crossman, with Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems, and Kathy Schlein, a California-based investor in start-up companies and early-stage venture capital funds.
Wendy Crossman is currently the Vice President Strategic Sourcing at Spirit AeroSystems. She has spent much of her academic and professional career in Wichita, earning her associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Wichita State University and additional master’s degrees in Business Law and Human Resource Development and Organization Design from Wichita’s Friends University. She went on to earn her Doctor of Business Administration degree at Walden University in Minneapolis, with a focus on Global Supply Chain. She has served as an art teacher in the Wichita public school system and a Sergeant Medic in the U.S. Army Reserves, overseeing soldier training and development. She entered the aerospace industry in the late 1990s, first as a manufacturing engineering planner and production manager at Boeing, then holding positions of increasing responsibility at Spirit, including supply chain management governance and compliance, procurement, and strategic sourcing.
Dr. Crossman has had a passion for and interest in Envision for many years. Both of her children were diagnosed with visual impairments at an early age and participated in a host of Envision programs.
Kathy Schlein received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves as an advisor to start-up companies providing strategic marketing and branding expertise. In addition to Envision, she sits on the following boards: Academy Securities, the nation’s first and only post-9/11 veteran- and disabled-veteran-owned investment bank, The University of Pennsylvania’s Trustees Council of Penn Women, and The University of Pennsylvania’s Track Alumni Board. Previously, she has been a board member of Logoworks and Skullcandy and was on the original Macintosh Team at Apple Computer, an executive at Hasbro, Inc., an advisor for Paul Allen’s Interval Research and a consultant for Life Technologies. Throughout her career, she has been passionately involved with innovative technologies, branding, product development and product marketing.
Since being elected to the Envision board, Ms. Schlein has been lending her expertise to the organization’s marketing and branding initiatives helping to further enhance the message and story.
“We are fortunate to have both of these amazing people join our board,” said Envision’s Board Chair, Sam Williams. “As we continue to seek out new ways to pursue our mission to inspire and improve the quality of life of those with vision loss and impairment, Dr. Crossman and Ms. Schlein will help us forge new collaborations and partnerships and provide inspiring leadership for the whole organization.”
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 or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.