St. Louis, Missouri – February 5, 2018 – Roxann Mayros, the first CEO and President of VisionServe Alliance, has announced that she will retire from her position effective December 31, 2018.

VisionServe Alliance’s Chairman of the Board, Mark Ackermann, remarked on Mayros’s strong leadership saying, “It is fair to say, without any hyperbole, that VisionServe Alliance would not be anywhere near the organization it is today, were it not for Roxann’s dedication, intellect, and professionalism.”

VisionServe Alliance was founded in 1987 as the National Council of Private Agencies for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCPABVI) and is a consortium of Executive Directors/CEOs of 501(c)(3) nonprofits throughout the United States that provide unique and specialized services to people who are blind or with severe vision loss. Members include organizations focusing on national advocacy and/or service issues, employment and manufacturing, adult vision rehabilitation, K-12 residential and on-line schools, early intervention and pre-school, dog guides, low vision clinics, and braille production.

VisionServe Alliance was volunteer-driven until 2005, when Mayros was hired to become its first President and CEO. Prior to joining NCPABVI, Mayros was the Executive Director/CEO of three major vision rehabilitation agencies serving clients of all ages and served in leadership roles on several national boards of directors and advisory councils that focus on vision loss.

Mayros spearheaded important leadership in and advocacy for the field of vision impairment. Several highlights of her achievements at VisionServe Alliance include:
• In 2006, NCPABVI merged with the National Vision Rehabilitation Association and became the pre-eminent leader in promoting Medicare reimbursement for certified vision rehabilitation professionals, i.e., Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists.
• In 2007, NCPABVI engaged in a re-branding process which resulted in NCPABVI changing its name to VisionServe Alliance to better represent the commonality amongst its diverse membership – an alliance of organizations providing vision rehabilitation related services.
• In 2012, VisionServe Alliance celebrated its 25th Anniversary, received the “Chairman’s Award” from First Nonprofit Insurance Company for 25 years of accomplishments, and received its first matching grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Gibney Family Foundation of South Burlington, Vermont and First Nonprofit Foundation of Chicago, Illinois to expand the vision rehabilitation workforce.

The Board of Directors has formed a search committee, chaired by Mr. Ackermann, to find a suitable successor and plans to name the new CEO of VisionServe by the late fall. If interested, please send your inquiry and resume/CV to mackermann@lighthouseguild.org

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Colleagues,
Each year, VisionServe Alliance and National Industries for the Blind (NIB)—in partnership with the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB)—host national events bringing together leaders among organizations serving people who are blind.

You may have noticed that the 2018 VisionServe Annual Executive Leadership Conference and the NIB/NAEPB Training Conference and Expo overlapped slightly. After discovering this scheduling conflict, VisionServe and NIB coordinated on a solution to allow our respective members the opportunity to attend both events comfortably.

The VisionServe Annual Executive Leadership Conference has been rescheduled to October 28-31, 2018. The location will remain in Portland, Oregon.

The date for the NIB/NAEPB Training Conference and Expo will not change. The event is still scheduled for the week of November 12, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia.

VisionServe and NIB have enjoyed a decades-long partnership to help improve the lives of those with vision loss. We’re confident this shift in date will allow both organizations to better serve our stakeholders, and we look forward to delivering productive events in 2018.

For questions about the VisionServe Annual Executive Leadership Conference, email info@visionservealliance.org. For questions about the NIB/NAEPB Training Conference and Expo, email conferences@nib.org.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Roxann Mayros, MS, CNPM
President and CEO
VisionServe Alliance

Kevin Lynch
President and CEO
NIB

March 28, 2017, St. Louis, Missouri

VisionServe Alliance is celebrating 30 years of incorporation in 2017. Originally named the National Council of Private Agencies for the Blind and Visually Impaired (more commonly known as NCPABVI), the non-profit was incorporated in Washington D.C. in 1987. The original founders were a group of eight executive leaders who met July 17, 1979 in Oklahoma City motivated by the desire to “form an organization to speak for the interests of the private sector.”

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