Skip to Content

AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

AFB's National Board Welcomes Four New Trustees

New York (May 2, 2012)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the election of four new, distinguished trustees to its national board: Barbara Rifkind, Kenneth B. Miller, Melanie Lockwood Herman, and Paul Sullivan. The four nominees were elected during the February 2012 Board of Trustees meeting.

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome these four prominent individuals," said Concetta F. Conkling, Chair of AFB's Board of Trustees "They are preeminent leaders in their respective fields, and we look forward to having them on our team."

"Barbara, Kenneth, Melanie and Paul are all wonderful achievers, in both their academic as well as professional careers," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "We are confident that their experience will help AFB thrive in both the present and future."

Barbara Rifkind is a publishing leader with 25 years' experience is U.S. and international educational markets. She is the principal of Barbara Rifkind LLC, a boutique advisory firm in the digital education space. Ms. Rifkind previously managed a global portfolio for Oxford University Press, and was VP, Strategic Alliances, for Pearson Education's $1.3-billion Higher Education Group. Ms. Rifkind currently sits on the Board of the CUNY Graduate Center Foundation, and has also served on the Boards of the Jerusalem Foundation, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Tribeca Hebrew School. She received her B.A., cum Laude, from Yale College, with a major in Greek (Classics).

Kenneth B. Miller has spent 37 years as an agent for change in organizations that involve intellectual enterprise and intellectual property, for educational and consumer products and services, with experience at all levels—elementary, middle school, high school, college, professional and consumer. These organizations include Miller Associates, Inc., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, National Science Resources Center (NSRC), the Smithsonian Institution and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and more. He has held sales, editorial, product design, committee, management, executive, and board positions that have given him a broad range of strategic and tactical experience. Mr. Miller has an A.B. in the Philosophy of Science and Logic from Princeton University.

Melanie Lockwood Herman serves as Executive Director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, a widely-recognized nonprofit resource center serving nonprofits in the U.S. and internationally. She has held management positions in nonprofit organizations throughout her 25-year career, and has authored and co-authored numerous books covering a wide spectrum of risk management issues. Ms. Herman is also an active volunteer in both professional organizations and community-serving nonprofits. She is a past Chair of the Legal Section Council for ASAE/The Center for Association Leadership and serves on the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). She also serves on the national board of the American Camp Association and on three nonprofit boards based in Loudoun County, VA. Ms. Herman earned a B.A. in Urban Affairs from the American University and a J.D. from George Mason University. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Paul Sullivan is the author of Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don't. He writes the Wealth Matters column for The New York Times. He has previously written for Fortune, Conde Nast Portfolio, The International Herald Tribune, Barron's, The Boston Globe, and Food & Wine. He has also worked as a reporter, editor and columnist at the Financial Times. Mr. Sullivan received degrees in history from Trinity College and the University of Chicago.


About AFB

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.


John Mackin
AFB Communications

services icon Directory of Services

Join Our Mission

Your generosity makes our programs possible.