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AFB Welcomes Three New Trustees to Its Board

New York (January 15, 2013)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the election of three new, distinguished trustees to its national board: Larry Kimbler, Pat Leader, and Milt Springut. The new members were elected during the November 2012 Board of Trustees meeting.

"Larry, Patricia, and Milt bring with them a variety of perspectives that are sure to prove invaluable going forward," said Concetta Conkling, Chair of AFB's Board of Trustees. "AFB has a long history working with all three of our new trustees, and we are certain that together we will make great strides for people with vision loss."

"We are thrilled to welcome this well-rounded trio of professionals to AFB's board, and I am confident that Larry, Patricia, and Milt will bring a great deal to the table," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "AFB stands to benefit from their leadership and experience as we work to expand the possibilities of Americans with vision loss."

Larry Kimbler returns to AFB’s Board of Trustees after a three year absence. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Trustee Emeritus of AFB and Chairman Emeritus of the Center on Vision Loss. He is a retired Senior Executive at the Staubach Company and served in senior leadership capacities in large companies during his career.

Patricia Leader is a Vision Specialist in the Cupertino School District, in California. She is the immediate past President of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), the blindness field's professional association. She has B.S. in Education from the University of Southern California, and an M.A. in Education of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility from San Francisco State University.

Milt Springut is a founding partner of Kalow & Springut, a law firm in New York that has provided significant pro bono legal services to AFB over the years. Milt holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the City College of New York, an M.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Seton Hall University. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association, and frequently lectures on intellectual property matters before professional associations.

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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.

Contact:
John Mackin
AFB Communications
212-502-7617
jmackin@afb.net

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