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AFB's National Board Flourishes with Election of Three New Trustees

Elaine J. Pommells, The New York Times; Larry E. Thompson, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation; and P.L. "Pearl" Van Zandt, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

December 2005 (New York)—Today the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced the election of three new, prominent trustees to its national board: Elaine J. Pommells, The New York Times; Larry E. Thompson, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation; and P.L. "Pearl" Van Zandt, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The three nominees were elected at AFB's Board of Trustees meeting in Dallas, TX, on October 21, 2005.

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome these three distinguished individuals," said Richard J. O'Brien, Chair of AFB's Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Summit Asset Management. "They are preeminent leaders in their respective fields and we look forward to having them on our team."

"Elaine, Larry and Pearl all made great achievements in both their academic and professional careers," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB President and CEO. "We are confident that their experiences will help AFB expand possibilities for people with vision loss."

Elaine J. Pommells is Managing Director, Business Development for The New York Times. Ms. Pommells oversees all aspects of finance and planning for the department. She started at The Times in April 1993 as a financial analyst. During the next decade, her roles included Advertising Sales Business Manager, Circulation Accounting Manager, and then Marketing Business Manager in the circulation department. Before joining The Times, Ms. Pommells was a Senior Associate with Coopers and Lybrand. She received a B.B.A. degree from Baruch College and earned her M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.

Larry E. Thompson is General Counsel of The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC). Mr. Thompson is responsible for all legal and regulatory activities of DTCC and its subsidiaries. He came to DTCC in 1981 to serve as Associate Counsel at its subsidiary, Depository Trust Company (DTC). His legal career progressed as he was elected Vice President, Senior Vice President, General Counsel of DTC, Managing Director, First Deputy General Counsel, and, in 2005, named to his current position. Mr. Thompson maintains a variety of professional memberships, including the New York State Bar Association. He also participates in the 2005 David Rockefeller Fellows Program, where he works to cultivate the growth of leadership in New York City. Mr. Thompson graduated cum laude from Yale University and then went on to earn his law degree at the University of California at Berkeley.

Pearl Van Zandt is Executive Director of the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Dr. Van Zandt has spent almost 20 years working at the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She initiated her time there as a Special Needs/Orientation Counselor and advanced to Executive Director. Dr. Van Zandt participates in a variety of professional activities, including serving as a peer reviewer for AFB's Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness (JVIB). She has also published a multitude of written materials, produced videotape pieces, and served as a presenter at numerous conferences. Dr. Van Zandt earned her B.A. in sociology, M.S. in human development and the family, and Ph.D. in community and human resources at the University of Nebraska.

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Contact:
Adrianna Montague-Gray
AFB Communications
212-502-7675
amontaguegray@afb.net

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