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AFB Welcomes Two New Trustees to Its Board

New York, NY (July 11, 2011)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the election of two new distinguished board members: Elcio Barcelos, vice president at Hewlett-Packard, and Susan W. Mink, executive vice president of human resources at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The members were elected during the June 2011 Board of Trustees meeting.

"As we reflect on our rich history during AFB's 90th year, we look toward a promising future with the guidance, experience, and collaborative efforts of our newest board members," said AFB Board of Trustees Chair Concetta F. Conkling.

Elcio Barcelos leads the global staffing organizations at Hewlett-Packard. He is responsible for defining and delivering all global recruiting and workforce management solutions that align with and contribute to the organization's success. Barcelos joined Hewlett-Packard in July 2009 as director of global recruiting and assumed his current role as vice president in October 2010. Barcelos has held various senior human resources and business leadership roles with both Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, he was vice president and manager of corporate recruiting and employment at Wells Fargo. Barcelos has proudly served on many non-profit and community advisory boards, and is currently a member of the NEC Board for the American Foundation for the Blind. Barcelos holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Santo Amaro in São Paulo, Brazil.

Susan W. Mink is the executive vice president of the Human Resources Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She is also on the bank's Management Committee. Mink has over 30 years of human resources experience, primarily in investment banking, asset management and insurance. She was recognized by Morgan Stanley with the YWCA's Woman of the Year award in 1988. Mink served on the 2 Tudor City Co-op Board for 10 years, including two years as president. She also served on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels of Greenville, SC, and on the Board of Diffinity, Inc. Mink received her bachelor's degree in History and Russian Area Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She is married and lives in New Jersey, with two sons in college.

"We are excited to welcome Elcio and Susan to our Board," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. "AFB will certainly benefit from their tremendous wealth and expertise in the coming years."


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 forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.


John Mackin

AFB Communications


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