Board

DbI has a wide range of members, both corporate and individual, from all over the world. Membership fees are set to reflect the size of the organisation and many individual members contribute what they can afford.

Participation is vital to DbI’s success and its management structure has an active Board which guides its direction, and a Management Committee to provide the engine for action. Everyone involved does so in a voluntary capacity.

The Secretariat performs a key role in managing membership and can answer your enquiries.

DbI has a complete document outlining the organisational structure.

The board is responsible for advising and managing the organisation and meets once a year. It comprises representatives from the large and small corporate members and networks. It considers and discusses all matters related to the strategic direction and operation of DbI in pursuing its objectives.

DbI Management Committee (ManCom) and the following Large & Small Corporate Members and Network Leaders make up DbI Board:

Voting Board Members


Akhil Paul
Sense International India
Email 


Andrea Wanka
DbI Charge Network
Email 


Bernadette Kappen
The New York Institute for Special Education
Email 

Carolyn Monaco
CDBA National
Email 

Cathy Proll & Michelle Borton
Sensity
ManCom – DbI Secretariat
Email 

Chris Montgomery
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Email  

Dmitry Polikanov
Deaf-Blind Support Foundation “Con-nection”
ManCom – DbI Information Officer
Email 

Dominique Spriet
RFPSC-ANPSA
Email 

Emma Boswell
DbI Usher Network
Email 

Eugenio Romero Rey
ONCE – Spanish National Organisation of the Blind
Email 

Frank Kat
Sint Lucas
ManCom – DbI President
Email 

Gill Morbey
ManCom – Immediate Past DbI President
Email 

Gloria Rodriguez Gil
Perkins International – Latin America Office
Email 

Hakon Lie
Signo Livo
Email 

Henriette Hermann Olesen
Center For Deafblindness and Hearing Loss
ManCom – DbI Vice President
Email  

Jackie Brennan
Overbrook School for the Blind
Email 

Joe Gibson
DbI Outdoor Network
Email 

Kate McRae
Able Australia
Email 

Katherine Holland
Perkins International
Email 

Lena Göransson
Resurscenter Mogard
Email 

Maria Brons
Royal Dutch Kentalis
ManCom – DbI Treasury
Email
 

Maria Creutz
Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues
Email 

Marianne Riggio
Network of the Americas
Email 

Marleen Janssen
University of Groningen
Email 

Matthew Wittorff
Senses Australia
Email 

Meredith Prain
Deafblind Australia
Email​ 

Mirko Baur
Tanne, Swiss Foundation for Congenital Deafblindness
ManCom – DbI Vice President
Email 

Pawlos Kassu
Addis Ababa University Ethiopia
Email 

Ricard Lopez
DbI European Deafblind Network
FESOCE – Federación Española de Sordoceguera (Spanish Federation of Deafblind)
Email 

Richard Kramer
Sense
Email 

Roar Meland
Eikholt National Resource Center for the Deafblind
Email 

Rossano Bartoli
Lega del Filo d’Oro
Email 

Roxanna Spruyt-Rocks
DeafBlind Ontario Services
Email 

Sian Tesni
CBM
Email 

Simon Allison
DbI Youth Network (DbIYN)
Email 

Sonja van de Molengraft
Centre National de Ressources Handicaps Rares – Surdicécité
Email 

Steven Scheffer
Royal Dutch Visio
Email 

Trees van Nunen-Schrauwen
Royal Dutch Kentalis
ManCom – DbI Network Coordinator
Email 

Ursula Heinemann
Österreiches Hilfswerk für Taubblinde
Email 

Walter Wittich
DbI Research Network
Email

NON-VOTING BOARD OBSERVERS

Lord Colin Low
International Board for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
Email 

Frances Gentle
ICEVI
Email 

Geir Jensen
World Federation of the DeafBlind
Email

A Management Committee (ManCom) is appointed by Board to undertake executive action.
The current ManCom comprises the President, two Vice Presidents, a Development Officer, an Information Officer, a Network Coordinator, a Secretary, a Treasurer and the Immediate Past President.

President
Frank Kat
Email

Vice Presidents
Henriette Hermann Olesen
Email
Mirko Baur
Email

Development Officer
to be appointed
Email

Information Officer
Dmitry Polikanov
Email

Network Coordinator
Trees van Nunen-Schrauwen
Email

Secretariat
Cathy Proll & Michelle Borton
Email

Treasurer
Maria Brons
Email

Immediate Past President
Gill Morbey
Email

ComCom is responsible for DbI’s outreaching communication and its development.

Passionately active are:

  • Dmitry Polikanov (i.a. DbI Information Officer)
  • Eugenio Romero Rey (i.a. Editor of the Spanish DbI Review)
  • Graciela Ferioli (i.a. DbI Social Media Pioneer)
  • Mirko Baur (i.a. Chair ComCom)
  • Roxanna Spruyt-Rocks (i.a. DbI Communication Ambassadors Coordinator)
  • Trees van Nunen-Schrauwen (i.a. DbI Network Coordinator)

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