Organization Structure

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
Sensity
Email

Chris Montgomery
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Email 

Dmitry Polikanov
Deaf-Blind Support Foundation “Con-nection”
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

Gary Daly
Able Australia
ManCom – DbI Secretary
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 McCrea
Able Australia
Email

Katherine Holland
Perkins International
Email

Lena Göransson
Resurscenter Mogard
Email

Lisa Brennan
Senses Australia
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

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
to be appointed
Email

Network Coordinator
Trees van Nunen-Schrauwen
Email

Secretary
Gary Daly
Email

Treasurer
Maria Brons
Email

Immediate Past President
Gill Morbey
Email

This constitution was agreed unanimously by the final meeting of the outgoing Executive Committee of DbI on Friday 18 July 1997 in Madrid, Spain, at the time of the 4th European Conference on Deafblindness. It was further amended by the DbI Council at a meeting in Athens, Greece, on 21st September 2002. These amendments were approved by the General Assembly held at the World Conference in Canada on Wednesday 6th August 2003.

Further amendments were then agreed by the DbI Council at a meeting in the Netherlands on 28th February 2004, Kuala Lumpur 18 July 2006 and Perth 25 September 2007. These amendments were approved by the General Assembly held at the World Conference in Perth on Wednesday 26 September 2007. Further amendments were then agreed by the DbI Council at a meeting in Senigallia on Tuesday 22nd September 2009. These amendments were approved by the General Assembly held at the European Conference in Senigallia on Thursday 24th September 2009.

DbI Constitution