IAAIS Conference 2014
Grand Wayne Convention Center and Hilton Fort Wayne
June 26-28, 2014 Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wednesday June 25
4-8 Registration Hilton
6-8 Board Meeting Farnsworth Room at the Hilton
All meeting Rooms are in the Grand Wayne Convention
Thursday June 26
8AM Registration opens Calhoun Hallway
9:30-11:30 AM Early
Bird Session Calhoun Ballroom A
Lori Kesinger, IAAIS Administrative Assistant
Lunch on your own
1:00 PM Calhoun Ballroom A
Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library Genealogy
2:00 PM Calhoun Ballroom A Opening Session, Stuart Holland, President IAAIS
IAAIS General Business Session introduction of Board and Attendees
Thursday June 26
4:30 Tour of Allen County Public Library and NEIRRS Courtesy of Friends of the Library
IAAIS wishes to thank the Friends of the Allen County Public Library for the generous underwriting of the Thursday evening Social
Event at the NEIRRS studio.
Hospitality Suite in the Windsor Room
#818 in the Hilton
Brightfocus foundation ad
Friday June 27
8:00 AM Vendor Breakfast Gallery
9-10:15 General Session Calhoun Ballroom A What Keeps You Up at Night?
Open Forum, lightly moderated to give folks a chance to talk. We all have issues that seem overwhelming. By sharing our concerns and issues we might not have to reinvent the wheel.
10:15 BREAK Balcony
There are basic steps every business should follow. The Northeast ISDBC will take us through the steps of creating a new business to help update your business plan, examine your funding options and make sure you have the proper government documentation filed
Jane Rich, Regional Director, Northeast ISDBC
10:30-11:45 AM Calhoun Ballroom CD So What, and Who Cares? How to Tell a Compelling
The workshop will highlight the essential elements of an organizational story that helps connect your mission to the values and interests of potential donors.
Michael E. Stone, Ph.D., Impact Strategies Inc.
Noon LUNCH Gallery with Lori Danse, Medical Science Liaison, Vanda Pharmaceuticals
Friday June 27
1:30-2:45 PM General Session Calhoun Ballroom A Legislative Update
Melanie Brunson, ACB and Maryfrances Evans, IRIS
2:45 BREAK sponsored by WireReady NSI Balcony
3:00 - 4:15 General Session Calhoun Ballroom A Innovative Delivery Methods
For years SCA was the only method to deliver the signal of an Audio Information Service. With changes in
technology there are many more options. Our panel will discuss these options and how you can implement or improve them.
Jane Carlson, Tri-States Audio Information Service, Tom Williams, MindsEye; Andrea Pasquale, Sun Sounds of Arizona; Werner Haan, Solutions Radio. Moderated by Marjorie Williams, Executive Director MindsEye and 1st Vice-President of IAAIS
Dinner on your own
Hospitality Suite in the Windsor Room
#818 in the Hilton
Saturday June 28
8:00 AM Breakfast Gallery
9:00-10:15 AM Workshop Calhoun Ballroom B Life Saving for Struggling Services
This workshop will focus on the little guys: where to go for money, how to find qualified board members, how to get visibility in the community, where to find volunteers
Maryfrances Evans, IRIS
9:00-10:15 AM Workshop Calhoun Ballroom CD Putting out an Organizational Newsletter
The who, what, when and why of newsletter production.
Jennifer Nigro, Coordinator of Volunteers, Kansas Audio- Reader Network and Editor of the IAAIS Report
10:15 AM Break Balcony
10:30AM-12 Noon Workshop Calhoun Ballroom B Beyond the Page: Using volunteers for more than reading
We all use volunteers for reading, but listeners have other needs and readers have other talents. How else can volunteers be utilized at an Audio Information Service? We will examine other ways to use volunteers, share some compelling examples of when giving was receiving, and look at using listeners as volunteers, too.
Deborah Kendrick, Board member, Radio Reading Service of
Saturday June 28
10:30-12 Noon Workshop Calhoun Ballroom CD Fundraising Basics
Terri Walker, Executive Director Reading & Radio
1:30-2:45 General Session Calhoun Ballroom A The impact of mobile technology on access to information by people with disabilities -- past, present, and future
Wade Wingler, Director of Assistive Technology Easter Seals Crossroads and Jeremy Curry, Director of Product Management for Ai Squared
2:45 Break sponsored by Telephone Reader Balcony
3:00 IAAIS Closing Business Session Calhoun Ballroom A
6:00 Presidents Reception Gallery
7:00 Dinner and Awards Banquet Gallery
Immediately following the Banquet:
Hospitality Suite in the Windsor Room
#818 in the Hilton
Sunday June 29
6:30-9A Board Meeting Gallery
Melanie Brunson is the Executive Director of the American Council of the Blind (ACB). She joined the staff of ACB in August, 1998, initially serving as the organizations Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs. She moved to the Executive Directors position in March of 2004.
Before coming to ACB, Mrs. Brunson lived and worked in California. She practiced law in that state for fourteen years. Much of that time was spent in a private practice which emphasized estate planning for people with disabilities and their families. From April of 1996 to December of 1997, she worked as a Client Assistance Program Advocate, assisting individuals with disabilities with legal issues related to their matriculation of the states vocational rehabilitation system. From January to July of 1998, she was employed by the Western Law Center for Disability Rights in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Brunson obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Whittier College, and her Juris Doctorate from Whittier College School of Law. She was admitted to the California Bar in
1984 and still maintains her license to practice law in California.
Mrs. Brunson lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband Lyle and two female Labrador Retrievers. Sparta is a black Labrador and a working guide dog. Zora is a yellow Labrador and a happily retired guide dog.
Jane Carlson has been Director of Tri-States Audio Information
Services since 2011. A native of west central Illinois and a graduate
of Monmouth College with a degree in English, she previously worked as a bookseller, copywriter, book publicist, grant writer, newspaper reporter, editor, instructor, database manager, and development researcher. As a reporter for the Galesburg Register-Mail, she coordinated a newsroom-wide series on growing local poverty that
one several state and one national award. She was appointed to the IAAIS Board this year and currently serves as Vice-President of Illinois Radio Information Services (IRIS). Outside of work, she is a freelance writer and photographer and a bit of a gardening addict.
Jeremy Curry holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University. Jeremy was previously the Director of Training for GW Micro for nearly a decade, and after the merger of Ai Squared and GW Micro in 2014, he now serves as the Director of Product Management for Ai Squared, a company known as a worldwide leader in the assistive technology field for over 20 years, maker of
ZoomText, Window-Eyes and site cues. He combines his educational expertise with his extensive technology background to develop, create, and provide the best possible assistive technology customer experience for people who are low vision or blind. He oversees product enhancements to existing product lines as well as the
creation of new assistive technology products. He also focuses on business development for Ai Squared, as well as creating and
improving innovative training avenues and processes. Additionally, he specializes in usability, and how usability processes translate from development to the real world.
Maryfrances Evans began her broadcast career at KCCI in Des Moines in 1982. Over her 26-year tenure, she advanced from newscast director to management. She left KCCI in 2006 to focus on her small daughters but remained active in freelance videography, marketing and non-profit work. She joined IRIS in 2010 and accomplishments there include statewide DTV delivery, FCC service on the VPAAC Committee and spreading awareness about radio reading from City Hall to Capitol Hill.
The simple beauty of thousands of volunteers reading aloud cannot be argued. My job is to expand our support and funding by telling the story of radio reading.
Lori Dansie, PhD, MBA is a member of the medical affairs department for Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders to address unmet needs. Dr. Dansie earned her doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA with a focus on Biomedical Management from the University of Memphis. During her doctoral training, her research was concentrated in neuroscience and biomedical science where she
aided in the discovery and mechanistic study of a new therapeutic target for the treatment of Fragile X Syndrome. In addition, she served as an instructor for a variety of Biochemistry courses as well as a course in the Fundamentals of Neuroscience. Throughout her academic career, she has published six peer-reviewed publications.
Werner Haan is the founder, owner and director of Solutions Radio
BV, a company specialized in developing dedicated radio solutions
for closed-user-groups. Solutions Radio has developed a stand-alone
Webradio for easy listening to the Internet without the use of a PC
/computer. He is based in Bonaire(Dutch Antilles) and visits the IAAIS Conference each year.
Deborah Kendrick is an award-winning author, columnist, and poet. Her newspaper column on disability rights issues has run in a variety of newspapers nationwide since 1986, and currently appears on the Sunday editorial page of the Columbus Dispatch. She has written several books on jobs held by people who are blind and visually impaired, and her poems have appeared in two anthologies.
In 1985, she launched the first international publication on access technology for blind and visually impaired people. TACTIC, as that magazine was called was produced from 1985 to 2000, when it was subsumed by the American Foundation for the Blind to become AccessWorld. She continues to serve as senior features editor for
AccessWorld, where her features and product reviews can be read each month at www.afb.org/aw
As a technologist, Kendrick has presented widely and taught numerous individuals to use a variety of products. Most recently, her love of technology has spread to the deaf-blind community, where she serves as an individual trainer for the iCanConnect program.
Her writing, she says, was rooted in the fact that she was born to read. That passion for reading has led to involvement in countless efforts involving information. One of the founders for the Radio Reading Services of Greater Cincinnati in 1978, she continues to serve on the board of directors for that organizations host agency, the Cincinnati Association for the blind and Visually Impaired. She has served on the IAAIS board since 2008, and was recently elected to the board of directors for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California.
Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kansas, and 17 years professional experience in electronic and print journalism. In addition to her volunteer management duties at Audio-Reader, she is in charge of producing the stations monthly online volunteer newsletter, Closed Circuit, as well as writing content for the publication. In 2010, she took over production of the IAAIS newsletter, the IAAIS Report.
Andrea Pasquale has served as the Manager of Programming for Volunteers at Sun Sound s of Arizona since 2007. Prior to her service with Sun Sounds she was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Radio Information System, Inc. from 2001-2006. She began her service in Radio Reading as a volunteer from 1995-2001. Pasquale has over 25 years in commercial radio, which has helped her when it comes to working on program ideas for Sun Sounds. As a previous radio reading volunteer she understands the volunteer aspect to the job. She graduated the University of New Hampshire and has been in radio ever since.
In Connecticut and in Arizona she tries to get involved in the community as a volunteer for such organization as the Greater Hartford Jaycees, Public Radio Station KJZZ, and St Benedicts church. She is the Recipient of the Raymond E. Baldwin Award
Jane Rich is the regional director of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (NEISBDC). Prior to becoming the director, she was a full time business advisor at the NEISBDC. She was named the 2009 Indiana Statewide Small Business Development Center Advisor of the Year. Jane has more than 20 years prior experience as a commercial lender in central and northeastern Indiana. While in banking, she developed an expertise in lending to small and emerging businesses, not-for-profits, utilities, and other banks. She also has prior experience working with Premier Capital Corporation, an Indianapolis-based Certified Development Company. In addition to her banking career, Jane was a co-owner of a retail
store in Indianapolis for 7 years, owned her own consulting business for 8 years, was a business planning instructor with IPFW and the University of Indianapolis, and is a graduate of the Indiana Economic Development Academy
Michael E. Stone, PhD founded Impact Strategies, Inc. in April 2005, to work exclusively with nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, evaluation, board development, grant writing, and fund raising.
Teri Walker is the Executive Director of Reading & Radio Resource in Dallas, Texas. Teri brings her experience as a proven non-profit executive to RRRs mission, including work with the Aberg Center for Literacy in Dallas and with the Girl Scouts of North Texas. Before her transition to the nonprofit sector, Teri held positions in the IT industry. She is a graduate of UT Arlington.
Marjorie Williams is the Executive Director of MindsEye-the Virtual Newsstand, a reading service serving the Greater St. Louis Area. Shes a graduate of Marquette Universitys Broadcast and Electronic Communication program and has been with MindsEye for 11 years. During that time, she has worked in every capacity of the organization, except engineering.
You may be familiar with Marjorie from the hours and hours of Sports Center spent chronicling her rise to the top of the kickball world as the starting secondbasewoman for the three time South St. Louis County Recreational League Championship team, the Recess Renegades.
Tom Williams is the Program & Volunteer Coordinator at MindsEye in Belleville, Illinois and has been working there for four years. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2008 with a degree in Mass Communications and received a certificate in Broadcasting from Broadcast Center in St. Louis, Missouri in 2009. He spends his free time writing music, producing podcasts and filling substitute reader spots for the live news. Tom and his wife, Tara, currently reside in Maryville, Illinois and have two beautifully loud children.
He began working as an assistive technology instructor at Easter Seals Crossroads in 1993. Since that time, he has developed his management and technical skills and now oversees assistive technology services and the INDATA Project, a federally funded state-wide assistive technology program for the agency.
assistive technology at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis, Vincennes University, and is often a guest lecturer at other universities. He also hosts the popular internet radio program
Wade is the past-chair of the Mayors Advisory Council on Disability City of Indianapolis, the past-president of the Indiana Rehabilitation Association, and serves on a variety of advisory boards for organizations such as the national Association of Assistive
Curt Witcher is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. In that capacity he manages the widely acclaimed Genealogy Center as well as the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln related research materials. Curt is the project lead on the librarys digitization initiativesInitiatives that include partnerships with the Family Search International, the Internet Archive, Ancestry, ProQuest, Fold3 and WeRelateorg. He is in his thirty-sixth year of service at the Allen County Public Library.
Curt was distinguished in 1995 as a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA) and received the Federation of Genealogical Societies Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award, 1997. Curt was recognized in 2006 by being named the first fellow of the Indiana Genealogical Society. He was honored in May of 2007 with the