Board Members

Danielle Cummings
President
Term: Nov 2021 - Nov 2023

Danielle worked for Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind as an itinerant Teacher of students with Visual Impairments for eight years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Biology from Oakland University in Michigan and began her career as a high school math teacher. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education with emphasis in Visual Impairments in December 2014. She has two sons, both with foveal hypoplasia, which originally got her interested in this field. She loves spending time with her boys and her dogs and they all love to travel and explore new places. She was originally born in New Jersey and spent 6 years overseas during middle and high school in Switzerland and Hong Kong. She then moved to Arizona then Michigan then back to Arizona. She has been living in various parts of Arizona since 1998.

Jenny Wheeler
Vice President
Term: Nov 2021 - Nov 2023

Jenny is a braille curriculum manager and braille transcriber for the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix, Arizona. She has served as board member, treasurer, president, past president, and vice president for AZ AER, and treasurer for AER international. She was a teacher of students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility instructor, and assistive technology specialist for ASDB for more than 10 years. Jenny is an Arizona native and collects visits to battlefields, rose gardens, and natural wonders. She likes tacos.

Chris Hawk
Treasurer
Term: Nov 2020 - Nov 2022

Chris graduated from NAU with a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. He has worked in the IT field since 2009.  Chris started working at the Foundation for Blind Children 2013, where he currently serves as IT Manager. Chris enjoys working with adults and students of all ages, providing them with effective technology setups, ongoing support, and encouragement to succeed. When he is not working, Chris enjoys spending time outdoors--hiking, camping, kayaking, and more.

 

Kellie Brown
Secretary
Term: Nov 2020 - Nov 2022

Kellie graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Visual Disabilities and a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently working at the Foundation for Blind Children as an itinerant TVI and O&M instructor. Kellie has prior AER Board involvement as the president of the Florida State Chapter of AER. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, exploring new places, and visiting family. 

kbrown@seeitourway.org
Katie Armstrong
Board Member
Term: Nov 2020 - Nov 2022

Katie Armstrong is a certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialist. She completed both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Florida State University in Visual Impairments and Blindness and has focused her career around younger learners and learners with additional disabilities including deafblindness.  Katie is currently pursuing an EdD through Arizona State University in Leadership and Innovation, as part of the Special Education Leader Scholar Community.

Lupita Hernandez
Board Member
Term: Nov 2021 - Nov 2023

Lupita is an Arizona native born in Globe and raised in Tucson since she was 2 years old.  She maintains certifications as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Social work and her master’s degree at Northern Arizona University in Cross Categorical Special Education.   She is now working privately as a TVI and teaching activities of daily living to persons with developmental and visual disabilities.  Before that she worked at DIRECT Center for Independence, SAAVI Services for the Blind, and Foundation for Blind Children.  She also worked as a private contractor at Basis Charter Schools.  Outside of work environment she enjoys raising animals, knitting, running, and spending time with friends.

Megan Mogan
Board Member
Term: Nov 2019 - Nov 2021

Megan is a Deafblind Specialist with the Arizona Deafblind Project. She is responsible for providing training and consultation to families and educators of deafblind children and youth. Megan graduated with a degree in Communication Disorders from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL and a Master’s in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona. Instead of moving back to Illinois, Megan decided to live and work and have a family in Tucson for the last 20 years! Megan is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and travels nationally to teach early communication and literacy techniques for students with sensory impairment(s) and additional disabilities.

Marybeth Wagner
Board Member
Term: Nov 2021 - Nov 2023

Marybeth Wagner has spent the past few years as a home management instructor, and later a braille instructor at the Alabama Freedom Center for the Blind. She has received a bachelor’s degree in special education from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a concentration in Rehabilitation Teaching of the Blind from Louisiana Tech University. She also received a National Certification in Rehabilitation of the Blind, (NCRTB), and a National Certification in Unified English Braille, (NCUEB) from Louisiana Tech. For the past year and a half, Marybeth served as the secretary in the Birmingham Magic City chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. She believes in being active in the blind community. Marybeth is a firm believer in the potential of her students, and she enjoys seeing them grow as their program continues.

Tarik Williams
Board Member
Term: Nov 2020 - Nov 2022

Tarik graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Masters in Guidance and Counseling with certifications in Orientation and Mobility, (NOMC) and Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind (NCRTB). Mr. Williams received his bachelor’s from West Chester University in English with a minor in secondary education. Mr. Williams has been in the field of O&M for the past 4 years. Mr. Williams is currently the Student Service Coordinator as well as an O&M instructor at SAAVI Services for the Blind in Tucson. Mr. Williams teaches using Structured Discovery principles. Mr. Williams is currently a board member for the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona as well as past board member for the National Association of Blind Students. Mr. Williams has worked closely with blind students around the nation in coordinating leadership programs and mentoring.

Cynthia Woods
Board Member
Term: Nov 2021 - Nov 2023

Cynthia Woods is a certified vision rehabilitation therapist who enjoys sharing her love of braille with her adult students as they develop braille literacy skills.  She holds a Master of Arts in vision rehabilitation therapy from Western Michigan University. She also serves as secretary of the Board of Directors of Guide Dogs of the Desert.