Who We Are and Why We Exist

OUR VALUESOUR TEAMOUR BOARD

Our Vision

Full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Our Mission

Provide and promote opportunities that empower people with disabilities to achieve their potential.

Values that lead to action

We believe that core values and beliefs are meaningless without action to back them up. At The League for the Blind & Disabled, when we value something or someone, we will always respond accordingly.

We value and believe people with disabilities, no proof required.

Our response: In all of our interactions, we respect people with disabilities as service consumers instead of as patients or clients who need to be “fixed,” “rehabilitated,” or cared for by providers.

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We value consumer control.

Our response: Consumers provide the direction for the services they receive from The League, constitute the majority of The League’s Board of Directors and staff, and are encouraged to participate in other decision-making bodies that are relevant to their issues.

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We value equal opportunity.

Our response: We work at the individual, community, and systemic levels to promote equal access to the opportunities in society that people with disabilities need to achieve their potential and thrive in our community.

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We value diverse thoughts and ideas.

Our response: We actively work to include people from diverse backgrounds and cultures in our board, staff, and consumer service population in order to have access to the widest possible range of thoughts and ideas. We advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community. 

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We value the community.

Our response: We share our knowledge, expertise, and physical facilities with others for the betterment of the community. Through our systems advocacy work, we believe it fosters a better community for all.

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We value quality.

Our response: We hold ourselves accountable for providing quality programs and services, managing our resources in a fiscally responsible manner, and reflecting this commitment to quality in action and appearance.

A team built to serve you best

Need to get in touch with our staff? Contact us at 260-441-0551

Our Leadership

JOHN GUINGRICH

President / CEO

Email: johng@the-league.org

MOHAMMED SAYEED

Chief Financial Officer

Email: mohammeds@the-league.org

KIM RICHARDS

Director of Human Resources

Email: kimr@the-league.org

LAURA LINDSAY

Director of Programs and Services

Email: laural@the-league.org

MELANIE REY

Home Health Care Plus Director

Email: melanier@the-league.org

LUKE LABAS

Inclusion Institute Director

Email: lukel@the-league.org

Our Staff

SYLVIA ADAMS

Adaptive Equipment Coordinator

Email: sylviaa@the-league.org

ALANA ARELLANO

Braille Services Coordinator

Email: alanaa@the-league.org

MORIAH BACKHAUS

DeafLink Case Coordinator

Email: moriahb@the-league.org

MO BOESE

Youth Services Coordinator

Email: mob@the-league.org

ANGIE CRAWFORD

Lead Staff Interpreter

Email: angiec@the-league.org

ANDREW FENKER

Advocacy Coordinator

Email: andrewf@the-league.org

FRED FULKERSON

Senior Blind Services Coordinator

Email: fredf@the-league.org

ANITA GUINGRICH

Home Care Admin/Field Support

Email: anitag@the-league.org

DONNA HORNER

Rehabilitation Teacher for the Visually Impaired, North Central Indiana

Email: donnah@the-league.org

REBECCA LA PLACA

Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Email: rebeccal@the-league.org

CHASITY MARKS

Home Health Aide

ANDREA MARTINEZ

Advocacy Coordinator

Email: andream@the-league.org

BRENDA NICCUM

Information and Referral Coordinator

Email: brendan@the-league.org

ANNE PALMER

Administrative Assistant

Email: annep@the-league.org

DENA PICKENS

Community Living Coordinator

Email: denap@the-league.org

KASEY PRENTICE

DeafLink Interpreter

Email: kaseyp@the-league.org

ALI REVOLT

Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Email: alir@the-league.org

SUEANN REYNOLDS

Benefits Enrollment Center Program Manager

Email: sueannr@the-league.org

BEN RITTER

DeafLink Administrative Assistant

Email: benr@the-league.org

PATRICK ROBINSON

Peer Support Group Coordinator

Email: patrickr@the-league.org

KATIELYN ROLOFF

BEC Specialist

Email: katielynnr@the-league.org

JORDAN ROSS

Staff Accountant

Email: jordanr@the-league.org

TEKEE SCOTT

Home Health Aide

CARLA WILLIAMS

Home Health Care Assistant

MOLLY ZOOK

DeafLink Interpreter

Email: mollyz@the-league.org

CHRISTINE ZYGMONT

Grants Coordinator

Email: christinez@the-league.org

Our Board

OFFICERS

Chair: Ronald Duchovic, Ph.D
Vice Chair: Verleaish Jones, Ed.D
Secretary: Charlie Hatten
Treasurer: Lisa Poole
Immediate Past Chair: Lana Keesling, MBA

BOARD MEMBERS

Cassie Beer
Kimberly Bell
Fred Eckart, MS, PCC
James Ezell
Shannon Johnson

Robert W. Lee, Ph.D
Dara D. Spearman, MD
Nikki Quintana
Clifton A. Wallace