RDPFS Board members give generously of their time and expertise. A true “working board,” members volunteer their time to help the Foundation effectively partner with grantee organizations, providing experience and expertise that goes well beyond the monetary value of a grant. The Foundation’s Board of Directors are all passionate about providing blind and visually impaired individuals with the tools and resources they need to live and work independently.
Donna is a direct marketing professional with global expertise. Experienced at developing and launching new businesses, marketing, and communications, she currently manages a successful consulting career in strategic marketing. She holds an MBA in Marketing Management from Pace University and a Digital Marketing certification from NYU. Donna serves as Board President and is a member of the Board Membership Committee. Donna has been a board member since 1998.
Matthew G. Krieger
Matt is an IT leader combining global IT leadership, business-technology strategic planning and deep technology expertise. Matt holds an MS in Computer Science from Polytechnic University. He currently serves as Board Secretary, is the Chair of the Investment Committee, and is a member of the Board Membership Committee. Matt has been a board member since 2008.
Cary is an accounting professional with expertise in corporate reporting, tax and analysis, and has worked in the telecommunications, software, educational fundraising and direct marketing industries. He received his BA in Accounting from Marietta College. Cary serves as Board Treasurer and is a member of the Audit and Investment Committees. He has been a board member since 2008.
R. Craig Cecere
Craig is a financial business executive with global expertise in strategic planning, operations, customer service and accounting. He holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University. Craig serves as the Board’s Assistant Treasurer and is a member of the Board Membership Committee. Craig has been a board member since 2003.
Jim is a Certified Low Vision Therapist and member of the faculty of the Lions Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. He holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Arkansas. Jim has served in a variety of leadership positions within AER (Assoc. for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired), including Chair of the Low Vision Rehab Division. He has won several awards for his leadership in the field, and has published and lectured widely. Jim has been a board member since 2009
Rob is a digital technology executive with extensive IT and business transformation leadership experience managing and implementing digital solutions for large enterprises and start-ups. He currently works as Chief Information Officer for Laureate Online, a division of Laureate Education. Rob holds an MBA from Babson College. He serves on the Audit Committee, and has been a board member since 2002. https://www.linkedin.com/in/robhillz
Barry is an accounting professional with a concentration in tax compliance management, oversight, and strategic planning optimizing tax efficiencies in a global environment. A retiree from the Reader’s Digest Association, he served as V.P.of the Tax Department. Barry received a Master’s in International Relations from Columbia University, and holds an MS in Accounting from NYU. He serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Investment Committee. Barry has been a board member since 1989. https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-liebman
Janice is a non-profit professional with expertise in field operations and implementation of programs serving blind and visually impaired people. As a recent retiree from the NYS Commission for the Blind, Janice continues to follow issues and technological advances in services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Janice has an MPA in Non-Profit Management from Pace University, and has been a board member since 2015. Janice is a 2018 recipient of the Matthew P. Sapolin Visionary Award for making an outstanding and long-lasting contribution to the advancement, well-being and full participation of people who are blind or visually impaired in all aspects of life in NYC. https://www.linkedin.com/in/janice-o-connor
Susan Olivo, Executive Director
Susan is an experienced foundation executive with financial, operational, administrative, marketing, and grant making expertise. Susan oversees the Foundation’s grant program and manages the large print publishing business. Susan holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago. She also serves as Board Vice President and is a member of the Board Membership and Investment Committees. Susan has been a board member since 1994. https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-olivo
Dianna Kelly-Naghizadeh, Grant Program Manager
Dianna manages the Foundation’s wide-ranging grant program including planning and implementation as well as compliance and grant reporting. She serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianna-kelly-naghizadeh