The Foundation’s Board of Directors are passionate about improving the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals. They generously volunteer their time and expertise, bringing experience from a multitude of backgrounds, both professional and personal, to the Foundation’s mission.  Our Board supports the Foundation in its efforts to effectively partner with grantee organizations to provide the tools and resources necessary for those they serve to live productive, independent lives. They also support the Foundation’s large print reading materials to ensure continued access to reading for individuals with low vision.

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 Chair. Matt is also the Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.


James Deremeik

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 is the Vice Chair and a member of the Governance Committee. 


Rob Hilliard

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 Academic Partnerships in Dallas, TX.  Rob holds an MBA from Babson College.  He currently serves as the Secretary and is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.


Donna Esposito

Donna is a direct marketing professional with global expertise. Experienced at developing and launching new businesses, marketing, and communications.  She currently works as Chief of Staff, Data Governance at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets.  Donna holds an MBA in Marketing Management from Pace University and a Digital Marketing certification from NYU.   Donna serves on the Audit Committee.


Barry Liebman

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 currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. 


Janice O’Connor

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.  Janice currently serves as Chair of the Governance Committee.  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. 




Executive Director

The Foundation is currently transitioning its staff leadership.


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.