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RDPFS Board News

New Board member Mark G. Ackermann comes to RDPFS with more than 40 years of experience in non-profit management, including senior management positions in healthcare, vision, and education organizations.  Currently he is the principal of his own management and fundraising consulting firm that works with not-for-profit institutions.  Previously Mark served as the chief executive of Lighthouse International and as executive vice president of its successor organization Lighthouse Guild, a leading not-for-profit organization addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired. During that time, he was also chair of the VisionServe Alliance, the Vision 2020 Foundation, and the Macular Disease Alliance International.  Mark currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United States Association of Blind Athletes (A member organization of the Team USA Paralympic Organization).  Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Science Degree in Not-For-Profit Management from New York University.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University; the Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions of the New School University; a Clinical Instructor in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of New York University; and a Visiting Professor at Drew University.   He is currently on the boards of Foundation for Justice and Peace in the Vatican and is a special advisor to the Path to Peace Foundation at the Vatican’s Mission to the United Nations. Welcome Mark!