IFB Beat – Week of August 29, 2022

News to Know

Welcome New Hires!

Welcome New Employees Amy Poole Senior Financial Analyist Winston-Salem Facility

Amy Poole began working on Monday, August 22, 2022, as a Senior Financial Analyst. She will be working under the direction of Natalya Pochkhidze in our accounting department at the Winston Salem location. Amy lives with her husband and son on a small farm with a couple of horses, three cows, and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach. She also, enjoys gardening, and freezing and canning the vegetables that are grown.


Promotions and Organizational Changes for IFB Solution’s Base Supply Center Team

Shannon Martin will join IFB Solutions Sales Team as BSC Business Development Manager. Shannon has extensive experience in government and military sales and has been instrumental in the growth our Base Supply Centers have experienced the last several years. Shannon will report directly to Ken Edwards and will lead the effort to grow Base Supply Center sales and ensure profitability for all of our BSC locations.

James Logan has been promoted to District Manager. James will be responsible for the operations of IFB Solutions’ Federal Stores along with Fort Buchanan, Tyndall AFB and MacDill AFB. James will report directly to David Newsome.

Jim Caliendo will continue to be responsible for West Point, Guantanamo Bay, and Rock Island and will also add McGuire AFB to his responsibilities.

Lisa Cranfill has been promoted to Senior Manager of Operations Support. In this new role she will support the Base Supply Center Operations team with reporting and systems support. Lisa will be reporting directly to Ken Mullins in Supply Chain.

Wendy Yokley will also be reporting directly to David Newsome and will manage the Base Supply Center’s 4PL, TLS, and GSA Schedule programs.


Programs and Services

It is back to school time!

Please do not park in the schoolhouse parking lot beginning Tuesday, September 6. We will be starting S.E.E. After School Winston and need room for our staff and students to use the parking lot. We appreciate your respect for our program. Thank you!

See what S.E.E. is Doing!

SEE participants show off their creations

S.E.E. Day Camp Winston has flower power. S.E.E. campers made large flowers by fan folding brightly colored tissue paper and securing it with a pipe cleaner stem. They also made dandelions by wrapping yarn, securing the middle, and clipping the ends for a shaggy feel. They will remember camp with the peppermint they are growing in the flowerpots they decorated with scented markers. Planting the seeds in the potting soil, watering it, and putting it in the sunlight is a fun way to practice being responsible.


Adult Support Group Meetings:

  • Thursday, September 1 Sight Adjustment support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room.

Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:


Quick Bib Clothing Protector for $24.95. X-Large Blue. No more struggling to put on a bib or waiting for assistance. No snaps, ties, or Velcro to deal with. The Quick Bib Clothing Protector was designed for easy, independent use. Just spread the ring and slide it on!


CLVC August Item of the Month:

Tape King Talking Tape Measure with Spirit Level

Tape King Talking Tape Measure with Spirit Level for $119.95. Makes measuring easy for low vision & blind people.

The Tape King Talking Tape Measure is the world’s first tape measure to talk that has an integrated spirit level as well as a clinometer (to measure the angle of slope for inclines/declines).
While a pleasure to use for anyone taking measurements, the Tape King is essential to have in the toolkit of anyone who is blind or who has low vision. It accurately measures length and slopes, then displays the information on the large LCD screen as the natural-sounding voice clearly enunciates the measurement.

If you are interested in purchasing Low Vision Equipment through our Loan Program (3rd Party), please contact a Community Low Vision Center associate for assistance.


Insider Corner

Have a story, new article, app, or interesting fact you want to share? Email Faith Harding at FHarding@ifbsolutions.org and we will post it.

Blind Drivers Needed!

Now is the chance for someone totally blind to get behind the wheel of a real car and be totally free to drive!

Blind Power Company, Winston-Salem Twin City Lions Club and the Winston-Salem Police Department are providing this unique opportunity for the blind and visually impaired

Please mark your calendars for this event Friday, October 21, at the Carolina Classic Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem, NC, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. A free lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Chris, Anastasia or visit https://www.facebook.com/blindpowerco/.

Buckle up with us on this journey!

Get on the road of life and be the driver of your experiences! Wake up, take the blindfold off, and climb out the back seat because NO one can drive your luxury vehicle like you can!

Share with us how amazing your driving skills are by sending an email with what inspires you.

Faith Harding
Connecting, collaborating, and continuing to drive across amazing bridges.


Community Connections

Books and Essays on Disability

Emily Landaus book Demystifying Disability is the current BEST clearest simplest book on the topic of why language matters and how to be an ally…etc.

 About Us: Essays from the disability series of the NYT is a great collection of essays on various topics, and Andrew Solomons preface is beyond amazing.

Disability Visibility by Alice Wong is another great collection of essays and there is a young reader version of this book.

Other books and essays are below. Enjoy the great topics!

https://habengirma.com/book/ Haben Grima is the first deaf blind graduate at Harvard Law School, and this is an amazing book




We are HeRe for You!

Fall is just around the corner, and while some people enjoy fall, there are others that get the end-of-summer blues! Here are some simple tips to help you should you fall yourself getting the end-of-summer blues: exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, spend time outdoors, spend time with friends and family, change your environment, practice mindfulness, and if it seems to get to be too much for you to handle, please reach out to someone for help! IFB Solutions has a partnership with the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County, which offers many resources and tips to help with different topics! Reach out to Haleigh Yarboro at x5635 if you want their information!



Zoom Meeting Links

Adult Support Groups Zoom

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Assistive Technology Support Group Zoom


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