IFB Beat – Week of January 22, 2024

A Message from the Editor

Greetings and hello, IFB Solutions!

I hope The Beat finds you preparing for a great week. In this issue, meet new hires, read about a promotion, see what S.E.E. did during day 4 of Christmas camp, and learn about the Winston-Salem Facility surplus “sale”.

And last, but not least, require your thinking cap for The Beat Riddle of the Week.

Riddle: I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?

Stroll the Beat to find the answer. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

Anastasia Powell

IFB Solutions Communications Manager

apowell@ifbsolutions.org | 336-245-5698

Quick Links:

New this Week

Reminders from previous Issues of The IFB Beat
Meet our New Hires!
CLVC Promotion Announcement
Winston-Salem Surplus “Sale”
See what S.E.E. is Doing!
Adult Support Group Meetings
CLVC Item of the Week

From Our Community

Insider Corner

HR and Opportunities

$1,000 Referral Bonus
New Job Openings

Support Group Zoom Meeting Links


Reminders from Previous Issues of The IFB Beat

Jeans Day Program 2024

IFB 2024 Holiday Schedule

$1,000 Referral Bonus

Change to Assistive Technology Support Group Schedule


Meet our New Hires!

Morgan Dugan will join the HR team on January 22, 2024 as the Winston-Salem Employee Relations Specialist. Please give her a warm welcome as she learns her way around the facility this week.

Rikki Moosbrugger returned to the IFB Solutions Winston-Salem Facility on December 18, 2023. She works under the direction of Ken Mullins as the Material Planning Manager in the Supply Chain department. Rikki previously served as a supervisor in the ACS and T-Shirt departments with IFB Solutions and has a broad knowledge of IFB’s diverse manufacturing operations. Welcome back to the team Rikki! We look forward to your valuable contributions.

Tzetza Makaveeva (Tez) started with IFB Solutions on January 8, 2024. She works under the direction of Edward Sykes as the Textile Engineering Technician in the Engineering department. She is responsible for new product development and productivity. Welcome to the team Tez! We look forward to your valuable contributions.

Bill Dennis started at the IFB Solutions Winston-Salem Facility on January 2, 2024. He works under the direction of Pedro Rojas as the supervisor in the Fuel Handler’s Suit department. Bill comes to us with supervisory skills and a vast knowledge of systems and processes. He has a passion for hiking and camping. Welcome to the team, Bill! We look forward to the many contributions you will bring to IFB.

Alexander Norton started with the IFB Solutions Asheville Facility on January 17, 2024. He works under the direction of Travis Guerra, as the supervisor in the Military Markets (formerly called IMP) department. Alexander comes to us with supervisory skills and a bachelor’s degree in business law and administration from Western Carolina. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in business administration. He is a team player and looking forward to working with the Asheville team. Welcome to IFB Alex! We look forward to the many valuable skills you have to share.


Community Low Vision Center Promotion Announcement

Grant Weathers has been promoted to Low Vision Services Manager. He previously served as Low Vision Services and Outreach Coordinator for the Asheville location. In his new role, Grant will oversee the Asheville and Winston-Salem Community Low Vision Centers. He reports to Shannon Satterfield, IFB Solutions Director of Professional Services. Grant has been a member of the low vision team in Asheville for 10 years. He has had low vision since 2007 due to Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). Grant states “I enjoy the opportunity to work with people that are coping with changes in their vision.” Congratulations Grant! Keep spreading your passion for helping others!


Winston-Salem Surplus “Sale”

This Friday, January 26, the Winston-Salem Facility will hold a first-come, first-serve surplus “sale” at the Indiana Avenue warehouse from 9am to 3pm. Items include office furniture, chairs, tables, filing and storage cabinets and much more. While items are not priced, you can choose to make a non-tax-deductible donation to IFB’s mission with cash or check for your selections. You MUST arrange your own transportation for items selected, and you must pick up your items before 3pm.

Location: IFB Solutions Indiana Avenue Warehouse

5180 Indiana Avenue

Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Questions? Contact Angela Jordan at ajordan@ifbsolutions.org.


See what S.E.E. is doing!

S.E.E. kids singing at Brook Ridge Retirement Community

On day 4 of S.E.E. Christmas Camp “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” we sang Christmas songs at Brook Ridge Retirement Community in their solarium. We wore our camp T-shirts which have the mobility cane crossed with a candy cane both white and red. The letters of “S.E.E. Christmas Camp” are red with white outlines and all are on a dark green long-sleeved T-shirt. We treated ourselves to lunch at CiCi’s Pizza before returning to the schoolhouse where we baked sugar cookies in shapes of stocking, candy cane, star, snowman, or bell. Adding red or green sprinkles to our cookies finished our day on a sweet note.

Adult Support Group Meetings:

Assistive Technology Support Group Update

Effective immediately, the assistive technology support group is no longer a monthly meeting. there will be podcasts posted for you to listen to at your convenience. You can listen to the podcast here:

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

  • Monday, January 22 Guide Dog support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS Room
  • Tuesday, January 23 Glaucoma support group meeting from 12:00-12:45 in TADS room

CLVC Item of the Week:

Silicone Oven Handle - Push Pull

Silicone push-pull oven rack tool for $6.95, the ultimate oven tool every kitchen needs! Use side notches to pull the oven rack or edge of pans towards you. Use the notch on the end to push the oven rack or pan back into the oven. Stay-cool handle keeps hands protected from heat during use. Great for use with all ovens including toaster ovens, air fryers, convection, and smart ovens! Compact, easy to store in your kitchen drawer.

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


From Our Community

Insider Corner

This section is edited by Faith Harding. Reach out to her at fharding@ifbsolutions.org

Wake Forest University is featuring an art exhibition with low vision accessibility features for the first time!

Submitted by Toni Fraser

New Gallery Exhibit Highlights Six Decades of Art ‘Of the Times’, Celebrating 60 Years of Wake Forest University Student-Acquired Contemporary Art

Thirty-seven student-acquired artworks spanning six decades will be displayed in Hanes Gallery this spring. The exhibit, “Of the Times,” opens Jan. 19 and runs through March 31. A linoleum cut by Picasso and a painting by Elaine de Kooning will be on display. Other artists represented include Alex Katz, Louise Nevelson, Keith Haring, and Jasper Johns.

Wake Forest’s student art-buying trip is unique in higher education. Every four years since 1963, students have chosen artwork for the University. Three generations have created a premier collection of contemporary artworks that reflect the times. Highlights from the Mark H. Reece Collection of Student-Acquired Contemporary Art include 37 works representing each of six decades with at least one from each buying trip.

Making art accessible with audio, text, and touch.

Carefully created to convey a description of each piece, the image descriptions will be available as text (transcripts) and audio. The Bloomberg Connects app makes the University’s art accessible for on-site and off-site visits through photo, audio and video features. The audio and text offer more opportunities to learn about the pieces and support engagement for those with various disabilities, including people with low vision or blindness.

The exhibit includes tactile features to make QR codes easier to locate and use. There will be a few 3D-printed tactile art models to provide hands-on exploration and tactile understanding of the art. The 3D art models were created using resources available through the University’s WakerSpace.

“I believe that the art collections accessibility programming for this event will lead to further partnerships that help make Wake Forest art, museums and exhibit spaces as accessible and welcoming as possible for our broad and diverse community,” said Eudora Stuble, director of technology accessibility at Wake Forest.

The history of student-acquired art at Wake Forest.

In 1963, Wake Forest’s Dean of Men and College Union Adviser Mark Reece had a vision for a student art-buying trip. At the time, there was no art department at Wake Forest. He and then faculty members Ed Wilson and Allen Easley and two students drove to New York City, explored the contemporary art galleries there, and came back with a dozen works of art, selected by the students, for the University.

Every four years since then, except for the pandemic year, a small group of students has traveled to New York City, with university funds, to purchase art for Wake Forest’s Student Union Art Collection – works that reflect the times.

In February 2022, John and Libby Reece endowed a conservation fund to care for, steward and rename the Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art as the Mark H. Reece Collection of Student-Acquired Contemporary Art in honor of John Reece’s father – the founder of the collection.

Read more about the 2017 art-buying trip to New York and the 2021 pandemic-year art-acquisition process.


Beat Riddle:

Thanks for strolling the Beat. You found the answer!

Riddle: I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
Answer: A map.


HR & Opportunities

$1000 Referral Bonus for San Antonio, TX Positions

Do you know anyone living in the San Antonio area looking for an awesome opportunity? IFB is urgently hiring legally blind Customer Service Representatives in San Antonio, TX (must live within 70 miles of the city). As a part of our recruiting plan, we are excited to offer a $1000 referral bonus to existing employees who refer qualified candidates for this job. What this means: if you refer a person who applies and is hired you will receive a payout of $500 at hire, and $500 after the person successfully completes training (approx. 90 days).

Please ensure that anyone you refer for the job adds your name to the application in the “referred by” section. Please also notify Brent Burkholder at bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org or 336-245-5611, of any referrals so that we can track the information. Feel free to reach out to your online communities about this opportunity as well and take advantage of the bonus!

See the full job posting for Customer Service Representative – Maximus here: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=76375&clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

Pay is $14.00 per hour. Applications can be submitted through the Careers section of IFB’s website here: https://ifbsolutions.org/careers/



New Job Announcements

For all current openings, visit https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs?clientkey=8B43E6E34C5D5C9AA3D07BB04DBEB909

For information about any employment opportunities with IFB Solutions please contact Brent Burkholder at bburkholder@ifbsolutions.org or X5611.


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