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Contact: Nicole Ducouer, IFB Solutions
nducouer@ifbsolutions.org or 304-685-2393

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     


WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Oct. 7, 2021) – Nonprofit IFB Solutions, the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the country, announces its Board of Directors officers for the 2021-22 term and welcomes a new board member.

Brenda Diggs will serve as Chairman.  She is a retired senior executive of Wachovia Corporation, now part of Wells Fargo. She currently consults in the areas of leadership and board development, operational and financial management, organizational planning, and strategic management.

Erik Cobham will serve as Vice Chairman.  He is vice president of strategy and business development for Avon Protection and a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Robert Colucci will serve as Treasurer.  He is a business consultant and retired senior executive with Essilor of America, an international ophthalmic optics company.

Kathryn Garner will serve as Secretary.  She is a retired teacher and former sales and marketing executive for T.W. Garner Food Company.

Leo Stepansky will serve as Assistant Secretary.  He is senior vice president/general manager for Shelco, LLC.

Mike Faircloth will serve as Assistant Treasurer. He is group president of global operations for Hanesbrands.  

In addition, IFB announces three appointments to its Board of Directors.

Tom Serrin is joining the Board’s executive committee as head of the new Development and Awareness Committee. Serrin, who is visually impaired, is the Triad Chapter President of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and retired (Medical) Major with the U.S. Marine Corps.

John Rowland, a retired CPA from Little Rock, Ark., will return to the Board of Directors as chair of the Audit Committee and represent the nonprofit’s strategic interests in Arkansas.

Samuel Richardson is joining the IFB Board of Directors. Richardson is Director of Human Resources for Academic Affairs at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.



IFB Solutions is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1936 that provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. As the largest employer of people who are blind in the United States, IFB operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, N.C., Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark., in addition to operating nearly 20 office supply stores across the country and producing mattresses. IFB produces eyewear under its Twenty200 brand at its Winston-Salem lab and operates a retail location in Winston-Salem. IFB Solutions funds employee training and services as well as community programs through grants and private donations, making possible summer camps, afterschool programs and activities for children who are blind, and Community Low Vision services through its low-vision Centers across North Carolina and in Little Rock, Ark. ifbsolutions.org


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