Sal Jamal is an Administrative Fellow at Texas Health Resources - Arlington. He has an extensive background in Healthcare Information Technology and currently holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters in Health Administration from Trinity University. Sal and his wife, Jodina, have two children, Jenna, 4 and Mounia,6. He is eager to help us with locating corporate donors and updating our board governance documents.
Mr. Jeppson received his Masters Degree in Education from California State University at Los Angeles where he learned to work with persons who are blind, specifically instructing them in cane travel as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), He has spent his entire professional career of over 30 years serving the blind community. For the past 25 years he was the Field Director for the Division for Blind Services, first in Dallas and then in Fort Worth, where he retired in September 2013. He has served on multiple boards and advisory councils for universities, government agencies, and corporations and as President of TAER, the professional organization made up of blindness professionals in Texas. He is also the founder of Experts On Blindness, an international consulting firm. David and Meredith are the parents of 6 children and have 12 grandchildren.
John Pfoter has been an Application Administrator for the past 10 years. He and his wife, Reagan, have 6 children and 18 grandchildren. John also serves as an Asstant Scout Master at his church and an eagle project counselor. He enjoys doing genealogy which he has been doing for the last 35 years. John loves NASCAR and wishes he could have been a driver in his younger years.
Kimberly Dewey is a private attorney who enjoys practicing in the area of child welfare law. She graduated cum laude with a JD from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where she served as Articles Editor on the Law Review. Ms. Dewey also holds a bachelors degree in computer science from Brigham Young University and worked in software development for several years before attending law school. She is involved in a number of community service activities and looks forward to using her expertise to benefit Computers for the Blind.
Derek Pfeifer is a certified public accountant whose professional focus is working with non-profit organizations provide accurate financial and tax reporting. Derek is excited to help Computers for the Blind further its mission.
JesAlexis Herman is a School Nurse for the Dallas ISD; she is also working with Del Cielo Home Care to improve quality of care through telemonitoring. She has a BSN from Baylor University, a BA in International Studies, and a Minor in Spanish from Southern Methodist University. She has been active in many charitable organizations including Delta Gamma’s Philanthropy “Service for Sight,” The Retina Foundation of The Southwest, and Genesis Women’s Shelter. She is looking forward to her continued service in the low-vision community, with Computers for the Blind.
Meridith Musgrove is an Optometrist at Vision Quest in Dallas. She has a BS from Stephen F Austin and her doctorate from the University of Houston. She has been active in many charitable organizations including Prevent Blindness, InfantSee, with the Make a Wish Foundation as a wish grantor as well as extensive work with Veterans. She brings a unique perspective of the understanding of functionality of vision and blindness and a special compassion toward our visually impaired clients.
Brandi Levingston, Ph.D., CRC is a Senior Lecturer at the University of North Texas (UNT) in the Department of Disability and addiction Rehabilitation and currently, serves as the coordinator of the undergraduate rehabilitation studies program. She received her doctoral degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling, from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She has experience in the area of rehabilitation as both an educator and service provider. She has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the state of Texas for Division for Blind Services. Her professional interests include: psychosocial aspects of disability, cultural competence, students with disabilities in postsecondary education, and employment of persons with disabilities, specifically people with blindness or visual-impairments.
Jack E. Irons
Jack E. Irons – Jack has a BS in Electrical Engineering from UT El Paso and an MBA from UNT. He serves on several charitable boards and is a Trustee for several Trusts. He and his wife Marilyn have three children and 4 Grandchildren.
Fran D. Osborn
Fran D. Osborn – My name is Fran D Osborn. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor DBA Insight Consoling. I have been self-employed for 8 years. I work with individual, couples and families. My mission and goal is to help people resolve their issues in a Christ centered atmosphere. I also serve in my local Richardson Lions Club. This year I serve on the 2X1 Region cabinet as the Leader Dog Director and the World Services Director. I travel to different Lions Clubs to tell the members about these charities. When I’m not working, I attend my local church Create church and a weekly Bible study. I spend time with my grandchildren when we both have free time. I enjoy serving others and making a difference in my community.
Dan Youman is an Operations Director at Texas Instruments in Dallas. He has an extensive background in Semiconductor Operations Management and currently holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois. Dan and his wife Deb, have three children, Jennifer 28, Daniel 26 and Jessica 24. All 3 children are married so we are expecting grandchildren soon.
Jennifer Keen has been in the Assistive Technology industry since 2011. She owns a small training company and has a contract with the State of Texas to train their consumers on the adaptive software. It was a natural fit for her role with Computers for the Blind. In her spare times, Jennifer enjoys raising her 3 children, watching movies, and reading..
Dr. Robert Langford
Founder of the Computers for the Blind (CFTB). Dr. Langford received his Ph.D. from New York University in Rehabilitation-Administration. He has dedicated his life to the blind - believing that all people are contributing members of society. Robert has held executive leadership roles with rehabilitation centers, state agencies, and The Texas Commission for the Blind. Dr. Langford retired after 50 years of service to the blind and their families.
Former Board Member & Volunteer
John Austin’s story is amazing. He saw a need and he filled it. Dr. Langford started the refurbishing efforts of CFTB out of his home. In the early 1990s, a sighted friend began helping Langford. That friend was John Austin. John moved the refurbishing center to his airplane hanger and personally rebuilt 1,700 computers that CFTB has provided to people who are blind.
Board of Directors - October 2016
Taken after a relaxing Saturday morning meeting. Members from left to right, back row: Derek Pfeifer, Jack Irons, Dan Young, John Pfotzer, Sal Jamal. Front row: (founder) Dr. Robert Langford, Gil Brand (retiring from the board after 20 years of volunteer service) Lee mann, Kimberly Dewey, Fran Osborn, and Meridith Musgrove.