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Alexia RothACBVI Board of Directors Chair
I have three dogs, Todd and Winnie (miniature dachshunds) and Henry ( a rescued pit bull) and a wonderful fiancé who has two beautiful daughters. I am passionate about growing our business to increase the way we may serve the community through giving back, creating employment opportunities and engaging our staff in sharing causes they care about, creating awareness, excitement and involvement.
Steve WelkerACBVI Vice Chair
Steve Welker is an author and motivational speaker. His first book, ‘The World at my Fingertips’, is his inspirational story of how he overcame the auto accident that took his sight. His second book ‘Radical Resiliency’, set for release in October, 2015, outlines the steps anyone can use to overcome tragedy. Steve is a graduate of the Arizona State University College of Business. In addition to his work with ACBVI, Steve is also a spokesperson for Guide Dogs of the Desert and a member of the Chandler Lion’s club.
Cassandra Laughrey is a Rehabilitation Assistant at the Banner Neuro Wellness clinic and Student of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS HS in Physiology and Spanish language. Her passions include working with geriatric and pediatric special needs populations. Cassie is an active member of the Chandler Lions club, American Physical Therapy Association student member, and Special Olympics volunteer. She lives in Chandler with her husband Andrew and dogs Beaux and Ellie.
Shannon ClarkBoard Member
From the beginning of his career at Gallagher & Kennedy in 2000, Shannon has been drawn to legal matters that allowed him to advocate for individuals who have been harmed in some way through the fault of others. As a member the firm’s highly skilled and successful Plaintiff’s Personal Injury and Wrongful Death team, Shannon gained invaluable experience in high-profile cases at the state and national levels. Shannon is deeply committed to his clients, and his effort extends beyond the intricacies of any given lawsuit to champion consumer safety issues for greater social impact.
Nathan JohnsonBoard Member
Nate Johnson is currently the Manager of Direct Investments for DF Enterprises. He has over 15-years of accounting and financing experience with increasing responsibility in various roles. He specializes in manager all aspects of financial operations including C-Suite and other financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, tax reporting, banking relationships, working capital management, M&A, deal sourcing and structuring, and financial reporting systems. Nate’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy with a minor in CIS from Arizona State University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix as well as an active CPA license from the State of Arizona. Previously Nate has served as an advisor to 3 non-profit boards in Hawaii and California where he oversaw the accounting functions, established process and procedures, trained staff, created financial reporting, board decks and performed the public support tests to ensure compliance. Nate currently resides in Ahwatukee Arizona with his wife. They do not have any kids, but have a dog and two cats.
Have you or someone you know had their life changed by sudden vision loss or impairment? Are you looking for an opportunity to give of your time or talents? ACBVI welcomes you. We have a variety of opportunities to volunteer at the center in the lunch program, with office work, in our social recreation programs, or through donations. As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to offering s services to our clients free or with minimal cost but we need your help.