Pacific Foundation for Blind Children

The board of directors for the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children currently consists of seven voting members and one ex officio member. They are…

William E. Craig III

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Bill Craig is the chairman to the board of directors. He is a communications industry consultant. He has served on the board of directors since 2002. Bill is also a member of the Vancouver Lions Club in Vancouver, Washington.

Linda Erickson

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Linda Erickson joined the board in December, 2015. She is a retired teacher, having worked in special education with first and second grade students for 35 years. Linda has a passion to give back to her community, and felt that the PFBC was the perfect fit following her retirement. Linda loves gardening, reading, kniting, crocheting, baking, practicing Yoga and enoying the “Smartest, most fun granddaughter in the world”.

Phyllis Hyatt

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Phyllis Hyatt, a retired teacher, joined the PFBC Board in 2012. She is an advocate for the technology that enables the Washington State School for the Blind to provide education throughout the state and beyond its borders from. Phyllis further champions the WSSB Birth to Three Program which helps prepare blind and visually impaired infants for a traditional education environment.

Jim Kolshinski

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Jim Kolshinski is the vice–chairman to the board of directors. He is one of the Foundation’s originating members and has continuously served on the board of directors since the PFBC was formed, in 1995. He is a retired accountant. Jim is also a member of the Ridgefield Lions Club in Ridgefield, Washington.

Marc F. Krsul

portrait-Mark Kursl

Marc Krsul joined the board of directors in June, 2009. Marc is a Financial Advisor and Branch Manager for Edward Jones in Ridgefield, Washington. In Marc’s words, “There's not another organization around as unique or as powerful as the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children. I wanted to be part of a group of people who empower individuals to better themselves.”

Janet Kurz

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Janet Kurz is the treasurer to the Foundation. She joined the board of directors in 2000. Janet is the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent’s office and the Board of Trustees for the Washington State School for the Blind.

John D. Nellor

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J. D. Nellor is the immediate past chairman of the board of directors. He is one of the Foundation’s originating members and has continuously served on the board of directors since the Foundation was formed, in 1995. He is an attorney at law with the Nellor Law Office in Vancouver, Washington. J. D. is also a member of the Vancouver Lions Club in Vancouver, Washington, and is a Past District Governor for District 19G of Lions Clubs International.

Scott McCallum

portrait-Scott McCallum

Scott McCallum is an ex officio board member. Scott has been the superintendent of the Washington State School for the Blind since June 2016. He has more than 17 years of experience working on behalf of students in Oregon who are blind/visually impaired (BVI). He most recently served for nearly six years as the Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund administrator for the state of Oregon and coordinated specialized educational services for students who are BVI. Scott also has experience in the classroom with BVI students as an itinerant teacher and orientation and mobility specialist in Eugene. Scott's experience has given him a unique understanding of the needs of BVI students. His work to support implementation of the nation's first online adaptive state assessment accessible to students who read Braille and his contributions to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has given him a national reputation as a collaborative leader. He has a Master of Science in orientation and mobility from Pennsylvania College of Optometry and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from University of North Dakota.

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