Board of Directors

Wendi Middleton, OUB President

Wendi is the current Director of Program Development in the Michigan Department of Services to the Aging and “Family of Choice” to a young adult with a visually impairment. She lives in Lansing, MI.

Laura McGannon, Vice-President and Professional Relations

Laura is a Teacher Consultant for the Visually Impaired in Montcalm and Newaygo counties. Laura lives in Spring Lake, MI.

Jacalyn Stallings, Secretary and Personnel Chair

Jackie is currently a Senior Rehabilitation Counselor at the Idaho Commission for the Blind. She is visually impaired and was a former camp director for OUB. She is a parent of a child with a visual impairment and lives in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Denice Dickinson, Treasurer

Denice is a bookkeeper for Olivet Public Schools and lives in Charlotte, MI.

Marcia Van Horn, Board Member

Marcia is a Graphic Designer and Marketing Consultant from Grand Rapids, MI.

Gwen's photoGwen Botting, Executive Director

Gwen is the parent of a young adult who is blind and a college graduate. She lives in Ionia, MI.

 

More About Gwen: Gwen is a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, IL and Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. Gwen and her husband, Jim, have two children: Greg, who is blind, and Krista. Greg just graduated from Alma College where Krista is also a student. Greg spent his second semester of his sophomore year attending the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Gwen was the President of Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments for 12 years.

Gwen has been involved with Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind for many years, first attending OUB activities when her son was only 2 -years old. Gwen has served as a board member of OUB and was instrumental in starting the organization’s gardening and cooking classes for blind and visually impaired campers. She became the Director of OUB in March of 2012 and Executive Director in September of 2013. She served as Camp Director of OUB activities at Camp Tuhsmeheta in 2012 and 2013 and at Camp Optimist in 2016. Gwen is also a member of the Lyons-Muir Lions Club.