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 Muskegon county. 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.
Marcia Van Horn, Board Member
Marcia is a Graphic Designer and Marketing Consultant from Grand Rapids, MI.
Adrianne Kolasinski, Board Member
Adrianne is the mother of a young adult who is blind, and lives with her large family in Toledo, OH. She works for LaPrenza Spanish Language Magazine and publishes Sighted Guide Ohio, a free resource for families with children who are blind or have low vision.
Mike McNee, Board Member
Mike works for Trade Winds RV Center in Flint, MI, and was a volunteer on the 2017 Adventure Trip. He loves canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
Gwen is the parent of a young adult who is blind and a college graduate. She lives in Ionia, MI. Gwen recently was awarded a recognition award by the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education. MAEOE Award
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 and 2017. Gwen is also the president of the Lyons-Muir Lions Club.