ACB Next Generation

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Affiliate Leaders

Board of Directors

President: Amanda Selm (Louisville, KY)
First Vice President: Matt Selm (Louisville, KY)
Second Vice President: Melanie Sinohui (Phoenix, AZ)
Secretary: Greg Lindberg (Wesley Chapel, FL)
Treasurer: Maria Kristic (Albany, NY)


Director: Shane Aguilera (Los Angeles, CA)
Director: MOe Carpenter (West Des Moines, IA)
Director: Kristen Kelling (Grand Rapids, MI)
Director: Onkar Nerurkar (Honolulu, HI)
Director: Cassie Trosper (North Bend, OR)

 

OFFICER BIOS

Amanda Selm – President

Amanda is from Louisville, KY. When she is not handling ACB Next Generation business, her full-time job is being a wife and a mom of two girls. She is an active member and a founder of KCB Next Generation and an active member of the Kentucky Council of the Blind. One of Amanda’s newest favorite areas of interest is advocacy. She enjoys spending time with family, from attending gatherings to going on vacation. Her other interests include knitting, photography, event planning, and yoga. “ACB Next Generation has something for everyone, and my hope is that you find your place within our family,” Amanda says.


Matt Selm – 1st Vice President

Matt lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife Amanda and two children. He has a Bachelors in Psychology and a Master of Education from the University of Louisville and is employed at Humana. He is the President of the Kentucky Council of the Blind and serves on several ACB committees including the Berl Colley Leadership Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cheering on the Cincinnati Reds and Louisville Cardinals, and anything related to history.


Melanie Sinohui – 2nd Vice President

Melanie has been involved in ACB since the mid-1990s in Texas, West Virginia and California, elected as a Director for ACB Texas at 19, and was the 2005 DKM First-Timer – West. She resides in Phoenix, chairs our Convention Committee, is 1st Vice President of Arizona’s Central Chapter, and a Director on the AzCB board. Melanie holds a B.A. in Journalism – PR and an M.S. in Project Management. She has worked for a telecommunications company for the last 13 years and is a Customer Experience project manager. Melanie and her husband enjoy cooking, traveling, wine tasting in California, and spending time with “framily”.


Greg Lindberg – Secretary

Greg resides in Wesley Chapel, FL and works as a digital content manager for a university. He holds a BA in Mass Communication and an MA in Journalism and Media Studies. Greg has been an ACB member since 2013 and has held leadership roles within the Pinellas Council of the Blind, Florida Council of the Blind, and ACB Next Generation. He is currently the Secretary, chairs the Publications Committee, and is a member of the PR and Membership Committees. Greg hosts the “Eyes Free Sports” podcast and loves playing beep baseball.


Maria Kristic – Treasurer

Maria works as a financial analyst for a New York state public authority. She holds a JD in Finance Transactions and an MBA in Finance. She joined ACB in 2016 and has held leadership positions in several of its affiliates and committees since then. Maria has been a member of ACB Next Generation since its founding. She serves as its Treasurer, chair of its Budget and Finance Committee, and is a member of its Constitution, Bylaws, and Resolutions Committee and Fundraising Committee. Maria lives in upstate New York with her Chocolate Lab guide dog.


DIRECTOR BIOS

MOe Carpenter – Director

MOe is a married mom of four boys living in Iowa and has LCA. She is obsessed with all things fiber arts related, which led her to start her own YouTube channel, Unseen Strands. While she has no college education, she is not afraid to search out knowledge. As a newer member to ACB, she is currently only part of ACB Next Generation, where she is a Director on the Board, Chair of the Fundraising Committee, and member of the PR, Membership, Convention, and Programs Committees. She also loves the water, dolphins, and the color sapphire and her family also has four pets.


Shane Aguilera – Director

Shane is a musician, singer, and arranger from Los Angeles, CA. He is totally blind and has been a member of ACB since 2019 and is now a life member of ACB. He has been a member of ACB next generation since July of 2020 and as one of the youngest members of the affiliate. He strives to bring his unique perspective to the Board of Directors. He also has a desire to learn, ask important questions, and do work that matters. Some of his other hobbies include hiking, spending time with friends and family, and attending concerts.


Kristen Kelling – Director

Kristen currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work. She works as a Community Connector with the Kent County Health department, as well as an Independent Living Intern with Disability Advocates. She is the secretary of the Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, as well as the membership chair. She is currently a co-chair of the Programs Committee and serves on the convention and membership committees with ACB Next Generation..


Onkar Nerurkar – Director

Onkar lives in the beautiful state of Hawaii aka The Aloha State. He loves to travel, try different cuisines, the outdoors, tinkering around with computers and technology and watching movies. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Security and Assurance and a Master’s degree in Information Technology. Besides being on the board, he sits on the Membership and Web site Committees and also participates in his state affiliate’s affairs. Outside the blind community, he volunteers his time as a coach for Special Olympics Hawaii where he coaches soccer, track & field, and bocce ball.

 

Cassie Trosper – Director

Cassie was born and raised in Mississippi and joined the U.S. Army in 2006. After serving for a few years, she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). For some reason, the Army decided that it was no longer safe for her to drive the rather large military vehicles and medically discharged her under honorable circumstances. She is now a mom of 3 kiddos ages 18, 14, and 7. She is also very involved with ACB Next Generation as Co-chair of the Programs and Convention Committees, as well as a Director on the Board. She serves as Secretary and Membership Chair for ACB of Oregon and Secretary of her local ACB chapter. She loves spending her spare time with family and friends.

 

COMMITTEE CHAIRS, CO-CHAIRS, AND VICE-CHAIRS

Adovacy/Legislative Committee – Nicholas McNeill, Chair

Budget/Finance Committee – Maria Kristic, Chair

Constitution and Bylaws/Resolutions Committee – Matt Selm, Chair

Convention Committee – Melanie Sinohui, Co-Chair and Cassie Trosper, Co-Chair

Fundraising Committee – MOe Carpenter, Chair and Amber Steet, Vice-Chair

Membership Committee – Matt Selm, Chair

Programs Committee – Kristen Kelling,  Co-Chair and Cassie Trosper, Co-Chair

Public Relations and eCommunications Committee – Gregg Wandsneider, Chair and Joey Couch, Vice-Chair

Website Sub-Committee – TBD, Chair

Publications Committee – Greg Lindberg, Chair