Founding Executive Director Carolyn Lapp was blinded at the age of fourteen in a car accident. She has made it her life’s mission to provide encouragement and support for blind and visually impaired people regardless of race, ethnicity, age or socio-economic levels. “I believe that I’m blind for a reason and that is so I can help others who are experiencing the challenges of vision loss,” states Ms. Lapp. Her compassion, coupled with professionalism and business experience, have made FOCB what it is today: a place where blind and visually impaired people can find hope and help to live with dignity and independence.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOCB is governed by a talented and committed Board of Directors who bring management expertise and a strong commitment to FOCB’s mission. Board members work closely with Executive Director Carolyn Lapp and FOCB’s professional staff to ensure continuous quality improvement of its programs and services.

FOCB is unique in that most of its staff and no less than 50% of board members are visually impaired or have visually impaired family members and thereby are able serve as positive role models.