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THANK YOU


Special thanks to:

Will Elkington and the staff of Sheraton Midtown

Meet Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association

The staf
f of the Communications Center

Gwen Bighley

Richard Strong

Current and incoming members of The IAAIS Board of Dire
ctors

Art Hadley, Banquet MC


Door prize donors:

The Communications Center

MindsEye

Audio
-
Reader Network

The End Records



Our Vendors:

Robert Carson, Victory Electric Corporation

Ralph Sorbara, Metrosonix

Werner Haan, Solutions Radio

Neil Blank, RRSR 1100

Telephone Reader




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International Association of Audio Information Services

2012
-
2013 Board of Directors







EXECUTIVE OFFICERS



Stuart

Holland

President


Manager, Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network


2200 University Ave. W #240
,
St. Paul
,
MN

55114


651
-
642
-
0503

Stuart.Holland@state.mn.us



Fax: 651
-
649
-
5927


Term: 2012
-
2014 (1st term)



Marjorie Williams

First Vice President


Executive Director, Minds Eye Information Service


9541 Church Circle Drive
,
Belleville, Illinois 62223


618
-
394
-
6442


MWill
iams@mindseyeradio.org


Fax: 618
-
39
4
-
6438

Term: 2012
-
2014 (1
st

term)


Jay Doudna

Second Vice President


Station Manager, Oklahoma Talking Information
Service


300 NE 18
th

St., Oklahoma City, OK 73105


405
-
522
-
0520


jdoudna@okdrs.gov


Fax: 405
-
521
-
4582

Term
: 2012
-
2014 (1
st

term)


Linda Hynson

Secretary

429 Sondley Woods Place



Asheville, NC 28805


hynsonhere@gmail.com





Term: 2012
-
2014 (1
st

term)


Andrea Pasquale

Treasurer


Program Manager, Sun Sounds of Arizona


2323 W. 14
th

St, Tempe, AZ 85281


480
-
774
-
8300

apasquale@sunsounds.org


Fax
: 480
-
774
-
8310

Term: 2012
-
2014 (1
st

term)



Kim

Walsh

Immediate Past

President


Director, Detroit Radio Information Service


4600 Cass Avenue
,
Detroit
,
MI

48201


313
-
577
-
7684

kwalsh@iaais.org


Fax: 313
-
577
-
1300



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MEMBER DIRECTORS


Lisa Bordner

Director

Manager, Northeast Indiana Radio Reading
Service


Allen County Public Library


7615 DiSalle Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


260
-
421
-
1375


lbordner@acpl.lib.in.us



Fax: 260
-
421
-
1387

Term: 2010
-
2013 (1
st

term)


Steve Cum
ming

Director


Station Manager, North Texas Radio for the Blind


2007 Randall St, Dallas, TX 75201

214
-
871
-
7668

Steve@readingresource.org


Fax: 214
-
871
-
7669

Term: 2012
-
2015 (2
nd

term)


Mark Dewitt

Director


Broadcast Manager, RRS of Greater
Cincinnati


2045 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45202


513
-
487
-
4228
Mark.Dewitt@cincyblind.org


Fax: 513
-
221
-
2995

Term: 2012
-
2014


Maryfrances Evans

Director


Executive Director


IRIS (Iowa Radio Reading Information Service)


100

East Euclid, Suite 117, D
es Moines, IA 50313


515
-
243
-
6833
iris89@netins.net


Fax: 515
-
883
-
1906

Term: 2012
-
2015 (1
st

term)


John Fullerton

Director

Executive Director, Radio Talking Book Service,
7101 Newport Avenue, Suite

#
205, Omaha, NE
68152


402
-
572
-
3003

FullertonJ@rtbs.or
g


Fax: 402
-
572
-
3002


Term: 2012
-
2013


Art Hadley

Director



Producer/Engineer Kansas Audio
-
Reader Network


PO Box 847, Lawrence, KS 66044


785
-
864
-
4600/800
-
772
-
8898

art@ku.edu


Fax
: 785
-
864
-
4053

Term: 2011
-
2014 (2
nd

term)


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Robb Hartlen

Director


Manager
, AMI (Accessible Media Inc)


124 St. John St, Fredericton, NB E3B 4A7


506
-
455
-
6860 Robb.Hartlen@ami.ca




Term: 2012
-
2015 (1
st

term)


Nick Morgan

Director


Executive
Director, Virginia Voice


PO Box 15546
,
Richmond, VA 23227


804
-
266
-
2477

n
morgan
@vi
rginiavoice.org


Fax: 804
-
266
-
2478


Term: 2012
-
2013


Trish

Speight

Director

Executive Director, Recording Library of West
Texas


2012 W. Cuthbert, Midland, TX 79701


432
-
682
-
2731
Trish@recordinglibrary.org


Fax: Term: 2011
-
2014 (1
st

term)






PUBLIC DIRECTORS


John Kean

Director


Senior Technologist, NPR Labs

635 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC
20001


202
-
513
-
2476


Jkean@npr.org



Fax: 775
-
256
-
7182


Term: 2010
-
2013 (2
nd

term)



Deborah Kendrick

Director



Publicist
/Writer
, Sel
f Employed


2848 Ridgewood

Ave.
, Cincinnati, OH 45213


Office: 513/321
-
2232


Mobile: 513/673
-
4474


Email:
dkkendrick@earthlink.net


Fax: 513/321
-
6430
,


Term: 2011
-
2014 (2
nd

term)

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IAAIS Conference
2013

Remembering the Past, Looking Into the
Future

June 5
-
9, 2013


Wednesday

June 5

4
-
8 Registration


lobby outside of Chicago/Lake

6
-
8 Board Meeting

Chicago


Thursday
June 6

8AM Registration opens

lobby outside Chicago/Lake



9:30
-
11:30 AM

Early Bird Session

Chicago/Lake

(beginner

and basic)

Panel discussion


Topics include
: w
hat to expect from this conference,
Guidelines for
Good Practice
, getting the most out of the Program Share and the
benefits of IAAIS Membership

Moderator: Mike Duke, Radio Reading Ser
vice of Mississippi, Jackson, MS


Lunch on your own

(lunch buffet available for $25 in Portland room
)


1:00

PM

Opening Session

Chicago/Lake

Welcome
-

Stuart Holland, President of IAAIS and
Conference Host

Richard Strong, Director of Minnesota State
Services for
the Blind

Keynote Address



“Reminiscing about the Future” Leila
Poullada and Jane Toleno


2:00

PM

IAAIS General Business Session

I
ntroduction of Board and Attendees

Chicago/Lake



Be prepared to give your name, name of yo
ur service, your title, years
or months in your current job and
first year you attended a NARRS/IAAIS
C
onference

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Thursday June 6


5:00 PM
Tour of Minnesota Radio Talking Book and

The
Communication Center

2200 University Avenue, South

St. Paul, MN 55114

Bu
s will begi
n loading on the east side of the hotel, the Elliott
Avenue entrance
,

at 5PM.













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Friday

June 7


8:00

AM Vendor Breakfast

Portland



9
-
10:15

AM
General Session

Chicago/Lake

Legislative Update

Melanie Bru
nson
, President

of ACB

Maryfrances Evans, IRIS, Des Moines, IA



10:15 BREAK

outside Chicago/Lake


10:30
-
11:45

AM

Workshop

Wor
king with VISTA Volunteers




Chicago/Lake

AmeriCorps VISTA is a program of the Corporation for National and
Community S
ervice that provides one or more full
-
time VISTA members to
American nonprofits on a yearly basis. This workshop will give you the
process of applying for a VISTA and the requirements of the program

Amy Hatter, Central Kentucky

Radio Eye


10:30
-
11:45 AM Wo
rkshop

Who is Your Audience and How to Reach

Them

Park

Boomers,
Generation Xers and Millenials

Does your station really reflect the potential audience.

Does your station currently appeal to and serve these groups?

If not, why?

Michael Todd
, Recording Li
brary of West Texas

Andrea Pasquale
, Sun Sounds of Arizona
-

Tempe


Noon LUNCH

Portland

Jonathan Odell, Author of
The View from Delphi
and
The Healing

Books will be available after lunch for purchase






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Friday
June 7


1:30
-
2
:45 PM

General Session

Chicago/Lake

New Tech Two
-
Step

Part 1


How to Set up a Web Stream

Part 2


Beyond passwords


How to get the most from iBlink

Lisa Bordner,

Chair, IAAIS Technology Committee


Michael

Todd, Recording Library of West Texas

Joe Stei
nkamp
, Serotek

We will briefly share the results of the recent IAAIS survey. Then move on to
a video presentation and discussion about how to set up web streaming.
This will be followed by Q/A.

Finally we will finish with a short discussion about how to
get your programs
onto iBlink and education about smart
-
applications like iBlink and why
aggregators that look for and find your latest program don’t work well with
passwords.


2:45 BREAK


outside Chicago/Lake


3
:00

-

4:15

Workshop

Finding Money: How t
o identify prospects and write a
winning proposal to private foundations


Chicago/Lake



The basics of this all important part of keeping your audio information service
broadcasting.

Trish Speight,
Recording Library of West Texas


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Friday
June 7


3:00
-
4:15 Workshop

Keeping Up in The Digital Age

Park

Success strategies for connecting through technology

In the digital age, most businesses establish an online presence for
disseminating infor
mation through technology. Some establish this presence
with little or no understanding of how it works. Some want to cling to a more
traditional method of marketing, which may not be viable in the digital age.
And some have an online presence, but have li
ttle understanding of how to
promote it and make it work for them. Is there a right or wrong way to
establish an online presence? Are there resources to help like
-
minded
organizations connect and share information in the digital age? Is there a
way to lear
n from the failures and successes of other online marketing
campaigns in order to further your own organization’s efforts? We’ll explore
these questions and more in this session
.

Joe Steinkamp, Serotek


Dinner on you own



Hospitality space available in t
he
Midtown Room
, first floor
near the restaurant

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Saturday

June 8


8:
00 AM Continental

Breakfast

Portland


9:
00
-
10:
1
5

AM

Workshops


Creating Award Winning Programs

Chicago/Lake

Last year A
MI
swept the IAAIS Program Awards so we asked Joe Lama
n
na

and
Jeff Samsonow
o
f Accessible Media to share their

secrets. Mark
DeWitt, Chairman of the IAAIS Program Awards will share information on
what the judges are looking for.

Joe Laman
n
a, Accessible Media, Inc.
, Jeff Samsonow, Accessible Media,
Inc.

and Mark DeW
itt, WRRS, Cincinnati, Ohio


9:00
-
10:15 AM

Partnering with Other Agencies

Park

Bill Phelps, OWL Radio, San Antonio, Texas


10:
15

AM

Break

Chicago/Lake


10:30
-
12 General Session

Chicago/Lake

Planning for the Future:

Keeping your Servic
e
Relevant

Lori Kesinger, IAAIS Administrative Assistant

Marjorie Williams, First Vice
-
President of IAAIS


Noon
-
1:30 Lunch

Portland

How it All Began


Robert Watson, MN Radio Ta
lking Book









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Saturday
June 8


1:30
-
2:45 Workshop

Special Events: Leader
s are Readers

Chicago/Lake

Leaders are Readers is a week
-
long event where community leaders are
invited into the broadcast studio to read alongside volunteer readers during
their broadcast. In this session you will learn how to engage community
leaders,

volunteers and staff in a successful public relations event.
Objectives will be to identify task assignments for RRS Staff, RRS
Volunteers and Development Staff; identify list of potential community
leaders and research; create and implement invitation, c
onfirmation and
schedule; and finally, create lasting impressions and relationships with a gift,
Thank You and hospitality
.

Angie Hoschauer,
Goodwill Easter Seals Radio Reading Service Dayton,
Ohio


1:30
-
2:45 PM
Workshop

Park

Content Delivery

Methods

A discussion of ways to deliver your programming and
an overview of up and
coming technologies


2:45 PM Break

outside Chicago/Lake


3:00 PM
Closing Business Session
/Elevator speech
competition

Chicago/Lake

What is
an Elevator Speech?

Imagine that you are in an elevator with someone who notices that you are
carrying a bag that has the letters IAAIS on the side. The person asks you
what that stands for. You know that you have one minute before that person,
who could b
e a potential donor or volunteer, reaches their floor. You need to
say the most important things about the organization that the person will be
able to remember, and you have very little time. That is an Elevator Speech


6:00 Presidents Reception


Portland


cash bar and Hors D’Oeuvres


7:00 Dinner and Awards Banquet

Portland


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Whether You’re So New to Audio Information

You Squeak…

Or So Old
-
Hand Experienced

You Creak…

IAAIS Membership

Offers Benefits Your Service Needs



IAAIS Membership ha
s significant benefit for professional and program
development, as well as access to networking and program sharing
opportunities. IAAIS membership allows experienced and novice colleagues

to communicate directly with a diverse group:



Mentoring



Onlin
e ListServ Group



Annual Conferences



Workshops



Membership Directory



Updates on Critical Legislative Issues



Online Program Share Portal




International Representation



Annual Awards Program



Quarterly Newsletter



Equipment and Technology Info
rmation



Audio and Resource Archives



National Sponsorship Opportunities

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Conference Menu


Breakfast Buffet

Friday and Saturday morning 8AM

Continental Deluxe:

Fresh bagels with cream cheese

Assorted Freshly Baked Muffins and Pastries

Assorted Fruit Yog
urts and Granola Bars

Sliced Fresh Fruit and Berries

Warm Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Raisins

Hard Boiled Eggs


Friday Lunch:

Croissant Sandwich:

Smoked turkey and cheddar on a croissant with lettuce,
tomato, mayonnaise,

mustard, salt and pepper served wi
th
a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie


Saturday Lunch:

Chicken Caesar Salad:

Chopped romaine lettuce tossed with our Caesar dressing,
grilled chicken breast, croutons, and fresh parmesan
cheese. Served with a slice of toasted ciabatta bread and a
fresh
ly baked chocolate chip cookie


Saturday Night Banquet Dinner:


Sheraton House Salad:

Mixed greens, cucumber, tomato and red onion served with
house vinaigrette


Continued next page


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Conference Menu

(continued)

Walleye and Sirloin Duet:

4 ounce beef si
rloin prepared medium with a mushroom
and red wine demi
-
glaze paired with a broiled walleye fillet

roasted with fresh herbs, drawn butter, white wine and
lemon wedges.

Served with freshly sliced ciabatta bread, our Chef’s fresh
vegetables and herb roasted

red potatoes.

Dessert:

Tiramisu


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PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES


Lisa Bordner

Lisa Bordner has been the manager of the Northeast
Indiana Radio Reading Service since 2004.


She has over
18 years experience in social service volunteer
m
anagement, event planning, ma
rketing, and
development.


She has served on the IAAIS board for three
years assisting on various committees and is currently the
chair of the Technology Committee.



Lisa attended Indiana University majoring in cultural
anthropology and business.


She’
s served on a variety of
nonprofit boards and is a founding member and current
Chair of the Senior Information Fair


now in its 14
th

year.


Her husband, James, composes music for the game
industry, advertising and film.


They have two sons who live
in Cal
ifornia, and a rambunctious Scotty named Isabella


Mark DeWitt

Mark DeWitt is the Broadcast Manager of Radio Reading
Services of Cincinnati.

M
ark started as a volunteer in 1993 and started full time
April 1st, no April fool joke, 1996. He is also Treasur
er for
the Ohio Radio Reading Services (ORRS). Chair of the
IAAIS Awards committee and past Board Member of IAAIS.
He hosts a program called Cover To Cover, where they
invite authors in, when they are in town, to talk about their
books and so much more.


Mike Duke


Mike Duke is the director of Radio Reading Service of
Mississippi.


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Blind since birth, Mike attended the Mississippi School for
the Blind and Mississippi State University, where he earned
a degree in communications. He then worked as a
commer
cial radio announcer for 12 years before joining
Mississippi Public Broadcasting as director of the Radio
Reading Service of Mississippi in 1988.


Mike is an amateur radio operator, and a record collector.
He has served as Vice President Ant as a Board M
ember of
the International Association of Audio Information Services,
and as President of the Jackson Amateur Radio Club and
of the Mississippi Council of the Blind.


He has also served on the Consumer Advisory Committee
of the Federal Communications Comm
ission.


Mike was an IAAIS representative on the Narrator HD
Radio project, and has served on the Government
Relations and Technology committees for IAAIS.


Mike and his wife, Kathleen, live in Jackson, MS, and
attend St. Peter's By
-
The
-
Lake Episcopal Ch
urch.


Maryfrances Evans

Maryfrances Evans began her broadcast career at KCCI in
Des Moines in 1982. Over her 26
-
year tenure, she
advanced from newscast director to management. She left
KCCI in 2006 to focus on her small daughters but remained
active in f
reelance videography, marketing and non
-
profit
work. She joined IRIS in 2010 and accomplishments there
include statewide DTV delivery, FCC service on the VPAAC
Committee and spreading awareness about radio reading
from City Hall to Capitol Hill.

“The simp
le beauty of thousands of volunteers reading
aloud cannot be argued. My job is to expand our support
and funding by telling the story of radio reading.”




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Amy Hatter

Amy Hatter has served as Executive Director of Central
Kentucky Radio Eye since 2011. Amy

started at Radio Eye
in 2008 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and was hired
on as a staff member in 2009.



Amy’s accomplishments at Radio Eye include helping
with expansion of service to the Greater Louisville Area,
and expanding service statewide thro
ugh NFB
-
Newsline.
Amy has recently served as a member of the IAAIS
Strategic Plan Committee. She is a current member of the
2013 Leadership Lexington class, an eleven month
leadership development program."

Stuart Holland

An IAAIS Board member since 2001, S
tuart has been editor
of the IAAIS Report, member of the Executive Committee,
chair of International Outreach, and 1
st

and 2
nd

vice
-
president. At conferences, Stuart has conducted workshops
on many different aspects of radio reading services. Stuart
has be
en the manager of the Minnesota Radio Talking
Book Network since 2000, in previous positions as
broadcaster and program/volunteer coordinator since 1986.
He supervises 9 paid staff and over 500 unpaid staff
(volunteers), in the main studios and in six loca
l newspaper
reading sites, and works with the agencies that provide
resources for these sites. He provides continuing education
in oral reading to the volunteers. Stuart also has extensive
community volunteer experience in a variety of settings. His
educat
ion is in theater, music, Liberal Arts, and
administration. He has also published writings nationally in
a wide variety of settings and is a working actor and
musician.


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Angie Hoschouer

Angie Hoschouer is the Program Manager for the Goodwill
Easter Seals
Miami Valley Radio Reading Service, serving
12 counties in the west central Ohio area. Angie is
dedicated to helping those with visual disabilities stay
connected to their community by managing the Radio
Reading Service program that reads printed materials

over
a specialized radio.


Angie is community
-
oriented and participates in
Goodwill Easter Seals’ Speaker’s Bureau program and is a
trainer and speaker for the Elder Care Education Series.
She also represents the agency and regularly attends many
of
the senior community meetings including county Council
on Aging quarterly meetings, Elderly Service Provider
meetings, Seniors Guide Breakfast Club meetings and the
Serving Our Seniors meetings.


Angie is certified as a Project Management Professional

and holds a Certificate in Gerontology. Outside of work, her
interests include history and genealogy where she is a
member of several local and state historical societies and
volunteers for historic Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum
and Dayton History.



Lor
i Kesinger

Lori began her career in Audio Information in 1986 as
Director of the Valley Voice Radio Reading Service in
Harrisonburg, Virginia. In 1990 she moved to Lawrence
Kansas to become Program Manager of the Kansas Audio
-
Reader Network.
In 1995 she
added Administrative
Assistant to IAAIS to her duties, a position that has evolved
over the years. Lori is married and has three daughters, all
teenagers.


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Joe Lamanna

Joe Lamanna has worked in broadcasting for over 25
years.


First as a board operator fo
r CHIN Radio, Toronto’s
multicultural radio station, before moving to CHUM Radio,
where he worked in their production department for 15
years.


He began working for VoicePrint

in 2004 (now
called AMI
-
audio) and his current position is Manager of
National
Programming.



He is also an occasional voice
actor and writer of radio scripts.


He lives in Toronto


Jonathan Odell

Jonathan Odell is the author of the acclaimed novel
The
View from Delphi

(MacAdam Cage)
, which deals with the
struggle for equality in pre
-
civil rights Mississippi, his home
state. His new novel,
The Healing

(Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)
,
explores the subversive role that story plays in the healing
of an oppressed people. Born in Mississippi, Odell grew up
in the Jim Crow South and became invo
lved in the civil
rights movement in college. He holds a master’s degree in
counseling psychology and has been active in human
resource development for 30 years. Last year Odell was
given the opportunity to design and implement Heart
Jumps!, a literary i
ntervention for elementary and middle
school children that uses story creation as a way to
increase a child’s love for reading and writing, self
-
esteem,
and classroom safety. The program will be piloted in two
Twin Cities school districts this fall.


An
drea Pasquale

Andrea Pasquale has been the Manager of Programming &
Volunteers at

Sun Sounds of Arizona since 2007.


Prior to
her service with Sun

Sounds she was the Executive
Director at the reading service in CT;

CRIS
-
Connecticut
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Radio Information System
, Inc. from 2001
-
2007.


She

began her service in Radio Reading as a volunteer in
1995.


She has

served on the International Association of
Audio Information Services

(IAAIS) Board of Directors since
2007 and is the current Treasurer.

She has over 25 years
of experience in commercial radio, which has

helped her
when it comes to working on program ideas for Sun
Sounds.

As a previous radio reading volunteer she
understands the volunteer

aspect of the job.


She
graduated the University of New Hampshire with

a
BA
degree in Communications and has been in radio ever
since. She is

the Recipient of the Raymond E. Baldwin
Award presented by the CT

Board of Education and
Services for the Blind, in 2005.


Leila Poullada

Leila Poullada is a native of Saint Paul who has
traveled
extensively beginning as a child, traveling with her family to
France at age 13. Her family maintained that international
bent with a summer home in Britain from 1939 to 1946
which became headquarters for the British War Relief.
Understandably, he
r major in college was European
History. After time spent in Pakistan, she obtained an MA in
South Asian Studies planning to go into the U.S. Foreign
Service. Instead she married a fellow student who was
already a Foreign Service Officer. As his wife, she
served in
Lehore, Pakistan; Kabul, Afghanistan, and the newly
independent country of Togo. After her husband retired, the
family continued to travel internationally, renewing Leila’s
interest in the United Nations which she’d been interested
in since 1949
when she met the UN Kashmir Peacekeepers
in Pakistan.

(Since 1987, she has been involved in the
Minnesota chapter of the UN Association of America.) Soon
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after her husband died in 1987, Leila began recording
books for the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Netwo
rk.
Having had such a life of international travel and activity,
she has especially enjoyed recording books that relate to
her past experience. But also, having lived in countries with
so many different kinds of government, she is very
interested in Americ
an political dynamics and has enjoyed
reading biographies of the Doles, Colon Powell, and
Lyndon B. Johnson from which, she says, she learned a
great deal.



Trish Speight

Trish Speight is currently the Executive Director of the
Recording Library of West
Texas located in Midland Texas,
since 2006. Previous to being the Executive Director she
worked as a volunteer reader from 2000
-
2005 then worked
in development as a part time staff member for six months.


Prior to her involvement with Radio Reading, s
he
worked her way through 7 years of college waiting tables
and selling shoes. She attended Baylor University and the
University of Houston, BA Political Science and Sociology.

She is a current member of the AFP (Association of
Fundraising Professionals)
of the Permian Basin and has
served as an AFP Board member as past Vice President of
Public Relations and Programs and current Vice President
of Scholarships. She has a certification in Non Profit
Executive Leadership from the University of Texas of the
Pe
rmian Basin.


She grew up in a Radio household. Her father was an
announcer in the 1960’s who went into station
management.


He ended up owning and operating KCRS AM and FM
stations until he sold them to Clearchannel (boo, hiss) in
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2000. As a teen Tr
ish spent a lot of time as an underpaid
receptionist and board operator at the stations and is most
comfortable around “radio people”.


Trish is married to Phillip Speight, also a Midland native,
and mother to two children, daughter Alex, 17, a high
sch
ool junior who loves theater and son Sam 13, a 7
th

grader who likes sports and is an XBox addict.



Jeff Samsonow

Jeff Samsonow is beginning his second decade in
broadcasting. He worked in radio newsrooms across
Canada as a reporter and anchor before

joining the staff of
Accessible Media (then VoicePrint). As a former volunteer
reader, he’s been able to watch, and help, the transition of
Accessible Media into the digital era over the last 7 years.
Outside of work, Jeff also edited an award
-
winning
com
munity blog and has begun writing and producing short
films and web series. He lives in Canada’s northernmost
metropolis


Edmonton, Alberta


Joe Steinkamp

Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to Assistive Technology.
Since 1979, he has been using one form or anot
her of
Screen Reader, Screen Magnifier, OCR or Video Magnifier
in his academic and employment adventures. His efforts
include stints on the private beta teams


of


Ai Squared,
Dolphin, Freedom Scientific and Code Factory.. Joe has
also worked as a Professi
onal Broadcaster, lead Retail
Sales Trainer, Lead Technical Support for a large OEM
computer manufacturer, and he served with the Texas
Division of Blind Services as a Technical Consultant for 10
years. Joe is currently Operations Director for Serotek
Corp
oration, makers of the System Access Screen Reader
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and the award winning iBlink Radio app for iOS and
Android platforms. He is also Executive producer of the
SeroTalk Podcast network, currently comprised of six
ongoing series, which serve as one of the lea
ding
information and entertainment sources for the Blind and
Visually Impaired. Joe serves as Vice President of the
Board for the Assistive Techno
logy Trainers Division for the
N
ational Federation of the Blind, is a member of the
Executive Committee for th
e Board of the Sight Into Sound
Radio Reading Service and also serves on the new
Technologies Committee for the International Association

of
Audio Information Services (
IAAIS
)


Richard Strong

Director of Minnesota’s State Services for the Blind,
Richard St
rong joined State Services for the Blind in 1982
and has held positions in nearly all units of the
organization.


He earned his Master’s degree in Public
Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and
his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counse
ling from the
School of Education, both at Syracuse University.

His wife
and their two adult children have all played active roles
working with and for persons with disabilities.


Michael Todd

Michael Todd is the Station Manager at Recording Library
of Wes
t Texas Radio. Before joining the Recording Library
in 2008, he worked in commercial radio for 25 years on
-
air,
as Program Director and finally as Operations Manager.
Michael has served on the boards of several non
-
profits
including Safe Place of the Pe
rmian Basin, a women and
children’s shelter and Mission Agape, an organization
which operates a food pantry and holds ESL/Life Skills
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classes for the Burmese community in Midland. He also
builds and maintains websites and occasionally assists in
installin
g computer networks and workstations. He was a
reporter for the newspaper at Angelo State University,
where he graduated with a BA in Journalism and Mass
Communications
.


Jane L. Toleno

My husband Tom, our two young children, and I moved to
Minnesota in M
ay, 1983. Minnesota is a great place of
belonging with a wide range of professional and personal
friends, challenging directions, and much to do.

Today I am a retired childcare teaching assistant, a
published writer, and a public speaker. My first book,
Bl
indSight: Come and see

(Singing River Publications) was
published in 2006. A personal essay, “This Ground I Love”
is part of the 2002
Voices for the Land: Minnesotans write
about the places they love

collection published in
cooperation with 1,000 Friends o
f Minnesota. The account
of retiring my beloved dog guide Baxter appears in one of
Angel Animal’s earliest collections.

I am a 1997 Summa Cum Laude Honors University of
Minnesota undergraduate, a lover of Living Green, and the
happy Granny to seven grandki
ds. I enjoy travel and
helping grade school students with reading
.

I am absolutely thrilled when my current Leader Dog
guide 19 month old, chocolate Labrador retriever Rooney
and I can spend time with storytellers and writers, singers,
square dancers, bask
et weavers, bell creators and bell
collectors. One of our favorite places to be is the locally
owned, independent, Reading Frenzy Book Shop in
Zimmerman, Minnesota. It gives me great joy to facilitate
writers’ groups in that setting.

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My husband Tom and I
thoroughly enjoy being
involved with the training and care of hunting dogs and
participating with them in AKC hunt tests. I am thankful I
can do all these things I love
.
Come and visit, meet our
dogs, and explore our four acres of native prairie and our
2,
100 squarefoot butterfly garden.

You may reach me at
(763) 262
-
8860, via e
-
mail: jltoleno@windstream.net, or at
home at 21730 173
rd

St NW, Big Lake, MN 55309.


Bob Watson

Bob Watson was born in Stillwater, MN
-

June 13, 1938,
and went to work at age 12 as

a milkman for

a family friend

who owned a local dairy, Oak Glenn farm dairy. In 1954, he
obtained a General Class FCC Amat
eur (HAM) radio
license and

me
t C. Stanley Potter
. They became good
friends. Bob graduated from Stillwater public schools in
1956, a
nd started in Engineering classes at the U of M in
1957, the same year that Stan and he started working on
making Sound
-
Scriber recordings of the "Minnesota"
recordings. (Minnesota started recordings for people with
visual disabilities in 1953 with the hel
p of the Hamm
Foundation.) In 1958, Bob joined the Navy to go to
Advanced Electronics, Submarine, and Nuclear Power
schools and served on both Diesel
-
electric and Nuclear
submarines as an Electronic Technician and a 1st Class
Nuclear Power Reactor operatio
n technician. After the
Navy, Bob went to work for Honeywell Aeronautical division
working on Space Craft guidance and navigation systems
for Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft. He completed his
Engineering Degree in 1965 while at Honeywell
Aeronautical. Though

he’d been keeping in touch with C.
Stanley Potter and helping out with occasional projects, in
1969, he left Honeywell and began as Engineering Director
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for the Communication Center of Minnesota State Services
for the Blind, and began working on creating
the Radio
Talking Book system and other projects. Bob retired in
1999 from the State of Minnesota.


Marjorie Williams

Marjorie Williams is the Executive Director of MindsEye
-
the
Virtual Newsstand, a reading service serving the Greater
St. Louis Area.


She’
s a graduate of Marquette University’s
Broadcast and Electronic Communication program and has
been with MindsEye for 10 years.

During that time, she has
worked in every capacity of the organization, except
engineering.

She is currently First Vice
-
Preside
nt of the IAAIS and
Immediate Past President of the Illinois Radio Reading
Services, Inc.


Her goal for her involvement in every
function she serves in is

making operations more efficient
and effective while at the same time reducing costs.



In case you w
ere wondering, but are too polite to ask, she
is not related or married to MindEye’s Program and
Volunteer Coordinator, Tom Williams