One fourth of our staff has a disability, predominantly blindness, filling positions at all levels. A fundamental belief at NBP is that blind people can, want to, and should work for companies that value talent and hard work above all.
Our transcribers and proofreaders ensure the highest quality braille materials. All of our transcribers are certified by the Library of Congress and have competencies in one or more of the following codes: literary, Nemeth, computer, and music braille. Our proofreaders are braille readers, also certified by the Library of Congress, and collectively bring over 80 years of experience to the job.
NBP's professional staff have a broad background in nonprofit operations, publishing, fundraising, sales, and finance. Staff experience is highlighted below.
Brian is President of National Braille Press and is deeply committed to finding ways for blind and visually impaired individuals to have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In his role at NBP, Brian provides overall guidance and is instrumental in developing a long-term strategy for the organization. He leads NBP using his wealth of experience managing people, projects, and budgets in the nonprofit and for profit sectors. And he guides the organization to meet its mission by building programs, increasing revenues, and strengthening operations.
Under Brian's leadership, NBP's reputation has flourished. As a world-class braille publisher, NBP is dedicated to promoting the literacy of blind children and to providing access to information that empowers blind people. Brian founded the Center for Braille Innovation, which has been instrumental in helping to enhance NBP's reach by working with researchers and scientists to bring technology tools to people with vision loss. He wants to make sure that people with visual impairments have options for gathering and conveying information because technology can level the playing field as it can increase participation, achievement, and independence.
Significant technology accomplishments under Brian's leadership include NBP's creation of the B2G (Braille 2 Go) a lower cost, portable braille computer, and distribution of the Tactile Caliper -- an innovative measurement tool for the blind and visually impaired. Brian continues to lead efforts to make technology, apps, and tools more accessible to the blind and visually impaired.
Brian's career has spanned work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors including experience in educational programs, business development, environmental protection, and international marketing. Before coming to NBP in 2008, Brian served as COO of the New Hampshire Audubon, prior to that, he was the Senior Director of Sales and Revenue at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Other professional positions included senior leadership roles at Massachusetts Special Olympics and Oceanography International Corporation.
Brian is a member of the DIAGRAM Consortium - a group dedicated to making publications accessible to all and is a member of the Boston Disability Task Force. He previously served on the board of the Island Alliance as well as on numerous business development, international marketing, and trade committees with organizations including Massport, the National Park Service, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Brian was the featured speaker at the Libraries Without Walls Conference of the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons -- Braille and Talking Book Library, and has presented numerous times at national conferences and conventions on the future of braille technology including the National Federation of the Blind, American Council of the Blind, ATIA (Accessible Technology Industry Association), and the CSUN (California State University, Northridge) Technology and Persons with Disabilities conference.
Brian earned an MBA from Boston College and a BA from the University of Vermont.
Valerie came to NBP in 2014 as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations after 8 years as a grant consultant, where she worked collaboratively with numerous nonprofits in the Greater Boston area including Sociedad Latina, Peace First, and Casa Esperanza to help them achieve greater impact. In addition to her consulting career, she held fundraising positions at a number of MA nonprofits including Senior Grants Manager at Boston Children's Museum and Government Grants Officer at Cambridge College. In total, over the last 17 years, Valerie has secured and stewarded millions of dollars in grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources for many philanthropic causes.
In her role at NBP, Valerie is responsible for raising grant support for programming and capital needs. Daily, she manages NBP's relationships with local and national foundations and regularly works with NBP staff to identify foundation support for their projects.
Valerie holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MSS degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Tony is the Vice President of Braille Publications, a role he has held since 2011. Originally joining NBP in 2001 as Marketing Manager, Tony has always had a part in the creative process of selecting the books that NBP produces in braille, as well as what products NBP promotes to blind and visually impaired people.
Today, Tony drives product management and design, book selection, and customer experience for NBP's braille and literacy products and helps manage NBP's ReadBooks! and Great Expectations children's programming. Tony is also responsible for managing NBP's customer support team in providing the highest possible level of service to customers. His experience extends to maintain NBP's website presence to ensure that it remains current.
Prior to his position at NBP, Tony worked for Houghton Mifflin, Wisdom Publications, Alyson Publications, and Weingarten Publications. There he held positions from marketing manager to marketing and editorial assistant over a ten-year period. Having spent a number of years in marketing and editorial departments at publishers, Tony brings to NBP the finely-tuned skill set needed to handle the wide variety of responsibilities of his role leading publishing, customer sales, marketing, programming, and product promotion.
Tony is currently a board member of The History Project a Boston a nonprofit dedicated to research and preservation for the LGBTQ community. Tony holds a BA from Bates College.
Nicole is the Director of Sales at NBP. In this role, Nicole is primarily focused on fostering new sales opportunities for NBP education and business products such as standardized tests, textbooks, and braille menus. Nicole also devotes a good deal of her time to account management. Treating our customers like valued partners, Nicole has increased the number of repeat customers helping NBP to grow and increase its revenue for braille education and business products. Nicole's keen abilities in both new sales and customer relations have helped to effectively position NBP in the marketplace.
Nicole has been a part of NBP since 2008, serving the organization in a number of positions including Sales and Programs Administrator, Sales Manager, and in 2012, became the Director of Sales, where she works in collaboration with fellow NBP staff to identify and develop marketing initiatives to work in conjunction with new sales opportunities.
Prior to joining NBP, Nicole held positions at the Hilton San Diego Resort where she was instrumental in meeting customers' needs and at Glynn County Development Authority of Georgia where she was responsible for working with local businesses in an effort to establish a foreign trade zone.
Nicole is a graduate of Keene State College and holds a BA.
Lynne joined NBP in 2015 as Controller. In this capacity she has the responsibility for all of NBP's financial reporting controls. Specifically, Lynne directs and administers all functional activities related to accounting, finance, budget forecasting, cash management, and financial analysis.
She has an extensive background in corporate as well as nonprofit finance operations, having held a number of senior finance positions in the public and private sectors. Since 2008, as president of LMCP, Inc., Lynne has provided consulting services to numerous corporate, business, and nonprofit clients including Cullen & Murphy Co. and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.
Lynne has an MBA from Suffolk University Frank Sawyer School of Management and a BS from Stonehill College. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Much of Joe's career has been in the fundraising space - over 16 years - with a special focus on working at organizations serving the blind and visually impaired. As Vice President of Development and Major Gifts, Joe is relentlessly working to improve NBP's impact and constantly looking at new ways to bring more supporters to our mission. With his primary focus on building strong and lasting philanthropic relationships with key stakeholders, Joe leads the development department which raises over $1 million each year. Joe is responsible for providing leadership, coordination, and management for all fundraising at NBP.
Before joining NBP in 2011, Joe served as the Director of Development at the Carroll Center for the Blind and previously as Associate Director of Development at MAB Community Services where he created the Blindfold Challenge concept. His track record of successfully exceeding fundraising goals demonstrates his ability to successfully manage all aspects of donor development and his expertise in annual fund strategies, event management, and public relations.
Joe earned a BA from Boston College. He also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Certificate of Professional Fundraising both from Boston University.
Joe speaks fluent Spanish and serves on the Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA and is Fundraising Chair of the Association of Blind Citizens Boston Renegades. In addition to playing beep baseball with the Renegades, he is an avid runner and represented the United States in the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics.
Jackie serves as NBP's Vice President of Production, where she leads both the sales and production teams as they market and produce NBP braille publications, standardized assessments, textbooks, and a variety of other braille materials from menus and business cards to plaques and tactile graphics.
Managing a significant number of operational staff, Jackie takes a fluid approach to managing, organizing, and multi-tasking in our dynamic production environment. On a daily basis, she works to ensure that production and process goals are achieved in line with NBP's mission to promote universal accessibility and superior quality.
Jackie joined NBP as Pre-Press Support Specialist in 2007 and has held positions as Production Coordinator and Production Manager before being promoted to VP of Production in 2010. Prior to joining NBP, Jackie was an editorial assistant at Newport Life Magazine.
Jackie has been a board member and treasurer of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) since 2012. She has also been a member of the Massachusetts Braille Literacy Advisory Council since 2014.
Jackie holds a BA in English Communications and a BA in Studio Art/Painting both from Salve Regina University.
Kesel Wilson joined NBP in May 2016 as Editor and Programs Manager. Kesel brings a wealth of experience in the publishing industry, having served as Managing Editor, Product Development Manager, Developmental Editor, and Senior Production Editor at firms as diverse as Scholastic, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, C&T Publishing, the Pearson Technology Group, and others. At NBP, she co-manages the Great Expectations and ReadBooks! children's braille literacy programs; compiles the thought-provoking Syndicated Columnists Weekly magazine; edits the popular Our Special magazine; acquires and commissions new technology books; and co-manages overall book selection and strategic pub planning. Kesel is a graduate of the University of Maine.