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Chapters and Divisions


The suggested way to get involved in the National Federation of the Blind is to join the chapter in your area. Please find the chapter below that serves your area and contact the president to determine the next meeting date and location. If there is not a chapter in your area, then you may join the at-large chapter.

At Large Chapter

Colleen Roth, President
419-661-9171 (h)
12 Tracy Road
Northwood, Ohio 43619

Greater Butler County Chapter

Jim Shirk, President
513-543-3046 (c)
6583 Caddies Way
Mason, Ohio 45040

Capital Chapter

Annette Lutz, President
614-288-4323 (c)
77 West Jeffrey Place
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Cincinnati Chapter

Sheri Albers, President
513-886-8697 (c)
3052 Lischer Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45211

Cleveland Chapter

Suzanne Hartfield-Turner, President
216-990-6199 (c)
PO Box 141077
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Cuyahoga County Chapter

Shawn Martin, President

Lorain County Chapter

Sherry Ruth, President
440-324-4218 (h)
440-281-6959 (c)
6922 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035

Miami Valley Chapter

Dr. Carolyn Peters, President

Springfield Chapter

Debra Baker, President
1107 Burt Street
Springfield, OH 45505

Greater Akron Chapter

Dave Bertsch, President
(330) 472-4084


Divisions are special-interest groups within the federation which are formed to assist blind people as well as represent them in specific areas. For example, blind college students may be interested in joining the Ohio Association of Blind Students division, and those who wish to promote the use of Braille may wish to join the Ohio Association to Promote the Use of Braille. Please explore the list of divisions below and feel free to join the one (or ones) which are pertinent to you.

Ohio Association of Blind Merchants

Annette Lutz, President
614-263-5599 (h)
614-288-4323 (c)
77 West Jeffrey Place
Columbus, Ohio 43214

Diabetes Action Network of Ohio

Paul Jordan, President
513-921-3732 (h)

Ohio Association of Blind Students

Lillie Pennington, President
513-680-5411 (c)

Ohio Association of Guide Dog Users

Deanna Lewis, President
513-328-7976 (c)
2526 Meyerhill Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45211

Ohio Association to Promote the Use of Braille

Marianne Denning, President
513-607-6053 (C),
835 Carini Lane
Cincinnati, Ohio 45218

Ohio Organization of Blind Seniors

Barbara Pierce, President
440-774-8077 (h),
198 Kendal Drive
Oberlin, Ohio 44074

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