About Us

Washington Council of the Blind is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting opportunity, equality, and independence in the blind community through education, public awareness, and advocacy.

 

The largest organization of blind consumers in Washington State, WCB has chapter affiliates and special interest affiliates across the state, all of whom are committed to fostering lifestyles that reflect participation, productivity, independence, and dignity.

 

WCB is an affiliate of American Council of the Blind (ACB).

 

 

Meet Our Officers

 

President Julie Brannon

Julie has just retired from a productive working career in fields as varied as social work to education to program management.  As a 25 year-member of WCB, she is passionate about this phenomenal organization, knowing what it has provided her in regard to personal skills development, along with providing opportunity, equality, and independence to blind Washingtonians.  Julie loves to relax by reading a variety of particularly Christian-oriented material, both fiction and nonfiction.

She was elected at the 2019 convention and started her first term in January 2020.

 

First Vice President Meka White

Originally hailing from Georgia, Meka has been a member of WCB since February 2001. She says she’s “grown up in the organization,” and truly loves her role within it. Currently working as a Contact Center Representative at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Meka has a little bit of vision, but as she states, “It’s not very useful and just enough to get me in to
trouble.”  She also is partnered with a yellow lab guide dog named Treble from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Meka is a voracious reader and loves the increased accessibility when it comes to ebooks.

She was elected at the 2019 convention and started her first term in January 2020.

 

Second Vice President Jeff Bishop

Jeff keeps very busy with his full-time job as a program manager on the Windows Accessibility team at Microsoft, as well as his volunteer work with both WCB and ACB.  He is currently on the ACB Board of Directors and serves as the chair for the ACB Radio Management Committee.

He was elected at the 2018 convention and started his first term in January 2019.

 

Secretary Frank Cuta

Frank worked most of his life as an electrical engineer.  A past president of WCB, he’s served and advocated in many capacities, but says, “WCB has given me back more. Practicing the vigorous self-advocacy promulgated by WCB gave me the confidence to fight my way in as the first blind person to attend space camp in Huntsville, Alabama.”  Frank enjoys leading sing-alongs in the Tri-Cities.

He was elected at the 2018 convention and started his second term in January 2019.

 

Treasurer Lisa George

Honored to serve in the role of treasurer, Lisa has many years of financial, consulting, and nonprofit experience she hopes will benefit WCB.  She is energized by the positive attitudes and willingness to work hard shown by the other WCB officers, board members, committee members, and all the members of chapters and affiliates.  Lisa’s happy place is with her husband, attending live music performances from reggae to rockabilly or country to classical.

She was elected at the 2019 convention and started her first term in January 2020.

 

Immediate Past President Denise Colley

Denise has long been a leader, advocate, and liaison in her Olympia community, across Washington State, and at a national level with her involvement with ACB (where she currently serves as secretary, as well as chair of the Scholarship Committee).  With her degree in social work, her work career included: rehabilitation teacher, vocational rehabilitation counselor, liaison between the Higher Education Coordinating Board and state colleges and universities, and program manager with the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.  Denise and her husband of almost 40 years enjoy spending time with their 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Denise’s latest tenure as president was 2018-2019.