The Washington Council of the Blind (WCB) is
a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting
opportunity, equality, and independence in the blind community
through education, public awareness, and advocacy.
WCB is a diverse state-wide consortium of local chapters committed to fostering lifestyles that reflect participation, productivity, independence, and dignity.
Affiliated with the American Council of the Blind (ACB), WCB is the largest organization of blind consumers in the state of Washington.
Meet our officers
President Steve Fiksdal
Co-owner of ConnectEd Institute, which facilitates personal strengths identification and development, Steve is pursuing a B.A. in leadership studies with Fort Hays State University. “WCB brings opportunity to the blind and visually impaired community. Opportunity to grow, to flourish, to advocate, to support, and to contribute. In just the past year-and-a-half I have benefited from an abundance of support and goodwill.”
First Vice President Meka White
A production worker at Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., Meka has been in the Council since 2001. “I joined WCB shortly before my 21st birthday and grew up in this organization. The Council to me is one big family–a family that I love dearly. Gaining confidence in myself, I now take on projects that I never imagined.”
Second Vice President: Sue Ammeter
Sue has been a disability civil rights activist for more than forty years: working for the city of Seattle, the state of Washington and King County in the areas of civil rights, disability accommodations and employee training. She is a past president of WCB and has been active at the national level.
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.”
Treasurer: Debbie Cook Lewis
Debbie is the WATAP technical advisor and is Director for the Older Blind Independent Living Program. She is nationally recognized for her expertise and leadership regarding a wide range of IT, policy development and service delivery issues.
Immediate Past President Cindy Van Winkle
Cindy is now Events Coordinator at Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. A former ParaEducator of the visually impaired, Cindy taught braille and other adaptive skills of blindness to students, elementary through high school. “I joined the Council in 1986 when I was pregnant with my first daughter. People in the organization mentored me through my leadership journey. Just as WCB has given to me, it has allowed me to give to others. How truly blessed I am!”
“I’m proud to be part of a group who really encourages all of us to step out of that comfort zone a little bit, and be all that we can be.” — Jim Turri, Bellingham
“There is a lot of good work being done at all levels of this organization, and being a part… helped me to form a better understanding of the big picture.” — Zandra Brown, Olympia
Some of WCB’s accomplishments since 1990:
- Awarding over $300,000 in college scholarships to students with visual impairment
- Raising public awareness about employment, transportation, and other accessibility issues
- Assisting people in crisis and advocating for individuals across the state
- Ensuring that the Dept. of Services for the Blind remains separate and accountable to consumers
- Ensuring that the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library gets necessary funding
- Ensuring that the Washington State School for the Blind is funded and maintains the necessary autonomy
With no paid staff, the work of WCB is done by its membership through volunteering. As a 501(c)3 organization, all donations made to WCB are tax deductible and welcomed.
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