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 Andy Arvidson

Andy has served in the Blind/Low Vision community for 12 years, with almost four decades of experience in volunteer organizations, and is truly honored to be serving WCB. He and his wife own their own business and are instructors of Martial Arts and self-defense. Andy’s work experience ranges from construction and logging to working for DSB in the 80’s and 90’s as General maintenance to building race cars. Andy loves hiking and biking with his wife in his “spare time” (along with all the other volunteer work they do) and spending time with his 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
He was appointed by the WCB Board to fulfill a partial term expiring in December 2021.

Second Vice President Sheri Richardson

Sheri is retired from her primary career with the federal government and now dedicates most of her time to serving in several nonprofit organizations. She was president of Guide Dogs Users of Washington State from 2014-2018 and was originally elected as a WCB Board Director in 2019. She lives in Seattle with her husband and Seeing Eye dog and is a proud guide dog handler for more than 40 years. Sheri is committed to continually improving her knowledge and skills in many areas, including assistive technology, education and public policy relating to disability rights. She and her husband have enjoyed musical concerts and theatre productions virtually, but look forward to a return to in-person performances.
She was appointed by the WCB Board to fulfill a partial term expiring in December 2022.

Secretary Alco Canfield

Alco has lived all over the Evergreen State, working as a social worker, vocational counselor, and rehabilitation teacher. A long-time WCB member, she’s recently returned from Texas and hopes to volunteer in her community after COVID. Alco enjoys writing music, watching documentaries on YouTube and Netflix, serving in her church, and cooking for friends.
She was elected at the 2020 convention and started her first term in January 2021.

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.