Board Member Biographies

Published: June 18, 2017   Views: 161     Share:

Erma Seal, President

After tapping her shoes and leaving the family farm in Kansas to start her career, Erma Seal found herself in Tucson where her fun and generous nature landed her a position as a health and safety care person at Homemakers. She went on to manage a health food store where she received a silver award for manager of the month and also awarded when she earned the highest commissions. Over the years you may have seen her in many other roles including, den mother, as a leader for the Camp Fire Girls, working as both a nursing and medical assistant, and stepping out on the square dance floor with multiple groups. Her calm and sensible approach to solving problems elevated her to become the President of TSB where she shares her knowledge about how to enhance independence for the vision impaired. During some quiet moments, you may find her listening to a talking book, but more likely she’ll be at a concert or play, singing in her church choir, or seeking out the best potluck in town.

 
Barbara Macpherson
, Vice President

Barbara Macpherson is the Vice President and Program Coordinator for TSB. Her passion is organizing programs and field trips for TSB as well as writing articles for the TSB Newsy Notes Newsletter. Barbara was one of the founding members of TSB in 2003. Barbara was an elementary school teacher who taught preschool-third grade. In her free time she does line dancing and likes to read books from the AZ Talking Book Library.   Barbara's goal is to help the membership of TSB to grow and to help current TSB members with tools and resources to hep them deal with vision loss.


Wesley Derbyshire
, Secretary

Wesley Derbyshire found a home at TSB through his passion for music and continual learning. As a former recording engineer and member of a national touring band, Wesley went onto advance his career in the burgeoning e-commerce industry as an accounting and purchasing manager. Awarded as a Peace Maker and Business Model Developer, he develops websites as a hobby and his love for dancing led him to serve as President for a regional dance society back in his home state of New Jersey. A resident of Tucson for over a decade, Wesley finds the best in people and thoroughly enjoys offering a hand at TSB. In his free time you can find him sharing a meal with friends, attending a concert, or dancing around town.


Veronica Postula
, Treasurer

After retiring from secretarial work, Vicki Postula began volunteering to fill her passion for lending a hand. She found fellowship through participation at her Church, the Gideons Auxiliary, and TSB. Over the past decade she has served TSB in several capacities, naturally including secretary, treasurer, and the editor of TSB’s bi-monthly newsletter, Newsy Notes. When she is not taking a nap, you’ll find her working hard with the TSB board of directors, along with her many other social activities.

 
Thomas Young
, Director

Coming from a small town in the hills of West Virginia where he earned both an Eagle Scout and Explorer Scout badge, Thomas went on to serve a distinguished 30 year career in the Air Force. He introduced the first automated one-hour color photo processing lab making color photo routine instead of black and white. He has found his freedom in the expanse of the southwest where he enjoys riding his bicycle, hiking, shooting on the range, and trekking across the desert in his truck. He sees his service on the Board as a great way to help improve the quality of life for blind persons, and continues to be invigorated by the members.


Joe Mora
, Director

Silver, Bronze and Gold Special Olympics award winner Joe Mora continues to run and jump with TSB. A lifelong resident of Tucson, and an engaged sports fan and former Beeps Baseball player, Joe joined TSB for comradery, an enjoyment of arts and crafts, plus TSB’s specially designed educational and field trip programs. In years past you may have heard him playing in a marching band, but what is most evident is his friendly and optimistic demeanor which is without surprise as he is a former salesman and merchandiser. He tirelessly enjoys organizing and helping at TSB events.


Mike Bording, Director

Mike Bording has been the emissary to newcomers and guests at TSB over the past decade. His willingness to offer a friendly hand and pitch in where ever needed is evident through his career as a nursing assistant and housekeeping supervisor.   Hailing from Memphis, TN, Mike moved with his family to Arizona where he served in both the Air National Guard and Army Guard and found work as a Journeyman Welder in the copper mines. He joined the TSB board to help those see the world through their own vision, and provides encouragement in every facet of his life. He enjoys reading, playing cards, along with getting to know all of his neighbors. It is his faith that provides the spark which lights his way each day.


Bobbie Young
, Director

After leaving Mississippi, Bobbie Young traversed the globe with her family while working various administrative positions in the Air Force, along with a brokerage firm and auto supply company. She moved to Arizona via New Mexico where she enjoys traveling, visiting with family, and listening to talking books. Bobbie joined TSB to enhance her knowledge about aids for the blind, and subsequently has found the group to be a wonderful place where blind persons can come to relax and learn from each other’s shared experiences. Her well-mannered nature and compassion make her instantly likeable.


Arturo Sanchez
, Director

A recent transplant from California, Arturo Sanchez likes to get involved in community activities. As a former police officer and public relations facilitator, he is a confidant for many friends and family. Always seeking more knowledge, Arturo spends his days in class, along with deepening his personal connection with God, and participating at TSB. He is committed to help develop programs created specifically for blind persons and finds he works best under pressure.

Timothy: Cactus walking with a white cane, dark sun glasses, and white cowboy hat.

Volunteers Needed

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TSB needs sighted volunteers to:

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  • assist with activities
  • help with luncheons, field trips, and fund raising events

IRS #  84-1636485
TSB is a 501c3 Organization

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Or mail your donations, which is 100% tax-deductible to:

Tucson Society of the Blind
P.O. Box 57655
Tucson, AZ  85732

Thank you for your support

For membership and general information contact:

Erma Seal, President
  (520) 326-3757

Barbara Macpherson, V.P.
  (520) 298-2427

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