Board of Directors
The Ohio State School for the Blind Parent Teacher Staff Foundation is governed by a board of directors that is comprised of not less than five and no more than eleven voting members. The number of directors is determined by the board annually. Director are elected to serve on the board for three-year terms.
The current board of directors consists of ten voting members and one ex officio member.
Carol Agler – Carol Agler was the Music Director (teacher) at OSSB from 1998-2015. She collaborated with many arts organizations to enhance learning and provide opportunities for demonstrating their capabilities. She was the recipient of the Opera Columbus Teacher of the Year Award in 2003 and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2008. She founded the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band In 2005. The band has demonstrated the abilities of those with disabilities in the many venues including the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, the 2011 Lions Club International Parade of Nations in Seattle WA, and other parades in Ohio and Michigan. The band also performed a new half time show every year at area football games, band festivals, and in Washington DC where they marched in the National Memorial Day Parade in 2015. Under her direction the band performed their signature drill “Script Braille ‘Ohio’” while the Ohio state University Marching Band performed “Script Ohio” during a half time show Sept.21, 2013. This led to the band receiving the Creative Use of Braille Award from the American Printing House for the Blind. The band received the prestigious National Citation from the Phi Mu Alpha National Sinfonia, an award also bestowed on jazz musician Ellis Marsalis and the band CHICAGO. After her retirement she remained with the band as a marching assistant and volunteer instructor. She accompanied the band to Chicago in 2016 for the Lions Club International 100th Anniversary where they marched in the Parade of Nations and to Tampa, FL this winter where they performed in the Outback Bowl halftime show and in a band festival. She is currently supervising online instruction with her grandsons.
Brendon Hamblin – Brendon is a 2016 alumni of the Ohio State School for the Blind, he is currently acting as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the OSSBPTSF. He is also the OSSB Marching Band Boosters Media Specialist.
Dawn Henslee – Dawn is a retired nurse. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University. Her background in administration includes working at The Department of Youth Services as a Health Services Administrator overseeing the Central Medical Facility which provided statewide medical care to juveniles within the system. Most recently Dawn worked 20 years with The Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB) as the Student Services Administrator, overseeing the nursing staff and the residential program. She also worked concurrently at The Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD) as the Nurse Administrator. During her career with OSSB/OSD she was responsible for writing policies and procedures that promoted optimal student independence, chairing the Strategic Planning Committee, facilitating outreach multi-factored evaluations and acting as President of the PTSO for several years.
Greg Hopkins OD, MS – Dr. Hopkins has served as preceptor for fourth year OSU College of Optometry externs caring for the students at the Ohio State School for the Blind clinical outreach site on a weekly basis. Dr. Hopkins has been certified by the department of public safety to fit bioptic telescope glasses for the central Ohio bioptic driving program and has been working to found a multi-speciality lighthouse for the blind and visually impaired in central Ohio.
Lauri Kaplan – Lauri joined the Ohio State School for the Blind Parent Teacher Staff Foundation Board in 2009 as the parent of a young adult who is blind. She has served as an Ohio Parent Mentor since 2003, guiding families of children with visual impairments or blindness through the special education process. Currently Lauri serves as Secretary to the OSSBPTSF.
Alison LaBarre – Picture and Bio coming soon.
Lou Maynus – Lou Maynus, Dr. Maynus is the new OSSB Superintendent. She recently served as an Assistant State Superintendent supporting the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind. She also serves as the Superintendent for the Ohio School for the Deaf.
Joe Mazzoli – Picture and Bio coming soon.
Rachel Smith – Picture and Bio coming soon.