October 27, 2021— New York, NY — The Lavelle Fund for the Blind has announced the appointment of Dr. Sharon M. McLennon-Wier to its Board of Directors. A noted executive in the field of disabilities with more than twenty-five years of experience in academia, nonprofit management, and disability advocacy, Dr. McLennon-Wier is the recently named Executive Director of The Center for Independence of the Disabled (CIDNY), a leading advocate for people with disabilities in New York City, founded in 1978 to ensure full integration, independence, and equal opportunity for all people with disabilities.
Previously the Director of Disability Services at Berkeley College in White Plains, New York, and District Manager of the Harlem Office of the New York State Commission for the Blind, Dr. McLennon-Wier, who is totally blind, earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University; an MSEd. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hunter College; and a B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Adjunct Professor at Berkeley College.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. McLennon-Wier to the Board of the Lavelle Fund,” said Susan Olivo, the Fund’s Executive Director and CEO. “Dr. McLennon-Wier has an impressive knowledge of and a passion for working in the disability field. Her contributions will help us enhance the use of our resources as we seek to ensure inclusion and access for people who are blind or visually impaired both here and abroad.”
The Lavelle Fund for the Blind supports programs that help people who are blind and visually impaired lead independent, productive lives, together with eye care programs working to prevent and treat vision loss globally.