Spotlight On Our Members: Achievements and Accomplishments

Showing that our members are living the lives they want!

Brian Mackey, treasurer and webmaster of the state affiliate, is an active blind golfer since 2010. He plays close to 40 outings a year in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association. Brian is also the proud owner of Mackey Enterprises, LLC, which has been assisting individuals and small businesses perform their personal or work-related data entry, bookkeeping, and WordPress website design projects seen from a different perspective, with a “Blind With Vision” attitude since 2011. in November 2015, Brian successfully launched his company website, Since May 2017, Brian maintains three NFB affiliate websites!

John Cucco, former editor of The Sounding Board, got married on August 27 2016, in Rhode Island.

Serena Cucco, former POBC kid, is now a certified social worker. She graduated from the Colorado Center for the Blind on May 25, 2017.

Jon Gabry, former POBC kid and member of the Deaf-Blind Division, graduated in May 2016 from Bergen Community College with honors. Jon will continue his education at Jersey City University, pursuing a degree in art therapy.

Vee Gaspa, president of the NJ Students Division and general board member of the NFB Students Division, was selected as one of the three interns to attend the 2017 National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute Summer Internship program which takes place from May 27th to August 4th at the NFB Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland..

Linda Melendez, a member in the Senior and Technology Divisions, chair of the Sports & Recreation Committee, and general board member of the state affiliate and the Central Chapter proudly completed her first half marathon in 2016.

Patrick Molloy, former POBC kid, is featured in a golf show about the Middle Atlantic Blind Golfers. Find it at,, and InsideGolfTV YouTube channel. You can also view it on our Live The Life You Want Videos page.

Alice Eaddy, affiliate secretary, and president of the New Jersey and national Deaf-Blind divisions, took ASPIRE (Aspire Support Programs for Independence, Renewal, and Education) facilitators training sponsored by the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and completed the course. These are support groups for people who are blind and visually impaired. Alice is a certified ASPIRE facilitator.

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Contact Information

Joseph Ruffalo, President
254 Spruce Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Phone: 973-743-0075

Coming Soon

NFBNJ 41st State Convention

November 9-12, 2017
Holiday Inn Hotel
151 Route 72 East
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
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2018 NFB Washington Seminar

January 29 to February 1, 2018
Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

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White Cane Awareness Day: teach the world about what the white cane means to blind people

White canes help blind people live the lives we want. The white cane does more than tell the sighted that we’re blind; it is a tool for freedom and self-determination because it allows blind people to come and go on our own. Since we can travel safely and independently, we can contribute in the workplace, in our communities, and in society. Celebrate White Cane Awareness Day on October 15 by giving the gift of independence. To learn more, please visit If you wish to make a donation during White Cane Day, please visit

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