The Commission for the Blind, established under ORS 346.120 is a governing body that provides leadership, financial oversight, and policy direction to the agency. Commissioners are selected by the Governor and their appointments require confirmation by the Oregon Senate. Members of the Commission represent key stakeholders that relate to the work of the agency and include consumer organizations, education, ophthalmology/optometry, business, and Oregon citizens who are blind. It is required that the majority of the seven members of the Commission are persons who experience blindness.
The Commission is a public body and their meetings are open to the public.
Scott McCallum: Commission Chair. Represents Education. Mr. McCallum is the Superintendent for the Washington State School for the Blind. Scott's career has included working as a teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired and orientation and mobility specialist in the Oregon Low Incidence Regional Program system. He has also served as a Regional Program Vision Services coordinator for Northwest Regional Education Service District and as the administrator of the Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund.
Dr. Christi Closson: Commission Vice Chair. Represents Optometry. Dr. Closson has dedicated her practice to support individuals to achieve maximum use of their remaining vision while maintaining as independent a life style as possible. Dr. Closson is the Chief of Low Vision Services at the Pacific University College of Optometry and the Director of the Lion’s Low Vision Clinic at the Washington State School for the Blind. She also has her own practice, Synergy Eye, with locations in Cornelius and Sherwood Oregon.
Michael Babcock: Represents the American Council of the Blind of Oregon. Michael has experience as a small business owner and technology trainer/consultant where he has assisted other blind small business owners with the technology necessary to host their own podcasts and websites. Michael also shares his knowledge, as a completely blind individual, on using Android devices on the Kelly and Company Show on National Media Network Accessible Media Incorporated in Canada on a monthly basis. With his education in Psychology and background in customer service, Michael is always open to answering questions and sharing with others who experience vision loss the knowledge he's acquired over the years using technology to live and work independently. He is committed to offering his perspective on the Commission to support the agency’s programs serving Oregonians who are Blind.
Vivian Carlile-Smith: Represents the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon. Ms. Carlile-Smith has dedicated her time to promoting education and skills training for youth and advocating for blind and visually-impaired adults. She participates annually in the summer National Federation of the Blind Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy for children 4-18 years old where they learn and improve their skills related to blindness.
Lillian Goodman: Represents Oregonians who are blind. Ms. Goodman is a
student at Portland State University, studying Accounting and Business.
She is an advocate for individuals who are blind to be able to fully
engage in any life activity of their choosing, including a career.
She is committed to informing the policies and priorities for the
Commission for the Blind that impact the services received by many Oregonians
who are blind. In her free time, Lillian, accompanied by her guide dog Spinoza, enjoys activities such as dragon boating, rowing, tandem cycling, hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, and kayaking.
Laurel Hudson: Represents Business. Laurel Hudson graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management then began her career in the hospitality industry, learning the ins and outs of excellence in customer service. After 10 years of being a manager in hotels, restaurants and retail, she is now on the marketing team for Allmade Apparel. Laurel enjoys spending time in her garden and hanging in the great outdoors as much as possible.
Sharon Zenger: Represents Oregonians who are blind. Ms. Zenger is a teacher of the visually impaired/orientation and mobility instructor. She holds a Master’s degree from Portland State University in Special Education, a teaching degree, and a Bachelor of Science. Ms. Zenger has a degree in Orientation and Mobility from the University of Northern Colorado and is certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education professionals. Ms. Zenger lives and works in Eastern Oregon. She loves the outdoors, traveling, and her many adventures with her guide dog Regan, a female GSD (German Shepherd Dog).