In 1999, the Foundation for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (FVRE) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 corporation. The Foundation is dedicated to increasing the financial, social and awareness resources available to AVRE to further both current services and operations and to take the necessary steps to secure a bright future for the Association and the communities it serves.

By prudently managing the long-term growth of both the endowment and the investment porfolio, the Foundation offers AVRE the ability to enhance services and programs, consequently allowing AVRE to reach the widening population of our service territory that is affected by a severe vision loss or blindness.

The Foundation counts on the generous support of the communities we AVRE serves to grow the endowment and investment portfolio. We encourage donors, estate planners, financial advisors and others to learn more about AVRE and to consider assisting people with a vision disability by making a gift to the Foundation.

For more information about making a contribution to the Foundation, contact Jenn Small, Chief Operating Officer, at 607-724-2428.

FVRE Board of Directors

Name Company/Organization
Linda Biemer, PhD, Chair
Marena Gonz, Vice Chair
Ferris Akel III, Secretary Akel Wholesale
Karl Wokan, Treasurer
William Emmons Merrill Lynch
Brian Kessler
Stephen O'Neil
Linda Griffin
John Martin Clark Patterson Assc.
Tina Fernandez, Esq. Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP
Nolan Robinson Vestal Dental Associates