Youth & Special Programs CoordinatorCharlene Guggisberg grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. Her parents and older brothers expected her to help with farm and household chores and not have blindness be an excuse for getting out of work. After being mainstreamed in the Faribault public schools six out of the seven years that she was attending the school for the blind in Faribault, she returned to her home high school of Winthrop Minnesota where she graduated and later attended the St. Mary's campus college of St. Catherine's where she received a degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has also done coarse work at St. Catherine's campus in St. Paul, Minnesota University Duluth, and Mankato state University. After working for seven years as an Occupational therapy assistant at New Ulm Medical center in both the Physical Medicine and behavioral health units. She worked as a rehabilitation instructor in many capacities for BLIND Incorporated as well as an independent contract worker for State Services for the Blind. She has worked with all age groups from children to seniors teaching Braille, home management, cane travel and English. She has worked with soldiers from both the United States and Colombia who were coping with vision loss.