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All our staff may be contacted by phone at: (612) 872-0100.





























































Dan Wenzel

Executive Director
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Dan Wenzel has extensive experience working at all levels in organizations serving the blind. For over five years he was director of the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI), which included the Wisconsin School for the Blind and the special education programs for blind children in the state. Before he became the director of WCBVI, he served as the Wisconsin Statewide Transition Specialist for blind students. He was the manager of youth services at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland. Dan also served as assistant director, director of youth services and as a cane travel instructor during his seven year tenure at the Colorado Center for the Blind. Dan has previously served as a member of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), a member of the board of directors of the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB) and as President of the National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin. Dan lives in Bloomington, Minnesota with his wife and three sons.

dwenzel@blindinc.org


Dick Davis

Assistant Director for Employment
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I came to BLIND, Inc. in 2000 after seven years as Assistant Commissioner for Minnesota State Services for the Blind. I have always loved working directly with blind people, so it was actually a step up – less pay, but more fun. I held a couple of temporary jobs initially, but after four months, director Joyce Scanlan created the position of assistant director for employment programs to keep me in Minnesota. At BLIND, Inc., even the administrators teach, so I’ve taught industrial arts, cane travel, and now Careers Class. Even though I have over 40 years helping blind people find jobs, I stay up to date through reading and networking with others through the NFB national Employment Committee, of which I am the Chair. As a result, we do really cutting age stuff in the class. On average, 85% of our graduates go on to employment or into higher education and from there to employment. No other training center in Minnesota – and few in the U.S. – can make that claim. I worked for Joyce Scanlan for 3 years, Shawn Mayo for 10, and after a brief stint as interim executive director, IMark Barlow
Industrial Arts Instructor

It is true that I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. And true again that my first toys as a young boy were woodworking tools. A long metal toolbox held the hand planes, marking gauges, and chisels imported from Sweden by my mother’s grandfather. In 1908, my great grandfather’s first job in Minneapolis was working as a finish carpenter on the then newly built American Swedish Institute. Every day I carry his tools and my family’s legacy. Over the years I have collected several post-secondary degrees in the arts, humanities, and education. I have worked for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, owned my own woodworking business, and enjoyed regional representation as a visual artist in a Minneapolis art gallery. As a student participating in an Industrial Arts class at BLIND Incorporated, one may be asked: How can we make these? Why should we fix this? What constitutes an industrious activity? When is enough…enough?
now work for Dan Wenzel, who promoted me to associate director. My wife Pat and I live in Circle Pines, and our three children live in St. Paul, Los Angeles, and Melbourne, Australia. We have four grandchildren, three boys and a girl.

ddavis@blindinc.org


Becky Bergman

Home Management Instructor
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bergman@blindinc.org


Chelsey Duranleau

Communications Instructor
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cduranleau@blindinc.org


Martha Harris

Communications Instructor
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mharris@blindinc.org


Mark Barlow

Industrial Arts Instructor
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It is true that I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. And true again that my first toys as a young boy were woodworking tools. A long metal toolbox held the hand planes, marking gauges, and chisels imported from Sweden by my mother’s grandfather. In 1908, my great grandfather’s first job in Minneapolis was working as a finish carpenter on the then newly built American Swedish Institute. Every day I carry his tools and my family’s legacy. Over the years I have collected several post-secondary degrees in the arts, humanities, and education. I have worked for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, owned my own woodworking business, and enjoyed regional representation as a visual artist in a Minneapolis art gallery. As a student participating in an Industrial Arts class at BLIND Incorporated, one may be asked: How can we make these? Why should we fix this? What constitutes an industrious activity? When is enough enough?

mbarlow@blindinc.org


Rob Hobson

Coordinator for Travel and Transition
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I am the Coordinator for Travel and Transition here at BLIND Incorporated. I started working here in January 2009.

I received a Bachelor’s of Arts in political science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2004. In 2007, I received my adjustment to blindness training at Louisiana Center for the Blind. After I completed my 7 months of training, I went right into the Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University for my Masters of Art in Educational Psychology with an emphasize in Orientation and Mobility. While at Louisiana Tech, I also completed all requirements for my NOMC certification.

My wife and I just welcomed an adorable baby boy to our family. I enjoy reading books on SIFI fantasy, and suspense thrillers. I enjoy teaching and giving my students independence.

rhobson@blindinc.org


Quinn Haberl

Travel Instructor
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qhaberl@blindinc.org


Charlene Guggisberg

Admissions and Special Programs Coordinator
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cguggisberg@blindinc.org


Kotumu Kamara

English Language Learning Instructor
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kkamara@blindinc.org


Mark Erickson

Travel Instructor/Residential Manager
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merickson@blindinc.org


James Gagnier

Webmaster/Network Administrator
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I am originally from Ontario Canada. I have been a computing consultant through most of my career, specializing in training, adaptive technology and web accessibility. I have worked for several Canadian Government departments, private companies as well as hundreds of individuals both from Canada and the United States, either providing one on one training, computer and adaptive technology setup or web testing for accessibility. I lost my sight in 1997, but luckily, I was aware of the different adaptive technology available for persons with disabilities as I worked in that field beforehand. I find it most rewarding when the people I help are genuinely benefiting from what I am doing for them. It’s a treat for me when someone understands something that they had difficulty grasping, and to know that they will use the knowledge they gained to their advantage. I met my lovely wife Shelley online in 2007. After several visits back and forth, we married in May of 2013, and Poof! Instant family as I gained 2 stepsons in the bargain. After a long immigration process, I moved to the United States in December of 2014 and shortly after was employed at Blind Incorporated. I enjoy working with people, and in my position as Network Manager I believe that I can impart some of the knowledge and experience I was fortunate enough to acquire through my life.

When I’m not working, I enjoy walking and collecting rare and unusual audio recordings.

jgagnier@blindinc.org


Jennifer Wenzel

Itinerant Services
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I came to BLIND, Inc. to work as a part-time Life Skills Instructor in September of 2014 after working as a Daily Living skills Instructor for Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) for a year and a half. I have over twenty years experience working with blind people of all ages. I teach in our senior program, work with students one-on-one at their apartments in the evening on cleaning and cooking skills, teach budgeting and personal management skills, and perform other tasks such as writing the weekly class schedule and filling in on the phones when needed. I also do some in-home teaching. I should add that I am a proud graduate of BLIND, Inc.

I love the flexibility this job offers which gives me time to be home and attend school activities and appointments for my 3 sons. I also love the variety of duties which keep me interested and challenged each day. My husband Dan and I are happy to be living in Bloomington, MN. I love to cook, read, swim, tandem bike, and spend time with my family when I’m not working.

jwenzel@blindinc.org


Sidonia (Sid) Starnes

Administrative Assistant
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sstarnes@blindinc.org


David Starnes

Facilities Manager
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dstarnes@blindinc.org

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