Board Members

 

Martin Becerra-Miranda, NOMC, is a certified Orientation & Mobility instructor who currently works with the adult population at the Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton, Colorado. Martin received his NOMC (National Orientation & Mobility Certification) through the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB) in 2018. Martin is currently attending school on a part-time basis in hopes of acquiring his Masters in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy and COMS (Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist) certificate. Martin previously served as the Director of Youth Services at the Colorado Center for the Blind. While in this capacity, Martin had the privilege to work closely with blind youth ranging in ages 5 – 21 in all aspects of blindness skills like Braille, Access Technology, Daily Living Skills, and Orientation & Mobility.

Martin was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and migrated with his parents and older brother to Phoenix, Arizona in 1994. Martin lost the majority of his eyesight as a result of a retinal detachment at the age of 16. At the age of 23, Martin attended the Independence Training Program (ITP) at the Colorado Center for the Blind. Martin and his girlfriend live in Centennial, Colorado and have a one year old son.

 

Meghan Klassen, M.Ed., is the Executive Director of the Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver, a center serving children ages birth to 5 and their families. She earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Texas, and her undergraduate degree in journalism and marketing from Creighton University. As a Jesuit Volunteer, she spent one year as the Lead Teacher of a respite program for low-income families of children with disabilities. She then taught bilingual first grade at a Title One school in Austin while earning her teacher certification, and taught for more than five years in the inclusive Rise School preschool model, before becoming its Executive Director in 2011. She remained in that position for more than 8 years before joining the Anchor Center. A Denver native, Meghan is one of seven children. She and her educator husband, Matt, have two daughters. Meghan enjoys reading, running, yoga, traveling, and spending time in the mountains. She is a great advocate of inclusion, and is honored to serve on the CSDB Board.

 

Jessica Lee, PhD, is the parent of three young children—one of them is a deaf student at CSDB.  Dr. Lee owns a consulting firm and does much of her work in DC and overseas.  She is also a senior adjunct professor at Gallaudet University teaching anthropology.  Dr. Lee was the first hearing person to graduate from the Deaf Studies program at Gallaudet University and won the George Veditz Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies.  She’s a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of funding from the National Science Foundation for her research on Deaf communities in Tanzania. If Jess had free time, she’d be camping with family, attempting to garden, and crocheting things her children will not wear.  Jess earned her BA in Philosophy from University of Northern Colorado, an MA in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Steven Lindauer has a passion for building high-performing, high-functioning organizations. His professional capabilities were honed during 17 years with Accenture, a premier global consulting firm, as well as during leadership roles with several technology and education organizations. Steve currently serves as the executive director for A Shared Vision, a Colorado nonprofit that supports families with children who are blind or visually impaired. He is also a leadership coach and consultant, and an Emergenetics Advanced Associate. Steve and family are frequently found exploring Colorado’s backcountry trails and ski slopes. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado – Boulder.

 

Teresa Raiford is a proud mother of 3 amazing teenagers, to include a son who attends the School for the Blind at CSDB.  She serves as a board member for Royal Gorge Artist Association, is a member of the Canon City Noon Lion’s Club, an active volunteer her community, and literacy advocate.  Teresa works summer festivals as a face painter and henna artist.  She enjoys bicycling with her husband and children.

 

Allan Ward grew up in British Columbia, Canada until moving to Idaho in the late 70’s.  He has held various positions in different industries until becoming a teacher in the mid 90’s.  He taught elementary school in Texas prior to moving his family to Colorado in 1998.   Allan and his wife were both school teachers.  As a teacher, Allan taught general education and special education.  Allan has worked for multiple BOCES and is currently the Executive Director and Special Education Director for Mountain BOCES.  Allan has served as President of the local teacher association and has served on the CEA State Board of Directors.  He is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Colorado BOCES Association.  When time allows, Allan enjoys fishing, camping and hunting.

Ida Wilding, a Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) Senior Instructor at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) is currently pursuing her doctorate studies in the field of Deaf Education Leadership, Research, and Policies. Ida received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Journalism and her Master of Arts in Sign Language Education degree from Gallaudet University.  

Gallaudet University, the world’s sole Liberal Arts University for the Deaf, is where Ida’s Deaf parents and 8 Deaf siblings, who are educators, attended college. It was her parents and siblings who paved the way for Ida to pursue her degrees in education. Ida’s extensive background compromises of employment at five different schools for the Deaf across the U.S. Her work and volunteer experience include being a coordinator for a Deaf-Blind program, case manager for Deaf individuals, curricula developer for Deaf-plus participants at a camp for Deaf youth, a Deaf youth ambassador, and an advocate for Deaf individuals’ rights. To achieve her passion of empowering Deaf children, Ida invests her time and energy towards enhancing Deaf children’s educational journey.  

 Ida can often be found at various Deaf community events engaged in conversation with community members. She currently resides in Colorado Springs and when time permits, she enjoys outdoor activities and working with her hands