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Leadership

Meet our current board!

Katelyn MacIntyre, President

As a blind vocalist and speaker, Katelyn MacIntyre enjoys sharing her inspirational life story and dynamic music which spans many genres with all audiences. Studying with Maria Spacagna for her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, she premiered the opera Cold Hands with CMU and Pittsburgh Opera, soloed with the AIMS Festival Orchestra around Austria, and covered the soprano solos of Mozart's Requiem with Maestro Manfred Honeck and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. She has performed numerous operatic and musical roles including The Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Beth in Little Women, Monica in The Medium, and the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. As a featured soprano soloist she has performed at such notable venues as Tokyo Billboard Live! Japan sponsored by Fox International, the Völkerkundemuseum Heidelberg, Germany, the Kennedy Center, Union Station, DC, and all across N. America.

Katelyn received the 2012-13 Presser Scholar Award, won the VSAarts International Young Soloists Award, was a National Federation of the Blind 2014 National Scholarship winner, and has garnered top prizes and scholarships in the US and Canada.

Currently, Katelyn teaches voice, piano, guitar, and music theory privately. Other performing arts include acting and competitive ballroom dancing. She has been on this talented board since 2014 and is thrilled to continue raising expectations and increasing opportunities for all blind performers. Follow Katelyn at: www.katelynmac.com, www.facebook.com/KatelynMacMusic, or on Twitter @KatelynMacMusic.

Lizzy Muhammad-Park, Vice President

Lizzy Muhammad-Park is the Vice President of the Performing Arts Division and the host of the division's new podcast: Scene Change. The show premiered on October 15, 2020, and discusses the alternative techniques that blind performers use to be successful in the arts. In her spare time, she loves to sing (in choirs, a cappella, or solo), and dance (either in classes or free style.) Outside of the arts, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and husband, and other family memers. Feel free to reach out to her via the nfbpad e-mail with any questions, or to possibly become a guest on the podcast!

Cristina Jones, Secretary

Cristina Jones is The Blind Soprano hailing from Southern California. She has performed recitals, concerts, and operatic works domestically, as well as internationally. Notable highlights include portraying The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Art in the Dark, various disability awareness concerts, including for the BBC, as well as Segerstrom Hall during both of their Disability Awareness Festivals, and various creative projects that have allowed her to tell her story through musical means. After receiving her Bachelors of Music from California State University, Fullerton, where she studied with Linda Leyrer, Cristina graduated with a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied under Julie Kennard. Currently, she studies with Fred Carama, and she spends her time giving workshops, working in recording studios, as well as stage and screen sets and performances. Alongside performing and teaching, Cristina also uses her time to help fellow blind performers learn about and use the resources available to them, and she works toward further inclusion and awareness of the community of which she is a proud member.

LaKisha Holmes, Treasurer

LaKisha Holmes lives in San Antonio, TX with her partner and 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. She wishes to obtain a career working with at risk teens upon graduation. LaKisha spends most of her free time with her family, playing beep baseball, and recording for her mom podcast. LaKisha has been the treasurer of the NFB Performing Arts Division since July of 2012. Being a part of the Performing Arts Division has allowed LaKeisha to build long-lasting friendships and expand her leadership skills and techniques. LaKisha enjoys singing around her house with her children, watching her children grow and bond with each other, creating YouTube videos about blind parenting, and being the parent secretary for her children's school.

Chris Nusbaum, Board Member

I am honored and excited to be a Board member of the Performing Arts Division and to serve alongside all the wonderful members of our organization. A lifelong singer and pianist who has dedicated much of my life to making music of all kinds, my musical life began (and continues to primarily reside) in the church, where I have participated as a soloist, a member of various groups, and the interim director of a praise team. I have also been fortunate to have studied with very accomplished voice and piano teachers, which has given me the opportunity to participate in master classes and mentor other students. I'm currently a student at the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, VA, where I'm majoring in communications and minoring in music. My involvement in the National Federation of the Blind dates back to 2011, where I have served in various positions both nationally and in my home state of Maryland. Most recently, I served as Chairman of our Blind Musicians Group before that group became one with the Performing Arts Division. The NFB has changed my life, and I'm honored to give back.

Leslie Hamric, Board Member

My name is Leslie Hamric and I am a cellist from Illinois. I hold a Masters' degree in Cello Performance from Eastman School of Music and a Bachelors' degree in Cello Performance from Northern Illinois University. Besides playing in the Elmhurst symphony, I have a private home studio where I teach cello and Braille music. I have been involved with NFB since 2010 and have held such positions as a chapter President, board member, and committee member. I currently serve on the Illinois Legislative, newsletter, and Guide Dog committees. Additionally, I advise other guide dog users in ILLINOIS how to respond effectively discrimination  when using Lyft and Uber. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, reading romance novels, and spending time with my husband, Andy and ten-year-old son Michael, who are both cellists. My guide dog, Gerry and I enjoy taking long walks together, especially in the nicer weather. As 2021 emerges, I look forward to cooking more often with my Instantpot, teaching, and continuing to serve on the Performing Arts board and in the Federation.

Precious Perez, Board Member

Precious Perez is a classically trained pop/R&B and latin vocalist/songwriter currently pursuing a double major in music education and vocal performance at Berklee College of Music. Her goal is to make a difference through doing what she loves and showing the world that blind people are as capable as everyone else. She hopes to inspire future generations to pursue their dreams and be successful in the same way that she has, because she knows that anything is possible, and giving up is never an option. As an artivist and music educator, she will be able to make a difference by using her reach as a Puerto Rican Spanish speaker to crush stereotypes by sharing her experiences across cultures and doing what has not been done while advocating for all of the communities she represents. She is confident that she can lead, she can achieve, and she can be the one who alters the way people see.