Holly Bonner, MPA, MSW, CASAC | Blind Motherhood
Holly Bonner, MPA, MSW, CASAC is an award-winning mental health professional, writer, poet and the creator of Blind Motherhood, LLC.
After losing her vision in 2012, Ms. Bonner developed her website, www.blindmotherhood.com. Blind Motherhood’s mission is to demonstrate members of the blind and visually impaired community can parent safely, independently and effectively.
A peer advisor with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Holly is also the coordinator of the AFB’s Blind Parenting Series. Ms. Bonner’s articles about parenting while visually impaired have been featured in over 70 publications, including the prestigious Perkins School for the Blind and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) United Kingdom.
In May 2017, Ms. Bonner served as the keynote speaker for the NYS Commission for the Blind’s Vision Rehabilitation & Employment Institute. In that same year, Holly was also the recipient of Soroptimist Ruby Award, Staten Island Advance Woman of Achievement, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs #PoetTweet Winner, Power Women in Business Change Maker Award, and New York City National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Emerging Leader Award.
Holly is a professional member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS). Ms. Bonner is also affiliated with the American Council for the Blind (ACB), NYC National Federation of the Blind (NFB), Guide Dog Users of Empire State (GDUES), and Mommies with Guides (MWG).
Holly resides in Staten Island, New York with her husband and two daughters ages 3 and 4. She was matched with her guide dog, Frances, in 2016 by Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Yorktown Heights, NY.
Carla Anne Ernst | Clarity. Brevity. Simplicity.
Carla is an award-winning marketing communications professional who advances organizations to new levels by creating clear and distinctive strategies and programs.
Possessing a passion for words, writing & hard work, she protects and enhances corporate reputation and drives sustained profitable growth through the design and implementation of effective integrated advertising, public relations and digital media programs that deliver outstanding targeted business results, gained from working with Fortune 500 healthcare companies and top-tier communications firms.
With an informed understanding of business dynamics and significant expertise writing for complex organizations across diverse industries, including B2B, consumer, healthcare and non-profit groups, Carla writes in any style.
Carla has served in senior-level positions for GE Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson, agencies Hill & Knowlton and Burson-Marsteller, and works with a diversity of businesses and nonprofit organizations such as the Salvation Army, the American Lung Association, and Bold Blind Beauty. She also is a contributing writer for a wide variety of online media such as The Mighty.com, a published author, and works tirelessly to promote dignity and respect for all people, regardless of any perceived disabilities.
Carla is an active member of and speaker for IABC, the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), and the Working Writers of Wisconsin, and is an active volunteer for Common Ground SE Wisconsin, and Board member of Deaf Unity. She is also an ASCAP/BMI music composer and arranger, and a performing woodwind instrumentalist. She lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin, and for fun, she likes to walk, kayak, and race sailboats.
Robert Eutz, Director | Miami Accessible Media Project
Robert Eutz is the Project Director for the Miami Accessible Media Program. A prison Braille Program which began in May 2008, its goal is to provide low-cost, quality Instructional Material to Indiana’s school-age children k-12 in a timely and efficient manner while providing a skill set to the offenders at the Miami Correctional Facility that will increase employment opportunities thus reducing recidivism. Robert Eutz is a National Library of Congress Certified in Literary, UEB & Nemeth Braille. Robert is both an Instructor, Transcriber, and Accessible Media Producer. Robert has an outstanding record of success in the Braille sector. Mr. Eutz’s work experience and educational background include:
- Advisory Committee Member North America Braille Authority on the implementation of Unified English Braille Code (UEB)
- American Printing House Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field
- Unified English Braille Certified United States
- Unified English Braille Certified Canada
- University of California Poly Tech Pomona CA consultant and accessible document/textbook producer
- Penn St. University consultant and accessible document/textbook producer
- Interpreters 2 Access ADA Consultant Advisor on ADA signage issues
- Founder of Altmedia Educational Design Group
- Instructs students in the areas of Braille transcription and entrepreneurship
- Designs and implements educational programs/projects for various agencies and institutions
- Consults businesses on ADA issues Columbus City Schools Columbus, OH
- Graduate Moberly College/Ashland University (Bachelor of Business Arts Senior present)
- Lifetime member of the National Braille Association
- Member of the National Association of Blacks In Criminal Justice
- Member of Toastmasters International
- Member of the Prison Braille Network founded and hosted by the American Printing House for the Blind
Stephanae McCoy | Bold Blind Beauty
Stephanae McCoy is an entrepreneur and founder of Bold Blind Beauty. As a blind woman who loves style, Stephanae founded boldblindbeauty.com, with the mission of improving humanity by changing the way we perceive one another.
When Stephanae lost her eyesight as a seasoned professional, she quickly learned that continuing to thrive meant overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The most significant being the misconceptions about sight loss, blindness, and the capabilities of blind people. She accomplished this while successfully serving at one of the largest Big Four accounting firms after her sight loss.
Stephanae’s career success was built upon a solid foundation of perseverance and a strong work ethic. Traits that together helped her foster a positive environment motivating her teams to deliver a high level of customer service.
Stephane’s love of personal style began when she was young. She honed the ability to present a self-assured, polished image as her personal trademark contributing in part to her successful business career.
Later on, while researching the viability of a business focused on serving women with disabilities, Ms. McCoy discovered the high number of disabled working-age women. Particularly those who were vision-impaired had a high unemployment rate disproportionate to women without disabilities. Around that time, when giving a presentation to vision-impaired women on applying makeup – the light bulb went on. She realized there was an underserved community of blind women interested in fashion and style, paving the way for her style blog Boldblindbeauty.com.
With her combined business acumen, commitment to disability advocacy and enthusiasm for style, Stephanae was able to develop today’s successful boldblindbeauty.com. She now devotes most of her time managing the business and her blog, while at the same time continuing her advocacy of empowering blind women interested in fashion.
To date, the blog has reached over115,000 site visits and continues to flourish, gaining the attention of a growing list of advertisers. Within two years she’s already looking to expand her team to include fashion designers, stylists, beauty consultants, writers, photographers, editors, artists, accessibility experts, web consultants, social media strategists, and publicists to take the company to the next level.