The Durward K. McDaniel (DKM) Fund Committee proudly presents the Class of 2021 ACB/JPMorgan Chase Leadership Fellows.
Each applicant met all requirements to be honored with this annual award in which 5 recipients are interviewed by the committee and selected by the ACB Executive Director and ACB President.
- Age 18 or above
- Blind or Visually Impaired
- An ACB Member in good standing (Current with membership dues)
- Agree to attend the ACB Conference and Convention from July 16-23, 2021 and participate in all required sessions and activities.
Recipients will have their general registration fee paid for the 2021 Virtual ACB Conference and Convention and be given the privilege of attending the 2022 ACB Conference and Convention in Omaha, Nebraska with general registration fee paid; travel expenses; lodging (double occupancy); Stipend for designated special events and incidentals.
2021 ACB/JPMorgan Chase Leadership Fellows
Winter Renfrow of Owensboro, Kentucky strives to be a role model for blind parents as she demonstrates her abilities. She received a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Brescia College in Owensboro, Kentucky. She actively serves on the membership, convention planning and constitution and bylaws committee in the ACB Next Generation affiliate. Membership in the Kentucky Council of the Blind (KCB) has afforded her the privilege of participating in the planning of the KCB State Convention; serve on the Advocacy committee; participate in the ACB Legislative Seminar; virtual Capitol Hill visits and much more.
Winter dedicates time to her community by serving as a peer mentor for the Young Empowered Self-Advocates (YES) Program administered by the Center of Accessible Living (CAL). She also appreciates having had the opportunity of previously serving as Vice President of the Support Alliance for the Visually Impaired (SAVI),and she plans to seek this office again when elections are held. She currently serves as a board member. Winter holds memberships in several KCB chapters. As a member of KCB Next Generation, she serves on the Programs Committee. Winter plans to use her leadership fellows experience to add substance to her service on all levels of membership. She enjoys sports, listening to music ranging from Bluegrass to Classical music, traveling, spending time outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Anthony Corona of Miami Lakes, Florida has worked for ACB in several capacities, including, Internship Communications/Marketing and grant-writing, as well as, volunteering on ACB’s Public Awareness and Information, Referral and Peer Support (IRPS) Steering committees. He currently hosts the lively Sunday Edition Show on ACB Radio and also supports other programs and community calls. Anthony was instrumental in the creation of the ACB Facebook Community Page and the ACB voices blog page. He initiated and hosted the Diabetic Awareness and ACB Family table programming. Earlier this year, Anthony supported FCB by playing a role in scheduling visits and assembling teams for successful legislative meetings with legislative staff members on Capitol Hill. Prior to moving to Florida, Anthony resided in New York and was employed for over ten years with the Associated Press as a reporter and later as the managing East Coast entertainment editor. His community work has included advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ community, as well as supporting the autistic community in association with the Eden School for Development and the New York City Autism Rights Foundation.
He currently serves as Secretary for Blind LGBT Pride International (BPI), Fundraising and Membership Co-chair and Planning Committee Chair. On the state level, he serves on the Florida Council of the Blind (FCB) Publicity and Publications committee, along with a new role of planning activities for the Leadership Week Program. Anthony loves music and he is an avid reader.
Greg Lindberg of Wesley Chapel, Florida was selected as the DKM First-Timer from the east in 2016 and he continues to increase meaningful involvement on multiple levels within ACB. He has Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis and has been visually impaired since birth. However, this visual challenge has never stopped him from moving forward. Greg earned a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and a Master’s in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He currently serves as Secretary of the ACB Next Generation affiliate, as well as stepping up to assist in any way he can. Greg has a passion for writing and storytelling. For the past decade, he has worked as a content writer and digital marketer for a national accounting firm and currently for Saint Leo University. In these roles, he has managed print and digital platforms to increase engagement among prospects and raise brand awareness. He has also hosted a few podcast series, including hosting a sports and recreation podcast for the blind called “Eyes Free Sports.” This specific podcast theme was born out of his love for playing beep baseball.
Natalie Couch of Louisville, Kentucky began her ACB adventure during the 2009 ACB Conference and Convention when a friend who received a scholarship invited her to attend. She became a member of the Illinois Council of the Blind (ICB), served on the ICB technology committee and administered their Twitter Page. Natalie then attended the Midwest Leadership Conference and was selected to serve as the alternate delegate for ICB during the 2011 ACB convention. She helped create and later administer the ACB Twitter Page, and she was appointed to the ACB Information Access Committee.
After moving to Louisville, Kentucky, to accept a job with Humana, she joined the Kentucky Council of the Blind (KCB) and was appointed to the KCB Public Relations committee. She was instrumental in forming the KCB Next Generation chapter, where she served as its first Vice President. She has served as Secretary of the Greater Louisville Council of the Blind since 2014, and as Secretary of the Kentucky Council since 2018. She is currently president of two KCB chapters - Tri-state Library Users and the Greater Louisville Council of the Blind.
As chair of the KCB Convention and Crossroads Committee in 2020, Natalie helped guide their team through a successful 4-day virtual convention that was broadcast on ACB Radio. In 2021 she has contributed to the transformation of KCB's Crossroads Leadership Conference from a weekend event to several one-day sessions that have attracted participants from states near and far.
Natalie is currently employed as a customer service representative with Louisville Gas and Electric. Her hobbies are reading, attending audio-described plays, and playing cards.
Becky Dunkerson of Des Moines, Iowa was selected as the DKM First-Timer of the west in 2018 and she continues to strive for more as she seeks to identify areas in which she can contribute support. Her post high school education includes a business certificate from Hamilton Business College which included a focus on accounting and administrative tasks. As an employee of Wells Fargo for nearly 21 years, she currently holds the position of financial accounts analyst. She is an auditor reviewing employee travel expense reports. Becky joined ACB through the Iowa state affiliate (ICUB). She served in her local chapter as a board member and as Secretary. She also served on several local and state committees including fundraising, convention planning, and coordinating event activities. She joined the ACB Diabetics in Action (ACBDA) affiliate and began serving as Secretary, newsletter editor, on the membership committee and assisting with fundraising. Becky holds memberships in several special interest affiliates in an effort to learn and grow.