CFADI FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
Pronounced: STAY-shah BOY-d
Stasha founded CFADI in January of 2022 and is the current president of this young organization.
An "accidental advocate," Stasha has worked with the blind community since 2009, creating audio description programs for cultural institutions including Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Holocaust Museum Houston, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just to name a few.
In 2002, Stasha and her partner, Mike Lutz, founded Q Media Productions, Inc., an award-winning mobile tour production company that provides arts/cultural/historic institutions with interpretive, accessibility (audio description and ASL), and multi-language experiences for their visitors.
Stasha serves on the American Council of the Blind’s Subcommittee on Museums, Parks, and Arts as well as the Audio Description Advisory Committee as part of a multi-organization effort to develop audio description standards and certification.
She holds a BA in Theatre from Florida State University and an MA in Human Resources from Rollins College.
CFADI CO-FOUNDER AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED ADVISOR
Pronounced: MAR-shah Boo-KAH-lah
Co-founder Marsha is a live performing arts enthusiast and CFADI's primary advisor.
After spending several decades in Chicago, a region rich with audio description opportunities for live and performing arts, Marsha relocated to Central Florida where, unfortunately, audio description in the arts is nearly non-existent.
Marsha is retired from Aon Corporation, a global insurance broker, where she worked for 23 years. She has been and continues to be an advocate and volunteer in her local communities.
She has previously volunteered her time with the Ronald McDonald House, Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy program (CAPS), Lake Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization, New Visions for Independence, The Villages Visually Impaired Person Support Group, and Friends of Petraits.
She is currently a member of the Greater Orlando Council of the Blind, President of the GDB Sunshine Guide Dogs Teams of Florida, and an advocate for the blind and visually impaired.
Sheila lives in Orlando, FL, and currently serves as the president of the Florida Council of the Blind, the Friends of Library Access, Inc., and chair of the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project Subcommittee on Museums, Parks, and Arts.
Starting in 2018, Sheila has provided guidance and assistance to Stasha (via Q Media) as a visually impaired consultant developing descriptive programs and tours for museums and attractions.
Sheila serves on the board of Blind and Beyond Radio Show which she co-hosts on air once a month.
In 2019 Sheila retired from her career as a para-professional working with visually impaired, blind, and multi-disabled children ranging from age three through the fifth grade. Due to retinitis pigmentosa, Sheila lost her functional vision decades ago and has since been an advocate for individuals who are disabled.
Dan, also a long-time Orlando resident, is currently president of the American Council of the Blind and former chairperson of ACB’s Audio Description Project.
Dan has a bachelor's degree in finance and an MBA concentrating in accounting from the University of Florida. After a short stint owning and operating two pizza parlors, Dan participated in a program called “High Tech Training for the Disabled” and learned to be a computer programmer. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by Siemens (formerly Westinghouse) as the only blind person in a workforce of over 5,000. He spent the next 25 years of his career receiving increased positions of responsibility and retired in 2014 as a Senior Project Manager.
As a founding member and chair of the ACB Audio Description Project Committee, Dan and the ACB team established seven subcommittees working on audio description issues from streaming AD content, to certification, and implementing a Google grant to audio describe visitor brochures at our national parks.
Teacher, performer, writer, and non-profit arts consultant—Peg has spent her life fostering communication and creative expression, always with the goal of expanding inclusiveness.
As a teacher of composition, screenwriting, story development, script analysis, criticism, public speaking, acting, and directing, she honed the expressive skills of thousands of students. As a performer, she has moved seamlessly between stage and screen, inhabiting dozens of imaginary worlds from Our Town to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In addition to being a mainstay on Central Florida stages, over the last 30 years, Peg has provided leadership and consultation to many Central Florida nonprofit arts institutions, including Theatre Downtown, Mad Cow Theatre, and Enzian Theater/Florida Film Festival, particularly in audience development, programming, marketing, and strategic planning.
She has a BA from Rollins College, an MA from The Ohio State University, and is a trained audio describer as well as an ordained minister.