The Alabama School for the Blind (ASB) Alumni Association elected new officers at its annual meeting on Saturday, June 6. Serving for the next year are Treasurer Valerie Sherbert (’95), Board Member Jimmy Dean (’95), Secretary Jason Martin (’04), Vice President Jennifer Reaves (’96), President Michael Talley (’94) and President Emeritus John Granger (’44).
Isaac Beavers (’90) was honored with the Lillian Ricks Award, an award given in memory of Lillian Ricks, a first grade teacher for Alabama School for the Blind. The Lillian Ricks award is given to an individual who personifies the ideals of education, training, rehabilitation or advancement of the blind of Alabama that has been engaged professionally in the field of education or rehabilitation of the blind.
Issac Beavers has served as the Director of AIDB’s Huntsville Regional Center since April 2014 after serving 17 years as the Case Manager for the Blind at the Huntsville and Shoals Regional Centers.
Tina Williams of Tina’s Home Cookin’ in Talladega won the Ala-Blind Award. The Ala-Blind Award is given each year by the alumni to an individual, company or organization that is not professionally identified with an agency serving the blind.
Tina Williams is not only a friend to people who are blind, but she cooks food her customers love to eat, cooks for those who cannot pay and cooks for families who have lost loved ones. Donovan Beitel stated, “Food is Tina’s life. There are a group of people who are blind who go down every Friday night and she opens her doors so they can come and eat. She has a restaurant – but the award is for her. Her business is just an extension of who she is.”