About Us

The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center is a part of the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University, focused on agencies serving older individuals who are blind (OIB). This project is funded by two grants (#H177Z200001) and (#H177Z150003) from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the U.S. Department of Education. The OIB-TAC team provides a variety of training and technical assistance activities to state OIB programs to improve administration, operation, and performance of OIB programs by addressing the areas of community outreach; best practices in provision and delivery of services; program performance, including data reporting and analysis; and financial and management practices, including administrative compliance.

Address:

P.O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Campus Mailstop: 9741


OIB-TAC Staff

Sylvia Stinson-Perez – OIB-TAC Project Director

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Sylvia Stinson-Perez is the Director of the IL OIB-TAC and the Vision Specialist graduate certificate program. Contact Sylvia with questions related to:

  • Technical assistance and training
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Conference or training presentations
  • The Vision Specialist program.

Contact:

Email: sperez@colled.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2001

Education:

M.S.W., Florida State University
M.A., Florida State University
M.B.A., Saint Leo University
B.A., Florida State University



Kendra Farrow - Research & Training Associate

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Contact:

Email: kfarrow@colled.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2001

Education:

B.A., Eastern Mennonite University
M.A., Western Michigan University



Renee Brannon - Business Manager

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Renee is the NRTC Business Manager. She is responsible for all business operations, invoices, federal reporting, and operations. Contact Renee with questions related to:

  • Operations
  • Contracts
  • Invoices

Contact:

Email: rbrannon@colled.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2001

Education:

B.A., Mississippi State University

Emily Damm - Communications Coordinator

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Emily Damm is our Communications Coordinator. She applies her research and communication training to strategically craft stories and shape narratives for the multiple stakeholders that the NRTC serves. Contact Emily with questions related to:

Contact:

Email: edamm@colled.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2001

Education:

M.A., Texas A&M University 2019
B.A., Mississippi State University 2017



Simon Marcy -  Web Designer

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Simon is our web designer for the NRTC. He maintains all websites for the department, manages course information, and answers student questions. Contact Simon with questions related to:

Contact:

Email: smarcy@colled.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2001

Education:

M.A., American History, Mississippi State University 2014
B.A., History, Mississippi State University 2012


Find additional information in the OIB-TAC brochure. Available in Word and PDF format in the Online Resources section.

To subscribe to the chapter-2 listserv that distributes information on OIB-TAC programs and activities, please email info@oib-tac.org.