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

Kendra Farrow - Interim Project Director

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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




Polly Abbott - Project Manager
Polly Abbott

Contact:

Email: pabbott@colled.msstate.edu

Education:

  • Instructor for Blind and Visually Impaired—Orientation and Mobility, Mohawk College, Brantford, Ontario Canada
  • Instructor for Blind and Visually Impaired—Rehabilitation Teacher, Mohawk College, Brantford, Ontario Canada
  • Bachelor of Education & Teacher of French as a Second Language (FSL), Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts & Honors equivalent, University of Guelph, Ontario Canada



Lisa Gooden-Hunley - Program Coordinator

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As Program Coordinator, Lisa monitors the implementation and tracking of OIB-TAC project activities. She serves as editor for program courses, manages meeting logistics, and collects program evaluation data.

Contact:

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

Education:

Master of Arts, English, Mississippi State University
Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration, The University of Mississippi
Bachelor of Arts, English, The University of Mississippi




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




Sarah Moody - Communications Coordinator

Sarah Moody

Sarah is responsible for managing all external communications for the center, including disseminating research results and interacting with stakeholders.

Contact:

Email: smoody@colled.mstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2001

Education:

Masters of Business Administration, Belhaven University 2019
Bachelors of Arts, Communication, Mississippi State University 2015




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.