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Last year, despite challenges from the pandemic we still served over 700 children. We need your help to continue our critical work to make a difference in the lives of children with vision loss!

We need our VIPS supporters help more than ever during this uniquely challenging time with the gift of a new donation or pledge, or continuing your existing your support. If you are not a monthly donor--now would be a great time to initiate a monthly gift. The families we serve depend on our teachers and we depend on you to help us in our critical mission to provide early intervention to every child with blindness or low vision.

Learn more about how VIPS is moving forward with our services in spite of COVID-19.

VIPS Central Kentucky

Board of Directors

Meet the people who are helping make a difference in Kentucky.

Our Central Kentucky Board of Directors come from a wide-range of backgrounds to enable us to access a broad knowledge base.



W. Scott Duncan

Scott Duncan is a financial consultant with Hilliard Lyons in Lexington, KY. He has worked in finance for over 28 years. He is registered with Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.  Mr. Duncan is a University of Kentucky grad and still enjoys cheering on the Wildcats.  He is also a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. When he's not working Mr. Duncan enjoys golf and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Duncan is Board President for VIPS in Central Kentucky and also serves as a volunteer for USA Cares.


Charles J. Sword

Charles Sword currently holds the position of Senior Manager at Crowe Horwath, a national accounting firm, where his primary focus is on providing assurance and advisory services to community banks.
Mr. Sword resides in Lexington, KY with his wife and daughter, and is a graduate of Virginia Tech with undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance. Mr. Sword serves on the Central Kentucky Advisory Board at VIPS as Treasurer.



Jack Brown
Board Member

Jack Brown had over 30 years' experience as a financial officer in financial institutions before he retired in December of 2015. After receiving his bachelor and master degrees in accounting from the University of Kentucky, he joined a Lexington, Kentucky bank rising to its chief financial officer. In 1988, Mr. Brown helped form Cardinal Bancshares, Inc., a $700 million multi-bank holding company located in Lexington, serving as its chief financial officer until 1998. In 1998, he helped form Unified Banking Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unified Financial Services, Inc. and in 2002 he became the chief financial officer for Unified Trust Company. In 2011, Mr. Brown became the chief risk officer responsible for developing and maintaining a process for identifying, accessing, reducing, monitoring, controlling and reporting key business risks that might impair the achievement of the company's goals and objectives. He remained in that position until he retired.


Donna Brostek Lee Ph.D.
Board Member

Dr. Donna Brostek Lee is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling. She oversees the Visual Impairment Program and has a background as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist. Dr. Lee received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University, followed by her doctoral degree from the University of Louisville.

Dr. Lee is deeply committed to improving educational services for children who are blind and visually impaired in Kentucky. She established the Teacher Preparation Program in Visual Impairments which began at UK in 2013 and is currently working to develop the O&M program. Her research interests include assistive technology, sleep programs in children who are blind, and tactile graphics.


George Hocker
Board Member

George B. Hocker is a Member in the Lexington office. During his 30-year legal career, George has litigated countless cases throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky in both state and federal court. Many of them were “high- exposure” cases. In recognition of his extensive legal experience and high level of expertise, George earned a Preeminent AV Martindale-Hubbell rating – the highest rating afforded by Martindale-Hubbell for both legal ability and ethical standards. He was also designated by the Kentucky “Super Lawyers” publication as one of the top attorneys in Kentucky in the area of Civil Litigation Defense.


Catherine Leslie
Board Member

Catherine Leslie is a valued member of her community. She has demonstrated and maintained her commitment to improving the lives of her fellow citizens and their children. She serves the community through her position of Vocational Training/Small Business Management Instructor at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Lexington, KY. Previously, she facilitated a Braille Program from 2002 until 2015. This program enabled her students the opportunity to learn how to transcribe print into Braille. From 2006 until 2017, she coordinated an ongoing community service project for FMC’s Community Relations Board with the Visually Impaired Preschool Services, of Central Kentucky. These projects involved volunteers transcribing children’s books in Grade I braille on braille writers so the parents could read along with their preschoolers. She currently serves on the advisory board for Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Central Kentucky and has previously served as Treasurer and President. Prior to being involved with Visually Impaired Preschool Services, she served on the Lexington Transit Authority (Lextran) Board of Directors from 1993 - 2008. She served as Operations Committee Chair, Vice-Chair and Chair. As a board member, she was instrumental in getting a dedicated tax placed on a ballot for a general election in 1993 and subsequently in 2004 so the citizens of Lexington could determine whether they wanted a dedicated tax to support their public transportation system. In 2004, the citizens of Lexington voted in favor of the tax and the tax has been in place since then.


Sarah K. Mills
Board Member

Sarah K. Mills has practiced law since 1989. She joined the Lexington, Kentucky office of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC in 2003 and focuses her practice in the areas of corporate governance, healthcare, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and securities. Prior to joining Stoll Keenon, she served as in-house counsel to a health and life insurance company and worked for private laws firms located in New Orleans, Louisiana and Richmond, Virginia. She obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. She previously served as Interim President of the United Way of the Bluegrass and currently serves as legal counsel. Ms. Mills is married with two sons and several pets. She currently volunteers her time as a Bingo caller for her high school son’s band parent association fundraising efforts. Ms. Mills is serving her second year on the Advisory Board.


Steve Moss
Board Member

Steve Moss is an award-winning sports producer and videographer for WKYT-TV, the Lexington CBS television affiliate. He is currently a nominating committee member for both the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, and is a member of the organizing committee for the Kentucky High School Basketball Centennial. Mr. Moss is a graduate of Scott County High School and the University of Kentucky. A native of Georgetown, Steve became involved with VIPS in 2001, with the birth of son Brayden. Brayden was born with visual impairments. Mr. Moss has been a board member since 2015.


Dr. Nancy O'Neill
Board Member

Dr. Nancy O’Neill has an extensive background in maternal-child nursing and has been in private practice as a certified nurse midwife for the past 15 years. Her clinical area of expertise is obstetric and gynecologic nursing and newborn care. She has taught nursing students in the both academic and clinical settings and in 2014, she was recognized in the Kentucky Nurse as a finalist for the Outstanding Nurse Educator Award. Most recently, her work included production of an educational video to increase awareness of cervical cancer screening among women between the ages of 18 and 45. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Academic of Nurse Practitioners, Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, and the American Nurses’ Association.


Kathleen Turner
Board Member

Kathleen Turner's career has spanned over 30 years supporting executive level staff and top management. She recently joined Langley Properties where she provides administrative support to Langley Properties’ Owner, President and CFO. She attended the University of Kentucky and the National Center for Paralegal Training, Atlanta, Georgia.
Ms. Turner's knowledge of the Bluegrass community has fueled her passion and commitment to participate in activities to enhance the quality of life in the region. She has served as a board member for Central Kentucky’s Visually Impaired Pre-schoolers (“VIPS”) since 2015.


Shaista Vally, OD
Board Member

Dr. Shaista Vally is an optometrist at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. She focuses primarily on supervising the Urgent Care Clinic, training the ocular-disease optometry resident, and managing the student externship program. Her special interests include neuro-optometry, amblyopia, and myopia control. Dr. Vally studied art and the University of California, Berkeley where she gained a special passion for disability advocacy and visual impairments. Bridging her interest in visual studies and visual science, she created tactile art workshops for people with varying degrees of visual impairments. Demonstrating her love for science and art, she continues to make accessible tactile art through the UK Metal Arts department. In her free time, she enjoys cooking vegan food and spending time with her rescue pit bull, whom she rehabilitated personally.

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