Jim joined the board in 2011. Jim has nystagmus. He works for YouTube where he leads their Creator Education and Professional Certification programs. Jim has traveled extensively both for his job and for enjoyment and is happy to share tips and tricks for using technology to bring the world closer. Jim has an B.A. from Georgetown University and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. He has various hobbies including photography, writing and karaoke.
Joe joined ANN as a lifetime member in 2007 after attending his first conference. Since then he has become interested in the nystagmus research, and in 2013 attended a research workshop organized by the Nystagmus Network in the UK. He himself is gifted with Infantile Nystagmus Syndrome, which provides endless wonder to those he meets. By day he is a mild-mannered scientist for the U.S. Navy. Joe earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from the University of Connecticut. For the past 12 years he has worked at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI. He performs basic research into the response of structures to underwater explosions. This mainly involves extensive computational simulations, but he has been known to blow things up underwater from time to time.
Katherine joined ANN in 2008 and became a board member in 2011. She lives in Fort Mill, SC with her husband and two children. Katherine was diagnosed with Nystamus at the age of 9 weeks. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She currently works as a financial analyst at Bank of America.
James “Tony” Fuhrer II is an Auditor and Certified Tax Examiner for St. Mary Parish Sales Tax Department. Tony is an avid golfer and hosted three Annual ANN Golf Classics. Soon after attending the 2009 ANN Conference Tony joined the ANN board and serves on the finance committee and has taken over responsibilities of Treasurer. Tony’s son James is affected by nystagmus.
Roz is currently a retired Benefits and Learning Consultant. Teaching, facilitation and training are her passions. She has used her skills internationally and feels honored to have done so. She is married with two children. Her interests are reading, writing, community outreach and involvement with her church community.
Evelyn Gonzalez is ANN’s first Executive Director, effective January 15, 2018. Evelyn brings tremendous experience as a project manager in the non-profit and public sector, as well as extensive experience in non-profit fundraising and management. The addition of this new director will enable the American Nystagmus Network to offer more services and programs to a growing nystagmus community.
Evelyn, her husband, and four teenage children live in San Leandro, CA. Her oldest and youngest sons both have INS. Evelyn and her son Juan attended the 2011 and 2013 ANN conferences. Evelyn holds a degree in biology and worked in the field of cytogenetics for nearly a decade. She returned to graduate school and received a M.Div. degree. She then served for eight years as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Oakland. Currently, she serves as a fundraiser and event planner supporting a number of nonprofit and community organizations. She is also a City of San Leandro Recreation and Parks Commissioner.
Larry Rochefort is a resident of Jupiter Florida where he lives with his wife Heidi and two children, Kyle (15) and Maggie (11). Larry is a practicing attorney in West Palm Beach Florida and works with the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt. He specializes in real estate litigation and is board certified in business litigation and has been practicing since 1988. Larry enjoys travelling and coaching youth sports. He is on the Board of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Larry’s son Kyle was born with nystagmus but is managing with daily life very well. Kyle just received his learners permit in Florida and is a very active athlete in high school.
Kerri has rejoined the ANN Board this year and has been a member of ANN since 2008. It was apparent to Kerri and her husband after they attended their first ANN conference that this was a special organization that would help them navigate nystagmus while giving support to their oldest daughter who has OA. Kerri loves seeing her daughter and other children meet for the first time at conferences as they develop their own friendships and support groups. Kerri has a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership and works with high-risk teens in her local area. She and her husband live with their children and lovable lab Oatz in CT.