"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." -Helen Keller
RRRB OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Sarah Shew, Board Chairman and President
Sarah enjoyed a long career working for lawyers and judges prior to becoming a real estate consultant in 2006. Currently an associate broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties. Married, mother of a great daughter, friend of a funny dog, a reader, knitter and wannabe writer.
John Schumacher, Board Member
John was the Vice President of Schumacher Sons Construction in South Bend, IN. Director of Business Affairs at Old Indiana Family Fun 'n Water Park in Lebanon, IN. Assistant Moderator of Panic to Peace Anxiety Support Group in Phoenix, AZ. Avid train traveler and enthusiast. John has been with RRRB for 15-years.
Don Myers, Board Member
Don served in the Air Force during the Korean War. After retiring from a career teaching elementary school in 1972, Don and his wife Alma volunteered as full time Rangers for the National Park Service, including 18 years at Dinosaur National Monument. He and Alma have three children and more than 30 grandchildren.
Paige Wilbur, Board Member
Paige retired from the insurance industry after more than 20 years when her first grandchild born, has been a volunteer reader at Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind for many years.
Dan Zemke, Treasurer
Dan started as a volunteer reader in February 2021. He was born and raised in Kansas and moved to Arizona in 1970. He earned a BS in Accounting from ASU and served the State of Arizona retiring after almost 38 years in 2009.
Linda Furman, Board Member
Linda has been a volunteer reader with Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind since 2019. Her background is in elementary education, with most of her years spent as a Title-1 teacher, working with struggling reading and math students.
Richard Kerr, Board Member
Richard received his degree in Mass Communications from Arizona State University. He has been involved in radio since 1970. For 16 years Richard volunteered as a reader of the USA Today for Sun Sounds of Arizona. In 2016 he became a volunteer with Recreational Reading for the Blind (KRUV) as an announcer/reader. Recently, Richard began hosting a weekend show “Relaxing Eclectic Waves.”
Nicole Caliguiri, Office Administrator.
As part of her responsibility, she selects most of the articles that are read by the volunteers for the West Valley Talking News. She recently moved to Arizona from New York City, where she worked for the last 15 years as a Reference Librarian and Information Literacy Instructor for St. Joseph’s College. She is married to Michael Caliguiri, a personal injury attorney, and is the proud step-mother of Allison Brewster and David Caliguiri and grandmother of Katie. Her interests include golfing with her husband and pilates. After settling into her new home, she wanted to continue working as a librarian and learned of the RRRB through the website Volunteermatch. She has been working with RRRB since early 2021.
Pat Centner, Director of Development.
She loves people, takes pleasure in helping others, and enjoys expressive reading … so she views RRRB as a perfect fit! Pat has been in Arizona most of her life, having moved from Mississippi to Flagstaff as a child. She later married there and ran a jewelry store alongside her now deceased husband. She also became Mom to five stepsons! Pat’s entire work career has centered in some way around public relations. After moving to Phoenix, she advanced from Secretary to Vice President of Communications and Public Relations at a local religious foundation. She also served as a staff writer, fund raiser, graphic designer, and event planner for three charitable organizations. These days, Pat is involved as a volunteer at her local church, where she heads the PR Team, designs promo ads, and writes articles and press releases for local newspapers. She is also a soloist in her church choir.
John Schumacher, Program Director and Manager of RRRB.
His professional history is divided into thirds. His first third, in Indiana, was as an officer in his family’s general construction business – doing institutional, commercial and industrial construction, primarily in Northern and Northwest Indiana. The family business, started by John’s grandfather, began in 1910 and continued until 1980. His second third, still in Indiana, centered around building and operating a themed amusement park near Indianapolis. John designed, laid out and supervised construction and served as director of business affairs and human resources. Presently, in the current third of his professional life, John is up to his eyebrows with RRRB. His volunteer work began in 2001 in the analog/tape recorded era. Between 2005 and 2010, John oversaw conversion from analog to digital, adding an online radio station (KRUV) in 2016. John serves on RRRB’s Board of Directors in addition to production supervisor of the audio weekly news magazine format (West Valley Talking News), program director for Radio KRUV as well as audio recording for books and magazines.