Cincinnati Association for the
Blind & Visually Impaired

CABVI Names New President/CEO

Teri Shirk smiling

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) is pleased to announce that Teri Shirk has been selected as the new agency President/CEO.


Shirk will assume the role of President/CEO on March 15, 2021. Dennis Dern, previous Board President, has been serving as Interim President/CEO since September 2020 while CABVI’s Board of Trustees and a search committee completed an extensive nation-wide recruitment process.


Shirk was previously the Vice President of Program Services at Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. She had been there since 2017, providing strategic direction, vision, and administrative oversight for a $12 million program services division within a $50 million local nonprofit serving individuals with disabilities and people living in poverty. Shirk has led a large team serving 17,000 individuals in a variety of programs including workforce development, aging, behavioral health, vision loss, and services specifically for people with disabilities.


With 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, Shirk has also held progressively responsible leadership positions within the following organizations: Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Miami Valley Industries, and the Alzheimer’s Association.


“CABVI is pleased that Teri brings with her a strong background in nonprofit human services that includes working with people who are blind and visually impaired,” says Dennis Dern, Interim President/CEO. “Combining her experience and passion for this work makes Teri an ideal choice to lead CABVI.”


“I am honored to have been selected as CABVI’s new President/CEO and look forward to helping the agency successfully navigate these challenging times,” says Shirk. “My goal is to apply my practical leadership expertise, strategic vision, and a fresh perspective to help the agency move forward into a bright future.”


Shirk earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She is a resident of West Chester, Ohio.




Since 1911, CABVI has been providing counseling, vision rehabilitation, and employment services to help more than 4,500 people annually of all ages adapt to severe vision loss in the Greater Cincinnati region. This includes early childhood, low vision, daily living, access technology and safe travel training. CABVI provides employment in our Industries Program and sells office products through CABVI also operates a Base Supply Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and provides employment in Contract Management Services. CABVI’s mission is “Empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to seek independence.” For more information, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit

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