Congratulate our 2016 Employees of the Year At this year’s NIB Conference, we had the chance to honor two of our employees with our sister agencies. Learn more about Roger and Sophia…
Roger Gadawski, Warren, Michigan
Diagnosed with Stargard’s Macular Dystrophy at age 12, Roger was successful in several lines of work before his vision declined and he sought employment with Beyond Vision/Associated Industries for the Blind. Since joining the Base Supply Center at TACOM in Warren, Michigan, Roger has excelled in every position, from assisting with deliveries, to shipping and receiving, to implementing procedures to make it easier for everyone to find stock throughout the warehouse. Roger is always ready to assist co-workers and create a positive work environment – he even helped recruit another employee who is blind, bringing the BSC staffing ratio to 50 percent. In his spare time, Roger enjoys biking, swimming, kayaking
Sophia Kipp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Diagnosed with retinis pigmentosa in her twenties, Sophia worked in various assembly and machining jobs until 2010, when her husband read an article about Beyond Vision. Unaware that any employer focused on employing people with vision impairment, Sophia visited the agency, applied for a position and, drawing on her previous work experience, hit the ground running. Sophia produces quality work in any position, but truly excels in assembling privacy filters, earning her the nickname “Queen of the Privacy Filter Room.” A member of the Quality Work Environment Team, Sophia keeps the environment fun and light while encouraging her co-workers to give their best. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family.