Vanessa Meadows is a distinguished member of the Angel Eyes Fitness and Nutrition Board of Directors. Born in Rocky Mount, Virginia on February 1, 1959, Vanessa developed Stargardt, a retinal degenerative disease, at the age of 11. After relocating to North Carolina the following year, her condition did not prevent her from graduating from East Surry High School in 1977. Nor did it slow her down from graduating from Western Carolina University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while minoring in Special Education.
Following personal pursuits, Vanessa resettled in Atlanta where she began attending the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) in 1997. At the center, she received training in Braille, keyboarding, computers, Job Access With Speech (JAWS), OpenBook and Adaptive Living. She completed her studies with CVI in 1999. From there, Vanessa began her work with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Services (GLASS) in the same year.
Motivated by her own personal experiences with the challenge of being visually impaired, Vanessa has always desired to make daily activities more accessible to and inclusive of the blind. As the Assistant Manager for GLASS, Vanessa does just that as she launches, manages and perfects programs for GLASS patrons. Educational programs have included one on one Iphone and keyboarding classes, and health and fitness workshops while leisure programs have included the Atlanta Blind Chess Players and the For Grown Folks Only Book Club. Additionally, Vanessa acts in reader advisory capacity and recruits volunteers to further assist patrons with their needs.