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Ardis Bazyn

Ardis BazynWhen she was twenty, Ardis Bazyn was blinded in a car accident and had to learn a new career in food service management. After 15 years of marriage, Ardis's husband suffered from strokes leaving him with dementia and needing care. She returned to college and received two BA degrees and a Master’s in Arts in Teaching in IA, while caring for her husband, raising two preteens, and managing her own food service business full-time. After more than 20 years in food service management, changing careers again, and starting her present business, she suffered a mild heart attack. Despite this setback, she has Self-published four booksshe and a contributor of "Success Simplified".

She currently serves as American Council of the Blind Membership Chair. She serves as vice president of Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs and handles their pr and website content. As Secretary of Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America, she serves as their publication and pr chair. She serves on the Caption Max consumer advisory board. As a board member of California Council of the Blind, she serves as primary Voting Advocate (serves on the Los Angeles County Voters with specific needs committee and the California Secretary of State Voters Accessibility Advisory Committee). She currently serves as Educational coordinator of the Burbank Business Network International. Besides serving as an elder, she serves on the Connections committee at 1st Presbyterian Church of Burbank. She has published numerous articles and manuals for organizations to assist them. In 2001, she compiled a booklet for Blind Students of California, "A Guide to a Successful College Experience", currently serving as an advisor to the American Council of the Blind Students. In the last two years, she has chaired two committees for the Ferdugo-Glen chapter of American Business Women's Association and currently is recording secretary. Ardis has received numerous awards including the Don Cameron Award for community advocacy, the Durward McDaniel Service Award, the American Council of the Blind Life Member Award, three trophies for the annual American Council of the Blind Walk/Run (2010, 2011, 2012), Best in Burbank 2009, Networker of the month awards from Burbank Business Network International, certificates from three Secretary of States in CA for advisory committee participation, and Anchor Certificate-completion of 200 hours of study on Biblical history). She was recently nominated for the Women in Business Magazine "Woman of the Year Award".

 

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