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Meet the AER Staff!

The AER executive team is the core of the organization helping to support members of AER and the important work of hundreds of volunteers serving on our Board and Committees.

Michele Basham, Associate Executive Director, Membership and Community Engagement
While Michele Basham’s career has spanned a variety of roles in association management, her passion is working with members. Since joining AER in 2018, she is primarily responsible for membership recruitment/retention and providing our members with the best possible service. She is also the staff liaison to the AER Chapters, Divisions, and several Committees, and in her spare time works on AER’s office operations. Prior to joining the team at AER, Michele worked at several other associations and nonprofit organizations. Michele lives in the Washington, DC area with her family and sweet little Yorkie, Snicks.

Megan Doty, Director, eLearning and Professional Development
Megan Doty joined the AER team as the eLearning and Professional Development Program Manager. Her role is to facilitate the construction of the new professional learning website for the organization, as well as virtual continuing education opportunities for members. She worked in in-person and online professional development project management for about three years prior to joining AER. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Go Big Red!) and enjoys spending her free time with her family, friends and cats.

Dr. Elly du Pre
Dr. Elly du Pré is the former executive director of Lighthouse of Broward (an accredited agency since 1988) and currently directs Florida Agencies Serving the Blind, a consortium of 17 nonprofits providing direct services to people of all ages.  She started as an Orientation and Mobility instructor in 1971 and coordinated rehabilitation services and implemented the computer training program at Miami Lighthouse. 


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Mailing Address
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
5680 King Centre Drive, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22315