Cincinnati Association for the
Blind & Visually Impaired

CABVI Elects Dennis Dern as Interim President/CEO

headshot of Dennis Dern Smiling

Cincinnati, OH – The Board of Trustees of Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) recently elected Dennis Dern, Board Chair to serve as Interim President/CEO until a national recruitment process for a new agency President/CEO can be completed.


Dern joined CABVI’s Board of Trustees in 2008 and has served as a Board Chair since 2018. He also served as Vice Chairman and as a member of the Audit/Finance and Governance Committees of the Board. He was the Board Treasurer from 2011 to 2016. Dern retired as technical controller for GE Aviation’s Commercial Engines Operations in Evendale, Ohio in early 2020. From 1991 to 2000, Dern worked for Chiquita Brands International, Inc., and prior to that, he was a member of Price Waterhouse’s audit and continuing education departments in their Cincinnati, Dayton and New York-National offices.


John Mitchell served as CABVI’s President/CEO through August 31, 2020.


“CABVI is deeply grateful to John for his dedicated leadership of the agency for the last thirteen and a half years as President/CEO. He has been an integral part of the agency’s success and we appreciate his service and commitment to CABVI,” said Mr. Dern. “At CABVI, we have built a strong foundation for continued growth, including focusing on our clients’ needs, honoring our volunteers, and highly valuing our team members for the expertise they bring to CABVI. Our commitment to improving our services for people in the community who are blind or visually impaired continues to be our top priority.”


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Since 1911, CABVI provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in the Greater Cincinnati region. Through all its programs and services, it strives to help those who are blind, visually or print impaired lead full and independent lives. CABVI provides services to more than 6,000 people each year and is proud to be a United Way partner agency. For more information about CABVI, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit our website at

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