Meet the Board

John McCann

President

John McCann is a relatively new Arizona resident having relocated to Tucson in June 2015 subsequent to his retirement.  After receiving his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1980, He began his career of federal service with the Health Care Financing Administration, then left federal employment to served as the Commissioner of the Virginia state agency for the Blind.  In 1990 he returned to federal service with the Social Security Administration, holding a variety of responsible positions until retirement.

While living in Virginia during his working years, John had been very active in ACB at both the state and local levels.  He was elected to the ACB board in 2012 and then as ACB second vice president in 2015.  He declined to run for national office in 2019 in order to devote more time to the Arizona Council and to pursue other fulfilling life activities; specifically, playing mandolin in a newly formed bluegrass band, amateur radio, and leisure reading.

Gail Wilt

Vice President

Gail Wilt is a licensed professional counselor who worked as a psychotherapist in Phoenix community mental health for 18 years. Legally blind since age four, she has been involved in the disability community since 1990. She served on the Sensory Impairment Advisory Council, the Board of the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Foundation for Blind Children, and the Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment.  She has also been involved with the Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL, now Ability360). She received the 2012 Spirit of ABIL Award. In 2004 she was invited to work for FBC as counselor/mentor in the brand-new comprehensive rehabilitation program that Vocational Rehabilitation created for blind/visually impaired adults. In 2012 she was hired as team leader for the new Phoenix branch of Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (now SAAVI Services for the Blind); in 2016 she switched into the position of Statewide Coordinator of Counseling and Social Work. 

Gail started learning braille in kindergarten in Chicago, at the Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School. She taught braille to some students both at FBC and SAAVI. 

She is certified in Unified English Braille.  She is a member of ACB’s Braille Revival League. 

Gail was introduced to the Arizona Council of the Blind by Barbara McDonald, around the turn of the millennium. She has served as an officer at both local and state level.

George Martinez Sr.

Treasurer

George lives in West Phoenix where he manages his own accounting firm serving nonprofit and Church clients.

He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and after graduation went on to work in the financial district of New York City as an auditor with the international CPA firm Price Waterhouse. 

He passed the CPA exam in Arizona and after working as a CPA 32 years voluntarily surrendered his Certificate in May 2018.

George and his wife of 46 years have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.  He & his family are very active in their Church where he functions as an Ordained Assisting Minister.

In addition to serving as Treasurer and board member of AZCB George also serves as Treasurer and board member for VRATE and on the Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment.

George also volunteers with My Blind Spot and Intuit as a QuickBooks Tester on an International team working to make QuickBooks more accessible for the visually impaired.

Lindsey McHugh

Secretary.

Lindsey McHugh resides in Tucson, AZ and is the president of the Southern Arizona Council of the Blind, secretary of the Arizona Council of the Blind, and chair of the committee that plans the AZCB state conventions. She was instrumental in convincing the Arizona Senate Education and Appropriations Committees to pass a bill into law, which required that every blind child learn braille at a young age and that textbook publishers also produce their books in an electronic format so that they can be easily embossed in braille. Aside from her passion for making the world a better place for those who are blind or visually impaired, Lindsey teaches music to sighted kindergarten through sixth grade students in the public schools, has sung as a soprano soloist in prominent international concert venues, and has served as musical director for community, youth, radio, and professional theatrical productions. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Arizona and is considering obtaining a doctorate. Lindsey enjoys riding the biggest roller coasters, making people laugh, and spending time with family and friends.

Chris. Desborough

Director.

Residing in Tucson  for over a decade, Chris Desborough has been very active throughout  the state advocating for the  rights of the disabled, most notably those living with  both hearing and vision loss.

He was invited to deliver the keynote address at the State capital in 2017 by the Arizona Commission for the deaf and hard of hearing in support of their efforts to secure  funding for specialized services for  those living with combined vision and hearing loss. He has also spoken at VRATE, served on the City of Tucson’s  committee on disability issues,  was President of the Arizona Association of the deaf blind, served for  4.5 years on the  GCBVI deafblind issues committee,elected as Director for AZCB in April 2018, and runs his own small  non-profit, DeafBlind Connections in Arizona, Inc.

Chris holds both a  bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and was a recipient of the Gabe Zimmermann Award for Community  service in  2017.

He currently works as a staff member to one of the members of the Tucson City Council  and is a passionate advocate of disabled rights and equal  opportunity in the workplace.

Having been born and raised in London, England he is a lifelong supporter of the Premiership soccer clubs Arsenal and Watford, and is also a lifelong, and passionate fan of the San Francisco 49ers and san Francisco Giants.