Executive Director

Dr. David Barnwell, DBA
President and Executive Director

Dr. David Barnwell

The Iris Network names Dr. David Barnwell as President/Executive Director 

In January, 2018, The Iris Network selected David Barnwell, DBA to be its new President/Executive Director. The Iris Network’s Chairman of the Board, David Joyce, said, “After a wide ranging search, we chose Dr. David Barnwell to lead our agency. His experience in the blindness industry, credentials, leadership and advocacy style are a great match for what our community-benefit organization needs to expand and be the premier provider of training and services to those we serve.” 

Before joining The Iris Network, Dr. Barnwell was the President of A Brighter Path Foundation (and Vice-President of Business Affairs) at Industries for the Blind (IFB) based in North Carolina. He is the immediate past Chairman of the board of Miracles in Sight (an established international program for corneal transplants which also supports women’s empowerment in India), a member of Missionaries for Blind Children and the National Association for Employment of People who are Blind, along with being a governor appointed Chairman of the North Carolina Commission for the Blind. He holds doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration. He received his doctorate from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and his master’s and bachelor’s from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. David and his wife Kim have a son named Cooper. He grew up in Tennessee, with a grandmother living not far from Helen Keller’s childhood home in Alabama. He chose his career when challenged to “use his powers for good.” 

While The Iris Network has provided primary vision rehabilitation to individuals experiencing significant vision loss and blindness since 1905, and opened a Low Vision Clinic in Portland in 2005, the September 2015 launch of its campus-based Rehabilitation Center marked a major milestone for the organization, in expanding on a national level to provide individuals, many newly blind, with the skills needed to prepare to enter a competitive 21st century workforce, and an opportunity to participate in a life-altering rehabilitation process so that they can reclaim their lives after vision loss and live and work independently. 

Feel free to call The Iris Network at (207) 774-6273 to schedule a tour or to meet our leaders!

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