Rich Cavallaro began his employment with the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) on July 9, 2014. He is the new technology instructor in the Orientation Center. Mr. Cavallaro is a 2014 graduate of the Louisiana Center for the Blind where he attended after earning a B.S. degree in Computer Information Technology from Hofstra University in 2012. From 2009, while going to school, he was employed as an adaptive technology instructor for Echoes Instructional Design in New York City and resided in Roslyn Heights, New York. As part of the program called Technologically Empowered College Students (TECS, his primary responsibility was to teach college students the various uses of adaptive technology through online learning.
This is Rich’s first time in Iowa and he has a very favorable impression so far. In his spare time Rich pursues three main areas of interest--music, technology, and reading. He plays piano, sings, and favors rock, pop, and classical music. Billy Joel is his favorite musical artist. He also enjoys keeping up with the latest in technology and is well versed in both mainstream and assistive technologies. His reading tastes are wide, however, and not limited to computer books. He also has excellent Braille skills.
With his strong commitment to the goals of our agency and his skills as an instructor, he will be a tremendous asset to the Orientation Center.
On June 23, Scott Van Zee joined our building staff as a custodian and is very excited to be working at IDB. His first introduction to the department was when he was installing a stove in one of the guest apartments and learned of an open position in building maintenance. Scott has completed his staff training in the Orientation Center and now works from 9:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every weeknight, helping to keep our building clean and secure.
We welcome both of these new employees to our agency.