HKSB in the Media
Edwards Elected Chairman of Helen Keller Services for The Blind
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
December 7, 2007
Thomas J. Edwards has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees for Helen Keller Services for the Blind, it was announced today by Fred W. McPhilliamy, president of the organization.
An active board member since 1993, Mr. Edwards succeeds long-time board trustee Lawrence S. Wizel of Amper Investment Banking.
“Tom has been an advocate for Helen Keller Services for the Blind for many years,” said McPhilliamy. “Tom’s leadership and guidance will serve us well.”
Edwards retired from Verizon Communications after a career that spanned 35 years, including senior management positions in Operations, Regulatory Matters, Labor Relations, Human Resources and Public Affairs at both the State and Federal Levels.
Edwards devotes a great deal of time to various non profit groups. Edwards is Chairman of the Board of the Lutheran Health Care System and also serves as Chairman of the Lutheran Augustana Center for Rehabilitation. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Health Plus and also serves as a member of the Human Resources Board Committee for the Catholic Health System of Long Island. In 2005, Governor Pataki appointed Edwards to the State Commission that reviews and approves applications for Power Generating Sites in New York City. In the recent past, he served as the Chairman for the Commission on Education for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens as well as Chairman of the Board for the Frances Schervier Home and Hospital in the Bronx.
Edwards received his Bachelors Degree from Fordham University, holds an MBA from Pace University and has attended the Bell Advanced Management Training Program at the University of Illinois. Edwards has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from St. Joseph’s College.
Since 1893 Helen Keller Services for the Blind has helped individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, and who may have additional disabilities, develop independence and participate actively in their communities.