NBCF Spotlight Elaine Wenger-Roesener

Please join Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation in welcoming Elaine Wenger-Roesener, to her new role as President of the NBCF Board of Directors. Elaine is no stranger to NBCF, she has been an active member of the board since 2007.

A longtime advocate for children in our community, Elaine also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance and is a past member of the board of directors for the Nevada Community Foundation and Communities in Schools.

Elaine was born and raised in Indiana, she considers herself a “country girl.” Her life was inspired and guided by a desire to help others. Elaine followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a Registered Nurse. She started her professional nursing career in Indiana as an ER nurse and later moved to Los Angeles working at UCLA as an Adult ICU nurse. She later went on to specialize in enterostomal care and patient education. While she was working in California, she went back to school and obtained her BA in Philosophy. BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration, all from Loyola Marymount. She applied for and was accepted into law school, but just shy of attending she was introduced to Dale Roesener, whom she would later marry.

Her marriage to Dale brought her to Las Vegas where she continued working as a nurse at Valley Hospital. Elaine and Dale have two children, Philip and Ali. Philip was born with health complications and his care required more of Elaine’s time, so she decided to retire from nursing. She took an active role volunteering at her children’s schools and as the demands of parenting changed, she began taking a more active role in the community.

In 2007 Elaine was approached about joining the board of the newly formed Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation. She was struck by the mission and the opportunity to help a population that was very much underserved in Nevada. She has earned the respect of her fellow board members throughout her 13 years of service to the organization and is often referred to as the conscience of the board/organization; always keeping the focus on what matters most… our kids. Last month, Elaine accepted her new role as President of the NBCF Board of Directors.

When asked about her service, she said, “I am grateful for my upbringing that taught me the importance of community service and giving back at all levels, from volunteering your time to advocating for the underserved to contributing financially. I am so pleased to be a part of this organization and a diverse board of directors that will continue to work hard to attain our goals of opening the first pre-school for children with low vision and blindness, in Nevada.”

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