Our Team

Meet The Board

With every successful organization there is a great team

Melva Henderson, a native of Dallas, Texas, has over ten years of professional experience working within the blind and visually impaired community. She worked as a prospect researcher, outreach specialist, and program coordinator. Her compassion and advocacy have allowed her to be the keynote speaker at universities and organizations while providing events that bring awareness. Melva received her BSW in social work from Texas Woman University. She later earned an MSW from Texas A&M University of Commerce. Additionally, she received a certificate in business management from George Mason University through the   National Industries for the Blind Business Management Training program. Melva is a catalyst for positive impact who has worked with community organizations in Dallas, Texas, enriching their development—channeling her life experiences with agency and initiative. Texas State Governor has appointed Melva to the State Independent Living Council. She is also a member of North Texas Business and Professional Women’s League, INC. As a woman who lost a significant amount of sight to pseudotumor cerebri  She's devoted to living life beyond limits and helping others to do the same.

Melva Henderson

Founder & CEO

Angela Mays


Angela Mays a Dallas, Texas resident, received her certificate in Office Systems Management from Richland College. She is now working towards completing an Associate's degree in Applied Science and a Certification in Assistive Technology. Angela has worked in the field of technology for over five years. She has trained many other blind professionals to become successful using assistive technology. Angela has more than ten years of experience working in non-profit in various positions. Her diagnosis with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) enhanced her determination to become independent which has paved the way for her siblings. She is the oldest daughter of 3 other sisters who were also born with RP—Angela continues to give back to her community by participating in her church's outreach ministry and bringing awareness to the blind community.

 Danara Barlow


Danara Barlow, resident of Fairborn, Ohio, born and raised in Joliet, Illinois Danara is a vibrant and outgoing woman with a contagious zeal for all things inspirational. Danara prides herself on the innate ability to empower and encourage all people from all walks of life.

Born blind, Danara has never allowed her disability to stop her. She is an overcomer and has proven that time and time again. Holding a Masters in Leadership, a bachelor’s in psychology and associates in Child Development with certificates in HR and Business Management, there is absolutely nothing she cannot accomplish.

Launching groups like Project Better, a summer program geared toward the promotion of higher and post-high school education for youth in the low-income housing project she lived in as a teen. Also, Let’s Do Something: From Affirmation to action. A women’s group created to bring women together to explore the city of Wichita while also being encouraged through the power of Affirmation.

Recently launching the “Pretty Blind Girl” movement. Danara endeavors to promote awareness of the blind and visually impaired while also inspiring others through motivational speaking.

Roma Williams


Roma Williams is from the great state of Texas, but Ghana, West Africa, is where her heart calls home. Growing up in an international household, she developed a strong love for culture, fashion, and music at an early age. She would continue to grow through college at the University of North Texas, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.


As a woman whose vision loss journey began in 2015, Roma has embraced a passion for promoting and expanding the organization’s reach to those with visual impairments while helping uplift and build the Living Beyond Limits community along the way!

During Roma’s free time, she can be found traveling and exploring new destinations with her incredible husband, supporting local music artists, and creating memories with family and friends.

Shawn Callaway is a Program Specialist for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Disabilities (AoD). He was a social worker for the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health (DBH). Providing counseling and therapeutic services to regular and special education students. In addition, he conducted several community events and motivational workshops. Unfortunately, while pursuing a degree in Business Administration, Shawn was involved in an accident that caused him to become permanently blind. He received independent living training and later continued his education at the University of Maryland, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Shawn also obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and holds multiple leadership positions within the National Federation of the Blind, including Co-Chairman of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Chairman of the Black Leaders Serving for Advancement, and Chairman of the Blind Greek and Masonic Group. In addition, Shawn is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. This husband and father is the co-host of a radio show titled “Open Our Eyes.”

Shawn Callaway