My name is Chad Bell. My family and I live just outside of Alliance, Nebraska. A few short months after I graduated from high school in 1995, I was involved in a car wreck which resulted in a back surgery leaving me totally blind. I then attended the Center for the Blind in Lincoln for six months.
My wife and I have been married for eleven years and have two young sons ages ten and eight. As a family, we are heavily involved in agriculture and 4-H. At our home we raise sheep, chickens, pigs and goats; some for income and some for 4-H projects.
I am proud to say that I do custom woodworking, including remodeling building furniture and building buildings. I also work part time at a diesel shop. We also run cattle with my father-in-law. At times I feel that I am spread pretty thin as it feels like I am a jack of all trades, but a master of none.
When the opportunity arose for me to be on the Commission Board for NCBVI I thought that it was my time to pay back. I feel it is vital to make sure NCBVI keeps doing what it is doing because it helped for me become the blind person I am today.
I am proud to represent Western Nebraska and will do all that I can to help blind Nebraskans.