iBUG Board Members

Michael McCulloch, President and CEO

Michael grew up in Houston, Texas and is a graduate of Rice University where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering. After graduating from Rice, Michael worked full time for The Boeing Company’s Space Exploration Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center until his retirement in 2017.  Michael started out performing Guidance, Navigation and Control analyses on the Space Shuttle program.  He also supported 9 Shuttle flights working in Houston’s Mission Control Center.  He moved over to the International Space Station program in 1996 and continued through his retirement, supporting various aspects of mission operations of the International Space Station.  Michael began losing his vision in his late 20’s due to glaucoma. He is totally blind in his left eye and has light perception and sees shadows in his right eye.

Michael serves as a board member of the Houston Council of the Blind and the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network. He is also a member of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas-Houston Chapter and Visually Impaired Advocates.  Michael is a member of the Houston Heights Lions Club, First Christian Church of Houston and president of his Caroline-Wentworth Townhomes Homeowners Association.

He was recognized for his service to the Houston disability community by being awarded the CARE Award in September 2014 by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.  In September 2016, Michael was inducted into the Who's Who Among Blind Texans Honor Society by the American Council of the Blind of Texas for demonstrating exemplary commitment to advocacy, awareness, education and community service.  In October 2016, he was appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve a two-year term as commissioner on the Houston Commission on Disabilities.  Michael is committed to serving and empowering the disability community to become independent and productive members in society.


Sandhya Rao, Vice President - Training & Special Events, Secretary

Sandhya grew up in Houston. When Sandhya was two months old, she was diagnosed with a rare brittle bone disease called osteo petrosis, which caused her blindness.  Sandhya attended Rice University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Behavioral Science. In June 1994, she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Stanford University Law School. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 1994 and started working as a law clerk of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division.  From September of 1995 through the present, Sandhya has been working as a staff attorney in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.  She conducts legal research on constitutional issues and drafts judicial memoranda. 

Sandhya is active in the legal and blind communities and serves in the following positions. She has served as a board member of the Stanford Club of Houston since 2005.  Since 2013, Sandhya has served as the secretary of the Federal Section of the Houston Bar Association. Since 2011, Sandhya has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse of Houston. In 2015, Sandhya became the Secretary of the Braille Revival League of Texas (BRLT). She became a member of the Board of the Houston Council of the Blind in 2015. Sandhya is also a member of the National Federation for the Blind of Texas - Houston Chapter and Houston Heights Lions Club. She is a classically trained pianist and regularly performs at nursing homes and hospitals.  

Sandhya has received the following honors:  Garland Walker Inn of Court Professionalism Award; Recognition Award for twenty years of Distinguished Federal Judiciary Service; and Phi Beta Kappa.  Sandhya is committed to forever altering the lives of the blind and visually impaired community by giving them the technological tools to achieve their full potential.

 

Belinda Skloss, Vice President - Corporate Funding; Treasurer

Belinda is a native Houstonian.  She has Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology, Addictionology, Education with a Mid Management Certification, and Spiritual Studies.  Currently, she is in private practice as a psychotherapist with over 32 years of clinical experience with individuals. group, family, and marriage counseling provided to adults, adolescents, and children.  Prior to being in private practice, Belinda was a teacher, special education counselor, Director of Twelve Oaks Hospital, PA to Dr. Silverman, and substance abuse counselor for New Spirit.  She did her internship at Harris County Youth Village.  The experience has allowed her to develop a diverse background in the field of substance abuse, legal, hospital, and educational environments.

Ms. Skloss holds specialty licenses in the following areas:  Life Coach, Sports Counselor, Forensic Therapist, Licensed Vocational Teacher, Personality Disorder, Licensed Dual Diagnosis, Crisis Management, Behavioral Management, Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Cessation, Substance Abuse Counselor, Master-level Addiction Counselor, Certified Criminal Justice, Mediation, SASSIE I and II, and Chemical Dependency.

Belinda has received the following honors and awards:  Psi Chi National Honor Society, American Business Woman from 1997-present, APA Board Diplomate, Delta Sigma Phi, and Rotarian of the Year.

Belinda became  involved in the blind community in 2012.  She has had macular degenerative stargardt disease  since birth.  She is President of the Bay Area Council of the Blind.  She serves as a Board member for the American Council of the Blind of Texas (ACBT).  She serves on the following committees for ACBT:  Fundraising, Advocacy, and Publicity.  Belinda is a board member and Treasurer for the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN) where she is chairperson for Donations and Hospitality.  She was instrumental in securing the nonprofit status for HAVIN and procuring major sources of funding HAVIN. Because of Belinda’s love of books, she became a key member of VILA, a book club led and operated by the visually impaired. 

Belinda’s goal is to inspire the blind community to use their personal and technical skills to enhance their daily environment and successfully enter the workforce.  She is committed to utilize her experience in business management and fundraising to secure lifetime sponsors and partners to fulfill this goal.