Allan Peterson from Horace was recently elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Council of the Blind (ACB). Peterson's election to the council's board marks the first time that an individual from North Dakota has been elected to such a position; the American Council of the Blind is a nationwide membership organization composed of 25,000 people that are blind or have visual impairments
"I'm thrilled with this opportunity to serve and to help represent the Upper Midwest on a national scale," Peterson said. "The leadership of the council is very well represented by the more populated areas of the country and it's time that someone with a more rural viewpoint has representation on the board."
Peterson has held leadership positions in a number of local and statewide organizations that help serve and represent people with disabilities including (among others), North Dakota Association of the Blind, Handi-Wheels Transportation Services, and the North Dakota Disability Advocacy Consortium. He has also held a number of leadership positions in local civic and church groups including those with the Horace Lions Club, St. John Lutheran Church, and Churches United for the Homeless. His interest in service to others has led him to run twice in recent elections as a candidate for a seat in the North Dakota House of Representatives from District 22.
Prior to losing his eyesight due to a retinal disease, Peterson earned a degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota and after graduation was involved in research at that institution while pursuing postdoctoral work in veterinary microbiology and pathology. Prior to his loss of sight, Peterson was also a member of the faculty in the Veterinary Science Department at North Dakota State University.
Peterson and his wife, Judy, longtime residents in the Horace community, are the proud parents of three adult children and of two grandsons.