The Lighthouse is open and providing training for our clients.
Peepers Low Vision Store is ONLINE ONLY. Appointments are required for magnification consultation and purchases.

Please email us or call (941) 359-1404 for information.

+1 941-359-14047318 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Hope and Empowerment for the Visually Impaired

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Our Team

Leadership Team

Administrative Staff

Instructional Staff

  • Lee Avant-staff

    Lee Avant
    Case Manager

    Email Lee
  • Kathleen Barrett-staff

    Kathleen Barrett
    Case Manager

    Email Kathleen
  • Judi Boylan-staff

    Judi Boylan, CATIS, MCSE, LPN
    Vocational Rehabilitation Career Specialist

    Email Judi
  • Angeline Koplau-staff

    Angeline Koplau, COTA/L
    Children and Young Adult Program Coordinator

    Email Angeline
  • Nathan LaForte

    Nathan LaForte, COMS, CVRT
    Vision Rehabilitation Specialist

    Email Nathan
  • Elliott Natale-staff

    Elliott Natale
    Assistive Technology Instructor

    Email Elliott
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    Randy Reed, CATIS, CVRT
    Assistive Technology Specialist

    Email Randy
  • Cathy Rushwin-staff

    Cathy Rushwin
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

    Email Cathy
  • Terri Sweat-staff

    Terri Sweat, COTA/L
    Lead Instructor, Vision Rehabilitation

    Email Terri
  • Gloria Urbanowski

    Gloria Urbanowski
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

    Email Gloria
  • Melissa Weis-staff

    Melissa Weis
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

    Email Melissa

Per Diem Staff

Jordan Allen, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Luz Arenas, Interpreter, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor
Angela Freniere, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Rosemary Gribbin, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Instructor
Sandra Hoffmann, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Instructor
Brandi McNulty, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Orientation & Mobility Instructor
Bethani Shilladay, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Instructor
Nancy Smith, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

Contact: Info@LighthouseEducationCenter.org
941-359-1404

Board of Directors

  • Phil Ames

    Phil Ames, M.D.
    Director

  • Cathi Bell Board

    Cathi Bell
    Director

  • Gina Bodden

    Gina Bodden
    Director

  • Linda Brown board member

    Linda Brown, MA, CRC
    Vice President

  • Alex Catera

    Alex Catera
    Director

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    Bethany Chapman
    Director

  • David Cruikshank-board-member

    David C. Cruikshank
    Treasurer

  • Richard Draper-board-member

    Richard A. Draper
    Director

  • Kelly Ellis

    Kelly Ellis
    Director

  • Chris Enger board member

    Christopher Enger
    Director

  • Alex Elman Foley

    Alex Elman Foley
    Director

  • Kathryn Greenberg board member

    Kathryn Greenberg
    Director

  • Jessica Mark board Member

    Jessica Mark, O.D.
    Director

  • Robb Olsen board member

    Robb Olsen
    President

  • Chelsea Spalding-board-member

    Chelsea Spalding, O.D.
    Director