The Lighthouse office remains physically closed as part of our COVID-19 response, but we continue to actively work with our clients virtually.

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+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

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    Lisa Howard, CFRE
    Chief Executive Officer

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    Yahkub Augustine
    Technology Manager

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    Holly Board
    Rehabilitation Manager, Children and Young Adult Services

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    Latricia Gambrell, COMS
    Rehab Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation, Technology and Mobility

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    Teresa Imbruno
    Administrative Manager

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    Terri Medina
    Director of Development

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    Cindy Newell
    Finance Manager

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    Madeline Spencer, COMS, CVRT
    Rehabilitation Manager, Independent Living Program

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Administrative Staff

Instructional Staff

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    Lee Avant
    Case Manager

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    Kathleen Barrett
    Case Manager

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

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    Pam Elders
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

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    Angeline Koplau, COTA
    Children and Young Adult Program Coordinator

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    Elliott Natale
    Assistive Technology Instructor

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    Randy Reed, CATIS, CVRT
    Assistive Technology Specialist

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    Cathy Rushwin
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

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    Terri Sweat, COTA/L
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

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    Gloria Urbanowski
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

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    Melissa Weis
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

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Per Diem Staff

Jordan Allen, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Luz Arenas, Interpreter, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor
Melinda Armstrong, Vision Rehabilitation Aide
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


Board of Directors

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    Angela Abrams

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    Ana V. Betancourt

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    Linda Brown, MA, CRC
    Vice President

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    David C. Cruikshank

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    Richard A. Draper

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    Robb Olsen

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    Jay Solomon

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    Arysol Soltero Niffenegger, M.D.

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    Chelsea Spalding, O.D.

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    Michelle Tarullo

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    Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, M.D.