The Lighthouse has limited the number of individuals physically in our office as part of our COVID-19 response, however we continue to actively work with our clients remotely and by appointment. Please email us(opens in new window) or call +1 941-359-1404 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

  • Lisa-Howard-ceo-staff

    Lisa Howard, CFRE
    Chief Executive Officer

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  • Yahkub-Augustine-instructional-staff

    Yahkub Augustine
    Technology Manager

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  • Latricia_Gambrell_instructional_staff

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

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  • Teresa-Imbruno-staff

    Teresa Imbruno
    Administrative Manager

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  • Terri Medina

    Terri Medina, MPA
    Director of Development

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  • Cindy-Newell-staff

    Cindy Newell
    Finance Manager

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  • Madeline-Spencer-instructional-staff

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

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Administrative Staff

Instructional Staff

  • Lee Avant-staff

    Lee Avant
    Case Manager

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  • Kathleen Barrett-staff

    Kathleen Barrett
    Case Manager

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  • Judi Boylan-staff

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

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  • Pam Elders
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

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  • Angeline Koplau-staff

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

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  • Nathan LaForte

    Nathan LaForte, COMS, CVRT
    Vision Rehabilitation Specialist

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  • Elliott Natale-staff

    Elliott Natale
    Assistive Technology Instructor

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  • Randy Reed, CATIS, CVRT
    Assistive Technology Specialist

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  • Cathy Rushwin-staff

    Cathy Rushwin
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

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  • Terri Sweat-staff

    Terri Sweat, COTA/L
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

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  • Gloria Urbanowski
    Vision Rehabilitation Instructor

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  • Melissa Weis-staff

    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
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

  • Angela Abrams-board-member

    Angela Abrams

  • Phil Ames, M.D.

  • Cathi Bell Board

    Cathi Bell

  • Gina Bodden

    Gina Bodden

  • Linda Brown board member

    Linda Brown, MA, CRC
    Vice President

  • Alex Catera

    Alex Catera

  • Bethany Chapman

  • David Cruikshank-board-member

    David C. Cruikshank

  • Richard Draper-board-member

    Richard A. Draper

  • Kelly Ellis

  • Chris Enger board member

    Christopher Enger

  • Alex Elman Foley

    Alex Elman Foley

  • Kathryn Greenberg board member

    Kathryn Greenberg

  • Jessica Mark board Member

    Jessica Mark, O.D.

  • Robb Olsen board member

    Robb Olsen

  • Chelsea Spalding-board-member

    Chelsea Spalding, O.D.

  • Michelle Tarullo

    Michelle Tarullo