Through education, training, research and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides hope, confidence, and independence to people of all ages
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Statewide Florida Heiken Program Members

Florida Heiken Vision Program

Officers and Advisory Committee

  • Virginia A. Jacko, Committee Chair, President
  • Alan Levitt, O.D., Treasurer, Levitt Eye Care, Miami Lighthouse Board Director
  • Marcia Bynoe, ARNP-BC, MSN, FNP, SNP, Broward County Schools
  • Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, Inc.
  • David Loshin, O.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.O., Nova Southeastern University
  • Steven Marcus, Ed.D., Health Foundation of South Florida
  • Craig McKeown, M.D., Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Stephen Morris, O.D., F.A.A.O., South Miami Eye Care Center, Miami Lighthouse Board Director
  • Sidney Stern, O.D., F.A.A.O., Medegy Health Systems

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

  • Scott Schatz, Ph.D., O.D., F.A.A.O., Medical Director, Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program
  • Richard Fernandez, Chief Financial Officer
  • Danielle Dixson, Manager, Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program

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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following


PR Week

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 12 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation's premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

GuideStar Exchange's Gold Participant

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.

The Children's Trust

Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.


Florida Blue Foundation

Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.

The Beacon Council

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

Marlins Charity Partner

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

Health Foundation of South Florida

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.


Miami Today

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

United Homecare

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare's 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

South Florida Business Journal

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.


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