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  Left to right: Pablo Gonzalez, George Foyo, Angela Whitman, Virginia Jacko, Audrey Ross, Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Alfred Karram, Jr.  
 

2017 Valentine's Luncheon honoring Miami Lighthouse Volunteer Board
Left to right: Pablo Gonzalez, George Foyo, Angela Whitman, Virginia Jacko, Audrey Ross, Rene Gonzalez-Llorens,
Alfred Karram, Jr.

 
     

Miami Lighthouse Board at 85th Diamond Anniversary Celebration

   
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Lisa Pisciotta and Michael Silva   Bill Roy, Susan Kelley, Board Director Angela Whitman and Dr. Harry Flynn

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Lisa Pisciotta and Michael Silva

 

Bill Roy, Susan Kelley, Board Director Angela Whitman and Dr. Harry Flynn

   
Board Chair Louis Nostro, Janet Nostro and Bill and Julia Beckham   Sheila Freed and Board Director Owen Freed, Nicolas Pisaris and Pam Garrison

Board Chair Louis Nostro, Janet Nostro and Bill and Julia Beckham

 

Sheila Freed and Board Director Owen Freed, Nicolas Pisaris and Pam Garrison

   
 Mohamed Iskandarani, Gonzalez-Llorens, Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Barbara Alonso   Board Director Dr. Alan Levitt and Andrea Levitt

Mohamed Iskandarani, Gonzalez-Llorens, Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Barbara Alonso

 

Board Director Dr. Alan Levitt and Andrea Levitt

   
Board Director Dr. Sander Dubovy and Sarah Dubovy   Board Director Scott Richey and Karla Richey

Board Director Dr. Sander Dubovy and Sarah Dubovy

 

Board Director Scott Richey and Karla Richey

   
Staci Solomon and Board Director Steven Solomon   Gus and Lilliam Machado, CEO Virginia Jacko, and Board Director  George Foyo

Staci Solomon and Board Director Steven Solomon

 

Gus and Lilliam Machado, CEO Virginia Jacko, and Board Director George Foyo

   
Jennifer and W. Kinzy Jones, Jr., Erika and Board Director Kent  Benedict    

Jennifer and W. Kinzy Jones, Jr., Erika and Board Director Kent Benedict

 

 

   

Miami Lighthouse Board

     
  Past Board Chairs at the 2017 Annual Board Meeting. From left to right: Peter R. Harrison, Agustin Arellano, Jr., Charles J. Nielson, Sr., Donna Blaustein, Louis Nostro, Ramon (Ray) Casas, Owen S. Freed and William L. Morrison.  
 

Current and Past Board Chairs at the 2017 Annual Board Meeting. From left to right: Peter R. Harrison, Agustin Arellano, Jr., Charles J. Nielson, Sr., Donna Blaustein, Louis Nostro (Chair 2017-2018), Ramon (Ray) Casas, Owen S. Freed and
William L. Morrison.

Click here to view list of Miami Lighthouse Board Chairs 1931-2018

 
     
     
Louis Nostro, Esq.  

Name:

 

Louis Nostro, Esq.

       
 

Position:

 

Chairman of the Board

       
 

Profession:

 

Partner, Nostro Jones, P.A.

       
       
Ramon (Ray) Casas  

Name:

 

Ramon (Ray) Casas

       
 

Position:

 

Immediate Past Chairman

       
 

Profession:

 

President of Wragg & Casas Public Relations

       
       
Owen S. Freed, Esq.  

Name:

 

Owen S. Freed, Esq.

       
 

Position:

 

Secretary

       
 

Profession:

 

International Attorney – Private Practice

       
       
       
       
       
Peter R. Harrison

Name:

Peter R. Harrison

Position:

Treasurer

Profession:

Senior Vice President, Cresa Partners

Donna Abood

Name:

Donna Abood

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Principal, Managing Director - Miami at Avison Young

José A. Abrante Cosío

Name:

José A. Abrante Cosío

Position:

Board Director and Chair of Planning and Program Development Committee

Profession:

Chief Executive Officer-Abraco Group, LLC

Will Beckham  

Name:

 

Will Beckham

       
 

Position:

 

Board Director and Co-chair Young Professionals of Lighthouse (YPOL)

       
 

Profession:

 

Senior Account Executive - JM Private Insurance

       
       
       
       
Kent M. Benedict  

Name:

 

Kent M. Benedict

       
 

Position:

 

Board Director

       
 

Profession:

 

Vice President, Northern Trust Bank

       
       
       
       
Sander R. Dubovy, M.D.  

Name:

 

Sander R. Dubovy, M.D.

       
 

Position:

 

Board Director

       
 

Profession:

 

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology / Associate Professor of Pathology – Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital

       
       
George W. Foyo

Name:

George W. Foyo

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

EVP and Chief Administrative Officer, Baptist Health South Florida

Gary D. Fox

Name:

Gary D. Fox

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Attorney, Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A.

Irwin Frost

Name:

Irwin Frost

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Partner, Friedman & Frost, P.L

Pablo Gonzalez

Name:

Pablo Gonzalez LEED AP, BPI, Florida Class 1 Rater

Position:

Board Director and Co-chair Young Professionals of Lighthouse (YPOL)

Profession:

Director of Sustainability, OHL Arellano Construction

Pablo Gonzalez

Name:

John H. B. Harriman

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Chief Operation Officer, FIBA (Florida International Bankers Association)

Thomas E. Johnson, M.D.

Name:

Thomas E. Johnson, M.D.

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Alfred Karram, Jr.

Name:

Alfred Karram, Jr.

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Owner, AKJ Design Concepts LLC

Alan P. Levitt, O.D.

Name:

Alan P. Levitt, O.D.

Position:

Board Director, Heiken Advisory Committee Member and Chair of Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee

Profession:

Board Certified Optometric Physician

The Honorable Gwen Margolis

Name:

The Honorable Gwen Margolis

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Real-Estate Investor

Dr. Stephen Morris

Name:

Stephen A. Morris, O.D.

Position:

Board Director and Heiken Advisory Committee Member

Profession:

South Florida Eyecare Specialist

Jan S. Morrison

Name:

Jan S. Morrison

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Community Leader

Dr. Marie Carmen Perez-Blanco  

Name:

 

Maricarmen Perez-Blanco, O.D.

       
 

Position:

 

Board Director

       
 

Profession:

 

Senior Optometric Physician, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

       
       
Shirley Press, M.D.  

Name:

 

Shirley Press, M.D.

       
 

Position:

 

Board Director

       
 

Profession:

 

Pediatric Emergency Physician, Jackson Memorial Hospital

       
       
Scott J. Richey  

Name:

 

Scott J. Richey

       
 

Position:

 

Board Director

       
 

Profession:

 

Managing Director of a Private Client Advisory Team, Northern Trust Bank

       
       
Steven Solomon  

Name:

 

Steven Solomon

       
 

Position:

 

Board Director and Chair of External Relations and Resource Development Committee

       
 

Profession:

 

Shareholder, GrayRobinson, P.A.

       
       
Angela Whitman  

Name:

 

Angela Whitman

       
 

Position:

 

Board Director

       
 

Profession:

 

Community Leader

       
       
HONORARY BOARD

Agustin Arellano, Jr.
Agustin R. Arellano, Sr.
William E. Beckham
Donna Blaustein
Alvaro M. Cabrera
Joseph E. DaGrosa, Jr.
Gary D. Fox, Esq.
Pamela Garrison
Joel Grossman, M.D.
John H.B. Harriman
Anne Helliwell
Lorenzo Jackson, Jr., Esq.
Edward J. Joyce
Susan P. Kelley
J. Megan Kelly
Gloria Martin
David B. McCrea, Esq.
William L. Morrison
Charles J. Nielson, Sr.
Edward Rosasco
Audrey H. Ross, Ph.D.
William Roy, Ph.D.
Carol P. Russo
Shelley D. Rutherford
Donald J. Sackrider
Michael A. Silva, Esq.
Scott K. Sime
David M. Turner III, CPA
Harold L. Young, Jr.

LEGAL COUNSEL

Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Esq.

LEGAL COUNSEL EMERITUS

Preston L. Prevatt, Esq.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Virginia A. Jacko

  Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™, August 3, 2016:  Honorary Board Director John Harriman, Board Directors Louis Nostro, and Angela Whitman, CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Director Kent Benedict and Senator Gwen Margolis.  
 

Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™, August 3, 2016:
Honorary Board Director John Harriman, Board Directors Louis Nostro, and Angela Whitman,
CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Director Kent Benedict and Senator Gwen Margolis.

 
     
 
 
2017 ANNUAL MEETING
 
  Passing the gavel, 2016 Chairman Ramon F. Casas and 2017 Board Chairman  
 

Passing the gavel, 2016 Chairman Ramon F. Casas and 2017 Board Chairman.

 
     
2016 ANNUAL MEETING
 
2015 ANNUAL MEETING
Board Chair Ramon Casas, Board Director Bill Beckham and CEO Virginia Jacko  

Board Chair Ramon Casas, Board Director Bill Beckham and CEO Virginia Jacko.

 

Left to right: Incoming Chair Ray Casas (who also served as chair 1999-2000), outgoing chair Agustin Arellano, Jr., and Chair-Elect Louis Nostro. Board chairs serve for two year periods. Nostro will assume the chair in 2017.

 
     
 
2016 McCrea Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
 
2014 See the Light Luncheon
Board Directors Pablo Gonzalez, Jose Abrante, Board Chair Ramon Casas, CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Director Louis Nostro, Legal Counsel Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Honorary Board Director David McCrea and Board Director Stephen Morris   Board Directors Steven Solomon, Edward Rosasco, CEO Virginia Jacko, Chair-elect Ray Casas, Angela Whitman, Kent Benedict, Board Chair Agustin Arellano, Jr., Louis Nostro, John Harriman and Bill Beckham.

Board Directors Pablo Gonzalez, Jose Abrante, Board Chair Ramon Casas, CEO Virginia Jacko, Board Director Louis Nostro, Legal Counsel Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Honorary Board Director David McCrea and Board Director Stephen Morris

 

Board Directors Steven Solomon, Edward Rosasco, CEO Virginia Jacko, Chair-elect Ray Casas, Angela Whitman, Kent Benedict, Board Chair Agustin Arellano, Jr., Louis Nostro, John Harriman and Bill Beckham.

     
2014 McCrea Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
 
2013 Groundbreaking Ceremony for Fourth-Floor Expansion
Honorary Board Directors Gloria Martin, Board Directors Scott Richey with his son, Angela Whitman, CEO Virginia Jacko, Maricarmen Perez-Blanco, Honorary Director David McCrea, Steven Solomon, Deborah Montilla, Stephen Morris, Legal Counsel Rene Gonzalez-Llorens and Anne Helliwell   Board Director Owen Freed, CEO Virginia Jacko, Honorary Director Gloria Martin, Board Chair Agustin Arellano, Jr. and Board Director Bill Beckahm

Honorary Board Directors Gloria Martin, Board Directors Scott Richey with his son, Angela Whitman, CEO Virginia Jacko, Maricarmen Perez-Blanco, Honorary Director David McCrea, Steven Solomon, Deborah Montilla, Stephen Morris, Legal Counsel Rene Gonzalez-Llorens and Anne Helliwell

 

Board Director Owen Freed, CEO Virginia Jacko, Honorary Director Gloria Martin, Board Chair Agustin Arellano, Jr. and Board Director Bill Beckahm

     
2013 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Reception
 
2012 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Reception
Board Directors Dr. Sander Dubovy and Dr. Thomas Johnson with CEO Virginia Jacko   Board Members Deborah Montilla and Peter Harrison with Board Chair Michael Silva (center)

Board Directors Sander Dubovy, M.D. and Thomas Johnson, M.D. with CEO Virginia Jacko

 

Board Members Deborah Montilla and Peter Harrison with Board Chair Michael Silva (center)

 
     
 
2011 ANNUAL MEETING
 
  Current and past chairs of Miami Lighthouse (from left to right): Michael Silva, Ray Casas, Donna Blaustein, Owen Freed, Bill Roy, and Susan Kelley  
 

Past chairs of Miami Lighthouse (from left to right):
Michael Silva, Ray Casas, Donna Blaustein, Owen Freed, Bill Roy, and Susan Kelley.

 
     

Financial Health

  • Through effective work in seeking public funding and expanding philanthropic support, Miami Lighthouse enhanced its financial health and its sustainability in serving its more than 20-fold increase in clients since 2004.
  • Miami Lighthouse ranks nationally among the top 2% of the 8,000 nonprofit organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator based upon sound fiscal management and responsible use of donor dollars thus ranking as one of the elite 160 nonprofits in the nation that have received eight consecutive 4-star ratings. Only about one in four organizations evaluated gets a 4-star rating.

Board Strategic Plan, 2013-2016 Update

In 2013, the Board Strategic Plan identified the following six focus areas:

  • Providing Career Guidance and Job Placement
  • Meeting the Needs of Visually Impaired Adults, Especially Seniors
  • Innovating through Advanced Technology
  • Collaborating with Academe
  • Pursue National Health Care Strategic Partners
  • Meeting the Needs of Visually Impaired Children

Read a case study on Board governance in Nonprofit World by Bill Roy, Virginia Jacko and consultant Doug Eadie.

Miami Lighthouse Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse and dynamic group of volunteers, who provide leadership and support to ensure the vitality of the organization.

The Miami Lighthouse Board adopted a contemporary high-impact governance model in early 2007 which channels the energy and talents of board members in three areas of governance: monitoring, planning, and external relations. Further, it facilitates a close, enduring, and truly effective Board-CEO partnership which has a significant impact in organizational affairs.

 

 

 
 



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Florida Heiken Program
 

 
 

 

Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And Visually Impaired Breaks Ground On New Learning Center For Children

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; Thomas Abraham, Anthony R. Abraham Foundation; Senator Gwen Margolis; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Mrs. Spencer; Chairman of the Board Ray Ramon Casas; CEO Virginia Jacko; Representative David Richardson; Marcel Marlote, Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners; Jorge Munilla, Munilla Construction Management; and Richard Krasno, representing The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

 

 
 


“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
Click here to read the article.

 

 
 



The Blind Visionary
All of Virginia’s royalties and part of the publisher’s
royalty income will be donated to blind services at
the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
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Low Vision Center
 

 
 



State of Vision
Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.

 

 
 

 

STAR Summer Camp Children Testimonials

  • STAR is really cool. I like it because I get to be
    with all my friends and learn a lot during summer,
    from typing to art to music.
    - Marino, age 12


  • STAR is fun because we get to read a lot, go on lots of field trips, use the computers and learn programs like PowerPoint. I make a lot of friends here and get to learn things with them. It's a lot better than staying at home watching TV during the summer!
    - Madisleny, age 11


  • We learn a lot and have fun activities in STAR. The large print books I get have helped me a lot in school, and I like learning with a lot of friends that
    I've made here during my second year in STAR at Miami Lighthouse.
    - Taknighis, age 12


 
 
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned nine 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.

 

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

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.

 

2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

   
 
 

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