Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

To provide vision rehabilitation, eye health services and education that promote independence,
to collaborate with and train professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.

It's Possible to See Without Sight™

601 Southwest Eighth Avenue, FL 33130 · Ph: 305.856.2288 · Fx: 305-285.6967 · info@miamilighthouse.org 

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Miami Lighthouse Board

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

Name:

 

Louis Nostro, Esq.

     

Position:

 

Chairman of the Board

     

Profession:

Partner, Nostro Jones, P.A.

Name:

 

Ramon (Ray) Casas

     

Position:

 

Immediate Past Chairman

     

Profession:

President of Wragg & Casas Public Relations

Name:

 

Owen S. Freed, Esq.

     

Position:

 

Secretary

     

Profession:

 

International Attorney – Private Practice

     

Name:

Peter R. Harrison

Position:

Treasurer

Profession:

Senior Vice President, Cresa Partners

Name:

Donna Abood

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Principal, Managing Director - Miami at Avison Young

Name:

José A. Abrante Cosío

Position:

Board Director and Chair of Planning and Program Development Committee

Profession:

Chief Executive Officer-Abraco Group, LLC

Name:

 

Will Beckham

     

Position:

 

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

     

Profession:

 

Senior Account Executive - JM Private Insurance

Name:

 

Kent M. Benedict

     

Position:

 

Board Director

     

Profession:

 

Vice President, Northern Trust Bank

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

Name:

George W. Foyo

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

EVP and Chief Administrative Officer, Baptist Health South Florida

Name:

Gary D. Fox

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

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

Name:

Irwin Frost

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Partner, Friedman & Frost, P.L.

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

Name:

John H. B. Harriman

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Chief Operation Officer, FIBA (Florida International Bankers Association)

Name:

Thomas E. Johnson, M.D.

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Name:

Alfred Karram, Jr.

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Owner, AKJ Design Concepts LLC

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

Name:

The Honorable Gwen Margolis

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Real-Estate Investor

Name:

Stephen A. Morris, O.D.

Position:

Board Director and Heiken Advisory Committee Member

Profession:

South Florida Eyecare Specialist

Name:

Jan S. Morrison

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Community Leader

Name:

 

Maricarmen Perez-Blanco, O.D.

     

Position:

 

Board Director

     

Profession:

Senior Optometric Physician, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Name:

 

Shirley Press, M.D.

     

Position:

 

Board Director

     

Profession:

Pediatric Emergency Physician, Jackson Memorial Hospital

Name:

 

Scott J. Richey

     

Position:

 

Board Director

     

Profession:

 

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

Name:

 

Steven Solomon

     

Position:

 

Board Director and Chair of External Relations and Resource Development Committee

     

Profession:

 

Shareholder, GrayRobinson, P.A.

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 J. 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 R. 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

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.

 

 

 
 
   
   
   

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

   
                     

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.