Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

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.

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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Contact Information

601 SW 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33130 
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Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Client Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Please call for holiday hours.

For General Inquiries:

Telephone: 305-856-2288 
Fax: 305-285-6967 
Email: info@miamilighthouse.org

Directory

Executive Office

Virginia A. Jacko

President & Chief Executive Officer

305-856-4176

     

Heidy Farinas

Development Database Manager

786-362-7510

     

Natalya Lopez

Development Database Coordinator

786-362-7511

     

Angie Chirino

Executive Administrative Assistant

786-362-7503

Senior Staff

Richard Fernandez

Chief Financial Officer

786-362-7475

     

Carol Brady-Simmons

Chief Program Officer

786-362-7480

     

Cameron Sisser

Senior Vice President for External Relations

786-362-7515

     

Brenda Williamson

Director of Compliance and Program Grant Development

786-362-7512

     

Jeff Rabalais

Director of Facilities & Transportation

786-362-7441

     

Lourdes Hurtado

Human Resources Manager

786-362-7513

Adult Services

Carol Brady-Simmons

Chief Program Officer

786-362-7480

     

Nihusa Dias

Associate Director for Program Compliance

786-362-7449

     

Vicky Larrea

Database/Data Entry Specialist

786-362-7459

Personal Management

Raquel Van Der Biest

Occupational and Low Vision Therapist 786-362-7529
     

Karima Garcia

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant 786-362-7509
Case Managers

Corina Hernandez

Senior Case Manager

786-362-7445

     
Computer Technology Services

William (Bill) Rivera

Technology Director

786-362-7455

     

Jin Ho Choi

Braille & Assistive Technology Specialist

786-362-7458

     

Oseas de Leon

Braille and Technology Literacy Coordinator

786-362-7457

     

Barbara Del Pino

Computer Technology Services Instructor

786-362-7446

     

Jorge Hernandez

Manager of Technology

305-856-2288
ext 7547

     

Reinaldo Sanchez

Computer Technology Services Instructor

786-362-7455

Orientation & Mobility

Florian Utchitel

Director for Rehabilitation Programs

786-362-7509

     

Samly Melendez

O&M Specialist

786-362-7447

     

Judith Porro, COMS, CVRT

O&M Specialist

 

Social Group Activities

Jose Gonzalez

Senior Group Activity Instructor

786-362-7453

     

Aaron Hill

Senior Group Activity Instructor

786-362-7453

     

Ruth Marcus

Dietitian

305-856-2288
ext 7548

     

Michelle Munoz

Recreational Therapist

786-362-7453

Transition Program

Betty Chavarria

Manager of Transition and Education Services

786-362-7523

     
Job Readiness

Diana Herrera

Job Service Specialist

     
Children's Services

Carol Brady-Simmons

Chief Program Officer

786-362-7480

Blind Babies Program

Krizia Perez Warren

Manager of Children's Programs

786-362-7481

     

Aireme Acosta

Children's Specialist

786-362-7544

     

Maria Peirano

Children's Specialist/OT

786-362-7546

     

Samantha Hernandez

Children’s Specialist

786-362-7551

     

Nicole Dolz

Children's Specialist

786-362-7479

     

Samantha Sotolongo

Program Coordinator

786-362-7483

     

Lynne Miranda

Family and Children Support Specialist

786-362-7456

     

Camilla Enriquez

Children’s Specialist

786-362-7545

Miami Lighthouse Academy

Carmen Flores

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Dayanna Herrera

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

April Venegas

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     
Miami Lighthouse Academy

Liana De Angelis

Director of Miami Lighthouse Academy

786-362-7483

     

Demetrius Morgan

TVI and O&M Specialist

786-362-7483

     

Yara Frignani

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

     

Maria Leonor

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Ericka Schwartzman

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Victoria Mallet

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Francesca Crozier-Fitzgerald

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

786-362-7483

     

Dawn Swinehart-Jones

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

786-362-7483

     

Sarai Mendoza

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Silvia Volonte

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7441

     

Aundrea Tulin

Program Coordinator

786-362-7483

     

Arianna Sweet

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

     

Alexandra Harlyuk

Case Management & Compliance

786-362-7483

     

Caridad Garcia

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

     

Natali Timothee

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Raquel Jarrett Davis

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Cristina Rodriguez

Credentialed Florida Childcare Education Teacher

786-362-7483

Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program

Dr. Scott Schatz

Heiken Quality Assurance

786-362-7469

     

Dannielle Dixon

Heiken Children's Vision Program Manager

786-362-7527

     

Oscar Godoy

Optometric Technician Driver

786-362-7525

     

Katia Quintana

Optometric Technician Driver

786-362-7467

     

Janice Turner

Data Entry 786-362-7504
     

Carmen Arguijo

Heiken Optometric Technician Driver 786-362-7522
Low Vision

Scott Gartner, O.D.

Consulting Optometrist 786-362-7469
   

 

John Garcia

Manager of Vision Solutions 786-362-7489
   

 

Raquel Van Der Biest

Occupational and Low Vision Therapist

786-362-7529

     

Mirla Garache

Vision Solution Coordinator

786-362-7479

Music Department

Zachary Brown

Manager of Music Programs

786-362-7535

     

Antonio Cobo

Music Instructor

786-362-7531

     

Oman Pedreira

Music Instructor

786-362-7531

     

Julio Fumero

Music Instructor

786-362-7531

     

Gerlado Ubieda

Music Instructor

786-362-7531

Development

Brenda Williamson

Director of Compliance and Program Grant Development

786-362-7512

     

Harold Marcus

Senior Manager of Donor Development

786-362-7507

     

Marlen Munoz

Manager of Grant Administration

786-362-7472

External Relations

Cameron Sisser

Vice President for External Relations

786-362-7515

Human Resources

Lourdes Hurtado

Human Resources Manager

786-362-7513

Maria Diaz Osorio

Client & Guest Relations Coordinator

305-856-2288

Furious Berrain

Back-up Receptionist

305-856-2288

     

Jennifer Aleman

External Relations

786-362-7514

Finance and Business Services

Richard Fernandez

Chief Financial Officer

786-362-7475

     

Yuderquis Ciriaco

Senior Accountant

786-362-7476

     

Anthony Espinal

Senior Accountant

786-362-7517

     

Martha Perez

Accountant

786-362-7477

     

Yenisel Trujillo

Accounting Clerk

786-362-7476

Transportation & Facilities

Jeff Rabalais

Director of Facilities & Transportation

786-362-7441

     

Sase Narayan

Facilities Maintenance Coordinator

786-362-7443

     

Jesus Pina

Cook

786-362-7442

     

Ninnete Garcia

Housekeeper

786-362-7441

     

Gustavo Quevedo

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Ariel Sanchez

Transportation Specialist

786-362-7441

     

Elizabeth Cera

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Jose Garcia

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Felix Rivas

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Dariel Perez Rodriguez

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Rey Rodriguez

Driver

786-362-7441

Directions to Miami Lighthouse

From the North: 
  • Take I-95 South to the SW 7 Street exit.
  • At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto SW 7 Street.
  • Proceed to the next traffic light, which is SW 8 Avenue and turn Right.
  • Our parking lot is on the right-hand side, about ½ block down. 
From the South: 
  • Take US 1 North until it becomes I-95 North.
  • Take the SW 8 Street exit.
  • At the traffic light go straight ahead to the next traffic light, which is SW 7 Street.
  • Turn Left.
  • Go to SW 8 Avenue (a traffic light) and turn Right.
  • Our parking lot is on the right-hand side, about ½ block down. 
From the West: 
  • Take the Palmetto to 836 east.
  • Proceed to I-95 South.
  • Take I-95 South to the SW 7 Street exit.
  • At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto SW 7 Street.
  • Proceed to the next traffic light, which is SW 8 Avenue and turn Right.
  • Our parking lot is on the right-hand side, about ½ block down. 
From the West via SW 8th Street:
  • Head east on SW 8th STREET to SW 8th AVENUE.
  • Turn left onto SW 8th Avenue.
  • Go 1-1/2 blocks north.
  • Miami Lighthouse on the right.
 
 
   

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Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.

 

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

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 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 Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.

 

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.

 
                   

Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)

 

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

 

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

 
                   

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

 

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 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.