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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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

     

Melissa Serna

Editorial Director

786-362-7500

Angie Blanco

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

Vice President for External Relations

786-362-7515

     

Isabel Chica

Director of Children's Programs

786-362-7482

     

Brenda Williamson

Director of Compliance and Program Grant Development

786-362-7512

     

Jeff Rabalais

Facilities and Transportation Manager

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

Sara Leal

Manager of Orientation & Mobility

786-362-7451

     

Florian Utchitel

Director for Rehabilitation Programs

786-362-7509

     

Samly Melendez

O&M Specialist

786-362-7447

     

Judith Porro

O&M Specialist

 

Social Group Activities

Jose Gonzalez

Arts & Crafts Instructor Assistant

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

     

Dawn Swinehart-Jones

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

786-362-7483

Job Readiness
     
Children's Services

Carol Brady-Simmons

Chief Program Officer

786-362-7480

Blind Babies Program

Isabel Chica

Director of Children's Programs

786-362-7482

     

Krizia Perez Warren

Manager of Children's Programs

786-362-7481

     

Ana Haber

Children's Specialist

305-856-2288
ext 7545

     

Aireme Acosta

Children's Specialist

305-856-2288
ext 7544

     

Maria Peirano

Children's Specialist/OT

305-856-2288
ext 7546

     

Crystal Pinder

Family & Children Support Specialist

786-362-7456

     

Samantha Hernandez

Case Manager

305-856-2288
ext 7551

     

Lilyana Rodriguez

Case Management & Compliance

 

     

Silvia Volonte

Children's Services Program Coordinator

786-362-7441

Lighthouse Learning Center for Children

Isabel Chica

Director of Children's Programs

786-362-7482

     

Imaris Alvarez

Pre-K Program Coordinator

786-362-7483

     

Liana De Angelis

Associate Director

786-362-7483

     

Demetrius Morgan

TVI and O&M Specialist

786-362-7483

     

Stephania Desir

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

     

Yara Frignani

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

     

Stephanie Gonzalez

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

     

Lillianna Sanchez

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Maria Leonor

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Lianeth Abelleira

Job Service Coordinator

786-362-7483

     

Victoria Hernandez

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Sasha Pineda

Teacher Assistant/After School Counselor

786-362-7483

     

Kimberly Ramirez

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Ericka Schwartzman

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Kassandra Green

Teacher Assistant

786-362-7483

     

Gabrielle Garcia

Teacher Assistant

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

     

Jessica Rios

Program Coordinator

786-362-7522

     

Oscar Godoy

Optometric Technician Driver

786-362-7525

     

Janice Turner

Data Entry 786-362-7504
     

Carmen Arguijo

Heiken Optometric Technician Driver 786-362-7522
     

Margie Mejia

Heiken Program Coordinator 786-362-7532
     

Heiken Program Manager

  786-362-7527

Low Vision

Scott Gartner, O.D.

Consulting Optometrist 786-362-7469
   

 

John Garcia

Manager of Vision Solutions 786-362-7489
   

 

Priscila Vargas

Assistant Manager for Vision Solutions 786-362-7479
   

 

Raquel Van Der Biest

Occupational and Low Vision Therapist

786-362-7529

Music Department

John Nichols

Director for Music Programs

786-362-7535

     

Antonio Cobo

Music Instructor

786-362-7531

     

Carlos Camacho

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

External Relations

Cameron Sisser

Vice President for External Relations

786-362-7515

Human Resources

Lourdes Hurtado

Human Resources Manager

786-362-7513

Maria Diaz

Client & Guest Relations Coordinator

786-856-2288

Furious Berrain

Back-up Receptionist

305-856-2288

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

Facilities and Transportation Manager

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

     

Aris Rivera

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Felix Ruiz

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Harold Menendez

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Rene Acosta

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Ariel Sanchez

Transportation Specialist

786-362-7441

Solutions Store

305-856-9100

visionsolutions@miamilighthouse.org (primary)
solutionstore@miamilighthouse.org   (secondary)

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

 

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

 

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 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.