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

     

Lisa Sanabria

Executive Administrative Assistant

786-362-7500

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

     

Jeff Rabalais

Senior Director of Facilities & Transportation

786-362-7441

     

Mara Gonzalez

Miami Lighthouse Academy Director

786-362-7468

Adult Services

Carol Brady-Simmons

Chief Program Officer

786-362-7480

     

Vicky Larrea

Database/Data Entry Specialist

786-362-7459

     

Betty Chavarria

Case Manager

786-362-7445

Personal Management

Raquel Van Der Biest

Occupational and Low Vision Therapist 786-362-7529
     

Rachel Echevarria

Occupational Therapist Assistant 786-362-7509
Computer Technology Services

William (Bill) Rivera

Technology Director

786-362-7455

     

Jin Ho Choi

Braille & Assistive Technology Specialist

786-362-7458

     

Oseas de Leon

Senior Technology Specialist

786-362-7457

     

Jorge Hernandez

Senior Manager of Technology

305-856-2288
ext 7547

     

Juniette Alvarez

Computer Technology Services Instructor

786-362-7547

     

Rafael Fernandez

Computer Technology Services Instructor

786-362-7444

     

Jesus Lopez

Computer Technology Services Instructor

786-362-7446

     

Javier Diaz

Computer Technology Services Instructor

786-362-7444

Orientation & Mobility

Samly Melendez

O&M Specialist

786-362-7447

     

Hecmarie Tosado

O&M Specialist

786-362-7447

Social Group Activities

Jose Gonzalez

Senior Group Activity Instructor

786-362-7453

     

Aaron Hill

Supervisor of Fine Arts and Art Education

786-362-7453

     

Ruth Marcus

Dietitian

305-856-2288
ext 7548

     

Daliany Camacho

Manager of Senior Group Activities

786-362-7453

Transition Program

Ariana Garcia

Manager of Transition and Education Services

786-362-7523

     
Job Readiness

Jorge Hernandez

Senior Manager of Technology

786-362-7449

Blind Babies Program

Jehiel Guzman

Manager of Children's Programs

786-362-7484

     

Racquel Rose

Childrens Specialist

786-362-7456

     

Carolina Cuevas

Childrens Specialist

786-362-7456

     

Charelis Hernandez

Children and Family Support Specialist

786-362-7456

     

Amarilis San Pedro

Family and Children Support Specialist

786-362-7484

     

Zaklina Kajtazi

Children Specialist

786-362-7456

Miami Lighthouse Academy

Demetrius Morgan

Associate Director for TVI

786-362-7483

     

Michael Berger

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

786-362-7483

     

Mara Gonzalez

Miami Lighthouse Academy Director

786-362-7483

     

Yara Frignani

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

     

Romartine Virgile

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

     

Fany Ferrufino

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

     

Dawn Swinehart-Jones

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

786-362-7483

     

Silvia Volonte

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7441

     

Natali Timothee

Teacher Assistant / Substitute

786-362-7483

     

Ylianne Llana-Leon

Occupational Therapist

786-362-7483

     

Karla Padilla

Case Management & Compliance

786-362-6504

     

Melinda Roman

Early Childhood Education Teacher

786-362-7483

Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program

Dr. Scott Schatz

Heiken Quality Assurance

786-362-7469

     

Oscar Godoy

Optometric Technician Driver

786-362-7525

     

Katia Quintana

Optometric Technician Driver

786-362-7467

     

Carmen Arguijo

Heiken Optometric Technician Driver 786-362-7522
     

Christian Fernandez

Voucher Medical Records Coordinator 786-362-7504
     

Anabel Paco-Cano

Program Coordinator 786-362-7528
     

Edward Diaz

Heiken Data Entry 786-362-7532
     

Aidela Gutierrez

Program Coordinator 786-362-7524
     

Angela Vazquez

Heiken Director 786-362-7527
     

Melissa Padron

Optometric Technician Assistant 786-362-7525
Low Vision

Scott Gartner, O.D.

Consulting Optometrist 786-362-7469
   

 

Raquel Van Der Biest

Occupational and Low Vision Therapist

786-362-7529

     

Ashley Valdez

Interim Manager of Low Vision

786-362-7470

Music Department

Carlos Camacho

Manager of Music

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

     

Audrey Carballo

Manager of Music Programs

786-362-7535

Development

Heidy Farinas

Senior Manager of Executive Operations

786-362-7510

     

Natalya Lopez

Development Database Coordinator

786-362-7511

     

Marlen Munoz

Associate Director of Grant Development

786-362-7472

     

Hillary Bautista

Development Database & Administrative Clerk

786-362-7448

External Relations

Cameron Sisser

Vice President for External Relations

786-362-7515

     

Katherine Martinez

Events & Development Coordinator

786-362-7514

Human Resources

Jose Riopedre

Human Resources Director

786-362-7513

     

Joshua Mesa

HR Compliance Coordinator

786-362-7478

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

Junior Accountant

786-362-7476

Transportation & Facilities

Jesus Pina

Cook

786-362-7442

     

Javier Davila

Driver

786-362-7443

     

Ariel Sanchez

Manager of Transportation

786-362-7443

     

Elizabeth Cera

Driver

786-362-7443

     

Lianelys Castro

Driver

786-362-7443

     

Oslaine Cano

Driver

786-362-7443

     

Jorge Campos

Driver

786-362-7443

     

Wilfredo Gallardo

Facilities Maintenance Coordinator

786-362-7443

Front Desk Reception

Gloria Sardinas

Client and Guest Relations Coordinator

305-856-2288

     

Furious Berrain

Back-up Receptionist

305-856-2288

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 coveted Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2023 Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence NOVO Award with an organizational budget of $2 million and above.

 

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.

 

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 Award1.

 

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