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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Miami Lighthouse Board

Click here to view list of Miami Lighthouse Board Chairs.

Name:

 

Charles J. Nielson, Sr.

     

Position:

 

Chair of the Board

     

Profession:

Nielson, Hoover & Associates

Name:

George W. Foyo

Position:

Immediate Past Chair

Profession:

Chair and CEO LJ International LLC

Name:

 

Louis Nostro, Esq.

     

Position:

 

Secretary

     

Profession:

Shareholder, Gunster

Name:

José A. Abrante Cosío

Position:

Assistant Secretary

Profession:

Chief Executive Officer-Abraco Group, LLC

Name:

Peter R. Harrison

Position:

Treasurer

Profession:

Commercial Real Estate Consultant

Name:

Anne E. Helliwell

Position:

Assistant Treasurer

Profession:

Helliwell Family Foundation

Name:

Michael A. Finney

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

President & CEO- Miami Dade Beacon Council

Name:

Harry W. Flynn, Jr, M.D.

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Name:

Gary D. Fox, Esq.

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

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

Name:

Sheila Freed

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Broker-Associate, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Name:

John H. B. Harriman

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Chief Operation Officer, FIBA (Florida International Bankers Association)

Name:

David Harrison

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Harrison Crane Service

Name:

Stacey W. Jones, PID, EDS

Position:

Board Director

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Retired Educator

Name:

Ali Mandsaurwala

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

President - Accessible Home Health Care of Aventura

Name:

Craig A. McKeown, M.D.

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Ophthalmologist at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Name:

Deborah A. Montilla

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Retired M-DCPS

Name:

Stephen A. Morris, O.D.

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

Optometrist

Name:

Ralph Niebles

Position:

Board Director

Profession:

President REN Consulting

Name:

Alexander L. Nostro

Position:

Chair- Young Professionals of Lighthouse (YPOL)

Profession:

Associate- Gunster

Name:

  The Honorable Tom's Regalado
     

Position:

 

Board Director

     

Profession:

Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting

Name:

 

Robert J. Shelley III

     

Position:

 

Board Director

     

Profession:

 

Rotary Club of Miami

Name:

 

Christian Infante

     

Position:

 

Board Director

     

Profession:

SFM Services, Inc.

Name:

 

Alex Suarez

     

Position:

 

Board Director

     

Profession:

Suffolk Construction

Name:

 

Frank J. Voytek

     

Position:

 

Board Director

     

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Management Consultant- Foxhall Advisory

HONORARY BOARD

Donna Abood
Agustin Arellano, Sr.
Agustin Arellano, Jr. - Past Chairman
William E. Beckham
Will Beckham
Donna R. Blaustein, Esq.
Ray Casas
Sander R. Dubovy, M.D.
Pamela J. Garrison, R.N.
Thomas E. Johnson, M.D.
Edward J. Joyce
Susan P. Kelley
J. Megan Kelly
Alan Levitt, O.D.
Jan S. Morrison
William L. Morrison
Maricarmen Perez-Blanco, O.D.
Shirley Press, M.D.
Scott Richey
Edward (Ed) J. Rosasco
Audrey H. Ross, Ph.D.
William R. Roy, Ph.D.
Carol P. Russo, M.S.
Shelley D.Rutherford
Donald J. Sackrider
Michael A. Silva, Esq.
Scott K. Sime
Steven J. Solomon, Esq.
David M. Turner III, CPA
Angela Whitman
Harold L. Young, Jr.

LEGAL COUNSEL

Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, 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.

 

 

 
 
   

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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.

 

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.