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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

     

Sharon Caughill

Special Projects Manager

786-362-7503

     

Heidy Farinas

Development Database Manager

786-362-7510

     

Corbin Vallis

Development Database Coordinator

786-362-7511

     

Lynda Medina

Executive 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

Director of External Relations

786-362-7515

     

Brenda Williamson

Director of Compliance and Program
Grant Development

786-362-7512

     

Jeff Rabalais

Facilities and Transportation Manager

786-362-7441

     

Mabel Lopez

Human Resources Manager

786-362-7478

Adult Services

Carol Brady-Simmons

Chief Program Officer

786-362-7480

     

Nihusa Dias

Database Analyst and Compliance Manager

786-362-7449

     

Vicky Larrea

Database/Data Entry Specialist

786-362-7459

     

Yuni Miguez

Logistics, Scheduling and Data Entry Specialist

786-362-7444

Personal Management

Jessica Alessio

Orientation & Mobility Specialist and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

786-362-7447

     

Raquel Van Der Biest

Occupational and Low Vision Therapist

786-362-7529

     

Luis Cruz

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

786-362-7509

Case Managers

Corina Hernandez

Senior Case Manager

786-362-7445

     

Chelsea Haina

SGA Case Manager

786-362-7448

Computer Technology Services

William (Bill) Rivera

Computer Technology Services Manager

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

Computer Technology Services Instructor

305-856-2288
ext 7547

Orientation & Mobility

John Clapp

Manager of Orientation & Mobility

786-362-7451

     

Jessica Alessio

Orientation & Mobility Specialist and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist

786-362-7447

     

Lauren Bowen

Orientation & Mobility Specialist

305-856-2288
ext 7541

Social Group Activities

Nelba Gonzalez

Coordinator of Arts & Crafts/SGA

786-362-7453

     

Jose Gonzalez

Arts & Crafts Instructor Assistant

786-362-7453

     

Dianelis Diaz

Arts & Crafts Instructor Assistant

786-362-7453

     

Chelsea Haina

Case Manager

786-362-7448

     

Ruth Marcus

Dietitian

305-856-2288
ext 7548

Transition Program

Betty Chavarria

Transition and Education Services Case Manager

786-362-7523

     

Reinaldo Sanchez

Transition and Education Services Coordinator

786-362-7487

     

Michelle Fischer

TVI and O&M Instructor

786-362-7485

Job Readiness

Brendan Gibson

Job Readiness Instructor Specialist

786-362-7452

 

 

 

Pauline Winick

Job Coach

786-362-7452

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

Manager of Children’s Programs

786-362-7481

     

Ana Haber

Children's Specialist

305-856-2288
ext 7545

     

Oseas de Leon

Braille and Technology Literacy Coordinator

786-362-7457

     

Cynthia Sanchez

Children's Services Program Coordinator

786-362-7483

     

Aireme Acosta

Children’s Specialist

305-856-2288
ext 7544

     

Scarleth Rodriguez

Children’s Specialist

305-856-2288
ext 7546

     

Rebeca Dominguez

Case Manager

786-362-7456

     

Rocio Lopez

Social Worker

786-362-7450

Lighthouse Learning Center for Children

Isabel Chica

Director of Children’s Programs

786-362-7482

     

Tobi Elden-Weisberg

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

305-856-2288
ext 7542

     

Malice Dasilva

Pre-K Special Education Teacher

305-856-2288
ext 7548

     

Lidia Mendez

Pre-K Program Coordinator

786-362-7484

Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program

Dr. Scott Schatz

Heiken Quality Assurance

786-362-7469

     

Carmen Arguijo

Optometric Technician Driver

786-362-7525

     

Oscar Godoy

Optometric Technician Driver

786-362-7525

     

Antoinette Sample Dorce

Optometric Technician Driver

786-362-7525

     

Christina Gallardo

Program Coordinator

786-362-7528

     

Janet Kelly Marte

Data Entry

786-362-7522

     

Karen Paulino

Program Coordinator

786-362-7524

     

Daliana Gomez

Case Manager

786-362-7526

     

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

   

 

Raquel Van Der Biest

Occupational and Low Vision Therapist

786-362-7529

   

 

Luis Cruz

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

786-362-7509

   

 

Juan Artaza Roca

Vision Solutions Assistant

786-362-7489

   

 

Karina Martinez Veliz

Low Vision Receptionist

786-362-7479

Music Department

Robert Saunders

Music Program Manager

786-362-7535

     

Antonio Cobo

Music Instructor

786-362-7531

     

Carlos Camacho

Music Instructor

786-362-7531

     

Oman Pedreira

Music Instructor

786-362-7531

Development

Brenda Williamson

Director of Compliance and Program
Grant Development

786-362-7512

External Relations

Cameron Sisser

Director of External Relations

786-362-7515

     

Maria Bello

Coordinator of External Relations

786-362-7514

Human Resources

Mabel Lopez

Human Resources Manager

786-362-7478

Angie Blanco

Client and Guest Relations Coordinator

305-856-2288

Lourdes Hernandez

Receptionist

305-856-2288

Furious Berrain

Back-up Receptionist

305-856-2288

Finance and Business Services

Richard Fernandez

Chief Financial Officer

786-362-7475

     

Shayla Diego

Senior Accountant

786-362-7476

     

Martha Perez

Accountant

786-362-7477

Transportation & Facilities

Jeff Rabalais

Facilities and Transportation Manager

786-362-7441

     

Sase Narayan

Facilities Maintenance Coordinator

786-362-7443

     

Ingrid Hernandez

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Jesus Pina

Cook

786-362-7442

     

Ninnete Garcia

Housekeeper

786-362-7441

     

Gustavo Quevedo

Driver

786-362-7441

     

Ariel Sanchez

Facilities Support/Back-Up Driver

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 for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
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Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.

 

 
 
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eight 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.

 

2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

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.

   
 
 

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