It’s Been an Honor to Serve the Lighthouse.
It is with mixed emotion that I will be leaving The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. in May of this year. However, I am thrilled to also announce that the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has chosen me to succeed their longtime President and CEO Carl Augusto, who is retiring after 25 years.
I am extremely proud of the many things we have accomplished during my 16 years at the Lighthouse. From the beginning of leading a small development department to becoming President and CEO, our organization has expanded to eleven different locations across the nation, both increasing revenue and the number of our employees — over 260 of whom are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.
As we near our 100th year in operation, the future is bright and the organization will maintain its focus on creating exceptional jobs for people who are blind and DeafBlind. Our commitment to promote state-of-the-art accessibility and training initiatives throughout this organization remains stronger than ever, and I am pleased to leave on such a positive note. Of course, none of this would have been possible without your tireless advocacy and support of our organization and our mission.
Our Board of Trustees and management team is very committed to finding an experienced professional who is blind to replace me. The Lighthouse will conduct a thorough nationwide search in order to identify a qualified candidate.
Until that time, Harry Egler, Chairman of the Lighthouse Board of Trustees, will serve as the Interim President and CEO. Harry has more than 35 years of experience as a senior executive with a track record of success in corporate leadership and strategic planning.
He has been the Lighthouse Board Chair since 2013 and been on the Board of Trustees since 2006 and participated in creating the Lighthouse Strategic Plan. With his tenure at the Lighthouse and his experience at Pendleton, Filson, Getty Images, and Eddie Bauer, Harry will bring strong focus to the Lighthouse during this next year. He will support our mission, vision, and values while performing a comprehensive candidate search.
I am very excited to bring the work I’ve done to increase the employment level of people who are blind to a national level with American Foundation for the Blind. I will always remain a close supporter and friend to the Lighthouse, and look forward to the many ways to partner and collaborate between two such important organizations.
President and CEO
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.