Lighthouse Central Florida Inc.
215 East New Hampshire Street
Orlando FL 32804
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Address 215 East New Hampshire Street
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone (407) 898-2483 212
Fax (407) 843-9140
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Charting a course for Living, Learning and Earning with Vision Loss is the mission of Lighthouse Central Florida.

Since 1976, our organization has been the primary community resource for Central Floridians living with blindness or low vision. Established and developed by thousands of stakeholders over four decades, Lighthouse offers a growing menu of vision-specific rehabilitation services to people of all ages with the goal of successful independent living, academic success and meaningful and gainful careers.
As stated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, professional vision rehabilitation services are the standard of care for patients experiencing visual conditions (acuity of less than 20/40, scotoma, field loss or contrast sensitivity loss) that cannot be corrected by surgery or lenses.  LCF offers an extensive menu of professional vision rehabilitation services designed to empower people living with blindness and low vision to travel safely using white mobility canes, access text, communicate and work in typical office environments using innovative and affordable technology solutions, and participate in all activities of daily life utilizing adapted techniques. For younger patients, LCF provides specialized vision-specific educational services that will enable academic success, job readiness, career development and successful independent living.  
Lighthouse also seeks to enlighten the greater Central Florida Community to the capabilities of its residents who are blind or visually impaired as active participants, consumers and employees; and the benefits of assuring universal access in its transportation systems, building accommodations, and communications and technology solutions.    
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lee Ann Nasehi
Board Chair Mr. Paul C. Prewitt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ameriprise Financial
IRS Ruling Year 1984
Former Names
CITE: The Lighthouse of Central Florida, Inc.2004
Friends of CITE, Inc.1993
CITE The Center for Independence, Technology, and Education - DBA CITE, Inc.1993
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
Projected Revenue $3,091,700.00
Projected Expenses $3,091,700.00

Charting a course for Living, Learning and Earning with Vision Loss is the mission of Lighthouse Central Florida.

Since 1976, our organization has been the primary community resource for Central Floridians living with blindness or low vision. Established and developed by thousands of stakeholders over four decades, Lighthouse offers a growing menu of vision-specific rehabilitation services to people of all ages with the goal of successful independent living, academic success and meaningful and gainful careers.
As stated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, professional vision rehabilitation services are the standard of care for patients experiencing visual conditions (acuity of less than 20/40, scotoma, field loss or contrast sensitivity loss) that cannot be corrected by surgery or lenses.  LCF offers an extensive menu of professional vision rehabilitation services designed to empower people living with blindness and low vision to travel safely using white mobility canes, access text, communicate and work in typical office environments using innovative and affordable technology solutions, and participate in all activities of daily life utilizing adapted techniques. For younger patients, LCF provides specialized vision-specific educational services that will enable academic success, job readiness, career development and successful independent living.  
Lighthouse also seeks to enlighten the greater Central Florida Community to the capabilities of its residents who are blind or visually impaired as active participants, consumers and employees; and the benefits of assuring universal access in its transportation systems, building accommodations, and communications and technology solutions.    
1) Provided life-changing vision rehabilitation services to 615 blind and visually impaired Central Floridians of all ages, and their family members.
2) Completed initial development and implementation of Lighthouse's Entrepreneurial Operating System through Gino Wickman's Traction model.
3) Received our fourth consecutive five-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services
4) Awarded the Think-A-Thon Marketing Creative competition by Think Creative, Inc.
5) Posted solid financial metrics in spite of numerous and significant external challenges: Days of Cash on Hand = 120; Supporting Services as a Percent of Total Expenses are 5.25; Debt to Equity Ratio is 55.7%;  net assets increased by $43,078. 
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? Yes

Lighthouse must grow exponentially to serve an increasing number of Central Floridians living with low vision and blindness. To do so effectively and in a sustainable manner, we need the following:

  • Business Process Analysis (approx. cost $20,000) to determine the ideal Enterprise Resource Planning system (approx. cost $200,000) - A business management software system that integrates and automates core business functions like finance, human resources, sales and marketing. As we scale our business, the ERP will enable significantly more effective & efficient administration; staff will focus more on mission, less on the mechanics of operations.
  • Larger, More Functional/Appropriate Facility for Rehabilitation Programs ($6M-8M) - 25K+ SF facility in Orlando w/ample parking, flexible interior instructional spaces, outdoor spaces for training activities and playground, on fixed bus routes, safe area for vulnerable population. We have outgrown our current facility and no space to add.
  • Equipment for new Low Vision Clinic ($300K) - A state-of-the-art clinic with rare diagnostic equipment to accelerate patient diagnoses and rehabilitation. 80K+ Central Floridians living with Low Vision and these services are not available.

In 1976 Valencia Community College began offering courses for recently blinded adults and parent education to families of children with severe sight impairment. From these early efforts emerged an organization known as CITE: The Center for Independence, Technology and Education. In 1981, Valencia and a group of dedicated volunteers secured a building in the College Park section of Orlando to relocate operations. The new location made it possible to offer a wider variety of services to both adults and children. In 1984 CITE became a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing vision rehabilitation services to Central Floridians living in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Due to the scarcity of assistive technology centers, CITE served consumers from throughout the state, nation and foreign visitors. In October 1993, The Florida Division of Blind Services asked CITE to assume the administration and operations of the LITE program formerly managed by Lake-Sumter Community College. CITE agreed and established an outreach center in Leesburg to meet the needs of residents in Lake, Sumter, and south Marion counties with vision impairments. That outreach center was closed in April 2005; and reopened soon thereafter as its own 501 (c ) 3 called New Vision for Independence.  CITE was awarded its first national accreditation in 2001 by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind & Visually Handicapped (NAC). In 2004, the legal name of CITE was changed to Lighthouse Central Florida, Inc. to more accurately describe the mission and to convey to the community, clients and funding partners the scope of services provided. In 2011, Lighthouse Central Florida launched a subsidiary corporation, Lighthouse Works. The social enterprise company has a double-bottom line of creating competitive and integrated employment for people who are blind and visually impaired and generating "net redeployable revenue" to support and expand Lighthouse Central Florida's vision rehabilitation services. Learn more about Lighthouse Works by reading that profile. As the exclusive provider of vision rehabilitation services in Central Florida, Lighthouse provides leadership in the field of vision rehabilitation at the local, state and national levels. Our services, curriculum, and management employ best practices and innovations recognized within the vision rehabilitation profession.

CEO Statement
Lighthouse Central Florida is the only private non-profit community-based organization serving tri-county residents that provides professional, comprehensive rehabilitation services to infants, children, adults and seniors living with blindness and other sight impairment. We are nationally accredited offering professional vision-specific services through nationally-certified providers designed to enable young children to achieve the milestones necessary to become teens who will graduate with regular diplomas, prepared to work and live independently; working age adults to obtain and keep competitive employment and rewarding careers; and seniors to maintain fulfilling independent, active and safe lives.
This tremendously valuable community resource is available to Central Floridians at low or little cost to each student/client/patient thanks to the generous support of stakeholders over the 40+ years of our existence. Lighthouse's business model includes contracts with the State of Florida's Division of Blind Services, county and municipal partners, philanthropic support of foundations, individuals and corporations and earned income. 
For a relatively low cost per person, Lighthouse's services can help visually impaired persons be integral contributing members of the community - which benefits all of us. 
In January of 2016, the Lighthouse executive team embarked on a facilitated journey to implement "Traction/EOS, Entrepreneurial Operating System" authored by Gino Wickman. Now in our third year of our Lighthouse EOS, we have a true entrepreneurial operating system with a growing social enterprise, clear vision, genuine operating systems, healthy culture, business plans, succession plans and we are gaining traction. This will assure our organization's sustainability.   
Board Chair Statement
Lighthouse Central Florida is growing as an organization and it feels fantastic! Our programmatic services are expanding to serve more Central Floridians living with blindness and vision loss, and our Lighthouse Works businesses and client lists are beginning to multiply and pay dividends (read more about our subsidiary, Lighthouse Works in its own donor profile.)
While we have consciously and strategically positioned ourselves to grow externally, over the past two years we have also taken steps to foster internal development at the organization. By adopting the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), we have implemented a holistic system of organizational discipline that permeates every internal and external function. Guided by a leadership team adhering to the organization's core values, EOS is transforming our culture and providing the framework within which we are beginning to gain traction and realize the vision we have for this organization.
We challenge those in the sighted community to set aside their misconceptions of what it means to be blind and visually impaired and encourage them to see "beyond" what is believed to be a "restriction." This fresh, new perspective breaks down stigmas and fosters a healthy sense of inclusion - one of our core values and a quality we strive to promote. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Human Services
Primary Organization SubType Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
Secondary Organization Type Health Care
Secondary Organiztion SubType Rehabilitative Care
Tertiary Organization Type Employment
Tertiary Organization SubType Vocational Rehabilitation
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
 Primary service area includes Orange, Seminole, Osceola counties; but we do occasionally serve clients from other counties dependent upon individual needs and availability of those services in their own counties..
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

1) Provide vision-specific educational and vision rehabilitation services to at least 600 Central Floridians who are visually impaired or blind and their families; that will lead to age-appropriate school readiness and lifelong learning of young children graduating from our early intervention programs; academic success and mastery of core life skills for children ages 6 - 13 moving onto high school; graduation with a regular high school diploma, mastery of technology, social and core life skills, ready for college or work for teens and young adults graduating from our Transition program; mastery of technology , mobility and independent living skills for adults graduating from our Adult Program Services; gainful competitive employment for adults graduating from our vocational rehabilitation programs and employment services. We are seeking to double the number served to at least 1200 annually within the next three - five years.  

2)  While our primary strategy for this impact is education, counseling and training focused on individual living with blindness and low vision and their families (comprehensive professional vision rehabilitation services), we are also working to change the attitudes of community employers, policy makers and community planners to better understand and value the inclusion of our client population and universal accessibility of all systems (transportation, education, digital communication, community design, etc.) As the most common eye diseases are age-related, and our population continues to live longer, we will have dramatically larger numbers of Americans living with significant vision loss. It is important for all of to understand the simple accommodations that will make this societal transition less burdensome, more manageable for all.  
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Our primary strategy is the provision of comprehensive professional vision rehabilitation services, which includes specialized vision-specific education services and clinical low vision diagnostic and training, to individuals living with blindness and low vision to assure they have the skills and tools necessary to live healthy, integrated productive lives. We employ nationally certified, credentialed vision rehabilitation clinical and educational professionals and utilize assessments, curricula, programs, activities and technology that has been developed over decades by universities and national accreditation bodies. We are active members, serving in leadership positions, of several national and state organizations dedicated to the rehabilitation and employment of people who are blind and visually impaired, in order to remain current with best practices and collaborating with innovative models and organizations.

Our secondary strategy, of equal importance, is to change community attitudes about people who are blind and visually impaired. Through marketing and public awareness campaigns, community education events and more, we seek to enhance the understanding and value of Central Floridians who are blind and visually impaired amongst employers, educators, policy makers and community planners. Intentional inclusion of the BVI community through universal access to transportation, digital information, community events, employment and community design is good business and enhaces the quality of life for all.   
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

Lighthouse has 40+ years of growth and experience in serving the blindness community. Our most recent implementation of the Traction/Entrepreneurial Operating System as our "way of doing business" (now in our third year) has given Lighthouse the organizational horsepower and tools for sustainability it needs to grow well throughout the 2000's. Lighthouse has a leadership team with strength, experience and dedication in every aspect of organizational operations and vision rehabilitation, a great Board of Directors which understands its roles, financial stability and a clear vision for developing innovative services and scaling these - in order to dramatically extend our reach throughout the community. 

While we are well known throughout the human service community and serve clients referred by others, we are actively working to build our partnerships with the medical and educational community and with employers. We partner with all local blind consumer organizations and the State's Division of Blind Services, Career Source and the Dept of Economic Opportunity. 
We are active members of the National Industries for the Blind, headquartered in Alexandria, VA; VisionServe Alliance, headquartered in St Louis, MO; Florida Agencies Serving the Blind - Lee Nasehi has served on the BOD and in leadership positions for all of these.  
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
Lighthouse Central Florida's key indicators are the progress and success enjoyed by its consumers.
  • The percentage of our children who are mainstreamed in school (when that is appropriate), graduate from high school with regular diplomas, go onto higher education and/or vocational training.
  • The number of our adults who secure and maintain gainful employment and upward mobility. 
  • The number of seniors who remain safe and healthy in their homes, avoiding premature institutionalization. 
We are working to articulate metrics that will capture changes in community attitudes and actions towards inclusion and accessibility, too.
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

Lighthouse has made tremendous progress in the lives of thousands of people of all ages who are blind and visually impaired.

  • As a result of our programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, many more children enter kindergarten ready to learn and on track or above their peers.
  • School-aged children's services, the newest offering in only its fourth full year, has enabled much greater academic success as public schools are limited in the amount of vision-specific services they can provide.
  • Teens have benefitted from our Transition program by having years of paid work experience, graduating with regular high school diplomas (as opposed to certificates of attendance as was the norm in past decades); many more are going on to higher education or vocational training.
  • Adults and seniors, most of whom had sight the majority of their lives and now having to make drastic changes to maintain lifestyle, safety, security, etc.are much better able to live independently, reducing the negative impact of their blindness upon themselves and family members and avoiding premature institutionalization.
  • Adults are getting and keeping better jobs following the training they receive at Lighthouse.  

Many parents feel that a diagnosis of blindness or vision impairment for their child is a punch to the stomach. Most are left feeling hopeless and uninspired in the thoughts of their child’s future and milestones from infancy to adulthood. Many questions arise including, “How do we deal with this?” “How will our child grow, learn, engage with the world?” Lighthouse Central Florida’s Early Intervention program is a true beacon of light within the darkness a parent may feel during these difficult times.

Early Intervention services are provided to children from birth to age six (6). Services are provided to the child and family in the child’s home, day care, school, neighborhood or center-based setting. Learning is structured to maximize the visual and developmental progress of each child.

Early Intervention services are critical in preventing unnecessary developmental delays due to vision impairment. Children and families served in the Early Intervention program are empowered to participate in and benefit from activities in the home, community and school setting. Family participation in the development and delivery of the service plan is an essential component of the Early Intervention program.

Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Grace came to Lighthouse Central around the age of two just as she was starting to truly explore the world around her. She WOWED us from the beginning. Despite her multiple disabilities, including severe vision loss, Grace's enduring spirit let nothing get in her way. She started Early Intervention therapy both in her home and at the Lighthouse and has not looked back since. She has surpassed all benchmarks expected of her through therapy and will be starting kindergarten in a regular school with her friends and peers. Grace is a perfect example of what kids can do with a loving family and a trusted place like the Lighthouse to help show her the way.

See Grace’s story here:

See Early Intervention video here:

Children who are blind or visually-impaired have the same goals and dreams as everyone else. Children's services provides daily-living skills training and educational support for children ages 6-13, helping foster independence and academic achievement.

Children in the program will continue to develop their vision-rehabilitation, adding technology usage, increased socialization, and independent-living skills to their training. The curriculum for instruction will be the Expanded Core Curriculum for Children with Vision Impairment, an age-appropriate, culturally competent functional academic enhancement that focuses on teaching the skills determined necessary for a visually impaired child to be able to succeed in public school and become more independent within daily life, and maintain pace with their sighted peers.

Population Served

Transition services are provided to students age 14 through 22 that are currently being served by the school system under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Lighthouse Central Florida employs an expanded core curriculum, which compliments the IEP, but also extends into vocational training and social experiences for the student.

The Transition program provides students with skills and experience to facilitate successful transition from high school to post-secondary activities, such as college, vocational school and employment. Through summer work programs to job coaching and Access Technology training, transition services promote personal and professional advancement and help teens compete with their sighted peers and achieve future self-sufficiency.

Everyday skills to promote independence are also addressed including: cooking, future planning, learning strategies, use of remaining vision, orientation and mobility, problem solving, social skills, sports/leisure and work exploration. The transitions program engages students to go beyond their wildest expectations, which builds an “I can do anything” mindset needed given the obstacles they face. Activities such as skydiving, white-water rafting and rock-climbing are just a few of the activities our students experience further teaching them that no obstacle is too great to overcome.

Group sessions occur twice per month and individualized instruction is available to students throughout the week. Transition services provide participants with the opportunity to develop positive self-esteem, independence and employ-ability skills.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

For Ramon, Lighthouse Central Florida was much more than a chance to learn how to live with vision loss – it was a second chance at life. Ramon’s difficulties in high school led to expulsion and a future that was fading along with his vision. Public schools were very difficult for Ramon in part because they were not equipped to teach persons with vision loss. Lighthouse not only showed Ramon all that he could do, but ultimately gave him a place to do it – Ramon works in the Transitions service program and mentors teens and young adults who are visually impaired.


Intake, Assessment and Case Management Services: Development of an individual service plan to meet the ongoing needs of persons receiving vision-rehabilitation services.

Independent Living Skills Training: enables blind adults to learn how to live independently at home, or maintain responsibilities at work and take an active part in community life.
Orientation and Mobility Skills Training includes critical safety procedures for moving about in one’s environment, at home, work, or in public to maintain a busy life. Aspects of instruction include using a white cane, crossing streets safely, and utilizing public transportation.
Braille: provides a tactile method for reading and writing to those who are blind. Students learn: readiness, reading and writing, braille for orientation, labeling, recreation and both contracted and un-contracted braille.
Access Technology: instruction in the use of magnification or speech software to access the computer screen, and basic computer skills utilizing different software. Instruction is provided according to each client’s needs, pace, and abilities.
Population Served Adults
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Yvonne & ILS – Yvonne lost her vision to glaucoma several years ago leaving her wondering what she was going to do and how she was going to function. The loss of sight affected Yvonne greatly, and at times she felt there wasn't much left for her to do with her life. After learning about Lighthouse Central Florida, she decided to enroll in the Independent Living Skills (ILS) class and she fell in love with it! Upon completing the course, Yvonne decided this was the place for her and she became a volunteer helping others understand that loss of sight does not mean loss of vision. Yvonne teaches us that you have see with your heart and your mind, something that she learned at the Lighthouse. See Yvonne’s story here:

Watch Lighthouse Central Florida’s Orientation and Mobility video:

Adrianna lost her vision two years ago to Diabetic Retinopathy, but did not let her blindness get in the way of her vision. For the future, Adrianna dreams of going to college, opening her own business and becoming completely independent despite her vision loss. She has been attending Access Technology classes at Lighthouse Central Florida to re-learn how to use a computer, communicate electronically through iDevice training and stay up-to-date with technology to remain equal to her sighted peers. No matter what the person's age, Lighthouse Access Technology training enables individuals who are blind or visually impaired to use computer technology in the home, school and workplace. Watch Lighthouse Central Florida’s Access Technology video:

Watch Lighthouse Central Florida’s Braille Training video:

Watch Lighthouse Central Florida’s Independent Living Skills video:


Employment Service:

Vocational Rehabilitation: Evaluation and training to prepare for, access, and maintain competitive employment. Services include job-readiness training, vocational assessments, job coaching, and placement.

 Supported Employment: the Supported Employment services empower participants to secure and maintain competitive employment in an integrated setting. These services are available to adults who are visually impaired and have other significant disabilities that result in the individual having difficulty gaining or maintaining employment. Individualized intensive job placement and job coaching services are provided in addition to follow-along services once the individual is able to successfully perform job tasks.
Population Served

Our mission statement is: Empowerment Through Employment. Lighthouse Works is a social enterprise non-profit, which means our business exists to forward and fund our mission of living, learning and earning with vision loss. Through our wide range of businesses, we are able to provide job training, employment and career opportunities for the advancement of people who are blind and visually impaired.

Founded in 2011, Lighthouse Works mission is empowerment through employment. Our goal is to be the number one provider of call center sourcing solution and fulfillment services for both for-profit companies and publicly funded agencies. Our world-class call center services currently provide support to companies in the healthcare, hospitality & travel and apparel merchandising industries, while our sourcing solutions and fulfillment division operates more than 2 million dollars in government-funded contracts. Revenues made from Lighthouse Works are funneled back into Lighthouse Central Florida’s program services division that serves all ages of people living with vision loss.

Lighthouse Works is one of 91 non-profit associated agencies throughout the country associated with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) - the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind. Additionally, Lighthouse Works operates in partnership with the AbilityOne Program to secure quality product services to the federal government at fair market prices.

Learn more about Lighthouse Works! –

Population Served Adults
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Cleo’s loss of vision took away many things in her life…most notably, at that time in her life, it took away a promising career in the United States Armed Forces. Cleo, like many people who lose their vision, had to emerge from broken dreams to recreate a new life, and find new purposes. After many struggling years, Cleo built a new life that she is happy with. Living near her daughter and grandchildren, Cleo found the happiness she thought was lost with her vision. She is part of the Lighthouse Works! Team and enjoys her life, her friends and her family.

Sharon is a beacon of light all by herself. Losing her vision as a child from an accident, Sharon learned how to be self sufficient and self reliant despite her blindness and is part of the Lighthouse Works! Call Center team. Originally from Jamaica, Sharon now lives in Central Florida with her three beautiful children and is a source of inspiration not only to her family, but also to her Lighthouse colleagues.

LC was an NFL hopeful and enjoyed the passion and strategy of the gridiron. Losing his vision took away his sight and his dreams of playing professional football. Despite his blindness, LC’s abominable spirit of being a champion shined through his struggles and he found a new purpose with his life – his family. Though he still dreams of the glory days, LC is happy and surrounded by people who care about him – this includes his colleagues at the Lighthouse Works! Call Center.

CEO Comments

Each program of Lighthouse Central Florida strives to meet the individualized needs of clients with a wide variety of sight impairments, educational backgrounds, interests and experiences coupled with a wide range of ages. Program directors, supervisors and staff continually monitor the client population to not only meet individual needs but to gauge changes in the populations served and their current needs. Twenty years ago services were very limited in scope and for the most part templated to the needs of the average client. This is no longer the case. The curriculum for every service is continuously reviewed for pertinence to the client’s needs and revised to assimilate the latest advances in vision rehabilitation practices and protocols, new adaptive aid products and state-of-the-art software applications specific to low vision and blindness. The curriculum in many cases is composed of components in which the client exercises choice as to the facets they will attend. 

The widely diverse needs of clients are met through a matrix of classes ranging from short mini-workshops to the full spectrum that may cover many weeks engaged in a wide variety of learning experiences covering many aspects to mitigate the losses associated with sight impairment.

The delivery of services varies widely. When possible services are center based in order to maximize the opportunity for the greatest benefit in the area of socialization and adjustment to blindness. Frail or very distant clients and infants and toddlers are served one-on-one through itinerant services models. In some instances outreach classes are conducted in retirement homes, community centers, and other locations to minimize the time and expense of travel for clients.

 Among the chief challenges facing Lighthouse are building a solid referral base of medical providers who understand the value of vision rehabilitation and the impact on the quality of life of the individual with sight loss, their families, and loved ones. Suitable, safe and reliable transportation are continuing challenges that threaten the accessibility of services for many individuals living in Central Florida. 
The demand for our services - the ONLY vision rehabilitation services available to serve residents of the tri-county - will dramatically escalate over the next two decades as at least half of baby boomers are at risk of contracting one of several age-related eye diseases that can result in vision loss. Professional comprehensive wholistic and intense vision rehab services are the key to prolonged independence and health.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Paul C. Prewitt
Company Affiliation Ameriprise Financial
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. David Stahl
Company Affiliation SunTrust Bank
Term Start Jan 2017 Jan 2019
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr. Nathan Barnett Schoolfield PropertiesVoting
Mr. Gregory S. Eisenberg Sales & Marketing TechnologiesVoting
Ms. Kathryn L. Ennis Withum Smith & BrownVoting
Ms. Katrina Guensch Retired AttorneyVoting
Mr. Edward L. Johnson LYNXVoting
Mrs. Cathy Matthews Matthews Systems EngineeringVoting
Mrs. Michelle Poskus Retired / HR Director government sectorVoting
Mr. Paul C. Prewitt Ameriprise FinancialVoting
Dr. Justine L. Siergey Hunter VisionVoting
Mr. Thomas D. Spoone Retired / Siemens Mgr.Voting
Mr. David Stahl SunTrust BankVoting
Ms. Nancy L. Urbach Vestal & Wiler CPAVoting
Mr. Doug Weiner SeaCoast BankVoting
Mr. Damon Weiss Weiss Grunor Barclay & BarnettVoting
Ms Erika Wesley Essilor /OOGP Voting
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College,
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lee Ann Nasehi
Term Start Nov 1998

Lee Nasehi grew up in Central Florida, graduating from Bishop Moore High School in Orlando in 1975. She attended Florida State University in Tallahassee and obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology and graduate degree in Social Work, focusing on administration and program evaluation. She has her certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership Center of Rollins College. 

As the parents of a child with blindness, cerebral palsy and cognitive impairment due to severe premature birth in 1981, Lee and her husband received early-intervention services at CITE (now Lighthouse) in the early eighties, and went on to become volunteers and donors. They actively advocated for parents of children with special needs around the state. 

Lee worked for many years in the areas of substance abuse and mental health with the State of Florida’s Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services in Orlando and early intervention with Children’s Home Society in Tallahassee. When she and her family returned to Central Florida in 1998, Lee began working with Lighthouse in resource development and in 2000 became its Executive Director where she immediately set about strengthening organizational infrastructure and rehabilitation services quality through national accreditation and staff certification. As President and CEO, Lee developed comprehensive vision-specific employment services for Central Floridians and launched a business enterprise to create employment opportunities for sight-impaired persons and supplemental revenue for LCF. She is a past member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for the Blind, past BOD member of the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired, VisionServe Alliance and the National Industries for the Blind (NIB), and current BOD member of Florida Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired. She has served on the CEO Advisory Council for Heart of Florida United Way.

CEO Salary Range $100,001 - $125,000
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
Carol Adams Mrs.
Steve Obremski
Number of Full Time Staff 46
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 16
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 78%
Senior Staff
Title VP/Chief Sustainability Officer
Title Vice President, Chief Programs Officer
Title VP/Chief Information and Operations Officer
Title VP/Chief Financial Officer
Experience/Biography Donna Amundson,

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Donna has been involved with Lighthouse Central Florida Inc. since 2006.  She started as their Accounting Manager and was ultimately promoted to VP/CFO in 2016.  A native Central Floridian, Donna fell in love with accounting at an early age watching her grandfather “do the books” for the family business. This led her down a path to obtain her BS in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Central Florida and become a Certified Senior Human Resources Professional.  Donna has an extensive background in accounting, human resources, and office management having held a number of senior accounting positions in the private sector including 13 years as Controller of Hunters Creek & Palisades Golf Clubs.  She and her husband Rick have two Eagle Scout sons; Alec and Zachary, along with two dogs and have lived in the Windermere area for the past 20 years.   Donna is passionate about community service and has volunteered with Boy Scouts of America for over 12 years as a den leader and Treasurer and she is so proud to be a part of the Lighthouse Team!  


“I know I always wanted to work for an organization where I could balance my career, my family and my desire to be helpful in our Community.  Lighthouse has been a dream come true and I am inspired each and every day by my co-workers and our clients who are blind or severally visually impaired at what is possible when you try”.    
Title Director of Finance and Compliance

Terry Whaples, 

Director of Finance and Compliance

  “Continuous Teaching, Learning and Sharing in an atmosphere of Fun and Creativity is always my goal both at work and in my personal life.

 Terry started with Lighthouse Central Florida in 2010, after a 33 year tenure in the Hospitality industry and 3 years  as a CPA , auditor and tax accountant.  Terry is a lifelong resident of Orlando, Florida, earning her B.S  in accounting at University of Central Florida and a MBA from Rollins College.  During her time with LIGHTHOUSE, she has been involved not only within the Accounting department but instrumental in the start-up operations of Lighthouse Works, a Social Enterprise subsidiary, created to employ individuals who are Blind and visually impaired.  Everyday I walk through the doors knowing what it truly means to “live by faith, not by sight”.  Terry  is also known as Pinkie the Clown , Ventriloquist and Balloonist, Sky the Stilt walker, Mom and Granny. Terry has a blended family of 7 kids and 7 grandkids which are the center of her love along with her Husband, Jim aka Cooker T. Clown.


Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2016
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Collaborations With our statewide association of private agencies, we have accomplished the following: 1) inspired the creation of the Florida Legislative Vision Caucus; 2) have created & conducted multiple Annual Statewide Vision Summits with thousands of stakeholders; 3) initiated legislation for the creation of a specialty license plate, “Florida: A State of Vision”, and sold thousands of plates across the state. With our national association, Vision Serve Alliance, we have: 1) supported the creation of a national demonstration project for Medicare reimbursement of professional vision rehabilitation services provided to seniors; 2) helped to develop a national brand for vision rehabilitation services and public awareness campaign regarding vision loss; 3) worked to increase the numbers of qualified professional personnel in our field; 4) contributed to fundamentally changing the way rehabilitation services for persons of all ages with blindness and low vision are funded; 5) are developing an app for national use in connecting eyecare professionals to vision rehabilitation providers like LCF across the country. We also have significant collaborations with NIB and more than a dozen of its affiliated agencies across the country and many local and statewide public and commercial organizations.
National Industries for the Blind - Associated Agency2008
United Way Member Agency1980
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member2000
Alliance for Technology Access1984
Chamber of Commerce2000
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessment or Accreditation Year
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation2017
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation2012
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation2006
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation2001
AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Second PlaceVictory Cup2017
Community Advocate Award/Client AwardFL Division of Blind Services2017
Think-A-Thon Marketing CreativeThink Creative, Inc2017
St. Vincent DePaul AwardCentral FL Catholic Lawyers Guild2017
#Florida Gives Community VolunteerFlorida Blue Foundation2017
CEO Comments

The challenges and opportunities before Lighthouse are immense. The State of Florida has a disproportionate number of individuals affected with vision loss due to the ever-increasing life expectancy of our senior citizens. As a direct result of this demographic, there are unusually large numbers of persons with significant and/or severe vision loss residing in Central Florida in need of vision rehabilitation. The challenge of recruiting qualified staff and having the financial resources to provide the quantity and quality of services is daunting. Vision rehabilitation is a relatively new profession and there are very few schools, particularly in the Southeastern United States that prepare individuals for this field. Funding from traditional sources is extremely limited and continues to shrink at a time when the demand for services is rapidly increasing.

Opportunities open to Lighthouse are very exciting. Advances in technology open the possibility of serving a portion of our clients in their homes for some of the services they need. Improvements in public transportation would resolve many of the issues in accessing our services for those with vision loss. For years, transportation has been an impediment in getting individuals to the facility or outreach facilities where services are delivered. New initiatives for increasing the employment opportunities for persons with vision loss are in the works. The goal is to have “career opportunities” in which there is the reasonable expectation that one can derive satisfaction from one’s job and receive a “living wage.” This will be a major focus for Lighthouse in the next few years. It is our philosophy that rehabilitation is incomplete if the person is desirous of employment and they are impeded by lack of opportunity or bias against persons with disabilities. The opportunity to change this in tangible ways is one of the greatest opportunities and challenges facing Lighthouse.

Lighthouse is working in conjunction with state and national vision rehabilitation centers to meet and dialog with colleges and universities to expand or begin programs for the education of vision rehabilitation professionals. 

State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Dec
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2018
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2018
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,811,315$2,069,963$2,018,514
Individual Contributions$462,645$829,436$671,509
Investment Income, Net of Losses$37,098$90,333$48,444
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$209,471$176,899$154,470
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,702,360$2,569,252$2,399,115
Administration Expense$158,342$134,441$171,960
Fundraising Expense$309,303$472,074$426,416
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.061.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%81%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%14%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,120,915$7,037,948$5,824,450
Current Assets$2,860,117$2,381,468$2,197,499
Long-Term Liabilities$2,390,292$2,522,249$1,475,186
Current Liabilities$167,428$305,976$200,004
Total Net Assets$4,563,195$4,209,723$5,824,450
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment $1,811,315Government $2,069,963Government $2,018,514
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $481,399Individuals $829,436Individuals $671,509
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $462,645Foundations & Corporations $385,500Special Events $154,470
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.087.7810.99
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets34%36%25%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Goal 8000000
Capital Campaign Dates June 2018 - Dec 2020
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
CEO Comments

Lighthouse Central Florida understands that dependency on grants and contracts is not a predictable nor reliable model of sustainment. Even the agency’s most steady funder, Florida’s Division of Blind Services, continually faces budget cuts that affect the amount of funding made available to Lighthouse services each year. Therefore, LCF has worked steadily towards the development of a three-legged stool. The first leg is the government contracts with the State of Florida, counties and municipalities: funding that is designated in large part to the services we provide and for the clients we serve. The second leg is philanthropy and LCF continues to work towards the development of a robust Annual Fund and Endowment. Planned Giving will become a larger part of our philanthropic efforts over the next several years. The third leg is earned income which we will begin to generate through the implementation of "medical reimbursement model" built around a low vision clinic and multi-disciplinary provider team that will include medically licensed (and therefore reimburseable) professionals; employment services paid for by employers; and a sliding fee scale for vision rehabilitation services. Earned income will also be distributed to Lighthouse Central Florida by its subsidiary social enterprise, Lighthouse Works, as it continues to grow. Our strategic plan includes a goal of revenue from the above combined resources growing to $6 million in the next several years.  

Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from 990s.  990s and audits are reconciled.
Endowment is held at the Central Florida Foundation.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Nonprofit Lighthouse Central Florida Inc.
Address 215 East New Hampshire Street
Orlando, FL 32804
Primary Phone (407) 898-2483 212
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lee Ann Nasehi
Board Chair Mr. Paul C. Prewitt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ameriprise Financial
Year of Incorporation 1984