News Release: 10/26/2018:CEO Announces Plans to Leave Lighthouse

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CEO Announces Plans to Leave Lighthouse
Port Richey, October 24, 2018— Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind (LVIB) announced that Sylvia Stinson-Perez, Chief Executive Officer of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind serving Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties, has informed the Board of Directors of her intention to leave LVIB by end of the year. Sylvia has served as CEO for over 10 years, since July of 2008.
“It has been an honor and privilege to lead this amazing organization, and I am extremely proud of the tremendous growth of the organization, but even more I am proud of the many lives the Lighthouse has changed for the positive.” said Sylvia Perez. “I want to thank the Lighthouse Board of Directors, staff members, volunteers, donors, community partners, and the many clients I have met and worked with, for the wonderful opportunity to have shared the past 10 years with you. I have a tremendous opportunity to move to a position at the National Research and Training Center on Low Vision and Blindness at Mississippi State University where I can have a greater impact on policy and practice in the field of blindness and low vision. The Lighthouse is well positioned for continued success.”
The Board of Directors will lead the CEO search process to identify a successor for Sylvia, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Lighthouse Board Chairman, the Honorable Paul E. Firmani stated, “On behalf of the Board, I would like to say it is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces that Sylvia Perez is leaving the Lighthouse to pursue a wonderful opportunity with Mississippi State University. Sylvia has played a critical role in the development and success of the Lighthouse organization and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor. We want to thank her for the 10 years of dedicated service, which included many significant accomplishments, including expanding the programs offered to clients from babies to senior citizens, and also offering services to not only Pasco and Hernando counties, but now also to Citrus County. She has also worked tirelessly with our community partners to increase funding and donations for the organization, which is culminating in the construction of a brand new home for us, opening early in 2019. The Board has begun the search to find a worthy replacement for Sylvia so we can expand on the success she has brought to our organization.”
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