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The Lighthouse names Alexandra Elman Foley as CEO

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Alexandria Elman Foley has been named CEO of The Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center.
Alexandria Elman Foley has been named CEO of The Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center.
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Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, a nonprofit provider of vision rehabilitation services, has made a transition in its leadership. 

Former client and board member Alexandra Elman Foley has been named chief executive officer, succeeding Lisa Howard, who will transition to chief executive of capital campaign and strategic partnerships.

In her new role, Howard will lead the organization’s first capital campaign in its nearly 40-year history. Elman Foley will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization while Howard focuses on building support for the organization’s work, facilitating new collaborations and donor development.

Former Lighthouse CEO Lisa Howard will lead the nonprofit's fundraising efforts.
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Founded in 1985, The Lighthouse gives training to people of all ages with vision loss that cannot be corrected.

“Having lost my vision at age 27 and been a beneficiary of Lighthouse programs and services, I have lived experience reflecting what our clients are going through, and my board experience has educated me about all the facets of the organization’s operations,” said Elman Foley. “I’m honored to fill this role at such an exciting time in the Lighthouse’s history.”

Previously, Elman Foley has worked with The Seeing Eye Inc. in Morristown, New Jersey, and was a member of the women’s committee for the Lighthouse Guild in New York City. Howard joined Lighthouse in 2014 as director of development and was named CEO in 2016.

The Lighthouse has continued to carry out its mission despite damage to its facilities at 7318 N. Tamiami Trail caused by Hurricane Ian.


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