Lighthouse of Houston Board of Directors, Leadership, Management and Employees are all committed to the mission of the organization. The mission is to assist and provide individuals who are blind or visually impaired to be independent members of society.

Since 1939, the Lighthouse of Houston Leadership has been offering comprehensive training, health and community programs, and services for individuals and families throughout the Greater Houston area.



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Our Chairman

"Thank you for your interest in the Lighthouse of Houston and in the agency’s mission to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired individuals and their families. The Lighthouse of Houston has an established reputation for providing meaningful and comprehensive services aimed at maximizing functional independence, enhancing quality of life, and improving employment opportunities for the thousands of blind and visually impaired children and adults we serve every year.

As our population ages, individuals in our community become more at risk of developing visual impairments, especially as a result of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. These individuals will face visual impairment that threatens to erode their independence and quality of life, just like the generations before them. The need to provide education, counseling, care and advocacy remains as critical today as it was 80 years ago when the Lighthouse first opened its doors. Please join us in our mission and see why the Lighthouse of Houston is a model agency for service provision and advocacy."

Maureen Croft



Executive Committee

Maureen Croft, Ph.D.


Lynn Rizzo

Secretary, Finance Chair, Chair-Elect

Doug Yeager

Emeritus Chair  

David Donat

Operations Chairman

Bryan Neely

Long Range Planning Chairman

Ray Petty

Nominating Chairman

Kim Colburn

Nominating Chairman

Jeffrey Smith  

Special Services

Brandon Dansby

HR Chairman

Jenna Dhayer


Daniel Williams

VP Operations


Albert Wong
Asha Dhume
Ashok Kumar Garg
Bonita Davis
Bruce Gourd
Caitlin Bakhtiary
Merle Petty
Cody Biller
Cope Bailey
Eddie Risha
Elaine Montgomery
Gabriel Vasquez, Ph.D.
Gerald Simpson
Joy Yeager
Kathleen Wood
LA Beck
Lonnie Knowles
Mark Van Ness, D.V.M.
Ruhi Soni, MD
Sandhya Rao
Chelean Zander


The Lighthouse of Houston serves over 5,000 individuals annually through our programs, and of those we employ, 40% are blind or visually impaired.

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