[tabi] Re: Lighthouse of the Big Bend hires new director

  • From: "Laurie Davis" <davisllb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2015 22:38:03 -0400

Lynda,

Yours and Norine's idea of having an Executive Director and a Director of
Client Services is a good idea. It is hard to find someone who can do all
these things and, as many programs as this agency manages these days, the
one Executive Director will have her hands full with the day-to-day
operations. When I worked for Claude Seale and Skip Koch, they did a lot of
agency and staff management, as well as dealing with the DBS contracts and
preparing for NAC Accreditation and DBS reviews. I am sure one person could
do it, but it would be more effective to have both an executive director who
is good at agency management and development and a director of rehab
services who can hire and train qualified staff to provide needed services.
This just makes sense.

-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of lynda jones
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 7:08 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: Lighthouse of the Big Bend hires new director

I must agree with Norine. An Executive Director can be very good at
administrative issues and do well, especially if the agency will hire
someone else to handle the rehabilitation services. If everyone recalls,
this was the recommendation Norine and I suggested in August. It's not too
late to recommend this to LBB's Board.

We are a group of people who know what it feels like to be discriminated
against because we are blind. We know what it is like for people to
discredit our abilities before we've demonstrated our knowledge and skills.
It seems a bit strange to me that we are doing the same thing to another
human being that we have suffered ourselves.

Lynda
-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Norine Labitzke
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 4:42 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: Lighthouse of the Big Bend hires new director

Let's give her and staff a chance! These previous posts seem unfair and
prejudgmental to me, and not reflective of the more positive and open
traits I have experienced with most in the visually impaired community. Why
create stress and pressure for her from day one? She might appreciate
positive comments and suggestions. For me, I say "welcome" and look
forward to the new ways you may have to make Lighthouse better. I will help
any ways I can. Norine -----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Laurie Davis
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 4:20 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: Lighthouse of the Big Bend hires new director

Hi, Nancy,

I checked out her profile and I agree with you.
Training for blind people has to be specific to our disability, especially
where daily living and communications skills are concerned. I believe that
the way public education is done nowadays, blind kids are lumped in with
other disabled students and they only get a couple periods a week with an
itinerant vision teacher, instead of a resource teacher who is at the school
at all times and can be seen by the student as needed. . There is not
enough time to work on the needed skills that are blind-specific.
When I worked for the Lighthouse years ago, when it was Independence for the
Blind, there was always the controversy over whether the State agency for
the Blind, (DBS) should be kept in the Department of Education or moved to
Department of Labor and merged with DVR. The argument we always had was
that the services needed by blind people are different from those with other
disabilities and that merging them would leave the needs of blind people
out.

-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Nancy Folsom
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 3:32 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: Lighthouse of the Big Bend hires new director

If history servs me correctly, Division of Blind Services didn't fare well
when a Director with some experience with the blind and visually impaired
was hired. Odds are that history will repeat itself, especially if there is
a pliable Assistant Director who is easily influenced by suggestion. . In
reviewing the job announcement for the position, I rediscovered that there
was no requirement that candidates have experience working with the blind or
visually impaired, only experience with persons with disabilities was
required. If we the blind believe that training needs are so specific that
an agency serving the blind should not be assimilated in to Vocational
Rehabilitation, the difference is not important to the Board of Directors of
the Lighthouse of the Big Bend. We all know what comes of hiring staff who
have a high school diploma and administrative experience with agencies
serving the disabled such as Easter Seals. I looked up the new Executive
Director on linkedin w
ith the following results. See what you think??
Same novel different writer.

https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=ADEAAAH18KoBdCq94KYN6TFCYPpGuPR2mU8
VCTE&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=z5s-&locale=en_US&srchid=397150562144510
4634272&srchindex=1&srchtotal=1&trk=vsrp_people_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchI
d%3A3971505621445104634272%2CVSRPtargetId%3A32895146%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary%2C
VSRPnm%3Atrue%2CauthType%3ANAME_SEARCH

-----Original Message-----
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Owen Mccaul
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:05 AM
To: TABI@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Lighthouse of the Big Bend hires new director

From today's Democrat:

Lighthouse of the Big Bend, a non-profit which guides people through vision
loss, named a new executive director Friday.

Kim Galbán-Countryman will serve as the organization’s fourth director,
succeeding Barbara Ross who resigned due to health matters. Ross has been
the executive director since 2004. Her resignation takes effect Nov. 3.

Galbán-Countryman, who will assume the new position and go through a
transition period starting Oct. 19, most recently served as assistant
director at the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.



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