[tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide

  • From: "Laurie Davis" <davisllb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:37:20 -0400

Hi, Norine,



I would like to know if there is a requirement that a certain percentage of
Board members be visually impaired. If so, is this policy being adhered to or
ignored?



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Norine Labitzke
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 11:43 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide





Chip, thank you so much for this opportunity to state my perspectives, and make
others aware of them. Also for your gentle reminder of how remiss I was
regarding openly discussing these issues on this and other forums, and how
important this can be to this and so many other fields. At the time, I felt
alone, insignificant, rejected by those of importance, and thus wrongly kept my
mouth shut.



All this happened a few years ago. It was related to many accumulating issues
in my opinion.



I never doubted Barbara was an excellent asset as a fund raiser/organizer for
Lighthouse. I became increasingly aware of her deficits in understanding and
managing professional staff; I never held this against her as this was not a
background she presented to us, and I made this clear in written notes
presented at the meeting referred to below. I think, but am not sure, those
notes, relate my recommendation for separate positions of Director of Fund
Raising, and Director of Staff and professional development (I sure hope so as
that would have been intended).



As a professional (ARNP with ongoing years of experience in mental health I
volunteered my services to staff and clients of Lighthouse of the Big Bend, for
many years, and prior to my accepting any position on the Board, primarily to
listen and be supportive (but challenging when necessary). Thus I became aware
first hand, over months and years, of what clients, and especially, staff ,
perceived to be, and seemed to me to an accumulating record of unfairness and
intimidation to them, Barbara’s power issues, inability to understand, and
manage their professional issues and concerns.



I do not remember the exact precipitating issue, (I am sure it remains
accessible but buried deep in my archived files). I, as President, called an
urgent Board meeting which took place at my house. Much to my shock and
surprise, the Board members immediately dismissed my serious concerns
evidencing 100% support of Barbara. At that meeting I was told, in no
uncertain terms, that my being available, on a volunteer basis, as a mental
health professional to “listen” to staff issues and clients was a conflict of
interest with being President and on the Board, and I would have to choose
which I would do, but it could not be both.



I had volunteered my professional services to staff and clients for many years
in the past, prior to being on the board. I always made this known to the
Board, and it never previously seemed to be an issue, or a block to my Board
involvement (actually seemed to be recognized and appreciate).



Thus (as I felt forced at that meeting and with 20/20 hindsight have not
changed my opinion) made the decision to resign as President. Everyone left my
house. I was in the process of writing an email to Barbara to inform her of my
decision, but within less than fifteen minutes of board members leaving,
received a curt call from Barbara acknowledging my decision. The rest is
“silent history”. I have heard little or nothing since then from any of them.



I apologize for not informing TABI, FASBE, DBS or anyone else of these events.
At the time, I felt and believed the Board to be correct and representative,
and my concerns to be irrelevant and of no value or importance or significance
to anyone, especially to the Board, or to Lighthouse. I now believe and
understand otherwise. Also now, with 20/20 hindsight, I strongly believe two
things:



#1 This organization has progressed to the point where it would benefit from
the services of paid, short term (maximum four years board members) with some
pre-determined qualifications.



#2 As many others have stated, and I believe was bottom line to my resignation
issues, Barbara’s position needs to be replaced by two separate individuals
with separate and distinct responsibilities – one for fund raising, and one for
staff development.



#3 I realize with my resignation from the Board, I have chosen to not keep up
with issues at Lighthouse. In some ways I regret this; in many ways, perhaps
excuses, I understand and accept my decision of removal, as I hope many of you
will also; like so many life decisions, perhaps it was not a best one, but it
did seem appropriate at the time and circumstances. I continue to care deeply
for Lighthouse and always will as I daily remember I am here, where I am,
because of the services Lighthouse, and especially Jeanine, Evelyn, Jim Breen,
and Chip, and so many others made available to me.



#4 This is not an excuse; it is real. I will always thank Barbara for all
she did for Lighthouse of the Big Bend. She definitely brought us from near
extinction to way beyond survival mode. She did everything and more her
resume, and our reasons for hearing her for her position expected.



#5 In my opinion, the biggest fault lies with the board. Although it is made
up of excellent, good, dedicated, and well intentioned/ committed people, it is
time for a total change and probably oversight and direction from an
independent source.



Thank you for this opportunity to express my personal opinions. Norine




From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Chip and Allie Orange
Sent: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 6:59 AM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Norine,



This is the first I’ve heard you resigned as president, so let me ask, did you
post anything here about it?



I am still interested in hearing why you felt you had to resign; as I said,
it’s a community organization, so why not get the community involved.



Chip





From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Norine Labitzke
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 9:53 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



All this is news to me. I just wish more people had asked or evidenced
interest when I resigned as President of the Board a few years ago; may or may
not be relevant then or now. Even then the “board” seemed oblivious, and that
appears not to have changed. It is also interesting, although I may be wrong
and do not pretend to keep in touch, with the concerns and issues of the blind
community, and the staff of Lighthouse of the Big Bend. I do believe in many
ways Barbara did a good job, but I also believe the “board” turned a “blind
eye” to what could have been expected of her position, and hope this does not
continue.

Norine



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Robert Miller
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 6:21 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Apparently around August 17th Barbar Ross director of the Lighthouse of the big
bend resigned with no announcement or reason given to the blind community it
services. To add more insult to injury the job announcement has already been
posted and closed on August 24th. As far as we can tell the job announcement
wasn’t posted on any blindness organization web sites. I have posted a copy of
the job discription below, which to me is very disturbing since blind or
visually impaired is not mentioned once. In the discription where disability is
mentioned they are prefered and not requirements. From the discription it is
very apparent that the board is looking for a money maker not someone who gives
a damn about blind people or there needs. It is pretty scary to have a director
responsibal for the hiring and directing of employees that has no idea what to
look for in who they hire. Since The lighthouse of the Big Bend is a FAASBY
member, I am afraid this is the case with many other member agencies and this
is exactly why the state of Florida is doing a major disservice to it’s blind
citizans.



I urge all of you to contact the board and express your dismay and demand that
they re-write there job discription and repost the job announcement in places
that might give them a chance to find an aplicant that is qualified to
adequately provide quality services for our community.



Robert







NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR



The Lighthouse of the Big Bend, a local nonprofit in the Tallahassee area is
seeking an Executive Director. This salaried position will pay between $50,000
- $70,000 annually, depending upon experience, and comes with excellent
benefits such as annual, sick and holiday paid leave, health insurance, life
insurance, and retirement benefits.


The Executive Director shall be directed by the Board to include but not be
limited to the following:

a) To coordinate between the Board and staff respecting all business of the
nonprofit agency.

b) To administer and report on all fiscal matters as directed by the Board.

c) To monitor and report on trends respecting the mission of the nonprofit
agency and assist the Board in setting appropriate priorities.

d) To prepare and submit to the Board an annual operating budget for their
approval.

e) To develop fund raising activities locally, statewide and nationally for
the proper operation of the nonprofit agency.

f) To maintain a written personnel manual.

g) To recruit, employ and terminate, as may be necessary, the employees of
the nonprofit agency.

h) To coordinate the services of the nonprofit agency with other programs.

i) To provide leadership and promote professional growth by participation on
committees and in training conferences which are pertinent to the mission and
operation of the nonprofit agency, with the prior approval of the Board.


Duties of the Executive Director

• Supports operations and administration of Board by advising and informing
Board members, interfacing between Board and staff and supporting Boards
evaluation of Executive Director, upholding and adhering to the policies and
bylaws of the organization, entering into contracts on behalf of the
organization with the Board of Directors approval.

• Facilitates the development and implementation of the organization’s
strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors.

• Oversees the effective design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of
programs, products and services through the recruitment and supervision of the
management team.

• Oversees creation and implementation of annual operational plan and
continuous quality improvement plan.

• Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages
organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current
laws and regulations. Ensure timely and accurate reporting and invoicing on
all contracts and grants.

• Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to
authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws
and regulations.

• Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying
resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to
approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records
and documentation.

• Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are
consistently presented in strong, positive image to the general public, media,
other organizations and relevant stakeholders.

• Performs other duties as assigned.



Executive Director Requirements

• Preferred education level: Master’s Degree with emphasis in management,
social work, human service, psychology, education, or a related field;

• Minimum ten (10) years of management experience preferably in the field of
disabilities;

• Minimum five (5) years experience in social services, preferably with
children/adults with disabilities;

• Proven supervisory and leadership skills;

• Adept at budgeting and strategic planning;

• Knowledge of grant writing experience;

• Skilled in exercising sound judgement and possesses good analytical skills;

• Capable of working with a variety of diverse and multi-cultural personalities
and leadership styles;

• Excellent oral and written communication skills;

• Clear Level 2 background check.



To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to the
Board President at boardpresident1@xxxxxxxxx by August 24, 2015. Thank you.



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Chip and Allie Orange
Sent: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 6:59 AM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Norine,



This is the first I’ve heard you resigned as president, so let me ask, did you
post anything here about it?



I am still interested in hearing why you felt you had to resign; as I said,
it’s a community organization, so why not get the community involved.



Chip





From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Norine Labitzke
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 9:53 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



All this is news to me. I just wish more people had asked or evidenced
interest when I resigned as President of the Board a few years ago; may or may
not be relevant then or now. Even then the “board” seemed oblivious, and that
appears not to have changed. It is also interesting, although I may be wrong
and do not pretend to keep in touch, with the concerns and issues of the blind
community, and the staff of Lighthouse of the Big Bend. I do believe in many
ways Barbara did a good job, but I also believe the “board” turned a “blind
eye” to what could have been expected of her position, and hope this does not
continue.

Norine



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Robert Miller
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 6:21 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



Apparently around August 17th Barbar Ross director of the Lighthouse of the big
bend resigned with no announcement or reason given to the blind community it
services. To add more insult to injury the job announcement has already been
posted and closed on August 24th. As far as we can tell the job announcement
wasn’t posted on any blindness organization web sites. I have posted a copy of
the job discription below, which to me is very disturbing since blind or
visually impaired is not mentioned once. In the discription where disability is
mentioned they are prefered and not requirements. From the discription it is
very apparent that the board is looking for a money maker not someone who gives
a damn about blind people or there needs. It is pretty scary to have a director
responsibal for the hiring and directing of employees that has no idea what to
look for in who they hire. Since The lighthouse of the Big Bend is a FAASBY
member, I am afraid this is the case with many other member agencies and this
is exactly why the state of Florida is doing a major disservice to it’s blind
citizans.



I urge all of you to contact the board and express your dismay and demand that
they re-write there job discription and repost the job announcement in places
that might give them a chance to find an aplicant that is qualified to
adequately provide quality services for our community.



Robert







NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR



The Lighthouse of the Big Bend, a local nonprofit in the Tallahassee area is
seeking an Executive Director. This salaried position will pay between $50,000
- $70,000 annually, depending upon experience, and comes with excellent
benefits such as annual, sick and holiday paid leave, health insurance, life
insurance, and retirement benefits.


The Executive Director shall be directed by the Board to include but not be
limited to the following:

a) To coordinate between the Board and staff respecting all business of the
nonprofit agency.

b) To administer and report on all fiscal matters as directed by the Board.

c) To monitor and report on trends respecting the mission of the nonprofit
agency and assist the Board in setting appropriate priorities.

d) To prepare and submit to the Board an annual operating budget for their
approval.

e) To develop fund raising activities locally, statewide and nationally for
the proper operation of the nonprofit agency.

f) To maintain a written personnel manual.

g) To recruit, employ and terminate, as may be necessary, the employees of
the nonprofit agency.

h) To coordinate the services of the nonprofit agency with other programs.

i) To provide leadership and promote professional growth by participation on
committees and in training conferences which are pertinent to the mission and
operation of the nonprofit agency, with the prior approval of the Board.


Duties of the Executive Director

• Supports operations and administration of Board by advising and informing
Board members, interfacing between Board and staff and supporting Boards
evaluation of Executive Director, upholding and adhering to the policies and
bylaws of the organization, entering into contracts on behalf of the
organization with the Board of Directors approval.

• Facilitates the development and implementation of the organization’s
strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors.

• Oversees the effective design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of
programs, products and services through the recruitment and supervision of the
management team.

• Oversees creation and implementation of annual operational plan and
continuous quality improvement plan.

• Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages
organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current
laws and regulations. Ensure timely and accurate reporting and invoicing on
all contracts and grants.

• Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to
authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws
and regulations.

• Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying
resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to
approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records
and documentation.

• Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are
consistently presented in strong, positive image to the general public, media,
other organizations and relevant stakeholders.

• Performs other duties as assigned.



Executive Director Requirements

• Preferred education level: Master’s Degree with emphasis in management,
social work, human service, psychology, education, or a related field;

• Minimum ten (10) years of management experience preferably in the field of
disabilities;

• Minimum five (5) years experience in social services, preferably with
children/adults with disabilities;

• Proven supervisory and leadership skills;

• Adept at budgeting and strategic planning;

• Knowledge of grant writing experience;

• Skilled in exercising sound judgement and possesses good analytical skills;

• Capable of working with a variety of diverse and multi-cultural personalities
and leadership styles;

• Excellent oral and written communication skills;

• Clear Level 2 background check.



To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to the
Board President at boardpresident1@xxxxxxxxx by August 24, 2015. Thank you.

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