[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 21:16:23 -0400

From what you and Owen have said, it sounds as if they would only take those
visually impaired people who will just go with the flow and not make waves.
If they ask too many hard questions and dig a little bit too much, they
either wouldn't accept them or would shun them once they were on the Board.



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of lynda jones
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 8:18 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



As far as I know the Board membership has remained committed to the bylaws
percentages of blind and sighted. I can say that the blind people on the
Board have been just as silent about what has gone on as the sighted
members, and perhaps even more so. I know there were a couple of blind
people appointed to the Board two years ago or so who said they were going
to try and do something to change the atmosphere at the Lighthouse. I don't
know if they got scared or got drawn into the crowd and weren't brave enough
to stand alone. Believe me, the entire staff has been affected. The entire
Board knew much of what was going on and they did nothing.



Lynda





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From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Norine Labitzke
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 5:52 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide

I believe the answer is "yes" and my experience was it was adhered to.
Norine



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Laurie Davis
Sent: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:37 AM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Re: What is the lighthouse of the big bend trying to hide



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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