St. Louis, Missouri—November 13, 2018 – VisionServe Alliance’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Lee Nasehi as its new President and CEO.  VisionServe Alliance, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, is a national coalition of nonprofit organizations providing the full diversity of rehabilitative services to people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

Lee Nasehi headshotLee has been with Lighthouse Central Florida, Inc. in Orlando, FL since 1998; serving as its chief executive since 2000 and founding its subsidiary social enterprise organization, Lighthouse Works! Inc. in 2010. During her tenure at Lighthouse she created and expanded innovative service delivery models and employment opportunities for people with vision loss and expanded effective business operations. Her appointment as VisionServe Alliance President/CEO will be effective March 1, 2019.

“I am honored to have been selected as the second President and CEO of VisionServe Alliance by the Board of Directors, many of whom have been my mentors and colleagues,” noted Lee.  “I have had the privilege of working with and learning from many VisionServe Alliance members over the last two decades as the chief executive of a member organization, a community-based rehabilitation and employment program.  I look forward to listening, considering the possibilities and then rolling up my sleeves in alliance with this exceptional field to pursue the kind of change that will afford the very best opportunities for living, learning and earning by people with blindness and low vision.”

The search committee received more than 200 resumes from highly qualified vision related and association executives, speaking with more than 100 of the applicants, holding three rounds of interviews, and narrowing the applicant pool to five finalists.

“The members of the search committee were fortunate to have such a large pool of highly qualified candidates,” said Chairman Mark Ackermann.  “While it made our process much more difficult, we were confident that we had some of the best and brightest talent in the vision and association spaces vying for this position.  The quality of the individuals who applied was extraordinary.  In the end, the Search Committee was certain that Lee Nasehi was absolutely the best person to replace VisionServe Alliance’s long-time CEO, Roxann Mayros.  Her knowledge of the field, and her multiple successes as President/CEO of Lighthouse Central Florida and Lighthouse Works convinced the Committee that she was the ideal individual to bring the Alliance to new heights.”

Originally founded in 1987 as the National Council of Private Agencies for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCPABVI) and renamed in 2008, VisionServe Alliance is a consortium of 115 nonprofits located throughout the United States and Canada that provide unique and specialized services to people who are blind or with severe vision loss.  Members include organizations focusing on national advocacy and/or service issues, employment and manufacturing, adult vision rehabilitation, K-12 residential and on-line schools, early intervention and pre-school, dog guides, low vision clinics, and braille production.  Members engage regional and national leaders in building a better world through services to people with vision loss by promoting leadership development, ethical management, quality services, and professional growth.