VisionServe Alliance Honors Jenice Heck

Jenice Heck Receives a VisionServe Alliance 2024 Annual Award


VisionServe Alliance Honors Jenice Heck with the 2024 Cathy Holden Excellence in Managerial Leadership Award

VisionServe Alliance is thrilled to honor Jenice Heck, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lighthouse Louisiana, for her dedication and inspired creative leadership.  

Jenice is the first blind executive of Lighthouse Louisiana. Prior to her role as COO, she served as the Vice President of Vision Rehabilitation Services for 10 years, fostering the success of staff and programs under her leadership. She was hired by the Lighthouse in 2003 to develop their vision services, which have grown in scope, numbers, and quality over the past 20 years. Jenice is a licensed Occupational Therapist with a master’s in mass communications. Jenice also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she has created a course for Occupational Therapists that is specific to blind rehab. She is also the host of the Insight4Blind channel on YouTube, where she teaches people how to live their best lives with vision loss.

The Cathy Holden Award honors a senior team member of a VSA member organization who has made an impact on, contribution to, or led staff in the pursuit of organizational excellence. We extend our deepest gratitude to Jenice for her high level of organizational innovation, commitment, and service in support of people with blindness and low vision.

“The diversity of professional experience, combined with the depth of knowledge gained through more than 20 years helping to advance Lighthouse Louisiana’s Vision Rehab Services makes Jenice truly deserving of this leadership award,” said Lee Nasehi, President and CEO of VisionServe Alliance.

The Cathy Holden Excellence in Managerial Leadership Award will be commemorated at the Tuesday, April 16th Awards Luncheon at VisionServe Alliance’s Focused on the Future Leadership Conference, in Kansas City, MO.  Learn more about VisionServe Alliance’s Annual Awards and annual conference

About VisionServe Alliance
VisionServe leads an alliance of 130+ member organizations that vastly improve the lives of people with blindness and low vision. VisionServe Alliance collaborates with leaders to enhance the health of the BVI field by maximizing engagement with life-changing vision rehabilitation training and services, addressing strategic issues impacting the field, cultivating leadership, enhancing management systems, sharing best practices, increased capacity-building and sustainability, informing public policy, developing groundbreaking data reports highlighting profound issues impacting people with blindness and vision loss, and more. VisionServe Alliance also leads the Aging and Vision Loss National Coalition (AVLNC), a consortium of leaders advocating for the needs of adults 65+ with blindness and low vision.

About VisionServe Alliance Annual Awards and Leadership Conference
VisionServe Alliance bestows its Annual Awards on leaders and innovators in the BVI field. Leaders receive Annual Awards in several categories at our annual leadership conference.

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