As President I combine all my skills and my own journey of vision impairment I am honored and passionate to serve Marin‘s vision impaired community. I am a third generation native of San Rafael. My husband and I have been married since 1980 and raised our three children in the Terra Linda area of San Rafael.
VIM Activities: Vision Impaired of Marin is a small non-profit organization. As President I oversee operations, activities and programs. I work with our virtual assistant to send out all communications, quarterly newsletters, fundraising campaigns, and update website content. I respond to emails and phone inquiries. I am a Zoom Support Group Facilitator and Luncheon Coordinator. I also give Free Discovery Sessions by phone to vision impaired people - loved ones who have questions or need resources and information. I am involved in outreach and am invited to speak to other organizations.
Volunteer Background: Vision Impaired of Marin since 2018. Volunteer for Marin Village. Volunteer at Enchanted Hills Camp, (run by Lighthouse For The Blind) for developmentally disabled adults. Worked as hospice volunteer with patients at end of life for 6 years with Hospice by the Bay now By the Bay Health and named Volunteer of the Year for the Spirit of Intuition in 2017. During the time of raising my children: Cub Scout Leader, Marin Girls Club Leader, Dixie Soccer and Novato Soccer Team Mom and Fundraising. Dixie - Terra Linda Little League Board Member/Volunteer Coordinator and named Volunteer of the year.
Education: Lighthouse for the Blind Changing Vision Changing Lives for vision rehabilitation training (orientation, mobility, life skills, technology, and advocacy). Spirit Coach Training: Certified Sprit Coach and Group Facilitator. Foundation for Spiritual Development and Oneness University/O&O Academy: Personal and Spiritual Development. EFT International: Advanced Certified EFT Practitioner. School for Self-Healing: Certified Self-Healing Practitioner trained in Natural Vision Improvement, Bodywork and Kinesthetic Awareness. San Rafael High School: Class of 1973.
Professional Experience: Founder and Content Creator of Living with Macular Degeneration, a free world-wide support group on Facebook. Transformational Coach using a variety of methods I am certified in. I worked in downtown San Francisco as an Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant.
Born in St. Louis, MO, education in New England at Wesleyan and Columbia Universities with emphasis I the fields of Psychology and Business Administration.
I was blessed to find my first career work opportunity in San Francisco. My “day job’ was serving as President of a Business Consulting firm that found its clients primarily in the Health Professions by helping Doctors to deal with the business side of Practice. My own focus was the design and management of Health Care organizations and Medical 0Group Practices, Hospitals, and free-standing Clinics throughout the Western States.
35 years ago, a transitory illness caused the loss of half my vision, and I was required to find the skill and resources necessary to carry on my profession and life. In time, I was inspired to help others with similar problems.
My experience with Groups was useful, after retirement, when I redefined my goal to Become a volunteer Facilitator for an organization that provided social support and peer counseling for many people in Marin County.
I believe my history of professional service and personal counseling and in supporting individuals dealing with life-challenging issues, have prepared me to contribute, as a Board Member of VIM, in its commitment to serve the visually impaired community.
I have been with Vision Impaired of Marin since 2002 when I first started losing my eye site to Retinitis Pigmatosa.
Vision Impaired of Marin has been a constant positive force in my life.
I am on the VIM board, facilitate the Talking Book Club and Support Group. I am also a coordinator for the Enrichment Program and Advocacy.
I graduated from high school in 1967 I signed up for the United States Air Force for three years my duty was a Graphic artist.
A program called VIST who takes care of Visually Impaired Veterans. VIST takes care of all my rehabilitation training and equipment giving me more independence and a better quality of life.
I travel with Minds Eye Travel a traveling organization for blind and visually impaired people. My guide dogs and I have been traveling with Minds Eye Travel for years.
I retired from being a massage therapist with spiritual guidance in 1989.
My activities are bocce ball, kayaking, walking with ( guide dog Oliver), Art work and singing.
I am a spiritual minded person and believe in living in the moment.
Education and Work Experience
AA College of San Mateo, Medical Secretary.
University of California San Francisco, and Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
1988 to present
Vision Impaired of Marin, held Board Secretary, President, Vice President and Art class coordinator.
1989 to present Facilitated Spanish Support Group for Vision Impaired of Marin
2001 to 2023 Facilitated Spanish Support Group for San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
2003 to 2010 Glaucoma Research Foundation spokesperson for the Bay Area Hispanic Community
2021 to present Marin Villages Novato Chapter member and volunteer
Paint with water colors Poured method, ceramics, textiles using the loom, writing poetry and children’s stories, love Talking Books, String Art, and above all, I love to dance!
CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS has been an ophthalmic imager/ technologist for 43 years.
She recently retired as the Technical Director of the Sutter Health/ CPMC Department of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Diagnostic Services after a 30 year career there.
She is the past President of the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society and recipient of the prestigious "Outstanding Contributions to Ophthalmic Photography".
She has a BA from San Jose State University.
Retired: Formally Directed the Low Vision service at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco for 25 years as a Ophthalmologist who specialized in Vision Rehabilitation.
Has always promoted the need for interprofessional cooperation between eye doctors, who can address the causes of eye problems, and rehabilitation workers, who can address the consequences of vision loss.
In the 1970’s he coordinated the revision of the vision chapter of the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization. That revision for the first time introduced the term Low Vision as a distinct condition between normal sight and total blindness.
He has served on many local, national and international committees, including those from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Council of Ophthalmology.
The International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation recently endowed him with an award for Lifetime Achievements in vision rehabilitation.
Napa Valley College (Majored in Accounting)
Received my Paraeducator Certification
Received my certification in culinary
Vision rehabilitation training at Earle Baum Center of the Blind also at Enchanted Hills run by Lighthouse for the Blind.
Paraeducator - Assisting students with disabilities.
Caretaker: Personal care and giving support for elders in there everyday living.
Translator: Translating English to Spanish for individuals in their doctors appointments and everyday tasks as well as helping them fill out paperwork.
Management: managing a cleaning crew for a prestige gym.
Managing a Group Home for single mothers and troubled teens.
Front desk, secretary for a law firm
Business secretary for a moving company.
Virtual Assistant for Vision Impaired of Marin - Assisting the President Suzanne with Zoom meetings, Newsletters, Email Blasts and much more and enjoying every minute of it.
I enjoy helping others whenever possible.
I love to spend quality time with my family.
Vision Impaired of Marin has helped me feel part of a organization that understands what it is to live with a disability that affects your everyday life and feel that I am not alone. As well as learning tactics that make it easier to adjust to certain situations that are out of your control.
369 B THIRD STREET # 183
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901