Helen Keller said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

It is with hope and confidence that I will be passing the torch of Foundation Board presidency to longtime friend of the Lighthouse, Brad Wiens. I will be remaining on the board, and I am excited to see the fabulous work we have started continue to flourish under Brad’s leadership.

When my daughter began working at the Lighthouse in 1987, I knew we had found someplace special. In 2008, I joined the Foundation Board of Directors, and became president in 2015. I have been honored to serve alongside outstanding community members, to host fabulous events, highlight inspiring stories, and support our Employee and Community Services programs that make it all possible. I sincerely thank all of you who are working to continue our 101 year legacy of empowering people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.

Thank you for all you have done to support the Lighthouse mission. Together we have accomplished incredible things, and building on my 50 years’ experience as an advocate for people with disabilities, I am excited to continue to support this community and the vital work we do together.

Best wishes,

Barbara Ross

Close up portrait of Barbara Ross, a light skinned woman with grey hair. She is standing outside, smiling, wearing red lipstick and a scarf.