Join us in welcoming Melody Zagami Furze to our Foundation Board of Directors!

About Melody Zagami Furze

Melody is an Education Specialist for the Professional Development and Training team at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She received her doctoral degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2021. She earned her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Melody also consults as part of the brain-based visual impairment research and development team for the Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver, Colorado. Prior to moving to Washington state, Melody worked previously at the Perkins School for the Blind, The New Mexico School for the Blind, and school districts in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Washington.

Melody’s work focuses on learning strategies and techniques for children with sensory impairments. Her expertise is program development for young learners with diverse neurological profiles, coaching, consultation, collaboration with early childhood teams, and early intervention and preschool support. She does consultation and research for children with cognitive and developmental impairment, visual processing disorders, and children with severe and complex needs.

Her previous experiences include home visits and early intervention, assessment development for children with multiple impairments, and brain imaging research to practice. The majority of Melody’s work intersects with clinical manifestations of atypical neurological development in early childhood populations and developing learning environments for inclusive practice.

About the Foundation Board

The Foundation Board supports our programs and services through outreach and cultivation activities, continuing education opportunities, and networking. Foundation Board members are skilled volunteers who act as ambassadors in the community and seek to increase overall awareness of and support for the Lighthouse mission.

Our ideal Foundation Board member candidate has positivity and passion for the Lighthouse mission and is highly motivated to make a direct impact in the lives of people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The candidate also has a strong desire to develop relationships with the people the Lighthouse serves, initiative and motivation to help the Lighthouse tap into new funding sources, and work with staff to implement appropriate funding strategies.

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