2018 Annual Report

Letter From Douglas A. Yeager

Chairman of the Board of Directors

The Lighthouse of Houston once again served a pivotal role in transforming the lives of the blind and visually impaired in our community. This past year was a time of big change and ongoing expansion. In 2018 our health services division expanded, as we began accepting third party insurance reimbursement for our low vision, behavioral health and diabetes education services and instituted a series of well-attended health seminars – the first two on diabetes and cancer prevention. And, our Lighthouse Choir has become a new avenue of achievement for its talented singers, as they performed at a record number of venues this year. We even initiated a wine tasting event for our clients.

The biggest change of the year, however, was the retirement of Lighthouse President Gibson M. "Gib" DuTerroil, who will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Lighthouse Foundation for the next few months. Shelagh Moran, formerly Vice President and COO of the Lighthouse, will succeed Gib as President.

It is difficult to overstate the impact that Gib DuTerroil has had on this organization during his 40-year tenure here. His no-limits outlook on what could be achieved and his openness to new ideas and technology have made the Lighthouse a national leader in providing services to blind and visually impaired individuals.

I could provide a page-long list of his contributions, including social and educational programs for children and teens, career and technology training programs for teenagers and adults, health and activity programs for the elderly, and construction projects that have greatly expanded the physical footprint of the Lighthouse campus. But his main contribution is that visual impairment no longer
means what it did 40 years ago. With new technology and adaptive aids came expanded employment opportunities, and the Lighthouse has led the way in seizing on these opportunities to make sure no one – regardless of education or financial background – is limited in life by lack of sight.

The unwavering support of the Lighthouse Board of Directors is a testament to Gib as well. It is rooted in a deep respect for his vision, commitment and accomplishments.

We are very fortunate to have Shelagh step in as President. Her experience and ability, demonstrated repeatedly in her 37 years at the Lighthouse, will make for a seamless transition. She has already contributed greatly to our organization –overseeing the daily operation and direction of the Lighthouse’s nationally recognized programming, developing multiple family-centered programs, establishing innovative programming such as the Multi-Care Center for elderly blind persons and the first nationally recognized Diabetes Education program for the blind and visually impaired.

I, for one, am looking forward to what’s next as we move into different areas of service, increase our focus on both mental and physical health issues, and continue to demonstrate that The Lighthouse of Houston is here for blind and visually impaired people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Department Statistics

Education and Technology Center

5,312 Hours of Education Instruction

Outpatient Rehabilitation

694 Information and Referral Services

1,106 Hours of Diabetes Education

Multi-Care Center

61,926 Client Service Hours

Medical Transcription

2,134,314 Lines Transcribed

Low Vision Clinic

224 Examinations

Industrial Division

286,661 Gallons of Disinfectant, Detergent, Glass Cleaner and Diversey Products

Outreach: Tours, Fair & Meetings

4,170 People Reached



Larry and Melba Ainsworth
Sherri Alexander
Butch Alsandor
Paulette Arana, DDS
Bailey Anderson
Alon Azares
Tina Bailey
John H. Banks
Rosangela Berwick
Sushma and Opinder Bhan
Mike Blinkhorn
Marsha Block
Arrhonda Bowie
John and Nancy Bradford
Leah Brown
Jazlan Brown
Letha Burr
Dorothy Caram
Janice Carpenter
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Cole
Smita Corley
Duvall “Buzz” Cotton
Allan Cox
Merrilyn Cummings
Charles Cusack
Russell Diamond
Dan Diaz
Margot Dimond
David Dodson
David Donat
Gibson M. DuTerroil
America Egusquiza
Chelsea Elder
Ramsey Elder
José Escamilla
Ann Eutsler
Harry Fendrich
Jim and Glenna Floyd
Vanessa Foreman
Louis Fournier
Ray and Margie Francis
Martin Gambling
Ashok K. Garg
Millicent Goldschmidt
Susan Gould
Brian Grant
Les and Marty Greenberg
Leonard Gutierrez
Elizabeth Harthcock
Vivecca and Chris Hartman
James and Carolyn Hill
Sylvia Hill
Justin Hoffman
Cynthia M. Hogan
Joseph and Elizabeth Ivers
Ernest Kaster
Margaret Ketcham
Jerry and Gretchen Krueger
Harold Langdon
Harriet and Truett Latimer
Tuan Le
Thomas Lightsey, Jr.
Carol Liu
Terry and Marcy Malloy
Robert Mann
Charles and Sandra Martin
Peggy L. Mayberry
Alice McPherson
Sidney McKenzie
Nicole McNally
Mark Mehnert
Agustin Mendoza
Vicki Migues
Craig Miller
James and Lynn Moers
Jamila Moore
Marty Moore
Shelagh Moran
Kathy A. Morin
Linda M. Mulchrone
M. Rafiq
Alireza Nazeri
Lee Neathery
Lynn Neathery
Than-nhi Nguyen
Johnnie Nicholson
Johanna and Roby Norvell
Charlene O’Neill
Ray Petty
Ray and Merle Petty
Charles Platt
Elsie Rao
Lynette Rauch
Howard Redding
David and Lynn Rizzo
Benjamin Rosenberg
Marti and Billy Rosenberg
Wendy Rosenblum
Kay Ross
Ellis Rudy
Derek Salvino
Rebecca Dalton Schneider
Scot Schroeder
Ruth Schumacher
Blake and Susan Scruggs
David T. Searls Jr.
Gerald Simpson
Clark Sitton
Dean Smith
Barry and Linda Spain
Delbert Spates
Ty Sponberg
Linda Stahl
Bishr Tabbaa
Liz Tetley
Gabriel Vasquez
Gail Volkmann
Dr. Nancy and Mr. David Webb
Catherine Williams
Karen Ann Witt
Albert Wong
Kira Woodard
Anna and Steve Zander
Arleen Znosko


Albertsons Safeway
Amegy Bank
BAB Realty & Associates
Bank of America
BlackJack Oil & Gas, LLC
Brenham Wholesale Grocery Co.
BXS Insurance
Chicago Title Insurance Co.
Coastal Provisions Inc.
Colonial Group Inc.
Community Bank of Texas, N.A.
CSC ServiceWorks, Inc. (written together)
Diamonds in the Rough Memorabilia
Dunphey Petroleum Services Inc.
Energy Guru LLC
Franke Foodservice Supply, Inc.
Gilbarco Veeder-Root
Gilbert Interests Inc.
Hancock Whitney Bank
Hartford Fire Insurance
Holmes Murphy & Associates LLC
Iberia Bank
Jain & Jain, PC
Jet Waste Services
Keurig Dr. Pepper
Kroger Southwest Community Rewards
Lynco Distribution Inc.
Mark VII
Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, Inc.
Method Architecture
Metropolitan Transit Authority
New K&R
Pepsi Corp.
Petroleum Solutions Inc.
Phillips 66
Red Bull Distribution Company, Inc.
RJ Reynolds Tobacco
Shell Oil Products U.S.
Shopco USA
Silver Eagle Distributors
Swedish Match North America
Swisher International
Sysco Central Texas
T & R Chemicals, Inc.
Texas Capital Bank
Texas TransEastern
The Heights of North Houston
TIBH Industries, Inc.
Total Convenience Marketing
Tri-Tech Surveying
UnitedHealth Group
USI Insurance Services
Veritex Community Bank
Warren SW Refrigeration
Wells Fargo Bank
White-Tucker Company


BP Foundation, Inc.
Cayer Family Trust
Chevron Matching
Comiskey Foundation
Jim and Jo Davis Giving Fund
Douglas Grymes Charitable Foundation
Robert A. & Carolyn Epstein Foundation
Susie and Paul Gold Charitable Fund
Grimes Family Fund
Huffington Foundation
Marion K. Chauncey Charitable Trust
Melba C. Wynne Foundation
Robert and Kay Onstead Foundation
Saunders Foundation
Sharney Foundation, Inc.
Shell Oil Company Foundation Matching Gifts
Silver Eagle Distributors Charitable Fund
UnitedHealthcare Matching Gifts
Verizon Foundation


Alief Lions Club
Anahuac Lions Club
Barbers Hill Lions Club
Baytown Lions Club
Brookshire/Pattison Lions Club
Cinco Ranch Lions Club
Cleveland Lions Club
Conroe Noon Lions Club
Crosby Lions Club
Dayton Noon Lions Club
Deer Park Lions Club
Delta Gamma Foundation
Hardin Lions Club
Hope Thrives for Houston
Houston Aldine & Spring Area Lions Club
Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club
Houston Fil-Am Lions Club
Houston Greenspoint Lions Club
Houston Heights Lions Club
Houston Hobby Airport Lions club
Houston Memorial Lions Club
Houston Midwest Lions Club
Houston Northwest Lions Club
Houston Royal Oaks Lions Club
Houston Southwest Lions Club
Houston Sports Lions Club
Houston Spring Branch Lions club
Houston Westbury Lions Club
Humble Lions Club
Humble Noon Lions club
Huntsville Lions Club
Katy Lions Club
Liberty Lions Club
Lions International
Magnolia Lions Club
Montgomery Lions Club
Montgomery Lake Conroe Lions Club
Nassau Bay 100 Centennial Lions Club
National Industries for the Blind
Network for Good
Panorama Lions Club
Pasadena Lions Club
South Montgomery County Lions Club
Waller Lions Club
The Woodlands Lions Club
Tomball Lions Club
Twin City Lions Club
United Way of Metro Dallas
United Way of The Coastal Empire
Waller Lions Club


In honor of Roy and Marina Adams
             Joseph and Elizabeth Ivers
In honor of Wanda Cissna
             The Heights of North Houston
In honor of Ron Dunbar
             Dean Smith
In honor of Lion Betty Ezell, PDG
             Anahuac Lions Club
In honor of Immanuel Services
             Jamila Moore
In honor of Dr. Iran Nazeri
             Alireza Nazeri
In honor of Dr. Mohammed Rashed Tabbaa
             Bishr Tabbaa


In memory of Jack Alsandor
              Holly Harris
             Ray and Merle Petty
FBO Emily C. Barrett Memorial Fund
             Marion K. Chauncey Charitable Trust
In memory of Bessie Baur
             Kira Woodard
In memory of Brij and Mohini Bhan
             Sushma and Opinder Bhan
In memory of Kathy Bruns
             Dan Diaz
             Gibson M. DuTerroil
             Peggy L. Mayberry
             Shelagh Moran
             Arleen Znosko
In memory of Vic Burrer, Jr.
             Larry and Melba Ainsworth
In memory of William O. “Bill” Carter
             Ray and Merle Petty
In memory of George Church
            Rebecca Dalton Schneider
             Carol Liu
In memory of Mike Dansby
             Gibson M. DuTerroil
In memory of Jean Goldsmith
             Kathy A. Morin
In memory of Carolyn Holmes
             Ray and Margie Francis
In memory of Don Imler
             Kathy A. Morin
In memory of Roy Jackson
             Kay Ross
In memory of Connie Jones
             Clark Sitton
In memory of Floyd Moore
             Ray and Merle Petty
In memory of Vincent Morales, Jr.
             Sylvia Hill
In memory of Khosro Nazeri
             Alirez Nazeri
In memory of Steve Parisi
             Roseann and Jack Brown
In memory of Lillian Pasternak
             Sharney Foundation, Inc.
In memory of Nita Rizzo
             Ray and Merle Petty
In memory of Samuel Rizzo
             Jack & Roseann Brown
            Janice Carpenter
            Charles Cusack
             Gibson M. DuTerroil
             Jim and Glenna Floyd
             Harold Langdon
             Lee Neathery
             Ray and Merle Petty
In memory of Virginia Higgins Upchurch
             Kathy A. Morin
In memory of Ethel Lee Washington
             Arrhonda Bowie

Donors In-Kind

Maria Castellanos
Monica Cavazos
Kim Colburn
Mary Contreras
Jeri Culberson
Anhtuan Doventry
Michael Hendrick
Paul Manriguez
Barbara Montgomery
Yvonne Roberts
Pamela Sommers
Grace Tam
Stan Warburton

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