Lighthouse of Collier employs the following certified positions:
- 2 CVRT’s – Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists
- Certified Assistive Technology Instructor
- COMS – Certified Orientation & Mobility Instructor
- TVI – Teacher of the Visually Impaired
- Certified Teacher of Children with Multiple Disabilities
Assistive Technology Instructor
Niki brings expertise and experience in helping the blind regain their independence by conducting functional assessments determining appropriate technology services. She evalutes needs and capabilities of services including screen reader programs. In our modern digital world of communications, Niki understands and leads our blind/vision impaired to accessing the Internet. This digital connection of community and information is a foundation block in providing independence and a passion for Dondero.
Niki has been associated with Lighthouse of Collier for 3 years. She graduated from Florida SouthWestern State College in 2014 with an Associate’s degree in general education.
Roselaure Faulhaber, recently graduated from Hodges University with a Master in Business management. Also have an Associate and Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary study, and a minor in Sociology. Worked with individuals with disability for four years before attending college, and while attending grad school; worked as a sexual assault advocate/ counselor. As a Sexual Assault Counselor worked closely with all the collier county police department. Responded to sexual assault call and conduct interviews with the victim; provide refers to different agencies and help them navigate the court system. Passionate about helping people to live a better and independent life. One of her goals in life is to assist individuals who may have lost all hope in humanity.
Robin Goldstone Garcia
Robin Goldstone Garcia is the Executive Director for Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. She leads the organization’s infrastructure and operations. Mrs. Garcia offers visionary leadership through long range strategic planning that builds upon Lighthouse of Collier’s existing programs and mission.
Robin has been active in the Naples and Bonita Springs community and is a graduate of Leadership Bonita through the Bonita Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to coming to Lighthouse of Collier, Robin worked for ASG Software Solutions for over 18 years as their Vice President of Customer Financial Solutions, worked for Simplex Medical for 3 years at their Chief Operating Officer and was a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones.
Robin graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego majoring in both Business Administration and Psychology. Robin currently resides in Naples, is married and has a son.
Mentoring & Support Groups
Rick joined Lighthouse of Collier as a volunteer in February 2015 and it was known early that his services were invaluable. In working with Case Management, Hart will work with clients on an individual basis assisting in meeting the changing needs of life as it relates to vision impairment. He targets specific individual goals as part of the plan in overall independence for each client.
Also working with Assistive Technology Instruction and facilitating support groups, Rick is a key member of the staff working with our transition students from ages 14-22 in preparing them for the work force or higher education.
Hart holds a Master of Arts in Community Agency Counseling from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois. He is also a licensed Professional Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association.
Director of Finance
Bill is one of the Founders of Lighthouse of Collier and was instrumental in establishing the organization and completing the IRS application 1023 for 501c3 status. Many of his contributions to the organization include: Member of Inaugural Leadership Council, Initial Vice President, Served as Treasurer and Secretary (twice), Established Corporate Chart of Accounts, Established Corporate Bank Accounts, Prepared and submitted 2009 Federal 990 Tax documents and Return, Retained initial Donated Office space at Bayfront office.
Instructor Adult Programs
As one of our current Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Ms. Olson brings more than 20 years’ experience in the field of low vision and blindness. Ms. Olson has also worked as Teacher of the Visually Impaired in the schools, an Assistive Technology Specialist and a VR Counselor serving college students with blindness and vision impairments. She has worked in several school and agency settings including: New Jersey, California, the Navajo Indian Reservation (in Arizona) and Ghana, West Africa.
Wendy will be responsible for teaching Activities of Daily Living Skills to adult individuals and groups. She will lead participants in safely and independently managing their home environment and personal needs. These skills include: sensory awareness, self-advocacy, caring for and labeling clothing & food, identification & management of money and medication, preparing simple meals, and accessing printed materials using optical aids.
Ms. Olson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Teaching for The Blind/VI and a graduate certificate in Orientation and Mobility from San Francisco State University. She is also currently certified as a TVI in the State of Florida.
Director Children’s Programming
Instructor Daily Living Skills Adults
In Directing our Children’s Program, Nicole will work with babies and children in developing visual efficiency, maximizing physical, mental, and social development, all in preparing for school readiness. She also will provide teens with the next level of guidance entering adult life, daily living skills, self-advocacy, communication, and career skills.
Nicole also will be teaching more advanced Daily Living Skills to our adult groups. She will lead participants in safely and independently managing their home environment and personal needs. These skills include: sensory awareness, self-advocacy, caring for and labeling clothing & food, identification & management of money and medication, preparing simple meals, and accessing printed materials using optical aids.
Nicole brings 15 years’ experience of special education graduating from Lindenwood University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, MO.
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT)
As one of our resident CVRTs and with 36 years of vision rehabilitation expertise, Sue instructs our vision impaired clients in compensatory skills and use of assistive technologies. She addresses broad rehabilitation goals while identifying the specific needs of our sight impaired clients. Sue teaches Activities of Daily Living Skills to adult individuals and groups. She will lead participants in safely and independently managing their home environment and personal needs. These skills include: sensory awareness, self-advocacy, caring for and labeling clothing & food, identification & management of money and medication, preparing simple meals, and accessing printed materials using optical aids.
Sue started her career assisting the sigh impaired as the bus driver and “Jill of All Trades” at a new Center started by blind people to help one another. As that Center grew, so did Sue’s opportunities to greatly advance her education and still work with her clients. In 2013 Sue had the good fortune to join the Lighthouse of Collier team.
Sue is a graduate of University of South Florida and has a Master of Science degree from Florida State University.