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Who We Are

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At Lighthouse Louisiana our mission is to empower people with disabilities through services, employment, and advocacy.

Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Gulfport create jobs for people who are blind. Proceeds from the sales of high-quality, commercially competitive products help fund services for people who are blind, Deaf, and who have other disabilities. 

We help people get jobs, regain their independence, and challenge expectations of the capabilities of people with disabilities. Even as a century-old nonprofit, we're constantly evolving to better serve our community.

We envision a world where:

  • Everyone with a disability who wants to work can find a job
  • People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing have access to communication with everyone
  • Vision loss does not mean a loss of independence
  • People with disabilities have equal access to community spaces, public transit, and safety net services
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Partners and Programs

US AbilityOne Commission

Louisiana State University

Vision Serve

National Industries for the Blind

Louisiana Commission for the Deaf

Louisiana Rehab Services

The AbilityOne Program, established by the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act, helps nearly 50,000 people who are blind or have other severe disabilities to find employment. The program coordinates its activities with nonprofit organizations across the country to employ these individuals and provide goods and services to the federal government at fair market prices.

Lighthouse Louisiana works in cooperation and partnership with private, public and nonprofit entities. We have been an ISO 9001:2008 Certified company since 2011. ISO Certified means that an organization is meeting the needs of customers and other stakeholders while also meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product. Lighthouse Louisiana complies with International Standards of quality, customer service, and continued improvement.

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Board of Directors


Susan Pereira , Chair


Charlie Marts, Chair Elect

Crescent Title, LLC

Keith Katz, Secretary

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Paul Jordan, Treasurer


Nicki Candies, At Large

Andrew Kingsley, At Large




Adam Babich

Tulane University

Andrew Bizer

Bizer & DeReus

Danielle Borel

Breazaeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Patrick Browne, III

The McEnery Company

Cameron Currie

Carpenter & Paterson, Inc.

Dr. Leslie Estrada

Singer/Haley Vision

Celeste Eustis

Dr. Adham al Hariri

Eyelid & Facial Consultants

Pinky Harris

Pinky's at the Court

Dr. Renee Horton 

Jason Jobes


Cheri Johnson

Woman's Hospital 

Fran Lawless

City of New Orleans

Pastor Gregory Manning

Broadmoor Community Church

Blair Monroe

Blue Hill Data Service

Julie Nosser

Hancock Whitney Bank 

Laura Scallan 

Capital One 

Sue Strachan


Andy St. Romain

Jones Walker

Edward Thibodeaux

Commander Technologies, Inc.

Molly Vigour

Canal HR

Marcelle Wainer

Drs. Worley, Magne & Plauche

Dr. Seema Walia


Rebecca Waxman

McEnery Residential Real Estate


Danielle Borel, Chair

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Dr. Kendall Beissinger

Michael Butler

Summit Electric Supply

John Funderburk

Kean Miller


Cheri Johnson

Woman's  Hospital

Dr. Michael Morgan

Ochsner Hospital

Andy St. Romain

Jones Walker

Erick Schmolke

Hancock Whitney Bank 

Edward F. "Ed" Stauss, III

Keogh, Cox & Wilson, Ltd.

Wade Stephens

Lard Oil Company

Micah Stewart

LaPorte CPAs

Erika Walter

Pelican Chapter-Association of Builders & Contractors, Inc 

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Our Staff

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