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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


Brian Capitelli, Chair 

Capitelli & Wicker

Susan Pereira , Vice Chair

Iberia Bank

H. Elder Gwin, Secretary

Hancock Whitney Bank

Lamar Villere, Treasurer

Villere & Co.

Nicki Candies, At Large

Keith Katz, At Large

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management



Danielle Borel

Breazaeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Patrick Browne, III

The McEnery Company

Kevin Casey

Capital One Bank

Cameron Currie

Carpenter & Paterson, Inc.

Hon. Donald Ensenat

U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)

Dr. Leslie Estrada

Singer/Haley Vision

Ken Flower

Woodward Design + Build

Dr. Renee Horton 

Paul Jordan

Free Gulliver

Andrew Kingsley


Gordon "Gordo" Kolb

G.H.K. Developments, Inc.

Michael LeBourgeois

Black Bay Energy Capital

Dr. Alejandro Leon

Children's Hospital

Charles Marts

Crescent Title, LLC

Blair Monroe

Blue Hill Data Service

Julie Nosser

Hancock Whitney Bank 

Laura Scallan 

Capital One 

Dr. Patrick Sean O'Sullivan

Retina Specialty Institute

James Perrier

Perrier Party Rentals

Andy St. Romain

Jones Walker

Edward Thibodeaux

Commander Technologies, Inc.

Cherish D. van Mullem

LaPorte CPAs

Marcelle Wainer

Drs. Worley, Magne & Plauche


Danielle Borel, Chair

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Kelly Bange

Bernhard Energy Solutions

Tim Basilica

Onsite Design

David Beach

Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation

Dr. Kendall Beissinger

Michael Butler

Summit Electric Supply

Brent Cobb


John Funderburk

Kean Miller

Chase Gore

Taylor, Wellons, Politz & Duhe 

Ty Gose

Latter & Blum

Cheri Johnson

Woman's Health Hospital

Dr. Michael Morgan

Ochsner Hospital

Andy St. Romain

Jones Walker

Erick Schmolke

Hancock Whitney Bank 

Wade Stephens

Lard Oil Company

Micah Stewart

LaPorte CPAs

Erika Walter

Pelican Chapter-Assoiciation of Builders & Contractors, Inc 

Charles "Chuck" Williamson

Williamson Eye Center

Father Patrick Mascarella (2014-2018)

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Our Staff

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