East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind is a 501c3 non-profit organization, a proud federal contractor, and a Department of Defense supplier. We fulfill our mission of empowering the blind through two divisions of our company which include a manufacturing operation (Horizon Industries) and our community rehabilitation facility (Client Services). Company wide, we are the largest employer of those who are blind in East Texas. Purchases from Horizon Industries fuel both jobs in that manufacturing setting and a portion of the funds needed to run the Client Services division.
Our Client Services division is located at 411 W. Front St. in Tyler and provides rehabilitation, education, training and employment services. The 8,000 sq. ft. facility includes an independent living training apartment, fully equipped computer labs, and low vision store.
Our Horizon Industries division occupies a 92,000-square-foot facility at 500 N. Bois D’ Arc in Tyler. We are one of the largest converters of industrial wiping towels & paracord for the US government through the AbilityOne Program and are strong Texas State Use partners. Our quality products can be purchased by anyone, and those purchases directly support our mission of empowering the blind.
Vice President/Chief Mission Officer
Alicia has been with East Texas Lighthouse since 2014 and served in various leadership roles. With a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, she is a critical thinker, problem solver and advocate. She is a proven leader who specializes in customer and client service. She is passionate about the work of East Texas Lighthouse to empower the blind on multiple fronts. Alicia also enjoys volunteering at animal rescues and coaching local church sports teams.
Client Services Manager
Amy has been with East Lighthouse since 2015 and served in the field of office administration for 10 years. Her experience in customer service, medical billing, and marketing make her a dynamic asset to our team. Amy most enjoys making a difference in the lives of those who are new to losing their sight and providing them with the training and resources to maintain their independence. She says meeting new and amazing people every day is the best part of the job. In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading, being active in her church, and spending quality time with her family.
Client Services Assistant
Jim has been with the Client Services team since 2018. He is the first person you will meet at East Texas Lighthouse and is crucial in helping make sure clients get connected to the services they need. Jim also assists with creating marketing tools and is our resident photographer. In his spare time, Jim takes photographs for Whitehouse Independent School District, is an avid bike rider, and enjoys spending time with his family.
Client Services Case Manager
Shirley is the newest member of The Lighthouse team and is responsible for the day-to-day management of clients. Shirley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Community Health Worker License from Jarvis Christian College. Shirley has more than 10 years of case management experience, working with agencies in the East Texas area. She takes pride in building a positive rapport with her clients and especially enjoys working with individuals to overcome challenges to become fully independent. When not working, Shirley enjoys karaoke with friends, going to church, and being involved in her two sons’ sports activities.
Community Relations Administrator
Craig has been with East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind since 2011, working in Inventory Control as the Inventory Planner at Horizon Industries. His experience includes 25 years in management working with Brookshire’s & HEB grocery companies as well as owning and managing his own floor covering store. Craig started working for Client Services in 2016 and enjoys the opportunity to assist clients and the potential to change their lives through empowerment. Craig loves meeting new people and runs The Lighthouse’s multiple outreach programs. In his spare time, Craig enjoys music, sports, and spending time with his grandson.
Curriculum and Instruction Administrator
Jan joined The Lighthouse in 2011 and has worked the past 40 years with individuals who are blind. Her certifications include A+ (IT certification), MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer), Microsoft Office Specialist Master, JAWS & ZoomText. She teaches Microsoft Office for Suite 2010, 2013, 2016 and our professional development courses MOBI, ProMOTE, and ATIP. She is driven by the way computer training empowers people to reach their goals. In her spare time, Jan enjoys board games and is currently volunteering as a Jr. High Sunday School teacher for girls. She has even traveled overseas providing low-vision evaluations.
Assistive Technology Instructor
Brittney joined The Lighthouse team in early 2020 as an Apprentice for the Technology Department and now serves as the Assistive Technology Instructor. Brittney graduated with a Bachelor’s in History from UT Tyler with a minor in Education and has extensive knowledge of adaptive technology used by the blind and visually impaired. She holds certifications in both JAWS and ZoomText and instructs all of our professional development in technology courses. Brittney enjoys teaching students and thrives on increasing her knowledge to better teach and empower the blind and visually impaired. In her spare time, Brittney enjoys being with family and spending time with her dog, Holly.
Technology Services Administrator
Megan holds an MBA with a certification in Organization Development and Leadership. She has more than 10 years of experience in program development working with national level blind advocacy organizations and partners. Megan is Microsoft Office Master and ZoomText certified and instructs all professional development in technology courses we offer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Jarrett Gist is an Orientation and Mobility Specialist at the East Texas Lighthouse. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Blind Rehabilitation, and a M.Ed. degree in Special Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals and member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Jarrett has over 10 years of experience as a blind rehabilitation professional. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth soccer, weightlifting, running and gardening.
Activities of Daily Living Instructor
Meagan joined East Texas Lighthouse in 2023, and brings over 15 years of business management and customer service experience as well as teaching, coordinating, and serving with children in various capacities. Meagan has served in the mission field on six international mission trips teaching women and children in Malawi, Africa, and currently coordinates all grade school children’s programs for her church. Meagan also has a background in volunteering for sex trafficking victims and she is an advocate for domestic violence awareness. What excites Meagan the most about working for The Lighthouse is being able to encourage people and offer them hope! Outside of work, you will find Meagan being the proud wife of a police officer and a devoted mother to their two children. Her hobbies include attending worship concerts and spending time with her two dogs and chickens.
Ann Phillips has been with The Lighthouse since 2011, and in education for 39 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Master’s degree in Educational Technology, and certifications in Elementary Education, VI Teaching and Orientation and Mobility. Ann is a recipient of the TAER Bob Bryant/Bill Bryan Leadership Award (2015) and The Lighthouse Sighted Worker of the Year (2014). Ann loves the relationships she develops with students, families and coworkers. In her spare time, Ann enjoys taking photographs, live music, caring for her pets and volunteers by making blessing bags for the homeless.
Dr. Charles Dodson
Leona Holloman, CEO
Michael Hubbard – VP of Finance/CFO
Alicia Lansford – Chief Mission Officer
Heath Honzell – VP of Operations, Horizon Industries
Lee Tillson – SVP of Sales/Business Development, Horizon Industries