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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

Whitney Bank

Lamar Villere, Treasurer

Villere & Co.

Nicki Candies, At Large

Keith Katz, At Large

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management


Carl Arredondo


Robert Bachman

American Building Technologies Group, LLC 

Danielle Borel

Breazaeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Patrick Browne, III

The McEnery Company

Cameron Currie

Carpenter & Paterson, Inc.

Hon. Donald Ensenat

U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)

Dr. Leslie Estrada

Singer/Haley Vision

Ken Flower

Woodward Design + Build

Paul Jordan

Black Bag Technologies

Gordon "Gordo" Kolb

G.H.K. Developments, Inc.

Michael LeBourgeois

NGP Energy Technology Partners

Dr. Alejandro Leon

Children's Hospital

Pastor Gregory Manning

Broadmoor Community Church

Charles Marts

Crescent Title, LLC

Paul Masinter

Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann

Blair Monroe

Blue Hills Data Service

Julie Nosser

Dr. Patrick Sean O'Sullivan

Retina Specialty Institute

James Perrier

Perrier Party Rentals

Edward Thibodeaux

Commander Technologies, Inc.

Cherish D. van Mullem

Phelps Dunbar

Marcelle Wainer

Drs. Worley, Magne & Plauche

Madeline West

West Law Firm


Danielle Borel, Chair

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Tim Basilica

Onsite Design

David Beach

Whitney Bank 

Michelle Beauboeuf

The Queen Bee

Dr. Kendall Beissinger

Michael Butler

Summit Electric Supply

Brent Cobb

Keogh, Cox & Wilson

John Funderburk

Kean Miller

Ty Gose

Latter & Blum

Cheri Johnson

Woman's Health Hospital

Father Patrick Mascarella

Dr. Michael Morgan

Ochsner Hospital

Meredith Hathorn Penick

Foley & Judell

Andy St. Romain

Jones Walker

Erick Schmolke

Whitney Bank

Wade Stephens

Lard Oil Company

Micah Stewart

LaPorte CPAs

Alex Velazquez

McGlinchey Stafford

Charles "Chuck" Williamson

Williamson Eye Center

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Our Staff

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