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For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Kaleo Waxman, Director of Development
Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
650-858-0202 ext. 118

Black and white photo of Amy Andonian, new Board president


Palo Alto, CA – July 11, 2019Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired – a leading nonprofit in evaluation, counseling, education and training services for individuals who are blind and visually impaired – announces the appointment of Amy Andonian, a longtime Vista Center advocate and supporter, to the position of Chair of the Board of Directors. Amy will begin her tenure with the start of our new 2019-20 fiscal year.

Amy is employed as the President and CEO of Avenidas, a private, non-profit agency that helps mid-Peninsula seniors live well, learn, and maintain their independence. Her recent successes as CEO include a significant renovation of their Palo Alto location leveraged by a $20 million capital campaign. The newly opened center, in conjunction with the redesign of programs and services that target the growing graying of Baby Boomers, has rejuvenated Avenidas and energized the Human Services sector, especially those that work with seniors – including many staff and volunteers at Vista Center, who work with vision rehabilitation for seniors with sight loss.

 “I am thrilled to begin my tenure as Chair of the Board, to prepare for and lead the celebration of Vista Center’s 75th Anniversary in 2020. Collaborating with Vista Center’s new CEO, Karae Lisle, to respond to the growing vision needs of our senior community, is a significant opportunity for both organizations.” exclaimed Amy Andonian.  [LinkedIn Profile]

Amy’s leadership will also include building out Vista Center’s services in the San Jose area, following Vista Center’s recent merger with the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center.

Karae Lisle shared, “Amy has served operations and the Vista Center Board since 2015, and brings a wealth of knowledge from nonprofit governance. Her in-depth experience serving seniors strengthens Vista Center’s growth into our next phase of success.”

About Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has empowered individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education and training. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Vista Center is able to offer life-changing services and programs due to the generous support of the community - including financial contributions from grantors, foundations, and individuals; in-kind donations; and volunteerism. 

More information about Vista Center’s services and programs can be found at the organizations website:

Contact Information:
Karae Lisle, Executive Director
Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired


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Shared Visions client newsletter

Shared Visions focuses on programs and services for the blind and visually impaired. It is published three times a year and distributed to over 1500 Vista Center clients.

Shared Visions Fall 2018 (Word) | Shared Visions 2018 (pdf)

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