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Edward Schroth, Executive Director

Ed Schroth brought 18 years of nonprofit experience to The Lions Center when he was hired in 2007.  He is credited with initiating LCVI’s successful Early Detection and Intervention Program, developed after Ed spent his first year on the job engaged in intense field training to become familiar with low vision issues, orientation and mobility. In addition to meeting the mission of the organization, Ed is responsible for all planning and financial management. He reports to the Board of Directors.  Ed also provides direct services to clients, primarily during Early Detection screenings.

“We often meet clients at the most frustrating point in their lives, struggling to do the simplest things because of their vision loss.  It really feels good to see the smiles return to their faces after clients realize they can once again read a prescription bottle, enjoy a good book, do their own shopping, and return to cooking their own meals.”

Brien Doran, Orientation and Mobility Specialist 

Brien Doren has 33 years of experience working in the disability field.  After obtaining a Masters Degree from Boston College, Brien performed Orientation and Mobility training for the Veteran’s Administration and also taught manual skills to disabled vets.  He holds credentials to teach the visually impaired and has been a part of The Lions Center family for 21 years.

“It’s so satisfying to restore a little bit of independence and dignity to people’s lives.  I tell our clients, ‘You can still do all the things you used to do, you just have to learn to do them differently.’”

Michael Mailer, Low Vision Specialist

Michael brings over 10 years of experience to coordinating and delivering quality care to disabled and visually impaired clients.  His unique and caring approach to personally serving each client, along with the skill and knowledge he brings to facilitating support groups, has earned him many unsolicited letters of appreciation from clients.  Michael is bi-lingual (Spanish-English) and also serves as The Lions Center’s training manager and handles inventory for durable equipment issued to clients.  When asked about the favorite part of his job, Michael replied:

“I love seeing a client take on the challenge of training, seeing them grow and seeing them stay independent.”

Shirley Schroth, Manager of Early Detection

Shirley was hired in 2008 to manage the start-up of our Early Detection and Intervention Program. With 33 years of professional experience – along with years of nonprofit volunteer work – she was more than up to the task, and our newest program was off to a very successful start.  As Manager of Early Detection, Shirley is responsible for outreach to gerontologists, social workers and senior housing staff, with a special emphasis on attracting low-income seniors to our screening events. Shirley also supervises the Early Detection Specialist and coordinates volunteers who assist at screening events.

“I get great satisfaction from the services and products we provide to clients, like eye exams and glasses, that can and do make a big difference in their lives.  On top of that, I get to meet some really, really nice senior citizens!”

Dee Robertson, Early Detection Specialist

Dee has worked with LCVI clients for more than three years, initially facilitating our activity programs and classes and coordinating transportation and other services for our clients.  When we began our Early Detection Program, Dee began her work as an Early Detection Specialist, conducting screening activities and providing case management for many clients who have been referred for medical services and/or eye exams as a result of screening.

“I love introducing clients to technology and visual aids – stuff they don’t even know exists, like a CCTV or magnifiers – and seeing how much it improves their quality of life.”

Andrea Burton, Title VII / CDBG / Program Manager

Andrea has been an integral part of The Lions Center for over 40 years, first as a volunteer and Program Aide and as the Program Manager for the last 10 years.  Responsible for tracking client services, reporting, billing, and grants compliance, Andrea's skills and knowledge of The Lions Center is one of the keys to our success.

“I started coming to the Center when I was ten years old.  I came with my mother who volunteered here, so you could say this place is ‘in my blood.’  I still enjoy working here because I know we are really helping our clients live better lives.

Myra Carey, Client Services Assistant

Myra Carey is blind and a former client of the Center.  Hired as our Client Services Assistant in 1998, her duties include leading support groups, providing information and referrals, telephone outreach and follow-up with clients.

“When I’m on the phone with clients who are experiencing vision loss, they don’t know that I’m totally blind.  When I let them know and also tell them that I raised two children of my own and was a foster Mom besides, it gives them hope.  Sharing my story of a full life is my gift to their successful adjustment to vision loss – and I am glad to give it."

Left to right:  Shirley Schroth, Michael Mailer, Brien Doran, Dee RobertsonLeft to right:  Myra Carey, Ed Schroth, Andrea Burton