Meet Our Team
We are proud to introduce you to The Sight Center team. Each of these talented professionals adds a unique blend of education, training, personality, and life experience to the work we do. Together we empower independence and enrich the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.
STACEY BUTTS FRANKS
My education & training: I have a Bachelor of Accounting degree from DeVry Institute of Technology (now DeVry University) and have experience in non-profits, manufacturing, government contracting and franchise accounting.
Things I enjoy: I love golf, spending time with friends and family, and listening to a great book. I also enjoy vacationing in beautiful places like Punta Cana.
Something interesting about me: In high school I played 7 instruments and contemplated majoring in music…hopeful to become a band director.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: This is the first place I have worked where lives are changed every day. It’s so different from doing accounting at a for profit company. The Sight Center has an amazing team of people who will go out of their way to ensure a client gets what they need to be independent. We all enjoy a good shenanigan too!
Where I’m from: I am a proud graduate of Western Michigan University – GO Broncos! Bachelor of Social Work in 1994 and Master of Arts, Blindness & Low Vision Studies 1995. I participated in the Beta testing to develop the official certification with the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals in 2000 and have now been a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist for over 20 years.
Things I enjoy: I enjoy: long walks in the woods, visiting National Parks in our beautiful country, going to Walt Disney World, watching musical theater in person and cooking shows on TV. Laughing is the thing I enjoy most of all!
Something interesting about me: I once got to ring the opening bell for the Chicago Stock Exchange.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: We are a very small group of people & are privileged to connect with people and address issues that are critical to independence. The individuals we serve are brave enough to share their concerns, struggles and disappointments with us and we then have the opportunity to change lives.
My education & training: I have a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the University of Cincinnati. I also am a Certified Charting the Lifecourse Ambassador, which focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals of all ages. I have worked in the Social Work field for 15 years, including working with underserved populations and individuals with disabilities.
Things I enjoy: Traveling, camping in our pop up and visiting Disney World as often as possible.
Something interesting about me: My family and I will have visited every Cedar Fair amusement park in the US and Canada by Summer 2022. This goal was going to be achieved in 2020, but the pandemic halted it.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: Everyone at the agency wants to help others live their best quality of life!
Blind Rehabilitation Specialist
My education & training: I have my Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. I also have my Master of Arts Degree in Blindness and Low Vision Studies and my Certification in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.
Things I enjoy: I am originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, so I love anything outdoors. I love going to the lake, boating, hiking, paddle boarding, you name it! I also enjoy working out, walking my dogs and watching Netflix. I am also a BIG hockey fan and love going to Red Wings games and any University of Michigan sporting event. Go Blue!
Something interesting about me: I was once asked to drive the Zamboni at a Detroit Red Wings game.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: I love being able to meet so many different people from so many walks of life!
My education & training: I’m a proud alumna of The University of Toledo.
Things I enjoy: I enjoy running, hiking, reading, biking, kayaking, and pretty much any activity in the great outdoors. (Pictured is one of my favorite hikes in RMNP.).
Why I love working at The Sight Center: I love meeting new customers in The Shop and seeing joy on their faces when they conquer a new challenge.
Blind Rehabilitation Specialist
My education & training: I received my bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster and two master’s degrees from Western Michigan University. I am dually certified through ACVREP as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.
Things I enjoy: I love singing, hiking, drawing, playing games and watching movies with my family and friends and being involved in my church.
Something interesting about me: I have been married for 14 years and have two wonderful children. Our family also fosters kids in need and we have had the amazing opportunity to love two other beautiful children so far.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: I have been working with The Sight Center for over 10 years and have enjoyed every moment. I love working one-on-one with people and helping them “see” how they can live life with vision loss. By working in people’s homes, schools and work environments, I can provide training that is relevant to their unique needs, circumstances, and abilities. The Sight Center staff in Toledo has been amazingly supportive to me and the people I am now serving here in Central Ohio.
JILL HOLLER, O.D.
Low Vision Optometrist
My education & training: I have an undergraduate B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from The University of Toledo. My doctorate in optometry is from The Ohio State University from 2004. I also completed an extra class in low vision/vision rehabilitation at OSU before graduation.
Things I enjoy: Traveling, being with my family (3 children and 1 grandson) and friends, eating out at restaurants, and snuggling with my dog
Something interesting about me: I am an officer in the Ohio Air National Guard at the 180th Fighter Wing here in Toledo, Ohio.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: I love making a difference in people’s lives, proving that there is something else that can be done to help them, and being part of a team that helps my patient’s reach their goals.
Executive Administrative Assistant
My education & training: University of Toledo, Elementary Education, GO ROCKETS!
Things I enjoy: Laughing, spending time with family and friends, the beach, reading, and creative projects.
Something interesting about me: I could NEVER climb the rope for the Presidential Fitness Test in Gym Class.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: The everyday potential of being a part of improving someone’s outlook on life. I work with a small, but amazing group of people who all share a common goal to help others any way they can.
ALEXZANDRA RUDINOFF, O.D.
Low Vision Optometrist
My education & training: I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Psychology, from Xavier University. I graduated with my doctoral degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Go Bucks!!
Things I enjoy: Traveling and photography are two of my favorite things. I love spending time outdoors riding bikes, going on walks or hikes, and kayaking! Music is also important to me, and I like going to concerts.
Something interesting about me: I have traveled to 13 different countries and 13 national parks, and I hope to continue counting!
Why I love working at The Sight Center: At The Sight Center, I love having a team-oriented approach that helps people with varying degrees of vision impairment meet their individual goals. I really enjoy spending time with people and learning about everyone’s unique story and background. It is important to me that everyone is heard. I find it rewarding when we can help people continue to do the things they love or to regain their independence with daily tasks.
My education & training: BA Health Administration completed at UT, Ohio Optical Dispensing License, ABO/NCLE certified speaker
Things I enjoy: Lattes (extra hot), time with my family, reading, tennis and pretty much any outdoor activity (even yard work), music
Something interesting about me: I can tell you about any episode of Little House on the Prairie with less than 5 seconds of watching an episode at any given point.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: I love how the clients leave filled with some hope at the ability to regain something to make their life easier even with their vision impairment.
Vision Service Representative
My education & training: I have an Associates degree in Business Management as well as an Associate of the Arts degree, though I feel that my life experience and previous employment in public relations gives me an advantage in my current position.
Things I enjoy: I love puzzles of any form, brain teasers being my favorite. I am an avid reader, and I also enjoy writing poetry/ short stories. Gardening as well as spending time with my two daughters and my amazing husband occupy a good majority of my time!
Something interesting about me: I have quite a few tattoo’s and I love them! I Love to sing
Why I love working at The Sight Center: Having the opportunity to assist those with a vision impairment find a way to navigate their way to independence is very rewarding. At times just being a friendly voice for them to talk to gives me joy! The awesome group of individuals that I work with are so passionate about what we do, so kind, and so supportive that I could not imagine myself anywhere else!
My education & training: I have a Biology degree from Bowling Green State University, but my real training started at age 9 when I was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease (early onset macular degeneration).
Things I enjoy: I like playing guitar, riding my bike, growing succulents, eating pizza, drinking red wine and helping my wife finish tough crossword puzzles.
Something interesting about me: I am a singer/songwriter.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: My own vision impairment is an asset here! I get to put all of me into this job. What I do here makes a difference for those who don’t know where to turn, don’t have the resources, or don’t believe that life without sight can get better.
Blind Rehabilitation Specialist
My education & training: I have a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and minors in Gerontology and Integrated Holistic Health from Western Michigan University (WMU). I also obtained my Master’s Degree in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy from WMU and completed my certification through ACVREP to become a Certified Rehabilitation Therapist!
Things I enjoy: Taking my cats for a walk, boating, vacationing, trying new foods.
Something interesting about me: I am from the small town of Caseville, Michigan that is known for its Cheeseburger Festival!
Why I love working at The Sight Center:
There is always something to look forward to! Whether it’s meeting a new client, traveling to a new town or celebrating a national day with my Sight Center colleagues – my work day is always different and I love that!
Blind Rehabilitation Specialist
My education & training: I have a bachelor’s degree in History with teacher certification from Eastern Illinois University. I have a master’s degree in Blind Rehabilitation from Northern Illinois University. I hold two ACVREP certifications; I am a certified vision rehabilitation therapist (VRT) and a certified orientation and mobility specialist (COMS). I began working for The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio in July of 2016.
Things I enjoy: I like to spend time with my two dogs, reading, watching television and baseball (Go Cubs!).
Something interesting about me: I have a good memory, specifically being able to recall information that I have read.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: Working at The Sight Center gives me the opportunity to travel around Northwest Ohio, meet people from different walks of life, be a jack-of-all-trades in the blind rehabilitation field and to assist people with vision loss to become or remain independent at home, work or in the community.
My education & training: Fergus is working towards a degree in Fine Arts with a specialty in Buttons.
Things I enjoy: He enjoys hanging out at The Sight Center and listening to the fascinating conversations that happen at the morning huddle.
Something interesting about me: Fergus is an active participant in the office “National Day” calendar celebrations.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: While Fergus doesn’t technically “work” here, he is an integral part of The Sight Center team. We wouldn’t be complete without him and his contributions!
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