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.
My education & training: I have a Biology degree from Bowling Green State University, but my real training started around age 10 when I was diagnosed with Stargardt Disease (early onset macular degeneration). I attribute many important life lessons to having lived a life with a vision impairment.
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why: I would love to meet Bruce Springsteen! I became a big fan of his music when I was a teenager. When I started writing songs myself nearly 25 years later, I was influenced by his writing style. No one tells a story like Bruce does. More impressively, he keeps creating and reinventing himself. I would enjoy learning from him over a good meal.
What is the best advice you have been given: The best advice I’ve ever received was a Mark Twain quote hanging on my best friend’s wall twenty years ago:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
If you had to teach one topic, what would you teach: I would teach a course on songwriting.
What is your entrance music/theme song: Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising”
My education and training: I have been with The Sight Center since 2007 and have enjoyed working with individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Blindness Studies, Rehabilitation Teaching
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why: I would love the opportunity to meet Anne Sullivan for dinner. Helen Keller is internationally known, Anne was an enormous part of Helen’s achievements and independence.
What is the best advice you have been given: Make every day the best possible and treat each situation with grace.
If you had to teach one topic, what would you teach: My favorite area to teach is baking. There are transferrable skills with baking that reach into most areas of daily life (planning, organizing, safety, measuring, cleaning/hygiene, presentation, sharing).
What is your entrance music/theme song: Don’t fear the reaper.
My education & training: I’m a proud alumna of The University of Toledo, with a BBA majoring in accounting.
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why: I’d love dinner with James Corden because he makes me laugh! I’m a big Carpool Karaoke fan!
What is the best advice you have been given: Don’t worry about the things you can’t control.
If you had to teach one topic, what would you teach: I love to teach kids to read; I find it incredibly rewarding. I love books and I love kids!
What is your entrance music/theme song: All Summer Long by Kid Rock
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.
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why: My husband, because I don’t get date nights with him often enough. I don’t care too much about celebrities.
What is the best advice you have been given: Take Deep Breaths.
If you had to teach one topic, what would you teach: Sighted Guide! I really get on my soap box about this subject!
What is your entrance music/theme song: Oh gee, I’m not good with naming songs because that is not how my brain works. I love music and I love to sing, but picking out a song is not my forte. And I would never enjoy coming into a room with theme music. I’m an introvert. But, if I could pick a song to sing, it might be Dancing Queen, from ABBA. 😊
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.
Vision Services Representative
Education and Training: Although I lack any official education or training within the optical field, I have gained heaps of irreplaceable knowledge since being hired here at The Sight Center in October of 2022. Prior to working here, I attended both BGSU Fire School and Owens Community College where I earned certifications for Fire I, II, and EMT-Basic. I didn’t end up moving forward in that field of work, but the experience was irreplaceable and something I will be forever grateful for.
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why? I love to laugh so I would choose actor, Steve Carell.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given: Sometimes it’s better to just let things be, let people go, don’t fight for closure, don’t ask for explanations, don’t chase answers, and don’t expect people to always understand where you’re coming from. Life is better lived when you don’t center it on what’s happening around you and center it on what’s happening inside you instead. Work on yourself and your inner peace and good things will come your way.
If you had to teach a class on one topic, what would you teach? I would teach a class on how to pick on our shop manager, Adam. Gratefully, he doesn’t make it very difficult so I would easily consider myself a scholar in this area of work.
What would your entrance music/theme song? Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
ANDREA MARLEY, CVRT
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist and Teacher of The Visually Impaired
Where I’m From: I grew up in the Sylvania area. I was a Sylvania Southview Cougar! I then got a job in Cleveland working as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and worked at Cleveland Sight Center for 13 years. I then decided to move back to the Sylvania area to be closer to family.
Things I enjoy: Fun Fact, I graduated with a Vocal Music Minor, so I love to sing. I love all things music related. I enjoy going to Broadway plays. I have also enjoyed participating in many Adaptive Sports, such as rowing and bowling. I am a marathon shopper. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and being an advocate for individuals with Vision Impairments.
Something interesting about me: I have a black Labrador Retriever Guide Dog named Lee. I was also in the Rocket Marching Band for four years! I am the oldest of three siblings, but the only one with a Vision Impairment.
Why I love working at The Sight Center: I have always known that I wanted to be an educator. When I landed in the Vision field, it seemed like the perfect fit for me. I started primarily working with children in Cleveland, but soon discovered that I enjoyed working with individuals of all ages. The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio has given me the opportunity to move closer to my family, and still work in the field that I love. The team here at The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio is very welcoming, helpful, and makes you feel like part of a cohesive team. I look forward to many more years here!
My education & training: Although my education was in business and finance I gravitated back to senior living which was my first job in high school. Joining the team at The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio was a natural transition as I had often recommended our services to my senior residents throughout the years.
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why: I would pick Stevie Nicks. I’m a big fan of her music and her personality.
What is the best advice you have been given: Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
If you had to teach one topic, what would you teach: How to have meaningful visits and conversations with persons with dementia. (I have taught it.)
What is your entrance music/theme song: Killer Queen by Queen
The Shop Manager
My education & training: The wonderful people here at The Sight Center. Also- Specs Howard School of Broadcasting where I earned a certificate in broadcasting.
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why: Trey Parker- Co Creator of South Park- The dude is hilarious. He is also unbelievably talented and creative.
What is the best advice you have been given: Change is constant- so go with the flow.
If you had to teach one topic, what would you teach: The History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
What is your entrance music/theme song: Hate Me Now: Nas, featuring Diddy.
My education & training: I have a BA from Ashland University in Electronic Media Production. I am very interested in returning to school in the near future to further my education in disability services and education.
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why: Julie Andrews- because she is “Mary Poppins, y’all.”
What is the best advice you have been given: The best advice I was ever given boils down to: Go above and beyond and always go that extra mile.
If you had to teach one topic, what would you teach: A media class on how to prepare for a shoot.
What is your entrance music/theme song: Today is the Day by Eels.
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!
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!!
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why? I would like to meet someone who has completed the entire Appalachian Trail hike because I would love to hear stories about the trail and their perseverance, strength, and grit. I love nature and simple hikes, but I am always inspired by others who can accomplish something significant like this!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given:Life is too short to sweat the small stuff!
If you had to teach a class on one topic, what would you teach? Philosophy, it was one of my favorite courses in college and one that truly made me think about life and humanity.
What would your entrance music/theme song? Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac
Blind Rehabilitation Specialist
My education & training: Bachelor’s of Arts in History with Teacher Certification from Eastern Illinois University Master’s of Science in Education with an emphasis in Blind Rehabilitation from Northern Illinois University O & M and ADL Internships at the VA’s Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center in West Haven, Connecticut ACVREP Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist ACREP Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Started working at The Sight Center in July 2016
If you had to teach a class on one topic, what would you teach? If I had to teach a topic outside of the vision field, it would be History, specifically U.S. History.
What would your entrance music/theme song? My entrance music would be Toad Sings Chandelier because it makes me laugh.
My education & training: Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Yorktown Heights, NY
If you could meet any living person for dinner, who would you pick and why: I enjoy dining with new and exciting people.
What is the best advice you have been given: Always use the “puppy eyes.”
If you had to teach one topic, what would you teach: How to Ask for Treats 101 and 202
What is your entrance music/theme song: I Love My Dog, by Cat Stevens.
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