Miki Jordan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Junior Blind, and is also a member of the organization’s Board of Directors. Ms. Jordan joined Junior Blind in 2006 with a well-respected record for leadership and innovation, arriving with a bold plan for the organization’s future. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to bring the vision to life to help even more children, youth and adults who have physical, developmental and emotional challenges reach their greatest potential. Under her guidance, Junior Blind has built upon its legacy of excellence by expanding the depth and reach of its programs and services, growing from having a $10.5 million budget to a nearly $30 million budget by the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Jordan has nearly 25 years of experience as CEO, having previously served in that role at the reputed children’s nonprofit, Para Los Niños. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of VisionServe Alliance since 2013, been a member of the Child Welfare League of America Board of Directors and served on committees of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and the national Alliance for Strong Human Service Agencies.
She has been the recipient of the several leadership awards, including Outstanding Professional award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Non-Profit CEO of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, the “Best of LA” Women’s Business Award in the category of Women in Philanthropy which was jointly presented by the Los Angeles Lakers and Comerica Bank. She was also the first ever recipient of the Community Leadership Achieve Award presented by the Association of Multi-Cultural Concerns, a special interest affiliate of the California Council of the Blind.
Miki Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in organizational development from Chapman University.
As the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jay Allen has ultimate responsibility to lead the daily operations and activities of Junior Blind programs and services. Mr. Allen joined Junior Blind in 2000 and has more than 25 years of experience in the social services field, including the effective management of residential, rehabilitation, educational and recreational programs. Mr. Allen has an outstanding track record of expanding the quality and quantity of services to better meet community needs while ensuring and strengthening the financial viability of agencies and programs. He has led the turn-around of multifaceted organizations and facilitated numerous successful partnerships, ranging from joint programming to mergers. Mr. Allen also currently serves as Chair of the California Agencies for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI). Mr. Allen holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Lesley University and a master's degree in health care administration from Framingham State University.
Recognized for her expertise in strategic fund development and marketing, Blythe Cotton Maling joined Junior Blind of America as the chief development officer in September 2017. Ms. Maling is well respected in the philanthropic community for her integrity, passion and commitment to vulnerable children and families. Prior to joining Junior Blind of America, she served as chief development officer and then interim president and CEO at St. Anne’s, a highly-regarded social service agency in Los Angeles. Her past roles have included serving as vice president of development and communications for John Tracy Clinic and a partner at the Los Angeles-based consulting firm, QuantumMethod. She also spent more than a decade leading the development and marketing efforts at Para Los Niños. Ms. Maling earned a master's degree in communication management from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, and a bachelor's degree in child development from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles in public relations and attended the UCLA program in fundraising. In 2017, Ms. Maling was a finalist in the Fast Pitch Competition, a high-energy, rapid-fire presentation during which presenters share the mission, vision and impact of their organization in just three minutes. A Southern California native, Ms. Maling is active in the Los Angeles philanthropic community. She is a member of Children’s Chain supporting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and serves on the board of directors of the Old Mill Foundation. She serves on the Marlborough School Alumnae Council and is co-chairing the Woman of the Year Committee for 2017-18.
Kami Mann is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for budgeting, financial reporting, auditing and governmental reporting. Mr. Mann joined Junior Blind in 1989 and has nearly 40 years of experience in finance and accounting for the non-profit sector. Mr. Mann holds a master's degree in business administration from Northrop University.
Corina Casco, L.C.S.W., is Chief Program Officer and holds responsibility for Junior Blind’s child welfare services. She has 15 years of experience in social work and has been teaching as a guest lecturer at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs for 5 years. Additionally, Ms. Casco has been a field instructor for UCLA, USC, Cal State Long Beach and Azusa Pacific University for 14 years. She holds a master’s in social work from University of Southern California and a bachelor’s in sociology and political science from University of California Irvine.
With nearly 40 years of experience educating children who are visually impaired and multi-disabled, Don Ouimet is responsible for oversight and administration of all programs of Junior Blind that involve children, adolescents, and adults with visual and or developmental disabilities. He also oversees Operations and Facilities at Junior Blind. Mr. Ouimet currently serves on the Board of the Association of Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (Southern California Chapter). Prior to joining Junior Blind, Mr. Ouimet was the Director of Oregon School for the Blind, as well as a teacher, program coordinator and administrator at Maryland School for the Blind. He has a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Maryland and completed his vision training at Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
As Vice President of Marketing, Lisett Chavarela is responsible for leading Junior Blind’s organizational brand strategy, marketing and communication efforts internally and externally. In addition, Ms. Chavarela plays an integral role in developing integrated marketing, branded and content strategies to raise awareness and funds in support of the organization’s critical programs. She joined Junior Blind in 2010 and has nearly 20 years of combined experience working in marketing, communication and fundraising. After earning her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, she returned to UCLA to earn a Master of Business Administration from its Anderson School of Management. She also holds a Certificate of Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations from California Lutheran University.
Carmen Garcia is the Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for the oversight of Junior Blind's human resources and information technology services. Ms. Garcia, who joined Junior Blind in 1998, holds a bachelor's degree in management from Pepperdine University. Ms. Garcia completed a graduate certificate program at Fielding Graduate University and is certified in Evidence Based Coaching and as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).
Donna Roberts is an accomplished finance and business operations executive who has served as the CFO of two Los Angeles based nonprofits, Community Partners and Para Los Niños. Donna has also been a consultant, assisting organizations in the areas of finance and accounting, improving efficiencies and maximizing revenue. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Donna led and implemented the start-up of the Italian division for a leading worldwide theatrical exhibition company, and held several domestic and international positions at Paramount Pictures. She currently serves as a member of the Los Angeles Area Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Selection Committee, and has taught nonprofit finance as an adjunct professor at USC. Donna earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.