The Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind is a nonprofit organization that has been providing opportunity and assistance to individuals affected by blindness in North Texas for the past 83 years. We believe that with knowledge, training and motivation, people affected by blindness can succeed and thrive in any workplace, live productive and meaningful lives, and be important contributors to their communities.
Dallas Lighthouse Welcomes Their New CEO
Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit organization that provides opportunity and assistance to individuals affected by blindness and vision impairment, today announced the appointment of Hugh McElroy as chief executive officer for the organization. McElroy will oversee the agency's 185 employees and its operations, providing rehabilitation and community outreach services, manufacturing, fulfillment and business services.
McElroy brings more than 20 years of corporate, military and industrial CEO experience along with serving as a volunteer board member of numerous non-profit organizations. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Frontiers of Flight Museum for the past 6 years; University of Texas Southwest Medical Center's Board of Visitors; former vice-chair of the Dallas Chapter of the American Red Cross; executive advisor to the American Red Cross CEO, Southwest Region and Executive Council and Chairman Emeritus of the Millville Army Airfield Museum. He has volunteered and served on Boards of numerous other non-profit organizations throughout his career.
Since 1931, Dallas Lighthouse has assisted thousands of blind and sight-impaired individuals of all ages offering a solid foundation for enhancing their independence by providing jobs, job training and other support services like teaching how to use assistive technology and other critical skills. As the largest employer of people who are blind or severely visually impaired in North Texas, the agency produces an array of high quality products for military, federal, state and commercial customers in its on-site business services, sewing and manufacturing operations.
"When I first toured Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, I knew this was the next career step for me," said Hugh McElroy. “I recently retired from the corporate world and saw a great opportunity to expand this organization's services to reach thousands more in our North Texas communities. I am honored to have been chosen to engage my leadership experiences to help Dallas Lighthouse serve as many visually impaired people as possible in North Texas."
There are more than 150,000 individuals who are blind or visually impaired living in the 11 North Texas counties served by the organization. More than 50% of those individuals desire, and are capable of, gainful employment and a chance to live a productive and independent life. Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind provides training in employment skills along with low to no-cost adaptive living customized services. All of their instructors are blind or visually impaired, giving them a unique understanding of the day-to-day challenges that their clients experience.
"Hugh brings a unique blend of broad business acumen, passion for our mission, and strategic thinking to our organization," said Michael L. Martin, Board Chair for Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind. "As a longtime board member for numerous non-profit agencies, Hugh is also an experienced executive who has held senior leadership positions in companies ranging from start-up to large, publicly-traded corporations. His talents are exactly what our organization needs."
McElroy is a graduate of Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. He continued post-graduate studies and further education in business management, engineering and process improvement at the Bridgeport Engineering Institute, Yale University, Duke University, and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Employee of the Month: Mary Kemp
In 1980, Mary began working as a product inspector during the overnight shift. She has covered about everything in her 35 year tenure, by being a floater, and working wherever her skills are needed. Currently, Mary is working in the writing department as a Machine Operator. Mary states she "“likes working with the Lighthouse team and loves helping as a first responder with the safety team as needed".
Mary has been on Junior's team, since he arrived. "Mary's a real good worker. She follows through with every assignment asked and puts in extra effort when needed. She's a big part of our team with knowledge about everything in the writing department. I'm glad to have her with us" Junior testifies.
As a side note Mary's son James Weaver, also worked with the DLB, and is now a full time musician. He has a band, and plays the organ.
Congratulations Mary, for being a valuable DLB team player, for 35 years. Your longtime dedication and service is appreciated.
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