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Last year, despite challenges from the pandemic we still served over 700 children. We need your help to continue our critical work to make a difference in the lives of children with vision loss!

We need our VIPS supporters help more than ever during this uniquely challenging time with the gift of a new donation or pledge, or continuing your existing your support. If you are not a monthly donor--now would be a great time to initiate a monthly gift. The families we serve depend on our teachers and we depend on you to help us in our critical mission to provide early intervention to every child with blindness or low vision.

Learn more about how VIPS is moving forward with our services in spite of COVID-19.


Our staff is the backbone of our mission.

A Note from the Executive Director

VIPS believes the families we serve deserve to be taught by the highest level educators in the field of visual impairment and blindness to help each child reach their highest potential. VIPS is nationally recognized because we strive to attract only highly certified, compassionate,  skilled team members concentrating on continuous improvement and industry advancements. I am so very proud to introduce our amazing teachers, instructional assistants and the critically important administrative team that help to make our services possible.

Diane Nelson
Executive Director

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VIPS Louisville

Diane Nelson

Diane M. Nelson
Executive Director

Kathy Mullen, Director of Education at Visually Impaired Preschool Services

Kathy Mullen
Director of Education

Team Members

Suzanne Bigbee
Classroom Assistant

Jenny Castenir
Family Services Coordinator

Carol Dahmke
Human Resources & Office Manager

Kristan Decker
Classroom Assistant

Rebekah Dunda
Classroom Assistant

Sharise Durrett
Classroom Assistant

Ashley Emmons
Teacher of the Visually Impaired | Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Pauletta Feldman
Special Projects

Ashley Ford
Event Coordinator

Marchelle Hampton
Classroom Assistant

Debbie Hardesty
Classroom Assistant

Pamela Holladay
Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Brian Justice
Building, Grounds, & Maintenance

Paige Maynard
Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Staci Maynard
Teacher of the Visually Impaired


Juanita Miles
Preschool Director | Developmental Interventionist

Jan Moseley
Visual Impairment Specialist

Brenda Pharris
Classroom Assistant

Elaine Reed
2's Class Lead Teacher

Kirsten Schmidt
Guest Relations | Volunteer Coordinator

Julia Sleder
Teacher of the Visually Impaired | Preschool Teacher

Emma Strange
Classroom Assistant

Emily Thornton
Database Coordinator

Malinda Vogel
Classroom Assistant

Tracy Webb
Developmental Interventionist

Maury Weedman
O&M Specialist | Maintenance Manager

Christina Welsh

Brittany Williamson
Teacher of the Visually Impaired


VIPS Central Kentucky

Kelly Easton

Kelly Easton
Regional Director

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Mary Smyth
Grant Writer

Team Members

Lesley Lusher
Developmental Interventionist

Dixie Marz
Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Tammy Maynard
Developmental Interventionist

VIPS Indiana

Meredith Howell

Meredith Howell
Regional Director

Team Members

Kim Berghoff
Blind/Low Vision Specialist

Rita DeVore
Office & Volunteer Coordinator

Michelle Flora
Blind/Low Vision Specialist

Amy Nichols
Teacher of Blind/Low Vision

Tommie Roesch
Teacher of Blind/Low Vision | Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Ashley Ross
Development Coordinator

David Sterne
Teacher of Blind/Low Vision | First Steps Coordinator | Cultural Quality Assurance Coordinator 

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