Savannah CBLV Team

Meet the Savannah CBLV Team of Dedicated Professionals

Lois Modell, Executive Director

Lois Modell, Savannah CBLV Executive Director

Lois is a 30 year veteran of non-profit management, spending 12 years as Director of Development for the Southeast Division of the American Cancer Society and another 11 years as National Director of Development for the Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta. After commuting for 15 years she was more than ready to come home to Savannah in 2012 where she took the position as Executive Director for the Center. Lois majored in management and has a vast history of retail management, social services and volunteer programming. “The greatest thing about my job is being able to help people gain the confidence to improve their lives. Our motto , We may have lost our sight but NEVER our Vision, says it all about what we do here at the Center.”


Anika Futch, Director of Services

Anika Futch, Savannah CBLV Social Worker / Low Vision Coordinator

Anika Futch is a Savannah Native. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Savannah State University. Anika currently works for Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision where she serves at the Director of Services and Social Services Coordinator. She has experience working in social services, non profits, and volunteering. A rising scholar and student of life, Anika is committed to serving disadvantaged youth and adults, including homeless, disabled, and special-needs populations.


Leslie Eatherly, Director of Development

Leslie Eatherly, Savannah CBLV Director Of Development

Leslie Eatherly is a native of Tennessee and has more than 20 years of experience in the Public Relations/Communications field with companies such as State Farm Insurance, Haverty’s Furniture, etc. She joined the organization in August 2014 and has been a bright star every since. In her experiences, she has worked with local state and community leaders, law enforcement, and safety organizations to build relationships and support for local non-profits, and organizations like the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. Her greatest passion is people and making a difference in the local community.


Dr. Emerson Brown, Coastal Low Vision Optometrist

Dr. Emerson Brown is the Director of Low Vision Services for the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. He received his OD in 1978, with a specialty in Low Vision. Dr. Brown has spent twenty-nine years in practice, in addition to being the physician serving clients through the Coastal Low Vision Center at the Center. He’s an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and several local civic associations. In his spare time, Dr. Brown is an avid fisherman and has the title, “The Grouper.”


Steven Feher, Blind Rehabilitation Specialist M.A. COMS, CLVT

Steven Feher received his undergraduate degree in Geography and M.A. in Special Education from San Francisco State University. He completed his training for orientation and mobility and low vision therapy at the Veterans Administration’s Western Blind Rehabilitation Center in Menlo Park, CA. Steven is certified as a COMS and a CLVT through ACVREP. Steven has a visited Savannah many times since childhood and is so happy to be here now and a part of the community.


Dean Stonecipher, Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Dean Stonecipher, Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Originally from California, Dean was an adaptive ski instructor for people with visual impairments with Discovery Blind Sports in South Lake Tahoe. He spent 3 summers at Camp Bloomfield with Junior Blind of America, bringing the camping experience to hundreds of individuals with visual impairments. Dean studied Visual Disabilities at Florida State University and Deaf-Blind studies through Northern Illinois University at the Helen-Keller National Center. He taught orientation and mobility and vision rehabilitation in Florida the Washington D.C. area and participated in helping to organize the Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA). Dean is also a member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI), National Federation of the Blind (NFB), American Council of the Blind (ACB), and the Lions Club. You can find Dean all over the city, laughing and having a great time at events throughout the community.


Cecilia Emery, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Cecilia Emery, OTR, LV, LVT

Cecilia Emery, a native from Ohio, has more than 35 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist working in adult and child rehabilitation. She has provided services for various diagnostic populations in a variety of settings which include: in/outpatient rehabilitation; school based therapy services; Driver rehabilitation and pre-vocational skills. Cecilia has served as a Rehabilitation Clinical Coordinator and has participated in program development and marketing of Occupational Therapy services. Cecilia’s background working on the Neuro-Vision and Low Vision teams while in outpatient rehabilitation made her realize her passion for providing services for client’s in this Savannah area. Cecilia believes that an individualized client centered approach brings about the best results to help clients achieve mastery of skills and independence. Cecilia is happy to be a Buckeye transplant in the great state of Georgia and proud to be part of the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision team.


Elaine Houtman, Assistive Technology Specialist

Elaine Houtman, Savannah CBLV Assistive Technology Specialist

Elaine Houtman has spent approximately 30 years in the field of assistive technology and working with people with disabilities. The first 3 years were working for the Blind FOCUS center in Kansas City, then the next 15 years as the Director of the Center for Assistive Technology and finally 3 years at the state level working as Assistant Director for the Missouri Assistive Technology Project, where she also sat on the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, Commission for the Blind and on the Board of Accessible Arts, Inc. Ms. Houtman then moved to beautiful Savannah and began working at the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision as the Director of Services for 8 years. After taking a 2-year hiatus to attend classes on Information Technology at Georgia Southern, she has returned to work as the Assistive Technology Specialist. She is thrilled to be back working in the field she has committed her life to, serving people with disabilities.