Agency Names Jennifer Pandolfo to New Director of Services Position

March 6, 2020
 

Jennifer Pandolfo

The Center for Vision Loss has announced that Jennifer Pandolfo will become its Director of Services on April 6.

In this new position, Pandolfo will be responsible for the development, execution, impact, and efficiency of all agency support, rehabilitation, and prevention services in Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties. She will work from both its Lehigh Valley Campus in Allentown, PA, and its Monroe Campus near Stroudsburg, PA.

Pandolfo has been the agency’s Director of Monroe Operations since 2015 and has 15 years of experience in the social services sector. She is a former Program Director and Acting Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Morris County, N.J., for which she expanded services to two additional facilities, developed a new after-school program, and increased participation in all club programs. She also worked previously for Step By Step, Inc., as a support specialist for children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.

Pandolfo also is Vice President of the Pocono Autism Society and Secretary of the InterAgency Council of Monroe County.

The Director of Services position was created to ensure quality and consistency across the agency’s service area and to influence its structure upon its approaching leadership transition. Executive Director Douglas Yingling will retire on June 30 and will be succeeded by Dennis Zehner, its Associate Director and Director of Advancement. The Director of Services position was instituted prior to that transition to promote continuity, Zehner said.

“Jennifer Pandolfo was the natural choice, and we appreciate that she agreed to take on this opportunity,” Zehner said. “Our dedication to excellence in service will remain as resolute as it has been for more than 90 years, and Jennifer’s extended hands-on experience, intellect, and passion for our mission will be integral to our continued success.”

Center for Vision Loss services for people with impaired sight include personal coaching and support, skills training, rehabilitation therapies, adaptation instruction, access to healthcare and food supplies through escorted transportation, and assistive devices. Its prevention services include free vision screenings for preschool children and community education programs. Its services are provided at little or no cost, and more than 80% of its clients with visual impairments are from low-income households.

The Center for Vision Loss combines its service tradition inspired directly by Helen Keller in 1928 with contemporary practices and state-of-the-art technologies. It is the only service agency in the Lehigh Valley and Monroe County approved by the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB). It also is accredited by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and is a member of the VisionServe Alliance, a network of nearly 120 North American agencies that provide services to people with impaired sight.

 
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