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About Us


Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been serving to thousands in San Joaquin County for 67 years.  To provide the means by which people who are visually impaired can improve and sustain their capabilities and potentials to re-establish purpose and self-esteem in their lives and in society.


To provide the information, tools, and resources that will empower and inspire people who are blind and visually impaired to achieve their full potential.



Michelle Galvan
Executive Director

Sarah Bennett
Accounting Manager

Elsie Hirata
Case Manager / Volunteer Coordinator


Joni Bauer, M.S., COMS
Orientation & Mobility Specialist / Independant Living Skills Instructor

Betty Bracey
Arts & Crafts Instructor / Healthy Living Instructor

Hayim "Hy" Cohen
Computer & Assistive Technology Instructor

Laurie Pattengale, TVI

Bill Wade

Janet Whitehouse
Activities Coordinator

Ron Valverde



Board of Directors


  • President: Judi A. Howell, SUSD
  • Secretary: Peggy Trede, County of San Joaqin
  • Treasurer: Roy Patterson, Business Owner/Tracy Lions Club


  • Lance Calkins, City of Albany FD
  • Julian Cruz, Jr., BancWest
  • Scott Fry, SUSD
  • Ellen McKeegan, Hakeem, Ellis & Marengo
  • Daniel C. Nuss, UOP/Mayor's Task Force
  • Alexandra Ottesen, Community Philanthropist
  • Shelia Patterson, Kaiser Permanente
  • Will Ridley, SUSD

Honorary Members

  • Edgar W. Case
  • James R. Cox, Sr.
  • Mimi Eberhardt
  • William H. Reynolds