About Us


Office Building of Community Center for the Blind

Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CCBVI) has served thousands of people in San Joaquin County for more than 68 years. CCBVI's mission is 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, M.B.A.
Case Manager / Volunteer Coordinator


Joni Bauer, M.S., Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Orientation & Mobility Specialist / Independent Living Skills Instructor

Betty Bracey
Arts & Crafts Instructor / Healthy Living Instructor

Hayim "Hy" Cohen, JAWS® certified, Certificated Ai Squared ZoomText Professional, Accredited Dolphin Guide Trainer
Computer & Assistive Technology Instructor

Laurie Pattengale, B.A., Education Specialist, Visual Impairments and Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Bill Wade
Transportation Operations

Janet Whitehouse
Activities Coordinator

Ron Valverde
Transportation Operations



Board of Directors


  • President: Judi A. Howell, Stockton Unified School District
  • Secretary: Peggy Trede, County of San Joaquin
  • Treasurer: Roy Patterson, Business Owner/Tracy Lions Club


  • Lance Calkins, City of Albany Fire Department
  • Julian Cruz, Jr., BancWest
  • Scott Fry, Stockton Unified School District
  • Ellen McKeegan, Hakeem, Ellis & Marengo
  • Daniel C. Nuss, University of the Pacific/Mayor's Task Force For Persons With Disabilities
  • Alexandra Ottesen, Community Philanthropist
  • Shelia Patterson, Kaiser Permanente
  • Will Ridley, Stockton Unified School District

Honorary Members

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