In March 2014, Les retired after 35-years in the leadership of Braille Institute of America. He served five years as Director of Development (fund raising), eleven years as Assistant Executive Director (chief operating officer) and nineteen years as President.
Under his leadership, Braille Institute grew from a largely local human service organization to one of the largest of its kind in America with Regional Centers in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Anaheim and Rancho Mirage in addition to headquarters in Los Angeles. Outreach services were further developed in senior and community centers of more than 200 communities in Southern California.
Distance services are now also offered all across North America, including Canada.
Les is a past President of the National Council of Private Agencies for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Known today as VisionServe Alliance, it is an association of CEO’s from some 100 such organizations across the continent.
While with VisionServe Alliance, Les often served as a management consultant and Board Retreat facilitator for a number of member organizations.
A California native, Les holds an MA degree in communications from Cal State University Fullerton and an Executive MBA degree from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is an alumnus of the UCLA Anderson School of Business, Executive Management Program and was a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in the former National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE).
Les currently serves on the Boards of The Pasadena Community Foundation and Bethany International.
If you are interested in seeing if Les can help your organization become more sustainable, contact him today.