Pam Brandin, Executive Director, MPA
Pam has been Executive Director of Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 1994 and was the Director of Development here for the five previous years. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from College of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. Pam is on the board of the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits as well as the Stanford Historical Society. She recently served as chair of the national VisionServe Alliance board and completed terms on the Stanford Alumni Association and Junior League of Palo Alto*Midi-Peninsula boards of directors. Pam has previously been president of the Palo Alto Rotary Club, chair of the boards of the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits, YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula and Family Service Mid-Peninsula, and president of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula. In 2011 Pam received the Visionary Leadership Award from VisionServe Alliance in recognition and appreciation for her "contributions as a Visionary Leader."
Sharon Hudson, Associate Director M.A., COMS, CVRT
Sharon has been a Rehabilitation Specialist for the Blind and Visually Impaired for 25 years. She received her MA at Western Michigan University in 1983 as a Rehabilitation Teacher for the Blind. Then in 1990, she worked full time and attended San Francisco State University to receive her teaching credential as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor. Sharon is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT). She was named Associate Director in 2008.
Jo Jaros, Supervisor of Social Services, L.C.S.W.
Jo has worked at Vista Center for 15 years as a social worker. Prior to coming here, she worked as a social worker at several hospitals including Kaiser Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Hillhaven Convalescent Hospital, El Camino Hospital, and Stanford Hospital. Jo has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and a Master’s in Social Welfare (Social Work) from University of California at Berkeley. She is a licensed clinical social worker.
Garlyn Serame, Director of Clinic Services
Garlyn has worked in our Low Vision Clinic since 1996 and has been involved in the optical field for over 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Care Administration from San Jose State University and is also a certified Optician. She oversees the day-to-day operations, strategic planning, insurance billing and HIPAA compliance for both of our clinics. The most rewarding aspect of her job is knowing that we offer our clients the opportunity to regain their capacity to enjoy a task that they thought was unfeasible.
Christy Tall, Branch Manager, Santa Cruz
Christy has more than 18 years of experience in non-profit management and fund development, primarily working with social service and health organizations. She joined Vista Center in February 2017, and is honored to oversee the operations of Vista Center in Santa Cruz County. Christy has degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In addition to her professional experience, Christy is an active community volunteer, having served in several leadership roles including treasurer and secretary for Rio del Mar Parent Alliance , president and secretary of Rio del Mar School Site Council, and head coach for Girls on the Run. In 2014, Christy helped launch the 21 Day Kindness Challenge, a national social benefit organization that empowers students to change their world through kindness. Christy is inspired by Vista Center’s incredibly motivated and hardworking team of staff and volunteers, and is proud to be making a difference for people in our community who are blind or have visual impairments.