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Photo:  New Vista Center Board member and past branch manager, Christy Tall


Palo Alto, CA August 22, 2019 - Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired announces the appointment of Christy Halderman Tall, a long-time Santa Cruz community volunteer and development officer at UC Santa Cruz, to their Board of Directors.

Christy has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management and fund development, primarily working with social service, education, and health organizations.  She has served in several leadership roles, including Treasurer and Secretary for Rio del Mar Parent Alliance, and President and Secretary of Rio del Mar Elementary School Site Council.  In 2014, Christy helped launch the 21 Day Kindness Challenge, a national social benefit organization that empowers students to change their world through kindness and continues to be engaged with this organization as its message spreads.

Christy currently serves as the Associate Director of Development with the University of California, Santa Cruz Education Partnership Center.  She is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and holds degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Reflecting on her new role as a board member, Christy exclaimed:

I am honored to join Vista Center’s board and give back to this worthy organization in a new and impactful manner.  Vista Center’s mission is very important to me and my family.  My grandmother had Macular Degeneration and was blind for the last nine years of her life.  She received support from the Doran Center for the Blind in Santa Cruz just prior to its merger with Vista Center.  This support helped her to remain independent and live in her own home according to her wishes.  In addition, two of my sisters-in-law have visual impairments.  I am inspired to work to ensure the continuity and longevity of Vista Center.” [LinkedIn Profile]

Prior to joining the board, Christy was the Regional Vice President of Vista Center Santa Cruz.  Under Christy’s leadership, Vista Center’s community involvement and volunteerism grew throughout the county.  In 2018, Vista Center Santa Cruz was awarded Organization of the Year by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce. 

“It saddened the Board and clients of Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired when we lost Christy’s amazing talents and cheery demeanor to UC Santa Cruz. But now, having her join our Board of Directors ensures she will remain close, providing guidance for these worthy activities.  We are all thrilled!”  shared Executive Director Karae Lisle and Board member, Claire Biancalana.

About Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired empowers individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest through evaluation, counseling, education, and training. Headquartered in Palo Alto, with offices in Santa Cruz and San Jose, Vista Center is able to offer life-changing services and programs through the generous support of the community - including financial contributions from grantors; foundations; individuals; in-kind donations; and volunteerism. 
More information about Vista Center’s services and programs can be found at the organization's website:
Contact Information:
Karae Lisle, Executive Director
Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired