Press Releases


11.5.21 – Dominion Energy Awards ABVI Grant

9.17.21 – ABVI Celebrates It’s 85th Birthday

8.13.2021 – Patrick Family Foundation Awards ABVI $10,000 Grant

6.14.21 – ABVI Hosts a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Adults with Visual Impairments

5.12.21 – J M Smith Awards ABVI $12,500 Grant


7.31.20 – Dominion Energy Awards ABVI $5,000 Grant 

7.27.20 – Yaschik Foundation Awards ABVI $5,000 Grant

7.23.20 – ABVI Announces New Executive Committee and Board Members for FYE 2021

6.18.20 – Volvo Supports ABVI with $5,500 Grant

5.1.20 – ABVI Expands Virtual and Online Training Opportunities 

4.2.20 ABVI Launches Virtual Vision Rehabilitation Training

3.12.20 – J M Smith Foundation Awards 25,000 to ABVI

2.21.20 – Noir 2020 Raises $246,00 


11.28.19 – Volvo Grants $7,500 to ABVI 

11.11.19 – CCF Open Grants

10.28.19 – Sisters Charity Foundation Grant

10.18.19 – ABVI Announces Second Tri-County Location

8.2.19 – Roper St. Francis Physicians’ Endowment Grant

4.11.19 – ABVI Announces New Staff

1.14.19 – ABVI Announces New Name and Expanded Services


11.21.18 – Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

10.29.18 – Noir 2019 Tickets on Sale on 11.1.18

10.16.18 – Charleston Charitable Foundation

9.10.18 – Charleston County Grant

8.15.18 – Mark Elliott Motley Foundation

8.8.18 – Joanna Foundation

7.10.18 – Yaschik Foundation Grant Award

2.8.18 – J M Smith Foundation Supports Six Vision Clinics


11.23.17 – Charleston County Invests in Focus on Children Program

11.10.17 – Mark Elliot Motley Foundation Supports ABVI Vision Clinics

7.19.17 – ABVI Announces New Officers for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

7.14.17 Yaschik Foundation Grant to Support Foucs on Children Program

6.8.17 – ABVI Receives Darby Family Endowment Grant

3.19.17 – ABVI Awarded the 2017 Nonprofit Excellence Award


Who We Are

Board of Directors




Joe Waring, Chair

Chief Financial Officer, Evening Post Industries

Kristen Gayeski Tinkler, OD, Vice Chair 

Optometrist at MUSC Storm Eye Institute

Samuel R. Clawson, Jr., Secretary

Partner and Co-Founder, Clawson, Fargnoli & Utsey, LLC

Thomas M. Smythe, Treasurer 

Financial Planner, Jacobs, Coolidge & Company, LLC

Robert M. Baldwin, CPA, Immediate Past Chair 

Managing Member, Baldwin and Associates, LLC

Kari Arnold

Teacher for the Visually Impaired, Greenville County Schools

Hon. Karl L. Brady, Jr. 

Charleston City Councilmember, District 5

Nancy L. Buchanan

State Administration State Government (Retired)

Ronald L. Coleman, MSW

Retired Director of Community Services for Maryland DDA Region (Developmental Disability Administration)


Edward M. Gilbreth, MD

MUSC Internal Medicine (Retired)

Lane Legare Harper

Managing Member, Timberland Capital Investments, LLC

James F. Hill III, OD, FAAO 

Optometrist, MUSC Storm Eye Institute

Paul M. Keating, Jr.

CEO, Elite Brands, LLC

John C. Kulze III, MD

Ophthalmologist, Eye Center of Charleston

Tricia Leyte-Vidal

Training Manager, Everstream Analytics

Marshall G. McClure

Vice President, Tax, E. I., du Pont de Nemours and Company, Retired


Everett J. “Chett” McCubrey IV

Controller, The Bank of South Carolina

Elizabeth M. McKown

Director of Vision Services, SC School for the Deaf and the Blind (Retired)

Suzanne Swaffield

Coordinator, SC Department of Education

Sean M. Wilson

Attorney, Law Office of Sean M. Wilson, LLC

Col. B. Karl Jantzen, Member Emeritus

Retired US Army Major and Asset Manager




Our Team

Staff Directory

Courtney Plotner, CEO and President

Jeanie Farmer, Chief Operations Officer

Alessandra Kester TVI/COMS
Alexandra Livingston COMS
Alli Stovall Marketing & Events Coordinator
Amanda Stolz Chief Programs Officer of Adults
Ami Morrison TVI/COMS
Anne Reid Chief Development Officer
Brittany Sona Billing Administrator
Brooks Harken Chief of Business Operations
Bryson Young Chief Advancement Officer
Danielle Driscoll TVI
Donna Workman TVI
Jen Licata HR Director
Jim Jackson Training Specialist
Johnna Harbert TVI
Kathryn McNinch Office Assistant
Kelley Rawl Chief Programs Officer Children’s Services
Kimberly Taylor Administrative Assistant
Krista Nardi TVI
Lynn Campbell TVI/COMS
Mollie Rootham TVI
Nancy Nelson Office Assistant
Ruthie Harman Client Services Coordinator
Ryan Locklear Occupational Therapist
Samantha McGovern Mgr of Vocational Rehabilitation Contracts
Tanya Wofford Controller
Tim Johnson TVI and iCanConnect Trainer
Tina Sparks TVI
Tyler Trichilo TVI/COMS
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