Edith Bishel Center       https://edithbishelcenter.org

Staff

Daniel Lipparelli - Executive Director

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Daniel has been actively involved in working with nonprofit organizations for the past twenty years, serving in roles from volunteer, grant writer, board president to executive director. With over 15 years experience in non-profit leadership, 10 being on the executive level, Daniel has been the Executive Director at the Edith Bishel Center since January of 2016. His experience has allowed him to be an accomplished, strategic and passionate leader with a business-minded outlook to effectively and efficiently manage the resources and mission of the center. He is passionate about leadership and excellence of service provided to those served. Daniel spent 8 years in Africa where he was the founder and CEO of an international non-profit organization that provided programs and services for HIV positive orphans and at-risk teem mothers. He continues to serve these programs as a board member and advisor for ReAct Kenya.

Through his leadership with the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Daniel has gained a passion, desire to advocate for, and greater understanding of the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. He has built a strong network of resources through collaboration with local nonprofit organizations and governmental resources to ensure that our clients’ needs are met.

Daniel enjoys exploring and having adventures with his wife and 3-year-old son. 

 

Shanna Larter - Office Manager 

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Shanna has been working at the center for 4 years. Her background is in office management with 20 years experience working for non-profit organizations. She wears many hats at the center, including reception, event planning, sales, inventory control, and scheduling for the Low Vision clinics and Independent Living program. Managing all these tasks makes it a joy and an adventure for her to come to work each day. To Shanna, this is more than a job, it's her passion to be a help to anyone who needs services through the center. She says; "We are here to improve the lives of those with vision loss, not only providing equipment that can help, but also encouragement in times of stress and uncertainty." Shanna goes above and beyond every single day and proves to be an extremely valuable member of the team, contributing to the success of the center.   

 

Sheila Turner - Independent Living Rehabilitation Teacher

Sheila Bio

Sheila has a long history with the Edith Bishel Center.  She began as a volunteer, served on the Board of Directors for 2 years and for the past 16 years she has served as the Independent Living/Rehabilitation Teacher.  Sheila has lived most of her life in the Tri-Cities.  She is a graduate of Columbia Basin College and Washington State University’s Richland campus.  She currently serves on the Washington State Independent Living Council and the Washington State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind.

Sheila’s mother was legally blind and was an advocate and role model for Sheila growing up.  She taught Sheila how to stand up for herself and to undertake anything she wanted to.  As a blind woman and mother of 3, Sheila has tried to pass on these strengths to not only her children, but her clients as well.

Sheila currently works in and travels to 6 eastern Washington counties serving a diverse and growing population of individuals who are blind and visually impaired.  

 

Renee Hill - Driver

 

Iris Watahomigie - Driver