Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

The Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind consists of 20 members appointed by the Governor with the majority being blind or visually impaired.   

Mission Statement

The Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind reviews, analyzes & advises on the policy decisions and evaluates the effectiveness of the Florida Division of Blind Services to ensure meaningful access to and use of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs for Floridians who are blind or visually impaired.

Vision Statement

The Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind functions to create a positive impact on the fairness, efficiency, and accessibility of services through the evaluation of consumer feedback and the Florida Division of Blind Services performance.

Council Officers

Douglas Ingram (Council Chair)

Contact Information:
4060 Deer Lane Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32312
Cell: (850) 567-8123
Email: Dingram59@comcast.net

Representing Advocacy Group: BVA

Term: 2023

Jorge Hernandez (First Vice Chair)

Contact Information:
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
601 SW 8 Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
Office: (786) 362-7547
Email: jhernandez@miamilighthouse.org

Representing: Community Rehab Provider

Term: 2025

Donte Mickens (Second Vice Chair)

Contact Information:
4635 Danson Way
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Home: (561) 450-6149
Email: Donte.Mickens@yahoo.com

Representing: Current/Former Client

Term: 2025

Council Members

Misty Porter

Contact Information:
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
207 N San Marco
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Office: (904) 827-2988
Email: porterm@fsdbk12.org

Representing: Parent Training

Term: 2024

Arthur Moody

Contact Information:
Disability Rights Florida
1000 North Ashley Drive, Suite 640
Tampa, FL 33602
Office: (850) 617-9786
Email: arthurm@disabilityrightsflorida.org

Representing: Client Asst. Program

Term: 2025

Paul Edwards

Contact Information:
11681 Lois Jerry Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258
Phone: (305) 692-9206
Email: Edwards.paul955@gmail.com

Representing: Business/Industry/Labor

Term: 2023

Robert L. Doyle III

Contact Information:
Division of Blind Services
325 West Gaines Street Suite 1114
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Office: 850-245-0300
Email: Robert.Doyle@dbs.fldoe.org

Representing: Director

Term: Ex-Officio

Bruce Miles

Contact Information:
509 Hammock Court
Marco Island, FL 34145
Cell: (239) 272-3446
Email: brokerbruc@aol.com

Representing: Advocacy Group (FL Lions)

Term: 2023

Patricia Lipovsky

Contact Information:
1129 Brandenton Road
Daytona, FL 32114
Cell: (386) 212-6627
Email: plipovsky@cfl.rr.com

Representing: Former Client

Term: 2025

Ciawanda McDonald

Contact Information:
44A Karat Path
Palm Coast, FL 32164
Office: 386-255-1812 ext. 307
Email: ciwandamcdonald@gmail.com

Representing: Independent Living Council

Term: 2025

Sead Bekric

Contact Information:
1728 Sanctuary Pointe Court
Naples, FL 34410
Cell: (727) 504-7268
Email: seadbekric@gmail.com

Representing: Business/Industry

Term: 2024

Denise Valkema

Contact Information:
5201 Atlantic Blvd. Unit 108
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Cell: (305) 972-8529
Email: valkemadenise@aol.com

Representing: Adv. Group:

Term: 2023

Paul Martinez

Contact Information:
12603 Blue Roan Court Apartment 101
Tampa, FL 33625
Office: (813) 390-5270
Email: paul09ms@gmail.com

Representing: Adv. Group-Deaf/Blind

Term: 2025



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