Janet P. Szlyk, Ph.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer

A highly respected researcher and scientist in the field of low vision, Dr. Janet Szlyk assumed leadership of The Lighthouse in 2008, becoming the second woman in the organization’s 110-­year history to hold the top position. She is responsible for taking The Lighthouse to new heights with the establishment of call center enterprises, which provide employment opportunities for more than 400 individuals who are blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veterans. Dr. Szlyk previously served as professor and director of the Low Vision Laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago for 19 years. At UIC she won acclaim for building the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences’ Low Vision Laboratory into an internationally recognized facility that helps patients with eye disease optimize their remaining vision. Dr. Szlyk earned a Bachelor of Arts at Brown University, as well as a Master of Arts and doctorate at Fordham University. She has published widely in the field of low vision.