OUR STAFF

Maureen Koch, MSL

President
As president of the Center for Sight & Hearing, Maureen Koch leads the team of specialized experts to fulfill the Center's mission and strategic goals through her extensive background in business development, healthcare, and nonprofit management. Maureen is a member of the Rockford Noon Lions, the District 1-D Cabinet, and serves on the Adult Low Vision Committee with the Lions of Illinois Foundation. In addition, she belongs to VisionServe Alliance, a national leadership coalition for organizations who serve the blind, and has held various board and volunteer positions in the community. Maureen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a Master of Studies in Law from Champlain College in Vermont. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society and a Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow.
Sean Johnson Portrait

Sean Johnson, MSEd, COMS

Vision Rehabilitation Specialist
“I was drawn to a career as a Vision Rehabilitation Specialist out of a desire to help people facing vision loss or who are blind overcome challenges. As I work with patients, I learn their stories and experiences which helps guide me in the therapy process. I teach them navigation skills with a white cane, so that they can still go out to their favorite restaurants or shop for items they need. I help them learn to use technology so they can continue to communicate with friends and family and access information. I teach them skills to continue to live independently in their home and learn new ways of cooking, cleaning, and managing a household.”

Anthony Mirabile, MISM/IT

Director of Information Technology
Anthony Mirabile joined the Center for Sight & Hearing in 1997 as an Assistive Technology Specialist to provide technology assessments & computer and portable device training. His transition into Information Technology Director brought forth the need to evolve and embrace the digital age. Anthony’s passion for technology manifested into managing CSH's IT infrastructure. Today CSH embodies a well-established ecosystem of technology, including electronic records management, up-to-date security measures across all platforms, and a web & social media strategy.
Dr. Amber Naqvi

Dr. Amber Naqvi, OD

Optometrist & Vision Clinic Director
"Optometry allows me to make a difference in the lives of others by immediately helping patients with glasses, contacts, low vision aids, vision rehabilitation, and/or medical therapy. I love interacting with my patients whether I am seeing them for the first time or following up for a yearly eye exam." Dr. Naqvi notes every patient is different. The goal of each eye exam is to address any patient concerns, while also maintaining the highest standard of eye care possible. Since receiving her Doctor of Optometry in 2016 from the New England College of Optometry, Dr. Naqvi has gleaned experience from clinical settings around the world while working with World Without Barriers and in standard eye clinic settings in New York and California.

Tamerit Brunson, MSEd, VRT

Vision Rehabilitation Specialist
I started my career in vocational rehabilitation working with clients who had severe mental health concerns find employment opportunities. I branched out and focused my career on strictly mental health counseling, with an emphasis in crisis intervention. I have always enjoyed working with people. I decided to change career paths and join the vision field when my cousin lost her sight due to complications from diabetes. I observed the role vision professionals had in my cousin’s life and decided that was something I wanted to pursue. A career helping people maintain their independence.