An architect, planner and consultant living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris Downey is dedicated to creating more helpful and enriching environments for the blind and visually impaired. Whether working as a planning and programming team member or as a client representative, he draws on his unique perspective as a seasoned architect. His 20-year career has encompassed a broad range of award-winning projects, from custom residences to the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, MN, and MIT’s Rotch Architectural Library. Chris joined the LightHouse Board in 2009.
A Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Seattle, Dr. David recently retired after a 25-year career at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, where she served as a Staff Psychologist specializing in trauma treatment for male and female veterans. David has published two books in the field of blindness which have received wide acclaim; “Sites Unseen: Traveling the World without Sight,” the more recent of the two, promotes travel and serves as a resource guide for individuals with visual impairment. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 1991 and was on faculty as a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington until December 2015.
Don has over 25 years of work experience in the areas of Human Resources Administration and Disability Programs management. Brown is the CEO of Access Work Systems, a HR compliance Management consulting firm, which he founded in 2000. He is also certified as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist and an Americans with Disabilities Act trainer by both the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Don holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Human Resources Studies certificate from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He enjoys gardening, cooking, reading psychological thrillers, hiking and spending down time with his guide dog.
Bryan Bashin has led a diverse life since he graduated UC Berkeley in history and journalism. Mr. Bashin first spent 15 years as a journalist in television, radio and print, specializing in science news. In 1998 he was hired as Executive Director of the Sacramento Society for the Blind, where he quintupled the number of hours of teaching and developed innovative programs such as the Senior Intensive Retreat and summer immersion camps. In 2004 Mr. Bashin was hired as the Region IX assistant regional commissioner for the US Department of Education’s west coast branch of RSA, overseeing funding for $500 million in federal disability programs. In 2010 he was hired to lead the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco, where he works today with a staff of 140. Mr. Bashin is a relentless innovator, working with a remarkable idealistic staff. Throughout his career, Mr. Bashin has worked in the confluence of high technology, social advocacy and governmental partnerships.
“I lost my sight before I was two. So to me, being blind has always felt normal. It is part of me but does not define who I am.”
Jennison Asuncion moved to the Bay Area in November 2013 to lead LinkedIn’s digital accessibility efforts. Originally from Montreal, he has been working in digital accessibility for over ten years. In 2012, Jennison co-founded the annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Held annually on the third Thursday of May, GAAD is dedicated to raising awareness of digital access and inclusion by and for the more than one billion people with disabilities. Jennison sits on the Board of Directors for: the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired San Francisco, AMI (Accessible Media Inc.), and Knowbility.