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New Executive Brings Passion, Personal Experience to ACBVI

  • Wednesday September 30th, 2020

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Steve Tepper has proven record of advancing Valley health and human causes

(PHOENIX) – What was supposed to be routine eye surgery gave Steve Tepper a new perspective, one that he will bring to the top job at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Tepper lost a portion of his vision in that surgery. Over time, his brain and corrective lenses have helped him compensate for the vision loss.

“It’s a very personal mission to me, but also it’s an amazing service that ACBVI provides,” said Tepper. “I don’t ever want to work for a cause that doesn’t make me want to get up and fight.”

The ACBVI Board of Directors named Tepper executive director today after a nationwide search. Tepper replaces Jim La May, who retired in September after 30 years of service to the Valley’s blind community.

“We’re grateful to have had a skilled and compassionate leader like Jim for so long,” said Steve Welker, ACBVI board chair. “Steve now has a strong base on which to build, and we’re excited to see him create an even better experience for our clients, supporters, and dedicated staff.”

Tepper has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience. He previously served as Executive Director for Arizona and New Mexico at the American Diabetes Association and over a decade in the top role at the East Valley Jewish Community Center in Chandler and the Dave & Mary Jewish Community Center in Miami, Florida.

He holds a master’s degree in applied health sciences from Indiana University, Bloomington and a bachelor’s in family and consumer sciences from the University of Arizona.

About Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

ACBVI is Arizona’s premiere nonprofit that serves adults who are blind, visually impaired, or have combined vision and hearing loss. Our mission is to facilitate independence and promote full participation in all spheres of life for those who experience vision loss. Founded in 1947, ACBVI helps change the lives of nearly 3,000 people each year. Your generosity helps more people reach their full potential. Give at

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