Theresa Stern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from the University of California at Riverside and a Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Blind Rehabilitation from San Francisco State University. She has worked in the field of blind rehabilitation for over 20 years. Upon completing her education, Theresa worked at the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco as a Rehabilitation Teacher and as the Director of Enchanted Hills Camp. To meet the growing need for comprehensive access technology sales and training, she helped to create AccessAbility Inc., an access tech company and served as the Low Vision Products Sales Manager.
She began employment with Guide Dogs for the Blind in 1999 as the Outreach manager. In this position she traveled extensively around the US and Canada educating people with visual impairments about the unique benefits and responsibilities of living and working with a Guide Dog. In 2005 she took on the challenge of developing the first ever Alumni Association for a guide dog school. The Association's primary goal is to help further the mission of GDB and the interests of guide dog handlers through creating communities of support among its 2,000 + alumni. In her current role as Director of Alumni and Outreach Services she also oversees GDB’s outreach efforts. She currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Northern California chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Dedicated to the future development of the blindness profession, Theresa enjoys teaching part-time at San Francisco State University in the Special Education Department.
Theresa Stern has been blind since birth and travels with her Black Labrador Retriever, Guide Dog, “Dario” who she received in March of 2007. “Dario” is her third Guide Dog.