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O&M, COMS, TVI Intern, Blind Students, Braille, VI AT

Position Open Now!

Business Development Manager (Local)

Apply now to join our awesome team!

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O&M, COMS, TVI Intern, Blind Students, Braille, VI AT

Positions Open Now!

Teachers of the Blind & Visually Impaired

Dual Certification in O&M preferred.

Apply now to join our awesome team!

Send resume to [email protected]!

SBESInc. Co-Founder, CEO, President Board of Directors SBESInc., TVI, COMS

Sonja Biggs, Ph.D., Co-Founder, CEO, President/Secretary of the SBESInc. Board of Directors, Investor

Dr. Sonja Biggs is the President, CEO, and Co-founder of Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc. She has been an elementary classroom teacher, as well as a university professor working with students from birth to adulthood. Sonja is a TVI and COMS instructor dually certified in both California and Washington State. Sonja has her Ph.D. in Advanced K-12 Education from Capella University and brings experience as a mother of a blind child from birth to transition into adulthood. Dr. Biggs is active in many professional organizations such as CAOMS, CTEBVI, and AER. Personal motto: "I'm surrounded by stars and it is my job to help them shine!"

Blind Entrepreneur, CFO, Research & Design, R&D, programmer

Brandon Keith Biggs, Masters in Inclusive Design, CFO, Co-Founder, Treasurer of the SBESInc. Board, Research and Inclusive Designer, VI AT Specialist, Programmer, Investor

Brandon Keith Biggs is the CFO and Co-founder of Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc. He graduated June 2016 with a B.A. in Music and minor in Marketing. He has a Masters Degree in Inclusive Design through OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Brandon is passionate about research & development and inclusion. He also works as an engineer at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. Brandon has an extensive background in business, marketing, and helping start-ups become successful businesses. Brandon is instrumental in bringing growth and vision to our company.  Brandon is also an expert in Assistive Technology and guides our team in knowing what technology our blind & visually impaired students need. Brandon is blind with LCA-CRB1 blindness so he has a deep and personal understanding of blindness and what our students need to be successful. We are fortunate to have him help build our team and lead our company! He is an important member of our Admin Team.

Vice-President, Board of Directors, SBESInc.

Atom Biggs, BSN, Vice-President of SBESInc. Board of Directors, Investor

Atom Biggs, BSN RN, is the Vice President of Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc. Board of Directors. He is also a major investor and shareholder in the company. He brings a wealth of expertise from a medical point of view, as well as that of a parent of a blind child. Atom enjoys creating wonderful recreational and team building activities for us to experience together. He is Sonja's husband of 35 years and we are so fortunate to have him on our team!

Human Resources, Non-certificated Program Manager

Lindy Culler, B.A., Chief Operating Officer (COO), Human Resources Director, Material Prep Program Manager

Lindy Culler came to us from Walla Walla, WA. She is our Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Human Resources Director. Lindy has a B.A. in Psychology from Walla Walla University. Lindy has completed her certification in Human Resources through UC Berkeley. She also leads our production of large print and tactile materials using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Lindy is a key player in the success of our company and our company culture. Lindy brings with her a positive attitude and brings joy to our work place. We are so happy that Lindy is a part of our team! She is an important member of our Admin Team.

O&M, COMS, TVI Intern, Blind Students, Braille, VI AT

Ena Attiogbe, MBA, Controller


Ena Attiogbe, MBA,  brings over a decade of professional accounting, industry leadership, business administration and management experience. Ena is responsible for the organization's finance and accounting functions and enjoys working in her field. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in finance from California State University, Hayward. Ena served as the Vice President of Finance of the California State University, East Bay - MBA Association and VP of Public Relations of the California State University, East Bay - Entrepreneurship Association. Prior to her current role, Ena served in various controller positions in the Bay Area. We are happy to have her as a part of SBES, Inc. team!

O&M, COMS, TVI Intern, Blind Students, Braille, VI AT

Jasmin True, Admin Assistant

Jasmin True is our new Administrative Assistant. Jasmin has five years of customer service and three years of office management experience that has brought a high degree of organization. She creates a productive environment in the office for all employees. We are happy to have her as an important part of SBES, Inc. team!

O&M, COMS, TVI Intern, Blind Students, Braille, VI AT

Channing Bond, MA, TVI, O&M,  Certificated Teacher Manager, Mentor Teacher

Channing Bond, MA, TVI, O&M, comes to us from Florida with a wealth of experience as a TVI/O&M for the last eight years. She is credentialed in both Florida and California. She received her education at Florida State University. Chann is a member of our Employee Orientation Team. Chann is a wonderful team member and is very creative, innovative, and we are excited to have her at SBES, Inc.!

O&M, blind students, TVI Intern, braille

Britt Reel, MA, COMS, TVI

Britt Reel, MA, COMS, comes to us from Martinez, CA where he previously worked as an orientation & mobility specialist with the Veteran's Administration. He is a wonderful team member and his colleagues really enjoy working with Britt. He is really making a positive difference in the lives of his students. We are excited to have Britt as a part of our SBESInc. team!

O&M, blind students, TVI Intern, braille

Sarah Chatfield, MA, TVI

Sarah Chatfield, MA, TVI, was an English teacher before her son was diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia. She now loves working with students with visual impairments. Her endorsements include Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) and Teacher of students with Dual Sensory Impairments (Deafblind). She holds certifications in working with children with CVI, as well as with children with the dual diagnosis of visual impairment and autism. Her B.A. is from Rice University (English Literature) and her M.A. is from Texas Tech (Special Education: Visual Impairment). Her current PhD work (also from Texas Tech) examines how children learn braille skills remotely. We are so happy Sarah is a part of our team!

O&M, blind students, TVI Intern, braille

Amie Hankins, MA, M.Ed.,TVI

Amie Hankins, MA, M.Ed. TVI, has been teaching since 1998. She has worked in special education and regular education, in addition to owning her own businesses. Amie found her true calling and passion when she was lucky enough to start working as a Family Advisor for families whose children were visually impaired and deaf-blind. Amie has a M.A. in Special Education. She also earned her M.Ed. as a TVI and has been focusing on assisting visually impaired students in Montana access the tools they need to be successful in life. She is excited to be part of SBES as they expand their services to meet the needs of more and more children! We are so happy Amie is a part of our SBES team!

O&M, blind students, TVI Intern, braille

Leslie Edmonds, MA, TVI

Leslie Edmonds, MA, is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired based in northern California. Leslie has a master’s degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University. Leslie has been a mentor teacher for seven years. She has presented at several international conferences on topics ranging from online teaching to 3D printing. Leslie’s passion is assistive technology and providing equitable STEAM opportunities for students with visual impairments. We are excited to have Leslie as a part of our SBES Inc. team!

O&M, Blind student, TVI Assistant, braille

Heather Willoughby, MA, TVI

Heather Willoughby, TVI, BS, comes to us from AZ. She is certified as a TVI in AZ, CA, and FL, and she completed her BS in Visual Disabilities at the Florida State University. Her experience ranges from birth through 12th grade both in the US and in South Korea teaching students with visual impairments or other exceptionalities. She spent 10 years serving students in FL through the Florida Low Vision Initiative which gave her expertise in the area of low vision device use and training. We are excited Heather has joined our team!

O&M, Blind student, TVI Assistant, braille

Shaunna Ambrose, MA, Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Shaunna Ambrose, O&M, comes to the SBES, Inc. team  as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. Shaunna received her O&M certification from Stephen F. Austin University in Texas. She will be serving students in the East Bay Area. We are pleased to have Shaunna as a part of our team.

TVI Intern, VI students, braille

Holland Usery, TVI Intern Candidate

Holland Usery is serving in the East Bay Area. Holland is currently enrolled in the TVI program at San Francisco State University. Holland is super creative and passionate about becoming a TVI. Holland has a background in special education working with moderate to severe students. She is very creative and we are so fortunate to have her on our team!

O&M, COMS, TVI Intern, Blind Students, Braille, VI AT

Nick Leon, MA, COMS, TVI, Independence Specialist Manager

Nick Leon, MA, TVI, COMS, comes to us from Indianapolis where he previously worked at the Bosma Center as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. Nick is a presenter for AER International and has produced a Webinar with AER on using 3-D pens in making tactile maps for Orientation & Mobility. Nick is manager of our independence Specialists Program. He is also a member of our Employee Orientation Team. We are so excited that Nick has joined our team of teachers!

Independence Specialist, VI students, braille

Monique Quientero, Independence Specialist

Monique Quientero is coming to us with an extensive background as a VI paraeducator and braillist. She will be working one-on-one with a blind student, as well as assisting with braille and large print production of materials. Monique is bilingual in Spanish and English. She knows both literary and Nemeth codes. We are so excited that Monique has joined our staff. She is dedicated to making a positive difference in lives of the children she works with.

Independence Specialist, VI students, braille

Yesenia Castro-Arreola, Independence Specialist

Yesenia Castro-Arreola has a B.A. in Liberal Studies. She is very strong in math skills. She knows both literary and Nemeth braille codes and is currently working as one of our braillists. Yesenia is bilingual in both Spanish and English. She has brought us so much in her skills as a braillist. We are happy she has joined our team!

Indepence Specialist, VI students, braille, one-on-one services

Denise Bravo, Independence Specialist

Denise Bravo is currently doing the NFB braille course. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Denise comes to us with a background as a behavior specialist. She has completed her​ AA degree.  Denise is currently working on her B.A. degree in Health and Human Services with a concentration in Social Work. We are fortunate to have Denise work with us as an Independence Specialist.

Indepence Specialist, VI students, braille, one-on-one services

Xhorxhia Xhangoli, Independence Specialist

Xhorxhia (pronounced Georgia) recently moved to the USA from Europe with a completed Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology from University of Tirana. Experienced VI Paraprofessional with a history of working at Detroit Public Schools Community District. Currently working on NFB Certification as a Braille Transcriber. Knowledge on Nemeth Code and Sign Language. Fluent in 4 languages and currently learning Spanish and Portuguese at an intermediate level.


Intervener, Interpreter, Deafblind, ASL

Taylor Smith, Manager of the Intervener Program,  Credentialed Intervener, Certified ASL Interpreter

Taylor Gibson has joined our SBES, Inc. team as the Manager of the Intervener Program. Taylor has her B.A. degree in Deaf Studies. Taylor is fluent in American Sign Language and has her Interpreter Certification. Taylor completed her Intervener credential program through the University of Utah.  Taylor is an Intervener Leadership Team member on the Board of Directors for the National Intervener Association (NIA). Taylor is a wonderful addition to our SBES, Inc. team.

Intervener, ASL, Haptic sign, tactile communication, deafblind

Victoria Olea, Credentialed Intervener

Victoria Olea is fluent in American Sign Language and Spanish. Victoria is working on her B.A. in Deaf Studies. Victoria is an expert in haptic sign and has completed her Intervener credential coursework through the University of Utah. We are happy she is a part of our SBESInc. team.

Intervener, deafblind, ASL, SEE

Katie Long, Credentialed Intervener

Katie Long has joined our team as an Intervener. Katie is fluent in American Sign Language, as well as SEE. She completed her Intervener credential through the University of Utah. We are excited Katie is a part of our SBESInc. team!

Intervener, deafblind, tactile sign, haptic sign, ASL

Ciara Gutierrez, Intervener

Ciara Gutierrez has joined SBES, Inc. as an Intervener. Ciara has experience working with children with special needs and is trilingual in Spanish, English, and American Sign Language. Ciara is working on her Intervener credential through Utah State University. We are excited to have Ciara working with SBES, Inc.!

Intervener, deafblind, ASL

Thomas Riddell, BA, Intervener

Thomas Riddell is currently serving as an Intervener at the California School for the Deaf site. He has a BA from Gallaudet University in International Studies. Thomas has extensive experience working with deaf children and adults. He is fluent in American Sign Language and French. Thomas began his Intervener credential studies in the fall through Utah State University. We are excited Thomas is a part of our team!

Intervener, deafblind, ASL

Sydney Hardman , Intervener

Sydney Hardman is fluent in ASL and has started her Intervener credential studies through the Utah State University. Sydney has taken classes from Ohlone College in Deaf Studies. Sydney spent two years at Gallaudet University immersing herself in ASL. We are excited that Sydney is a part of our team!

Intervener, deafblind, ASL

Maritza DeAnda , BA, Intervener

Maritza DeAnda is fluent in ASL and is currently working with a deaf only student. Maritza has a BA of American Sign Language in American Sign Language from the University of California Sacramento. We are excited Maritza is a part of our team!