The mission of Third Eye Insight™(TEI) is to help build physical strength and endurance, instill self-confidence, promote independence, self-esteem and empower blind and visually impaired individuals with the tools they can use to be successful at setting goals and in managing life's challenges.
Sensei Devin - Founder/Program Director
Devin Fernandez was first diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa in 2000, a degenerative eye disease that results in blindness. As he wrestled with the implications of this life-altering disease, he knew, despite moments of despair, that this was an opportunity for learning and growing.
Devin Fernandez has been a practitioner of the Martial Arts specifically Ninpo Ninjutsu for over seventeen years. He has a keen sense of how vital an active lifestyle is for physical, mental and spiritual health. He also has a strong sense of service, and understands what it means to give back to his community. Navigating his way through social services for the blind, he discovered a lack of opportunities for fitness activities that engaged this underserved community that he was now a part of. Wanting to integrate his martial arts, yoga, and meditation expertise, and his experience with the gift of service; Devin Fernandez, along with Sister, Kim Fernandez, launched Third Eye Insight.
In 2010, after forming a non-profit organization to bring fitness classes to the blind and visually impaired, Third Eye Insight (TEI) opened its doors. The program began on May 8, 2010, when founder Sensei Devin, along with six volunteers, taught TEI's first class to five visually impaired students. It was immediately declared a success. The essence of the program is simple, yet exerts powerful, rippling effects for its participants and their community.
Every year TEI has added outdoor activities to its program. Today TEI's activities to mention afew, included horseback riding, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, kayaking, surfing, tandem bike riding, fishing, and this year TEI has added sailing and ice hockey to its off-site activities program.
Always an advocate for the visually challenged, Devin Fernandez holds a seat on the Suffolk County Disability Advisory Board, the Town of Islip Disability Advisory Board, the Adaptive Martial Arts Association, and is a member of the Deer Park Lion's club. Over time TEI has had the opportunity of developing partnerships with a network of organizations who offer fitness activities such as, Long Island Ninjutsu Centers, Bay Shore YMCA, United States Association of Blind Athletes, United States Blind Hockey, Vermont Adaptive Sports, Skudin Surf, and InTandem Cycling in New York City.
Other organizations recognizing Third Eye Insight's commitment to serving the blind and visually impaired community are the Foundation Fighting Blindness, American Foundation for the Blind, Helen Keller, Commission for the Blind, Visions, and Eye to Eye.
TEI's reach has grown significantly; extending from Long Island residents to including the New York Metro Area as well.
Devin Fernandez firmly believes that losing your sight doesn't mean you have to lose your mobility, health or independence. He draws inspiration by navigating a sighted world and developing his now seven-year- old nonprofit organization; and sharing his "Can Do" spirit with those who are willing to step outside of their comfort zone by creating an active, healthy lifestyle plan.
Kim Fernandez - Co-founder/Executive Director
As a 28 year veteran of the consumer packaged goods industry, Kim Fernandez began her career in Southern CA as an assistant buyer for Mrs. Gooch's Ranch Markets. In 1991 she became the national director of natural foods for Alta Dena Dairy, a manufacturer and distributor of full line dairy products. From 1997 to 2010 she has lead various food companies as VP of Sales, managing sales teams and brokers, responsible for the revenue growth and branding. Kim brings a wealth of business knowledge to her role as co-founder and managing director of Third Eye Insight. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University at Northridge. When not working she enjoys hiking, jogging and spending time with her family.
Roxanne Fernandez - Director of Marketing
Roxanne has over 20 years of university program management and marketing experience. For over 10 years, Roxanne worked at Hofstra University where she was responsible for overseeing the management of the Legal Studies Program at Continuing Education. At Hofstra, Roxanne proposed the branding, positioning, and distance learning opportunities available with an on line delivery system for the Legal Nurse Consultant Program. Roxanne was responsible for the design concept of advertising materials for the Legal Studies Program as well as, assisting in the development of design concepts for marketing pieces for Continuing Education programs. Roxanne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Public Policy from Hofstra University. She is currently the History Department's Graduate Program Coordinator for Stony Brook University at Stony Brook, New York.
Owner of Moti Horenstein's Mixed Martial Arts
Dojo Professor Peter Lugo is an outstanding Martial Artist, who has been studying and training in the martial arts since the age of 7. In 1987, he joined the New York State Police where he worked as a uniform trooper for four years before being inducted into a highly decorated, covert narcotics unit where he was selected to train and complete joint counter narcotics swat team training. Professor Lugo was then selected to join the FBI's joint terrorism task force as a deputized federal agent. Since 1995, Professor Lugo has been studying and training at the Survival Center located in Spring Valley, New York under the direction of Hanshi Moti Horenstein. After 20 years of service to state and country, Professor Lugo retired from the NYSP and the FBI's JTTF and is Head Instructor and Owner of Moti Horenstein's Mixed Martial Arts, located in West Nyack, New York. His life is dedicated to giving back to the martial arts and his students, as he continues to learn from the best, his instructor and mentor, Hanshi Moti.
Educator at Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center, a private non-profit school located in Rockville Centre New York. Sally has been an educator for more than 20 years. She has previous experience with the challenged population through Special Education teaching at Maine Handicapped Skiing as an instructor, Maine Accessible Adventures as a participant and committee member, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness Long Island Chapter as the Educational Programs Chair. Sally has also had previous training in Outdoor Education and Project Adventure through graduate work at the University of New Hampshire.
Director of Sales - Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp.,a Hauppauge New York based design and manufacturing company. He is responsible for sales in North and South America and Israel as well as sales automation, web development, marketing and forecasting, prior to that he was Vice President of Sales at Del Global Technologies Power Conversion Division. Prior to his work in the power conversion field, Robert worked as National Sales Manager and Product Developer for a small Long Island designer of customer digital audio and speech synthesis systems. Robert has worked with other organizations serving the blind: at The Lighthouse organization he developed a talking glucose monitor, and at The Industries for the Blind and Mitutoyo companies, he developed a talking interface for the industrial measurement and calibration products. Robert has 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product development and holds a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Stony Brook and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Stony Brook. Robert holds a purple belt in Ninpo/Ninjutsu, training under Kyoshi Allie Alberigo at Long Island Ninjutsu Center, and also trains in Judo, and has been active in assisting Sensei Devin in the Third Eye Program since its inception. Robert is a member of the AAPM and ASNT organizations, and is a West Islip resident for over 25 years.
Shihan Allie Alberigo
Shihan Allie Alberigo has over 40 years martial arts training. He joins a select few men in the world with the highest honor as a Shihan. He founded the L.I. Ninjutsu Center in 1991 based on his mission to teach and spread the virtues of martial arts and spiritual training. Through his devotion to training these life skills, and continued support of community service, Shihan Allie Alberigo is proud to support THIRD EYE INSIGHT.
Jackie began her journey in an intense yoga certification program at Long Island Yoga School in Woodbury, N.Y., where she completed 200 hours of Registered Yoga Teacher training. Today Jackie practices advanced level classes at one of the most renowned yoga studios in Manhattan. Her goal as a teacher is to enlighten her students in a way which allows them to open their mind and heart to new possibilities, to surpass all judgments and expectations, and to encourage self discovery and a peaceful state of mind. Jackie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University.