Hadley Speaker's Bureau


Julie Tye, President and CEO

Julie has devoted her entire professional career to non-profit management. With an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School, she started out in hospital management at Lutheran General then moved to the administrative staff of Parkside addiction treatment centers. From there, Julie was chosen to head up The Cradle, one of the country’s leading child welfare agencies.

Tye started at Hadley in the spring of 2016 and has implemented a strategic redirection in 2020 which has already resulted in significant growth of organizational impact.


Ed Haines, Chief Program Officer

Ed Haines has been with Hadley for over 15 years, currently serving as Chief Program Officer.  Ed has enjoyed a 25-year career in the field of vision rehabilitation, working for both state and private agencies as an administrator, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.

He is a graduate of Western Michigan’s Blindness and Low Vision Studies Program and is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.


Douglas Walker, Director of Research & Development

Douglas Walker is a lifelong learner and educator with a specialty in assistive technology for those with visual impairment. He’s taught in a wide variety of settings: from the Tennessee School for the Blind, to West Tennessee as an itinerant educator/consultant, to Vanderbilt as an adjunct professor, to Hadley to head up our assistive technology team.

Most recently Douglas has assumed a leadership role in Research and Development at Hadley, developing new ways to engage and empower those facing vision loss.

Walker holds a master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University.


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