Marketing Director

Karen Schiavone has recently joined the Jamestown Area YMCA as membership and marketing director.

Schiavone comes to the Y with almost 10 years of experience in marketing, media relations and publishing. Most recently, she managed social media for Chautauqua Institution. Schiavone previously served as marketing director for O’Connell & Aronowitz P.C. of Albany. While in Albany, she was a member of the Junior League of Albany and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Junior Committee.

Schiavone said she is thrilled to have the opportunity to make a personal impact on Jamestown and its surrounding communities as membership and marketing director.

“Nothing is more meaningful than working together to strengthen your own community,” Schiavone said. “With so many charitable organizations hard at work here in Jamestown, I want to make sure we are taking every opportunity offered to enrich the lives of those around us.”

Between gymnastics and swimming, Schiavone spent much of her childhood at the Jamestown and Lakewood YMCAs and Camp Onyahsa. It was that time spent that made her aware of how profoundly important the Y’s programs are to the local community.

“We are very excited to have Karen on board,” said Mark Eckendorf, YMCA executive director. “We had over 130 applicants, and she brings a wealth of experience. We are looking forward to great things.”

Schiavone received her juris doctor from Albany Law School magna cum laude and also holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Grove City College. She lives in Jamestown and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

The Jamestown Area YMCA is a United Way agency.

Gibbs Offering Vision Therapy

Dr. Kara Gibbs is now offering vision therapy services at her practice, Southern Tier Optometry.

There was previously a lack of these services in our community causing patients to travel out of the area for needed care. Vision therapy services are a perfect fit for Gibbs as she focuses her practice on the care of children.

Optometric vision therapy is an individualized treatment program designed to improve overall visual function and performance. Its proven results are derived from vision based neurological and neuromuscular conditioning over time. Vision therapy results in quantitative improvements in visual information processing skills and, perhaps more importantly, an improvement in quality of life due to decreased symptoms and improved performance.

Many functional vision problems can be significantly improved through optometric vision therapy. It is a treatment modality for disorders including, but not limited to:

Ocular motility dysfunction, or eye movement disorders

Vergence dysfunction, which is inefficiency in using both eyes together

Strabismus, also known misalignment of the eyes

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye

accomodative disorders, or focusing problems.

Some of the common symptoms relieved through vision therapy include eye strain, visually induced headaches, and inability to concentrate when doing visual tasks.

For more information, call 720-5837, visit or find Southern Tier Optometry on Facebook.