Optometry Giving Sight is proud to acknowledge the support of its top individual donors, all of whom generously support the organization with a minimum donation of $12,000 per annum. This eminent and very select group of people with big hearts and an unwavering belief in optometry’s ability to change the world are called the Chairman’s Club. Their contribution is having a significant impact on our efforts to eliminate refractive error blindness throughout the world and we thank them for their support.
We would also like to thank our previous members - Dr. Vic Connors and Dr. Steve Schock.
DR. JUAN CARLOS ARAGON
Member since 2011 - Current Chair
Dr. Aragon is Senior Vice President of Southern and Central Eastern Europe at CooperVision. He completed his optometric training at the Superior School of Medicine of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, graduating with a high honor degree in 1984. Over his 28 year international career within the eye-care industry, he has occupied multiple executive management positions at Bausch & Lomb, CIBA Vision and Ocular Sciences.Dr. Aragón has been actively involved in supporting eye-care educational initiatives around the world, focusing primarily on developing countries. Dr. Aragon is the global Chairman of Optometry Giving Sight.
The late PROF. BRIEN HOLDEN
Member 2008 - 2015
Professor Holden OAM has been a major figure in international eye health and vision care for nearly 40 years. He has been instrumental in establishing and guiding a series of ground-breaking national and international organisations that continue to make important contributions in vision and eye health. He has also been at the forefront of international efforts to address avoidable blindness and vision impairment, especially that caused by uncorrected refractive error.
DR. GREG PEARL
Member since 2010
Dr. Pearl lives and practices in suburban Los Angeles and volunteers frequently at the LA Free Clinic. He is the Immediate Past President of VOSH International. He has led or participated on 40 week-long VOSH missions to Venezuela, Costa Rica, Columbia, Peru, El Salvador and mainland Mexico. Although Dr. Pearl’s greatest interest now is raising funds to establish sustainable eye clinics and to support optometry schools in developing countries.
DR. JOHN MCCALL
Member since 2010
Dr. McCall lives and practices in Crockett, Texas and served as the town’s mayor for a few years in the 90s. He has served on the boards of the American Optometric Association, the Primary Care Optometry News, American Board of Optometric Practices and Texas Optometric Association, where he received awards including Young Optometrist of the Year, Optometrist of the Year and Distinguished Service Award. Dr. McCall is a Senior Vice President of Vision Source.
DR. MARIO GUTIERREZ
Member since 2010
Dr. Gutierrez has been in private practice since 1990. He is the administrator for 21 San Antonio Vision Source offices. Dr. Gutierrez's was one of the first Vision Source offices in the country, and started and founded Vision Source in San Antonio. Other Honors include: TLC Laser Center Advisory Board Chairman, Director/CEO of Marrand Productions, Inc., President of VS Specialty Labs, LP. General Manager of VS Specialty, LLC., Co Chair of Texas Optometric Association Third Party Committee, Vice President of N2 Eyes, LLC, Board member of EssentiaPharma, LLC, and he is the principle and founder of 2MEye, LLC Consulting.
DR. BOBBY & JAYNE CHRISTENSEN
Members since 2011
Dr. Bobby Christensen, O.D., F.A.A.O., is Senior Vice President Vision Source L.P. past President of Heart of America Contact Lens Society; Diplomate of Cornea and Contact Lens Section American Academy of Optometry; past President of Oklahoma Optometric Assoc; Benedict Professor, University of Houston; one of “Top Ten Optometrists of the Decade” selected in Optometric Management 12-99.
Mrs Jayne Christensen, R.D.A is a registered dietitian dedicated to wellness and improving eating habits, graduate of University of Houston, residency at Houston VA Hospital; administrative assistant for Vision Source L.P., volunteer for Literacy Link and TEEM ministries, former chairperson personnel committee Wickline Methodist Church.
MR. TONY THOMAS
Member since 2011
Tony Thomas is a barrister who lives in Sydney, Australia
DR. EARL & DR. JANICE SMITH
Members since 2012
Professor Smith holds the Greeman-Petty Professorship in Vision Development and is serving as the Dean of the College of Optometry. He has also received teaching awards at the department, college and university level and in 2003 was selected by the Texas Optometric Association as its Educator of the Year. Dr. Janice Wensveen is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Houston where she teaches clinical binocular vision. Dr. Wensveen has over a dozen published papers on both the clinical aspects of binocular vision including convergence insufficiency and on laboratory investigations of amblyopia, strabismus, suppression and depth perception.
DR. JILL GEERING MATHESON
Member since 2013
Dr. Matheson has been in private practice at Alaska Vision Center in Juneau, Alaska since 1992. She is a former Optometry Giving Sight Philanthropist of the Year and has been a member of the State of Alaska Board of Examiners in Optometry for eight years.
DR. STAN ISAACS
Member since 2013
Dr. Stan Isaacs graduated with Bachelor of Optometry Degree with honors from University of New South Wales in 1975, and was awarded the Martin Wells Prize for Diseases of the Eye. A year later was awarded a Master of Optometry Degree. During the Masters Course he was awarded the Hydron Prize for Advanced Contact Lens Theory and Practice. He was a clinical supervisor in Contact lenses at the school of optometry, UNSW, while doing his Masters degree.
Stan started private practice in 1977 specializing in pediatric optometry and contact lenses and was responsible for forming the Singapore Optometric Association in 1980, and was the pro-tem President. In 1990 he was elected as the President of The Singapore Contact Lens Society a position he stills holds to date.
He was awarded his PhD in 2004 for his work on “The cornea under Orthokeratology”
Dr. Isaacs is also the clinical director of I & Vision Research Centre Pte Ltd, which predominantly does research for international contact lens companies, vitamin supplement companies, and contact lens solution companies on how their products perform, and especially how they perform on Asian (Chinese descent) eyes.
DR. SIDNEY & FLORENCE STERN
Member since 2014
DR. GLENN & CLAIRICE ELLISOR
Members since 2014
Dr. Ellisor is the founder of Vision Source and has served as its President/CEO and Chairman of the Board since its inception on May 1, 1991 and as Executive Chairman since July 2013. He has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Smile Source. Dr. Ellisor continues to practice as a licensed optometrist at the Kingwood optical eye care center; and serves on several advisory panels and boards including Optometry Giving Sight, Foundation for Education and Research in Vision, Great Coalition Commission, and Sight Ministries International.
Clairice Ellisor worked 13 years for Shell Oil Company in numerous positions including Administration in Human Resources, Logistics as a Senior Transportation Analyst, Senior Oil Scheduler and Trader, and in special logistics projects. She currently works in Glenn’s Vision Source practice in a business administrative/financial role.
DR. ALAN ULSIFER
Member since 2014
Dr. Alan Ulsifer is the CEO, President, and Chair of FYidoctors. He graduated from the University of Waterloo as an Optometrist in 1990 where he was acknowledged for several awards for clinical achievement. After graduating he became one of the founders and the managing partner of Northern Vision Centre, which he developed into one of Canada’s largest independent optometric practices.
Al has also been involved at the Executive level in a long list of non-profit and for-profit Boards. He currently sits on the Global Development Board of Optometry Giving Sight. In 2008, Dr. Ulsifer led the formation of FYidoctors, the largest merger in Canadian history (by number of companies), and was awarded the Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur Award for Western Canada. Four years later in 2012, Ulsifer became overall Canadian Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and represented Canada at the World event in Monte Carlo. He was the Head judge for the program in 2013. Dr. Ulsifer has spoken in Canada and the US on many subjects, the most recent topic being, “The Future of Eyecare in Canada”.
FIG GARDEN OPTOMETRY
Members since 2014
"The team members of Fig Garden Optometry know that there are four words that guide the everyday work culture and two more words that guide the overall vision. The four words are 'Work Hard, Be Nice' - adding to these words are the guiding vision: 'Give Back.' Ever since the early years when Dr. Terry and Kristine Cole began seeing patients (1978) the concept of being 'patient-centered' wasn't seen as a marketing plan but a way of life. To extend this concept outward into the community and around the world through participation in the I Care & Share campaign was a natural outworking of their ethos. They make it an effort to make sure that their patients are involved and participating in the 'Giving Back' through the 'Buy One, Give One' program." Dr. Jeffrey Krohn.
DR. PAUL KARPECKI
Member since 2015
Dr. Karpecki received his doctor of optometry degree from Indiana University and completed a fellowship in medical cornea in Kansas City in affiliation with PCO. He currently works in corneal services, heads the ocular surface disease clinic and is director of clinical research at the Koffler Vision Group in Lexington, Kentucky. A noted educator and author, Dr. Karpecki is the Chief Clinical Editor for the Review of Optometry Journal. He is past president of the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology.