CHAIRMAN'S CLUB

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.

If you would like information about joining the Chairman's Club please contact us. You can also sign up for a recurring monthly donation of $1,000 or make an annual equivalent gift via our donate page.

DR. JUAN CARLOS ARAGON

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.

DR. GREG PEARL

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

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

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 and JAYNE CHRISTENSEN

DR. BOBBY and 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.

DR. JILL GEERING MATHESON

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

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 and the late MRS. FLORENCE STERN

DR. SIDNEY and the late MRS. FLORENCE STERN

Member since 2014

FIG GARDEN OPTOMETRY

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

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.
DR. TONY and VICKI HANKS

DR. TONY and VICKI HANKS

Members since 2018

Dr Tony Hanks is a founder of cooperation between optometrists, for the benefit of patients in Australia and internationally. Tony received his Bachelor of Optometry in Australia at the University of NSW, and a Doctor of Optometry in the United States at the New England College of Optometry, Boston. In 1985 he founded a group of co-operating optometrists now called the "Australian Optometric Panel". In 2000, together with his wife Vicki, they further developed this idea of professional cooperation and were the founders of the Eyecare Plus group of practices. Tony was recognised with an award in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2010. This was the "Medal of the Order of Australia" awarded by the Governor General of Australia for service to optometry and the community, as well as for his involvement in improving international eyecare and education. He has also received the "Josef Lederer Award for Excellence in Optometry" and “Life Membership of the Australian College of Optometry”. Vicki & Tony have supported OGS since it began in Australia in 2004, as well advocating for support among their colleagues. While Tony has now retired from clinical practice, their support for OGS has not changed.
ISTHMUS EYE CARE

ISTHMUS EYE CARE

Members since 2018

Isthmus Eye Care and their patients believe in the possibility of accomplishing more. First established by the late Dr Victor J Connors, and now passing on that sense of responsibility to each Doctor, staff, and patient that comes through their door in Madison and Middleton WI. "To be able to have this opportunity, and help provide something so essential is beyond rewarding. Sharing this with our community, through their donations with each pair of glasses has truly been a gift.”
DR. RONALD COOKE

DR. RONALD COOKE

Member since 2018

Dr. Ronald Cooke graduated from the University of Louisville in 1965 majoring in chemistry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University in 1969. He is a founder, partner and active Board member of Opticare Vision Centers with multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Cooke has served as President of various professional and business organizations. These include The Vision League of Ohio, Cincinnati Optometric Center, Zone 8 of the Ohio Optometric Association, Eastern Hills Jaycees and the Eastern Hills Exchange Club. He is also a life member of the American Optometric Association. In 1977, Dr. Cooke became one of the founding partners of Cincinnati-based Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc. He served as its President and CEO from 1977 to 2016. Diversified was innovative in providing independent eye care providers across the U.S. with a single source for needed optometric goods and services. Diversified consistently ranked in the top five soft contact lens distributors in the United States. In addition to receiving the prestigious Transitions’ Lab of the Year Award multiple times, Diversified was regularly recognized as one of the Top 25 Independent Ophthalmic Laboratories in the U.S. The Cincinnati Enquirer included Diversified among the “Top 100 Privately Owned".

DR. HOWARD B. PURCELL

DR. HOWARD B. PURCELL

Member since 2018

Howard B. Purcell, O.D., F.A.A.O., Dipl. Dr. Purcell currently serves as Senior Vice President, Customer Development for Essilor of America. He has been part of the Essilor team for 10 years. Prior to joining Essilor he spent 13 years as Senior Director of Professional Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. A graduate of the New England College of Optometry in 1984, Dr. Purcell participated in a group optometric practice for eleven years with his father in Miami Beach, FL. Beginning in June 1991, Dr. Purcell joined the faculty of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. During his career at the college, he was a principle in the development of the Department of Cornea and Contact Lenses. Reaching the rank of Associate Professor, Dr. Purcell was responsible for both the didactic and clinical components of the program, serving as the Deputy Dean of the college. Dr. Purcell is a Diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry His energetic and enthusiastic style has made Dr. Purcell a popular lecturer internationally. Purcell’s unique philosophies and practices have often attracted the media to focus attention on current optometric issues and research in the industry.

We proudly remember and honour our founding Chairman, Professor Brien Holden

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