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
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
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 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
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 and the late MRS. FLORENCE STERN
Member since 2014
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.
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
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.”
We proudly remember and honour our founding Chairman, Professor Brien Holden