leadership

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who dedicate their time and energy to furthering the organization’s mission.

2021 Board of Directors

President
Dr. Jamie Schorling
Bliss Animal Eye Care, Central Point, OR

Vice President
Dr. Kenneth E. Pierce, Jr.
Veterinary Vision Center, Shreveport, LA

Secretary/ Treasurer
Dr. Eric Ledbetter
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 

Past President
Dr. Rachel Keller Vaughan
Animal Eye Clinic, Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, PA

Dr. Heather Chandler
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Dr. Seth Eaton
University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

Dr. Heather Kaese
MedVet, Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Nicole MacLaren
Eye Care for Animals, Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Gillian McLellan
University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Madison, WI

Dr. Georgina Newbold
The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, OH

Dr. Caryn Plummer
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Dr. Terah Webb
MedVet, Columbus, OH

 

Emeritus Board Members

Dr. Dineli Bras, Dr. Steven Dugan, Dr. Andras Komaromy, Dr. Nancy McLean, Dr. Bill Miller, Dr. Brad Nadelstein, Dr. Susan Nelms, Dr. Brian Skorobohach

VAF Committees

Grant Procedures & Policies Committee

The Grant Procedures & Policies committee is responsible for reviewing applications for research grant funding.
Committee Members: Dr. Rachel Allbaugh and Gina Newbold, Co-Chairs
Drs. Heather Chandler, Andrew Lewin, Keiko Miyadera, Gina Newbold, Sami Pederson, Erin Scott, Gillian Shaw, Sara Thomasy, Kyle Tofflemire, Tomo Wiggans

Founders Clinical Research Grant Review Committee

The Founders Clinical Research Grant Review Committee is responsible for reviewing grant applications specific to this program.
Committee Members: Dr. Andrew Lewin, Chair
Drs. Mike Brown, Cindy Cook, Amanda Joslin, Brad Nadelstein, Dan Ward

Canine Glaucoma Consortium

Members: Dr. Terah Webb, Chair
Drs. Ellison Bentley, Dineli Bras, Sinisa Grozdanic, Andras Komaromy, Gillian McLellan, Paul Miller, Caryn Plummer, John Sapienza, Leandro Texeira

Public Relations Committee

The goal of the Public Relations Committee is to increase awareness of the importance of vision to animals, as well as the devastating impact ocular diseases have on the quality of life of animals. The secondary objective of the Committee is to solicit financial contributions from the pet-owning public and veterinary community to support research investigating ocular diseases of animals. The Committee also serves to educate the public about the philanthropic activities of veterinary ophthalmologists, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists™, and the Vision for Animals Foundation with respect to the well being of animals.
Chair position is currently open.

Finance Committee

Committee Members: Dr. Eric Ledbetter, Chair
Drs. Seth Eaton, Jamie Schorling, Rachel Keller Vaughan

Auction/Fundraising Committee

Committee Members: Dr. Heather Kaese, Chair
Drs. Candace Auten, Heather Kaese, Brooklyn LaFoon, Denise Lindley, Susan Nelms, Caryn Plummer, Rachel Keller Vaughan