GoodVision USA became a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity in March 2019.
The GoodVision complete solution includes local production of eyeglass frames, training of local opticians, free vision testing, immediate assembly & fitting, and long-term service for the glasses. Our objective is to provide people living in poverty access to inexpensive and visually appealing glasses while simultaneously creating employment.
It is our vision to establish financially independent basic eye care programs in the world’s poorest countries.
We are committed to honesty, responsibility, and transparency with our donations. We will keep you informed about our ongoing projects and how your donation is being put to work. We greatly appreciate every dollar we receive, as donations are the building blocks of our work.
Visualizing an Equal future: More perspectives allow us to see more clearly.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of GoodVision USA’s work. To effectively change lives, we need to listen to a wide range of voices with different backgrounds and experiences. To bring vision to those that lack access globally, it requires a commitment to diversity from our locally run programs to creating a diverse board that embeds equality in all parts of its work.
Our team consists of professionals from diverse sectors, backgrounds, and nationalities most of whom serve volunteer roles with GoodVision. Our team consists of professionals from diverse sectors, backgrounds, and nationalities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Member, Board of Directors| Blair has supported GoodVision from the beginning with his energy and enthusiasm. He is a Master Optician in Ophthalmic Optics and teaches at the New England College of Optometry, and is the department Chair and founder of the Eye Health Technology and Opticianry department at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Additionally, he is the executive director of the Opticians Association of Massachusetts, director to the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners. At the age of 26, Blair was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an incurable disease leading to blindness. Since the disease is progressive, he began to redirect his focus toward a career as an educator in ophthalmic optics and eye health technology.
Secretary, Board of Directors | From the start, Katherine was impressed by GoodVision’s sustainable way of improving lives through eye glasses. In 2019, she traveled to Africa and was able to experience first-hand the nonprofits’s impact in Burkina Faso, where she learned how to create GoodVision glasses. She brings past experience in programming and data management. Her desire to help others is why she is part of GoodVision.
Treasurer, Board of Directors |Sally has a long career with experience in operations management, project management, software development, system analysis, computer programming, and customer support across a wide range of industries. She has worn glasses since she was eight years old and greatly appreciates the importance of good eyesight. Sally is excited about the opportunity to use her skills to help build an organization that will improve the lives of so many people.
Member, Board of Directors | Dibby has been in the optical industry for over 40 years. She has been part of sales and operations with REM Eyewear, SafiloUSA and most recently as COO of Todd Rogers Eyewear. She is Past President of the Opticians Association of America where she holds an active board position.
Dibby is a Past President of the Opticians Association of Massachusetts, where she has held a director position for 10 years. She is a former adjunct faculty member at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. She is also an Honored Fellow of the Opticians Association of America and a recipient of the OAM Presidents Award and the OAA’s State Leader of the Year. Dibby was voted one of Vision Mondays Most Influential Women in both 2018 and 2020. She was also the recipient of Eyecare Business’ GameChanger Award in 2020. She obtained her Massachusetts Opticians license in 1987 and is ABO certified. Dibby resides in Marshfield, Massachusetts with her husband and has two grown children.
Member, Board of Directors | Cira is a self-described optical geek and she delights in sharing her love of all things eyecare and eyewear with others. She has spent the last 19 years exploring many facets of the profession of opticianry working both in corporate and private practices, as a technician and an optician, in dispensing and production, as a buyer and as a vendor, and as both a team member and a manager. In 2022, she earned her ABOM: the Master in Ophthalmic Optics designation from the American Board of Opticianry; a designation granted to only a few hundred people in the country for their knowledge of ophthalmic optics, their willingness to be a continual learner and their desire to pass along this science and art to opticians everywhere. She is an ABO certified Continuing Education speaker where she speaks on both state-level and national stages. Prior to optics, Cira had careers in the non-profit sector and in the field of international public health and development. She lived in Africa for almost four years and speaks four languages in addition to English. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University.
Executive Director | Jennifer became aware of the lack of eyeglasses access globally after a trip to the eyeglass store with her kids got her thinking. Many questions and hours of research led Jen to GoodVision. In the 1980s, Jen worked in the Congo as a Peace Corps volunteer and became aware of the lack of access to basic health benefits (like eyeglasses) which can significantly hold individuals back in their potential. Jen first worked in the environmental field and moved on to the field of international public health and vision correction.
Co-Program Director | Matee is an ophthalmic nurse and is the co-program director of the Liberia team. Matee helped establish the eye clinic with Refuge Place International and GoodVision. Matee worked as a nurse for two years prior to becoming an ophthalmic nurse. Matee has played a critical role in the training of the GoodVision technicians.
Country Director | Arthur joins GoodVision Liberia from Phebe Hospital & School of Nursing in Bong County, Liberia where he supported the Medical Director/CEO and previously he was the Project Manager for the Lutheran Development Service Liberia program. He has a wealth of experience in operations and project and people management. Arthur is looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the healthcare delivery system of his country.
Project Manager | Liz is pursuing a global health masters from Brighton and Sussex Medical School and is excited to bring her past non-profit, social enterprise, and other professional experiences to GoodVision. Liz received her bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University. While at American she had the opportunity to study and travel in Kenya and Rwanda where she was able to see first hand the different health care systems and access, especially in rural regions. Liz is passionate about local and sustainable solutions, one of the many reasons she was drawn to work with GoodVision USA.
Communications | Christine has been wearing glasses to correct her distance vision since grade school, and she can’t imagine life without them. She comes to GoodVision after a 30–year career in publications, from producing newsletters for local profits to managing an international dental research journal. She believes GoodVision’s twin goals are a winning combination: bringing the life-changing benefits of improved vision to more children and adults and supporting meaningful employment for local GoodVision Technicians.
JIM SAYE SUAH JR.
Project Advisor, GoodVision/RPI Liberia | Jim Saye Suah Jr’s role is a consultant for the Liberia project. He is a graduate of Cuttington University of Liberia with a B.S. in Plant and Soil Sciences. After graduation, his career interests have focused on epidemiology with interest in investigating the incidence, distribution, and control of diseases. In 2018, Jim transitioned to Refuge Place International (RPI) and the GoodVision Liberia Project Manager. He is now continuing his education in the US and working as a Project Advisor for GoodVision USA.
Administrative Manager | Michael Schubert comes to GoodVision from the German founding organization EinDollarBrille e.V. Michael studied cultural anthropology in Munich and is a trained banker. In his full-time job at EinDollarBrille e.V. in Germany, Michael has spent time working directly in Burkina Faso, helping to build up the structures in the sales and marketing department of the project. Michael mainly focuses on digital marketing and organizational development.