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.
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.
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.
MOSOKA P. FALLAH
Project Advisor, ODG USA/RPI Liberia | Mosoka P. Fallah is the founder and CEO of Refuge Place International and an advisor to the RPI- GoodVision project. Dr. Fallah has a MPH from Harvard University and a PhD in Immunology from University of Kentucky. Mosoka heard about GoodVision and immediately saw the possibilities of a partnership. “As a poor child growing up in Liberia, I needed lenses for school. My parents could not afford them and I survived by sitting in the front of the class, listening and writing, or copying from my desk mate”. It was not until 12th grade that Mosoka was able to travel the 1000 kms for a pair of glasses.
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.
JIM SAYE SUAH JR.
Project Director, GoodVision/RPI Liberia | Jim Saye Suah Jr’s role is the County Director 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). At RPl Jim trains Community Health workers on data management and prepares RPI’s annual project reports, newsletters, and grant proposals.
BARBARA ARNING, M.D.
Public Relations Manager | Barbara became severely short sighted at the age of 10. The poor eyesight affected all parts of her life and she was glad to get glasses once her problem was diagnosed. Based on this experience, her passion is to help as many people as possible in the world to achieve good vision. As a physician, retired director of regulatory affairs in the pharmaceutical industry (Oncology, Vaccines) and former executive in marketing and advertising, she is happy to contribute to the work of GoodVision.
Communications Manager | Laura is thrilled to offer her communications expertise to raise awareness of the efforts GoodVision in the United States and abroad. She is the Head of Communications for the United Nations Environment Programme’s North America Office in Washington D.C. Prior to joining the UN, she directed marketing communications for a Canadian lighting company. Laura is committed to helping others and has done extensive volunteer work in West Africa, India and Cambodia.
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.
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.
Communications | Miracle Olatunji is a keynote speaker, content writer, entrepreneur, and author of Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact. She is the founder of OpportuniMe, a mission-driven company which helps people and organizations (for-profit and non-profit) to realize and reach their full potential. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Northeastern University. Miracle’s work has been featured in Forbes, Technical.ly, The CEO Library, The Female Lead, and other publications. Her latest inspirations are the GoodVision USA blogs.
Graduate Intern | 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.
Advisor, Business Development | Doing work that matters and having a positive impact on people’s lives is what drives Anna-Lena. In 2018, she traveled for GoodVision to West Africa to see and feel the project on the ground. What moved Anna-Lena greatly was how the sustainable business approach changed the lives of the employees in the production facility and GV shops who had never worked before. Anna-Lena holds a Master of Science in Business Administration and has worked in different Fortune 500 companies.