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.
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 bend the wire frames and create GoodVision glasses. With a BA degree in Computer Science and English Literature, and past experience in the hospital information systems field, she is also certified in Yoga. Her desire to help those who live in developing countries and improve lives by improving sight is why she is part 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 located in Washington, D.C. Previous to this position, she was based in Paris, France as the Communications Officer for a global UN Environment energy efficiency initiative. Prior to joining the UN, she was responsible for marketing communications in Canada for a major lighting company in her home town of Toronto, Ontario. Laura is committed to helping others and has done extensive volunteer work in West Africa, India and Cambodia.
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 Burkina Faso, West Africa to see and feel the project on the ground. What moved Anna-Lena greatly was not only the direct impact of GoodVision but also 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.
Treasurer, Board of Directors | Jack Peacock brings valuable experience to GoodVision. He is CEO of Peacock Communications Inc., a technology company he started 20 years ago, and under the COMMplements brand name creates communication solutions for people who are blind, deaf or have certain cognitive disorders. Jack had many years as a tax law and systems specialist in various management positions before transitioning to assistive technology. His volunteer work with nonprofits spans 30 years in various positions. Jack is an advocate for all differently-abled persons and has been involved with the Worcester Commission on Disability since 2014.
Administrative Manager | Michael Schubert comes to GoodVision from the German founding organization EinDollarBrille e.V. with over 5 years of professional experience. 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 the last 1 1/2 years working directly in Burkina Faso, helping to build up the structures in the sales and marketing department of the project. As a core part of the team in the United States, Michael mainly focuses on digital marketing and organizational development.
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. Dr. Fallah supervised critical aspects of Liberia’s Ebola response. Mosoka heard about GoodVision and immediately saw the possibilities of a partnership. “As a poor child growing up in RPI’s communities, I needed lenses for school. My poor 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 approximately 1000 kms to Ivory Coast to acquire a pair of glasses.
JIM SAYE SUAH JR.
Project Director, GoodVision/RPI Liberia | Jim Saye Suah Jr’s role is the project manager 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 possible control of diseases and related data analysis. In 2018, Jim transitioned to Refuge Place International (RPI) as an Administrative Assistant. At RPl Jim trains Community Health workers on data management and prepares RPI’s annual project reports, newsletters, and grant proposals. Most recently, he was appointed as the Country Director for the GoodVision-Liberia project.
Social Media Intern | Jamie is a student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She found GoodVision through her school and loves the organization’s mission and dedication to providing glasses for others. Jamie supports GoodVision especially in the areas of social media and online marketing in general.
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. Providing sustainable optician support and affordable eye glasses is a perfect fit to achieve that goal. 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 helping people to see.
Human Resources Manager | Mirja is driven by helping others and working with people from all over the world! What excites her the most about GoodVision is not only the fact that people in need are provided access to glasses and clear vision but also the economic impact that GoodVision has by manufacturing glasses locally and creating jobs for many individuals. With a Master’s degree in business and experience in Human Resources, Mirja focuses on recruitment and other HR related topics at ODG USA.