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President and CEO
Tom Brunner joined Glaucoma Research Foundation in 2003 after a successful 30-year career in the ophthalmic laser business. He helped introduce major advances in eye care including laser photocoagulation to prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy, laser treatment of secondary cataracts, and laser treatment for glaucoma. Since joining Glaucoma Research Foundation, Tom has helped to more than double revenue and focus on innovative research to understand how glaucoma steals sight and find a cure. He received a "Lifetime Achievement" award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery for his contributions and 25 years of service on their Board of Directors. Tom actively supports development of new products to help those with glaucoma and other eye diseases as an advisor or board member for startup companies in the eye care field. Tom graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in electrical engineering and received an MBA from the University of Delaware.
Executive Director of Development
Nancy oversees all Glaucoma Research Foundation fundraising programs and activities including major and principal giving, corporate and foundation relations, direct mail appeals, giving circles and societies, planned giving, and events including the Annual Benefit and Glaucoma 360 program. Nancy is a development professional with more than 15 years’ experience. She has worked at the University of Toronto and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and was the Director of Development at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. She joined GRF in January 2012.
Director of Communications
Andrew manages our education programs in collaboration with leading glaucoma specialists nationally. He is staff editor of the Gleams newsletter, and he edits and produces all of GRF’s patient education publications and the www.glaucoma.org and glaucoma360.org websites. Andrew is our director of IT, and manages all video production and online communications including social media. Before joining the Foundation in 2003, he worked in nonprofit IT management, international marketing, and interactive media.
Director of Operations
Catalina manages Foundation operations including Human Resources, Finance Management, Database Administration and Gift Processing. She oversees our annual audit, state licensing process, administration, and all policies and procedures. In addition, Catalina works closely with our Scientific Advisory Committee and manages our Shaffer Grant application process. She has been with Glaucoma Research Foundation since 1998.
Associate Director of Development
Aileen oversees all Annual Fund and Direct Mail activities, manages Leadership Giving operations, and coordinates various event logistics for Glaucoma 360 including sponsorships and communications. Prior to joining GRF in 2012, Aileen held development positions at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute and at UCSF within the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Assistant Director, Events and Volunteer Management
Christie manages event logistics for all GRF activities including Glaucoma 360. In addition to organizing the Annual Gala's auction, Christie spearheads the volunteer efforts for this three-day endeavor to highlight innovation in glaucoma. Christie also manages the GRF Council, a national leadership group of glaucoma specialists dedicated to improving access to educational materials for patients. She recently relocated to San Francisco from Washington, DC where she planned events, managed volunteer groups, and participated in fundraising initiatives within the non-profit and corporate sectors.
Michelle provides direct support for various event, development and Board engagement activities and specifically manages event registration, speaker logistics and exhibitor relations for Glaucoma 360. In addition, Michelle assists with GRF's social media communications. A graduate from the University of California Santa Barbara, Michelle has experience in customer relations and administration. She joined GRF in October 2012.