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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 and Chief Operating Officer
Nancy oversees all Glaucoma Research Foundation 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 Gala and Glaucoma 360 program. Nancy is a development professional with more than 20 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 Stein Eye Institute. She joined GRF in January 2012.
Director of Development
Meredith manages donor stewardship programs as well as major and planned giving strategies; additionally she coordinates our GRF Ambassadors program. Meredith comes to GRF with over 15 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, working in regional healthcare systems fundraising for neurodegenerative diseases as well as with national organizations such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association where she received numerous awards for top fundraising achievements and largest year-over-year growth. She has experience working in major markets from New York and Toronto to Palm Beach and San Francisco. Meredith joins our team in 2018 as our first national Director of Development.
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, Annual and Corporate Giving
Morgan oversees Glaucoma Research Foundation’s annual campaign fundraising appeals and campaigns through direct mail, online giving and peer-to-peer fundraising. She also works with our corporate partners on event sponsorship opportunities and workplace giving. Morgan comes to GRF with over eight years of fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector working with local and national organizations like Playworks, The California Academy of Sciences, and UC Berkeley, and most recently worked internationally at Mission Australia. She joined GRF in November 2018.
Assistant Director of Events
Christopher leads and supports all Glaucoma Research Foundation events and functions, including Glaucoma 360, which includes the Annual Gala and the New Horizon Forum, the Annual Dinner, the Patient Summit, receptions at ophthalmic meetings and all cultivation events. He is an event professional and has worked with many nonprofit organizations in San Francisco in a variety of capacities. Christopher is a marathoner, volunteers as a docent at the Haas-Lilienthal House and serves on the Board of Directors for the Merola Opera Program. After many years as a consultant for GRF, Christopher joined the organization in a full-time capacity in 2018.
Event Program Manager
Michelle manages the programs and speakers for our events including the Glaucoma 360 New Horizons Forum and our Annual Patient Summit. In addition, she works closely with the Board of Directors and various Committees to facilitate engagement and ongoing communications. Michelle joined Glaucoma Research Foundation after 11 years of working as a doctor of veterinary medicine in Argentina. She recently moved to California to pursue her interest in nonprofit organizations and put her medical background to good use.
Brizette assists the Executive Director of Development and Chief of Operations by overseeing the administrative operations for all development and event activities for our foundation. She is a Los Angeles native and recent UC Berkeley graduate with a passion for nonprofit organizations and public service. Prior to joining the Glaucoma Research Foundation, Brizette worked as an assistant paralegal for a nonprofit immigration firm in Oakland, CA.