Board of Directors
Bronwyn Bateman, MD, most recently Director of the Rocky Mountain Eye Institute at the University of Colorado, has also held Professorships of Ophthalmology and of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. Receiving her MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, she served her internship in Internal Medicine UCLA Center for the Health Sciences and her residency in Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute, followed by several fellowships including Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus with Arthur Rosenbaum, MD and Leonard Apt, MD; Ophthalmic Genetics with Irene H. Maumenee, MD at The Wilmer Institute, The Johns Hopkins University, and Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus with Marshall M. Parks, MD; National Childrens' Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Among her numerous awards are: Senior Honor Award, American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Honorary Consulate of Nicaragua to Colorado, Melvin Jones Fellow, Lions Club International Foundation, Silver Fellow, Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO), and Life Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology. Recently, she has served as Organizer/Chair, Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology and Sociedad Uruguaya de Oftalmologia; on the Leadership Council for Latino Awareness of the Glaucoma Research Foundation; Harvard University, external member, ad hoc Committee for Tenure, Review Committee; American Academy of Pediatrics, Statement on Technology-Based Pediatric Vision Screening, Ad hoc member, Genetics of Health and Disease Study Section, National Institutes of Health; and Co-Chair with Marlene Vogel, MD and Andrea Zin, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Joint Meeting of the 2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, San Francisco.
Gerald J. Chader, PhD now serves as Professor and Chief Scientific Officer of the Doheny Retina Institute, University of Southern California Medical School, Los Angeles, CA where he directs research on blinding eye diseases and lectures extensively on health care priorities and costs. His main academic interests are in the areas of medicine and health care, specializing in vision research -- specifically, in moving basic laboratory research work to clinical trial. His passion is in finding practicable ways to bring preventions, treatments and cures to Americans with untreated or poorly treated eye diseases. Dr. Chader began his research career as an Andelot Fellow in the Dept. of Biological Chemistry at Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, he was an Assistant Professor at HMS in the Mass. General Hospital and a Tutor of Biochemical Sciences at Prince House, Harvard College. In 1970, he joined the intramural staff of the National Eye Institute, NIH, where he ultimately served in the Senior Executive Service (Senior Scientific Service) as Chief of the Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology and Director of the Intramural Research Program. At NIH he helped to set NIH-wide science policy, served on numerous Intramural Research committees, Extramural Study Sections and the Howard Hughes Scientific Advisory Committee. He thus has an intimate internal working knowledge of NIH and its mission. In 1996 he moved to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a nonprofit foundation, where he served as Chief Scientific Officer until August of 2004. Here he interacted with Congress extensively, meeting with Senators and Congressmen and acting as an expert witness before Congressional committees.
Dr. Chader has over 340 scientific publications and has won several research awards including the ARVO Friedenwald Award and two Alcon Institute Awards. He holds an honorary doctorate (MD, honoris causa) from the University of Lund, Sweden (1992) and a second honorary doctorate awarded by the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. He has served and currently serves on several Scientific Advisory Boards at academic institutions in the USA and Europe and is a past Editor of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS). He is co-Editor of the review series, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, the top ranked journal for vision research.
Patricia Crosby is an exercise specialist focusing on needs of seniors and individuals with limitations. In Washington, DC her clients included the US Senate, the International Monetary Fund, Import/Export Bank, University Club, National Press Club and George Washington University Weight Loss Center. She also hosted a health and fitness show on cable tv. In Los Angeles she maintains an active private practice.
Looking for ways to bring her commitment to health and healthy aging into practice, she serves on the Board of Children's Hospital (Santa Monica Bay Auxiliary). Additionally, she is an advocate for Glaucoma Research Foundation and its efforts speeding the cure for glaucoma and Freedom from Hunger Foundation with its emphasis on self reliance. Recently she was added as a member to UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute's Affiliate Board. Education includes American College of Sports Medicine, International Sport Science Association, Certification by American Council of Exercise and National Strength Professional Association.
Tennis pro, race car driving and sky diving have been her passions. She is also an accomplished jewelry designer.
Jerald R. Davis, CPA earned his Bachelor of Science degree from San Fernando Valley State College in 1965. In 1965 he joined Miller and Co. LLP as a staff accountant, became a partner in 1978, and served as the Managing Partner for fifteen years. Miller and Co, LLP is a general accounting firm where during forty-five years with the firm he garnered vast experience in a variety of business and personal situations. In 2010 he retired from the firm and now stays involved as a consultant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Davis served for two years in the United States Army and has been married to his wife, Sharon, for over forty-five years.
Howard W. Dicker, Board Secretary, is a Founding Partner of Dicker & Dicker, LLP, a law firm specializing in the areas of litigation, estate planning, construction, labor and employment, real estate, and general business law. Before the opening of Dicker & Dicker, Howard Dicker acted as General Counsel for Ben Weingart, Mark Taper, American Savings and Loan Association and Associated Hosts, Inc. He served as a delegate to the State Bar of California, Chairperson of the Committee on evaluation of existing statutes and law and on several Committees for the State Bar of California and the County Bar of Los Angeles. Additionally, he enjoys membership and participation in the American Bar Association and served as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Further, he has had the privilege to serve on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Chapter of the March of Dimes, as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Northridge Hospital, as Board Chairman of the Maud Booth Family Center, and as a Director and Officer of the Drabkin Family Foundation, Inc.
Robert Drabkin, Founder of the Ocular Research Symposia Foundation, is a Los Angeles businessman with long-standing interests in health and health care. At the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Drabkin is an active member of both the Dean's Advisory Board of the School of Public Health and a member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute Affiliate's Advisory Committee. Mr. Drabkin's breadth of experience in philanthropic leadership includes a long-term service on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles March of Dimes; Secretary and Treasurer of the West Los Angeles District Chapter of the American Red Cross; Secretary and member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis; and advising the Development Office of the City of Hope.
John Hetherington, MD has influenced patient care and research in glaucoma for nearly 50 years, and is still going strong. Widely regarded for his creative approach to treating disease - or dis-ease as he calls it - Dr. Hetherington has a distinguished academic career in addition to his clinical practice.
His research accomplishments are extensive and impressive. He was an early investigator into the childhood glaucomas, coinvestigator on the 20-year Collaborative Glaucoma Detection Study, one of the first to evaluate automated perimeters, narrow-angle glaucoma, low-tension glaucoma, and ICE syndrome, as well as teach a systematic approach to the differential diagnosis of adult glaucomas. Dr. Hetherington has studied numerous drugs and delivery systems in their experimental stage, shaping the way glaucoma is treated today. Likewise, his research linking early visual field loss and nerve fiber bundle (optic nerve), optic vessel, and optic disc defects are foundations from which diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma is still viewed. He also has studied the effects of anesthesia on the intraocular pressure (IOP) in infants, and more recently has examined alternative healing practices effects on IOP. He is coauthor of the 4th & 5th editions of Becker-Shaffer’s Diagnosis and Therapy of the Glaucomas and over 50 other academic publications. Dr. Hetherington has lectured extensively on glaucoma throughout the world.
Born in New Jersey, he earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia and completed his ophthalmic training at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He completed his glaucoma fellowship at UCSF in 1962 under glaucoma pioneer Dr. Robert N. Shaffer, whose private practice he joined in 1966. Dr. Hetherington has been a clinical professor at UCSF since 1979.
Jose Molina, President of Continental Broadcasting Corporation
Art Takahara, an electrical engineer by training and formerly the Mayor of Mountain View, serves on several nonprofit boards including the Glaucoma Research Foundation (where he chaired the Development Committee),Friends of Stevens Creek Trail in Mountain View, Valley Chorale in Sunnyvale and the Institute for Local Government in Sacramento. He is President and CEO of De Anza Manufacturing and prior Director with Intel Corporation and National Semiconductor.
Delta Wright, MS, LEED AP, Board President, is a cofounding partner of Curated., a full service interior design firm studio with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Delta holds a M.S. in interior design from Pratt Institute and a B.S. in Fine Art from the University of Illinois. Delta is an Allied Member of the America Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Delta served as President of the Santa Monica Bay Auxiliary for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two daughters, Holland and Blake.