Board of Directors
Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
In 2000, Jennifer Staple-Clark, then a sophomore at Yale University, founded Unite For Sight in her dorm room. Due to Jennifer's leadership and her focus on entrepreneurial innovation, Unite For Sight is a leader in providing cost-effective care to the world's poorest people. By investing human and financial resources in the social ventures of eye clinics in developing countries, Unite For Sight has provided eye care to more than 1.6 million people living in extreme poverty, including more than 65,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Additionally, Unite For Sight's Global Health University and Global Impact Corps programs develop and nurture the next generation of global health leaders. Unite For Sight also coordinates an annual Global Health & Innovation Conference, which convenes 2,200 participants and is the world's largest global health and social entrepreneurship conference.
A visionary leader and social entrepreneur, Jennifer Staple-Clark has been featured twice in Nicholas D. Kristof's columns in The New York Times. She was also featured weekly on CNN International in 2007 and 2008. A cum laude graduate of Yale University, Jennifer frequently gives presentations and keynote addresses about social entrepreneurship, global health, and international development. Her most recent audiences have included Harvard School of Public Health, Yale Law School, Yale College, Yale School of Public Health, Duke University, Villanova University, University of Virginia, Stanford University, York University, University of Miami School of Medicine, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University, Lehigh University, MIT, Northwestern University School of Medicine's American Medical Student Association Conference, Brigham Young University's Global Maternal and Child Health Conference, and American Academy of Ophthalmology's Women in Ophthalmology Leadership Institute.
Jennifer is the recipient of the 2011 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government to "an individual whose contributions in the realm of community service, advocacy or grassroots activism have elevated the debate or changed the landscape with respect to a public issue or issues." In 2013, she received the Praxis Award in Professional Ethics from Villanova University. Jennifer also received the American Institute of Public Service's 2009 National Jefferson Award For Public Service, which is regarded as the "Nobel Prize" for public service. In 2007, Jennifer was awarded a BRICK Award, which honors and funds change-makers who identify problems and work to change the world. She has also been featured in the book Our Time is Now: Young People Changing the World, as well as in many other publications. She is the author of journal articles and book chapters about social entrepreneurship, best practices in global health, and community eye health. Additionally, Jennifer is a member of the Yale University President's Council on International Activities. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and their son.
Eric J. Bertrand
Eric Bertrand has served on the Boards of OptiCare Health Systems, U.S. Vision, Control F-1 and Versura, Inc. Currently with EJB Capital Management, he holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Entrepreneurship with a certificate in the Digital Economy from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant College.
Sachin Jain holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MD from Rush Medical College, where he had founded a Unite For Sight chapter as a student. He is currently an attending hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. From surveying the homeless in inner-city Chicago about barriers to health care to developing a cataract surgery program in rural Tanzania, Sachin Jain has worked internationally to increase access to health services and strengthen health care infrastructure in resource-poor populations. Sachin received an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and a Health Award by the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group for his contributions to public health and work with underserved populations.
Yasha Modi holds an MD from Yale University School of Medicine, and he received his Bachelor's Degree from New York University. Currently an ophthalmology resident at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Yasha became involved with Unite For Sight when he founded a UFS chapter as an undergraduate at New York University. Yasha's interest in ophthalmology began at the LRBT Free Eye Hospital in Korangi, Pakistan, where he spent two of his high school spring breaks as a volunteer observing cataract surgeries and comprehensive eye exams. He also conducted research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he used NMR resolution techniques to elucidate unusual DNA-quadruplex structures in solution. Since then, he has published his findings in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Molecular Biology. He has also pursued research in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery/Cell Biology at New York University Medical Center, where he studied the MAP Kinase intracellular pathway in balloon-injured arteries in a dog model.
Julia Nemiroff holds an MD from New York University School of Medicine and is completing her ophthalmology residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), where she majored in biology. Julia's grandmother is blind due to macular degeneration that went untreated in Russia. Julia's passion and commitment to eliminate preventable blindness led her to found a chapter of Unite For Sight as a senior at NYIT. Under her leadership, the NYIT chapter was recognized as the 2006-2007 Unite For Sight Chapter of the Year, and Julia was honored as the Unite For Sight Chapter Leader of the Year. The NYIT chapter also raised the most money of all university chapters in 2007 and was awarded Unite For Sight's Humanitarian Service Award.