Unite For Sight's Global Team


Core Management Team

Jennifer Staple-Clark (jstaple@uniteforsight.org)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Location: Unite For Sight Headquarters (New Haven, Connecticut)

In 2000, Jennifer Staple-Clark, then a sophomore at Yale University, founded Unite For Sight in her dorm room. Unite For Sight is now a leader both in global health education and in providing cost-effective care to the world's poorest people. She 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.

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.

Jennifer is the author of journal articles and book chapters about social entrepreneurship, best practices in global health, and community eye health. Additionally, she serves as a judge in social entrepreneurship competitions, including the Canadian Government's Grand Challenges in Health. A cum laude graduate of Yale University, Jennifer is also a member of the Yale University President's Council on International Activities, and on the Operating Board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Jennifer frequently gives presentations and keynote addresses about social entrepreneurship and global health.

 

Lanch McCormick (lmccormick@uniteforsight.org)
Executive Director

Location: Unite For Sight Headquarters (New Haven, Connecticut)

Lanch McCormick directs Unite For Sight's global health education and healthcare delivery divisions. Prior to Unite For Sight, she worked for 15 years in higher education, including as Associate Director of Yale University's Undergraduate Career Services and Assistant Director of Yale's Association of Yale Alumni. Lanch has extensive program management, international, and student advising experience. She was involved with Yale's International Bulldogs Internships since the program's inception, and she also focused at Yale University on student advising, career exploration programming, and alumni relations. While Associate Director of Yale’s Undergraduate Career Services (UCS), Lanch was instrumental in developing a collaboration nine years ago between UCS and Unite For Sight that continues to provide funding to Yale students to participate with Unite For Sight’s international programs.

 

 

Tiffany Aquino (taquino@uniteforsight.org)
Associate Director

Location: Unite For Sight Headquarters (New Haven, Connecticut)

As Unite for Sight’s Associate Director, Tiffany Aquino manages and implements initiatives in each of Unite For Sight’s program divisions. As the manager of Unite For Sight's Global Health & Innovation Conference and Global Health University, she directs Unite For Sight's initiatives to advance education about global health. Additionally, she works with and trains Unite For Sight's Global Impact Fellows, who are the next generation of leaders in global health. Tiffany also manages Unite For Sight's research division, which yields public health publications in peer-reviewed journals.

With a passion for global health and social entrepreneurship, Tiffany has over nine years of experience working with varying underserved populations in the US, East Africa and Latin America on health and social justice issues. Prior to joining Unite For Sight, Tiffany was awarded a Global Health Corps Fellowship, working with Partners in Health (Inshuti Mu Buzima) in Rwanda for one year as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. There, she was instrumental in building an organization-wide structure for effective data sharing to increase data use, cross-program collaboration and quality improvement initiatives, and she contributed to the design and implementation of a Research Seminar for Partners In Health and Ministry of Health staff.

Tiffany also spent extensive time in Nicaragua, where she volunteered with Acción Medica Cristiana, a local community health NGO in Nicaragua, and she worked alongside the community health workers in the Matagalpa region. In Nicaragua for her MPH thesis research, she also studied cultural appropriateness of health and development interventions in the communities she served. Her MPH thesis focused on the cultural implications that are often overlooked in “appropriate technology” interventions. Prior to her work in global health, Tiffany coordinated Psychiatric research studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and she co-authored several peer-reviewed publications on relapse prevention and pharmacogenomics for anxiety and depression. She holds an MPH from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Psychology summa cum laude from Drexel University.

 

Lila Kerr (ufs@uniteforsight.org)
Innovation Manager
Location: Unite For Sight Headquarters (New Haven, Connecticut)

As Unite For Sight’s Innovation Manager, Lila Kerr analyzes patient and research data, manages Unite For Sight’s university chapters, and leads Unite For Sight’s social media initiatives.  She received a BA in Sociology from Rice University, where she also studied in the university’s Beyond Traditional Borders global health technology program.  Previously, Lila completed internships with clinics in Botswana and Ecuador. 

 

 

 

James Clarke
Director of Ghana Programs
Ophthalmologist & Medical Advisory Board Member
Location: Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana

Dr. James Afful Clarke graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School with an MBChB. After a year of internship at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana, he worked as a General Practitioner and did a General Surgery Residency at the University of Saarland Medical Faculty, Germany, and thereafter practiced as a general surgeon in Ghana. In 1996, he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmology from the West African Postgraduate Medical College and has since been a practicing ophthalmologist. He also holds a Master's in Public Health (MPH), and he also has a Diploma in Community Health and Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Clarke has done clinical attachments at the University of Saarland Eye Clinic in Germany, Wake Forest Eye Center, Winston-Salem in North Carolina, and Wheaton Eye Clinic in Chicago. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He founded and directs Crystal Eye Clinic in Accra, Ghana, where he provides outreach services in eye care and performs various surgical procedures, including corneal transplantation. He is the only ophthalmologist providing corneal transplantation in Ghana. Dr. Clarke is also a member of Unite For Sight's Medical Advisory Board and leads Unite For Sight's programs in Ghana as Ghana Medical Director.

 

Seth Wanye
Ophthalmologist & Medical Advisory Board Member
Location: Friends Eye Centre, Ghana

Dr. Seth Wanye is an ophthalmologist at Friends Eye Centre in Kumasi, Ghana, and a member of Unite For Sight's Medical Advisory Board. Since 2004, he was the only ophthalmologist for more than 2 million people in the Northern Region of Ghana. Born in Ghana, he started his medical education in Kharkov Medical School (Ukraine) and received his medical degree at Ulianovsk State University (Russia) in June 1997. From September 1997 -2000, he completed his internship and Master of Surgery (Ophthalmology) in Moscow Medical Academy and completed his PhD in Ophthalmology at the Russian Academy for Advanced Medical Training in 2002. He subsequently worked with SDA Hospital at Asamang near Kumasi and at Komfo Anoyke Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. In May 2004, Dr. Wanye became the Regional Ophthalmologist and Coordinator for the Trachoma Control Program for Northern Region, Ghana. He is also a part-time lecturer at the University for Development Studies in Tamale. Dr. Wanye is an international member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and recently participated in a fellowship program in cornea transplantation at the Kentucky Lions Eye Center and the Kentucky Lions Eye Bank in Louisville. He has also participated in educational programs at Wake Forest University Department of Ophthalmology and at the Ophthalmology Department of Yale University.


Assisting Team and Professional Services

Patton Boggs, LLP
Legal Counsel
Location: New York City, New York

Technolutions, Inc.
Technology Development and Management
Location: New Haven, Connecticut

Global Health Leadership Interns
Location: Unite For Sight Headquarters (New Haven, Connecticut)

Campus Representatives
Location: University Campuses


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 both in global health education and in providing cost-effective care to the world's poorest people. A visionary leader and social entrepreneur, she 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.

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.

Jennifer is the author of journal articles and book chapters about social entrepreneurship, best practices in global health, and community eye health. Additionally, she serves as a judge in social entrepreneurship competitions, including the Canadian Government's Grand Challenges in Health. A cum laude graduate of Yale University, Jennifer is also a member of the Yale University President's Council on International Activities.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Natasha Rabinowitz

Natasha Rabinowitz holds an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and a BA in Biology and English from Mount Holyoke College. Before joining the Board of Directors, Natasha served as a Global Health Leadership Intern at Unite For Sight's headquarters in New Haven and as a volunteer for many years at Unite For Sight's annual Global Health & Innovation Conference. From working in translational clinical research in emergency medicine to consulting on women’s health and development programs, she has a passion for health care in underserved populations and eliminating barriers to health.  She is currently a student at the University of Washington where she has continued her passion for healthcare through serving on the Board of Education Transforming Community Health (ETCH). Additionally, she currently works as a Management Strategies in Public Health Teaching Instructor with MPH students.


Medical Advisory Board

Dimitri Azar
Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Ophthalmology

James Clarke
Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana

Peter Egbert
Stanford Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology; Director, Stanford Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory; Director, Cataract Service, Stanford Department of Ophthalmology

Leon Herndon
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Duke Glaucoma Service

Robert Ritch
Shelley and Steven Einhorn Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology; Chief, Glaucoma Service; Surgeon Director, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY; Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY; Medical Director and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board, The Glaucoma Foundation; Member, Advisory Committee to the International Council of Ophthalmology

Kuldev Singh
Professor of Ophthalmology, Stanford University

Geoffrey Tabin
Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Director of Division of International Ophthalmology, John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah; Co-Founder and Co-Director of Himalayan Cataract Project

Shachar Tauber
Director of Ophthalmology Research Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry, St. John's Hospital and Clinics

Seth Wanye
Ophthalmologist, Friends Eye Centre, Ghana


Partner Eye Clinics

Ghana

  • Charity Eye Clinic
  • Crystal Eye Clinic
  • Friends Eye Centre
  • Saint Thomas Eye Center (formerly North Western Eye Center)
  • Save The Nation's Sight Clinic

Honduras

  • ZOE Eye Clinic

India

  • AB Eye Institute
  • Kalinga Eye Hospital
  • Pranav Eye Foundation


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