Cleveland Chapter

Contact Info

Ethan Parker, Community Manager, Great Lakes Territory

The Strength of the Foundation is Through Our Communities

The Foundation Fighting Blindness Chapter network brings people together across the country to join in fighting blinding retinal diseases. Our family of volunteers and leaders stand up for those impacted by blinding diseases. From day one, they share the latest research and advancements, and provide access to local resources to guide individuals through their personal journey. And together, they celebrate the Foundation’s mission.

We are winning thanks to the dedication of our Chapters focusing on three key areas: education, resources, and revenue. Through informative sessions, Foundation staff, community, and national experts provide research information, low vision resources, and outreach to our local retinal specialists and eye care professionals. To continue accelerating our mission, each community is invited to be a stakeholder by participating in our fundraising events.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness Chapter Vision

Our vision is to bring a community together to end blinding diseases.

Cleveland Chapter Leadership

Name Role
Paula Dubecky Chapter President
Jenna Olson Vice President
Sandy Krems Resource Chair
Mike Garlow Education Chair
Antoinette Morrison Revenue Chair
Gagan Kalra Accessibility, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Chair

Foundation Contact

Ethan Parker

Community Manager, Great Lakes Territory

Cleveland Chapter Speaker Series – October 9, 2021

Below is a recording from our recent Cleveland Chapter Speaker Series which included the following featured presentations:

  • Finding a Cure for Blinding Diseases. An inside look
    Speaker: Bela Anand-Apte, M.D., Ph.D. from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation

  • Free audio book services for individuals with vision impairments
    Speaker: Kenneth Redd, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled

  • Connection between Lions Club and the Foundation
    Speaker: John Naples, Parma Hills Lions

Additional Resources

  • Find a Doctor Who Sees Patients with Inherited Retinal Diseases
  • Learn more about Raising our Sights Do-It-Yourself Events