Eastern Michigan

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.

Eastern Michigan Chapter Leadership

Name Role
Ashley Weslock Chapter President
Deandrea Valverde Vice President
Luke Yaldo Education Chair
Sue Chappel Revenue Chair
Jane Brewer Diversity & Inclusion Chair

Foundation Chapter Contact

Ethan Parker

Community Manager, Great Lakes Territory

Eastern Michigan Chapter Speaker Series – November 12, 2021

Featured presentations:

  • IRD’s and Stem Cells
    Speaker: Abigail Teich Fahim, MD, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Kellogg Eye Center University of Michigan
  • Services available to those with visual impairments at Ann Arbor District Library
    Speaker: Katie Monkiewicz, Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled
  • Low vision services at Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
    Speaker: William Purves, Director of Planning & Program Development, Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

Additional Resources

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