Houston Chapter

Contact Info

Juliana Gaona, Chapter Engagement Manager, Southwest



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.

Houston Chapter Leadership

Name Role
Julie Gaona Chapter Engagement Manager
Julie Sherber Chapter President
MaryKathyrn LeMaster  Vice President
Kyle Ray Resource Chair
Mo Salama & Abi Santhanam Co-Education Chairs
Kylie Dalager Accessibility, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Chair

Foundation Contact

Juliana Gaona

Chapter Engagement Manager, Southwest

Chapter Events

Jun 17, 2023 (EDT)

National Chapters Vision Webinar – Cell Based Therapies

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is presenting a free, national webinar on cell-based therapies. The event will include an introduction to cell-based therapies provided by Ben Shaberman, the Foundation’s vice president of science communications, as well as presentations by featured speakers. 


Additional Resources

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