San Diego Chapter

Contact Info

Nathan Clookie, Director, Chapter Engagement, West


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.

San Diego Chapter Leadership

Name Role
Randy Wechter Chapter President
Raquel Alim Vice President
Nathan Clookie Chapter Engagement Manager
Scott Soady, Lori Meyers and Mike Meyers  Resource Chairs
Robin McCoy Education Chair
OPEN Revenue Chair 
OPEN A.I.D.E. Chair 
Frank and Debbie DeSilva Membership Chair 

Foundation Contact

Nathan Clookie

Director, Chapter Engagement, West

Chapter Events

  • Oct 22, 2023

    San Diego Visionwalk

    Since its inception in the Spring of 2006, VisionWalk has raised over $63 million to fund sight-saving research. As promising treatments move into critical human studies, the need for research funding is greater than ever. Join the tens of thousands of people who have taken important steps toward a cure by participating in VisionWalk. Register today!

  • Dec 2, 2023

    San Diego Chapter Speaker Series

    SAVE THE DATE - Join the San Diego Chapter on Saturday, December 2nd for next Speaker Series. Enjoy an opportunity to connect with others in the low vision community and learn the latest research and clinical trial updates.

  • Dec 16, 2023

    San Diego Chapter Social

    Join the San Diego Chapter on Saturday, December 16th for our monthly networking social!


Past Events

The San Diego Chapter hosts many activities from social activities, to education seminars, and fundraising events. If you’d like to join us for our next event, contact us at

San Diego VisionWalk Kickoff - September 9, 2023
World Para Athletics Championships – July 2023

San Diego Chapter member, Isaac Jean Paul, recently took home the gold medal in the men's long jump event at the World Para Athletics Championships held in Paris, France in July 2023

San Diego Chapter Gathering
Bowling Social – February 25, 2023


Speaker Series – June 3, 2023


Additional Resources

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