San Diego Chapter

Contact Info

Ryan Shipley, Manager, Chapter Engagement

+1 (385) 343-5724


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
Ryan Shipley 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

Ryan Shipley

Manager, Chapter Engagement

+1 (385) 343-5724

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 Chapter Social - December, 2023
San Diego Holiday Social 2023
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