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The Essilor Vision Foundation
Empowering children to reach their full potential by giving them the ability to see clearly.

Our Focus

We strive to give children a brighter future by helping them see the world more clearly. We partner with communities to provide vision screenings, vision exams, and eyeglasses to underserved children at no cost to their families. We also work to educate parents and communities about the importance of vision and the role it plays in literacy, society, and the economy. Since 2007, the Essilor Vision Foundation has provided more than 1 million pairs of eyeglasses to individuals in need.

EVF’s Global Reach

It is estimated that over 2.5 billion people in the world suffer from vision problems that go uncorrected, and that 30% of the world’s children will experience vision problems that have a significant impact on their long-term health, school performance, and emotional and social development.

Essilor Vision Foundation U.S has affiliated locations across the globe, to help address each country/region with its unique vision needs and barriers to receiving vision care. These outreach programs aim to bring healthy vision to the most marginalized populations throughout the world, focusing in particular on children and women.


Board of Directors

BOB COLUCCI

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Robert (Bob) Colucci retired in 2017 after nearly 30 years with Essilor of America. He was named president of the Independent Distribution Division (IDD) in October 2004, and became the chairman of the Essilor Vision Foundation in January 2012.

MARTY BASSETT

MEMBER
Martin (Marty) Bassett has been involved in the optical industry for 30 years, working in the areas of finance, accounting, and operations. For the past 24 years he has served in a variety of positions with The Walman Optical Company, including his current role as President and CEO.

JAYANTH BHUVARGHAN

MEMBER
Jayanth Bhuvaraghan is Chief Corporate Mission Officer of Essilor International, the world leader in ophthalmic optics. He is responsible for raising global awareness of the importance of healthy vision and leading innovative initiatives to create sustainable vision care for all.

PATRICK ESQUERRÉ

MEMBER
Patrick Esquerré, the founder of La Madeleine Bakery and Café in Dallas, has been involved in a variety of nonprofit, community-based initiatives around the nation. He was a founding member of the Essilor Vision Foundation in 2007.

TONY FLEO

MEMBER
Tony Fleo is a proven leader in the area of organizational development, with 25 years of experience helping communities, organizations, and individuals with leadership development, effective communication, and establishing mission within a company, community, or family environment. He is currently the CEO of Social Venture Partners – Dallas.

RICK GADD

MEMBER
Rick Gadd is President of Essilor of America. Rick joined Essilor of America in 2011 as senior vice president of Key Accounts, a group he led until 2017 when he was named president of ECP Sales and Services.

SUSAN HOFF

MEMBER
Susan Hoff is the Chief Strategy, Impact & Operations Officer at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. She serves as a member of the advisory board of the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System, and is a past board chair of the Social Venture Partners Dallas and the Jr. League of Richardson.

DR. STEPHANIE JOHNSON-BROWN, O.D.

MEMBER
Dr. Stephanie Johnson-Brown is a currently practicing behavioral optometrist and co-owner of Plano Optometrics LTD, a group practice that has served Chicago and the surrounding area for nearly 60 years. She is the Executive Director of the Plano Child Development Center in Chicago, IL, and has been honored as one of Vision Mondays Most Influential Women in Optical.

DAVID MILAN

Secretary
David Milan joined Essilor of America in 2000 as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal. He has responsibility for the Essilor of America legal department, which provides internal legal services for all of the Essilor of America affiliated entities in the United States.

M. KATHLEEN MURPHY

MEMBER
M. Kathleen Murphy has been a volunteer for the National Center for Children’s Vision & Eye Health (NCCVEH) for more than 10 years. She has had an extensive career working on school and public health issues, particularly among underserved communities. She is also a member of the American Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association, and numerous other nursing societies.

KEVIN RUPP

MEMBER & TREASURER
Kevin Rupp joined Essilor of America in 2000 as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration. He was a founding member of the Essilor Vision Foundation in 2007. In his current role as Executive Vice President, he oversees international integration initiatives.

Essilor Vision Foundation Leadership

BECKY PALM

PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Becky joined Essilor Vision Foundation in December 2018 after nearly seven years as a senior lawyer on the Essilor of America legal team. In addition to her service on Essilor’s private foundation, Essilor Social Impact Fund, she has a long history of commitment, passion and contributions to leadership and charitable causes, including service on many nonprofit boards, such as the Dallas International School, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Texas Aggie Bar Association and Dallas Summer Musicals.

DAWN ALCORN

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Dawn Alcorn is responsible for leading the development and implementation of marketing and brand strategies for the Foundation. Her professional experience includes past employment within the CPG and nonprofit companies, including PetSmart Charities, Susan G. Komen, Showtime Networks, Pillsbury, and Nabisco.

JAYCI GIACCONE

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Jayci oversees the strategy and execution of fundraising and donor engagement for the Essilor Vision Foundation. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and previously served as a nonprofit fundraising consultant for Pursuant.

ANDREA HAYMORE

DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS
Andrea Haymore leads partnerships at Essilor Vision Foundation and has been with the organization since 2013. She works to develop resources and support vision nonprofits and charitable eye doctors to offset costs and extend their outreach. Andrea previously worked at the American Heart Association’s National Center.

MARINA PATINO

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, KIDS VISION FOR LIFE
Marina Patino joined Essilor Vision Foundation in 2007 as Program and Event Manager and was promoted to Assistant Director, Kids Vision for Life in January 2016. Over the past 19 years, Marina has worked with Essilor of America in various roles including Executive Assistant Supporting the CEO as well as Event and Meeting Planner in Marketing Services.

Soar With Us

To us, a paper airplane is more than just a piece of paper. It symbolizes a child’s ability to soar in life once they receive a new pair of glasses.
Join us and we’ll send you a “How to Fold a Paper Airplane” PDF.

Help A Child See Today

Together, we can help every child see the world clearly.
Your donation helps provide vision exams and eyeglasses to children in need.