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Keeping Floridians In Sight Since 1957

Our Mission: To Prevent Blindness and Preserve Sight

Prevent Blindness Florida, an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, was established in 1957 and is the state's leading sight-saving organization. Since our inception, we have provided services including:

  • vision screening for children
  • glaucoma screening for at-risk adults
  • standardized training in recognizing potential vision problems
  • certification through the nation's only volunteer vision screening program
  • coordination of a community eye care network of ophthalmologists and optometrists who provide free exams
  • distribution of vouchers for free exams and glasses provided by our corporate sponsors
  • public information about eye health and safety, including workplace and fireworks safety

Board of Governors Leads Effort To Save Sight

The Prevent Blindness Florida Board of Governors represents various professions and communities across the state. We cannot fully express our appreciation to these dedicated volunteer leaders for their efforts to keep Floridians in Sight!

Board of Governors

Chairman, Richard L. Sanchez
Vice Chairman, Robert J. Meyering
Vice Chairman, Kevin Bakewell
Vice Chairman, Gary Woodrell
Secretary, Patrick J. McNamara
Treasurer, David H. Dunbar
Immediate Past Chairman, Thomas M. Riedhammer, Ph.D.

Kevin Bakewell
Senior VP of Public & Government Relations
AAA Auto Club South
Tampa, Florida

John Blexrud
Market Soundings, Inc.
Maitland, FL

Brett H. Craig
Chief Operating Officer
Transitions Optical, Inc.
Pinellas Park, FL

R. Michael Daley
R. Michael Daley
Essilor Lenses
Dallas, TX 75234

David H. Dunbar
Chief Financial Officer
For Eyes
Hialeah, FL

Herb Goetschius
President & COO
McNichols Company
Tampa, FL

Charles Gowan
Central Bureau Chief, Div of Driver Licenses,
Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles,
State of Florida
Winter Park, FL

Roy N. Hellwege
President & CEO
Bank of Florida, Tampa Bay
Tampa, FL

Patrick J. McNamara
Attorney, de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.
Tampa, FL 33602

Robert J. Meyering
Vice President, Marketing Proprietary & MultiSource
Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals
Tampa, FL

Isabel S. Norton
Norton Family Partnership
Sarasota, FL

Thomas M. Riedhammer, Ph.D.
Brandon, FL

Richard L. Sanchez
CEO, President, Advantica Eye Care
Clearwater, FL

Stephen Schwartz, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Naples, FL

Willie C. Tims, Jr.
Assistant Vice President
Health and Safety
Mosaic Fertilizer LLC
Mulberry, FL

Holly B. Tomlin
Tomlin Tested Staffing, Inc.
Tampa, FL

Thomas E. Torgersen
AIA Benefits
St. Petersburg

John B. Wachter, Jr., O.D.
Eye Associates of Pinellas
Pinellas Park, FL

Gary Woodrell
Vice President, Refractive Manufacturing Operations
Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Orlando, FL


Jay Tobin, CFRE, President and CEO

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