Our People

Board of Directors

Board President
Norman J. Kleiman, PhD is Director of the Eye Radiation & Environmental Research Laboratory (ERERL) at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University in New York and is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of ionizing radiation on the eye.

Board Secretary
Gaby Kressly spent over 30 years as Administrator, Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine.  Director Facilities, Planning & Logistics, University of Miami School of Medicine Hospital & Clinics.

Board Treasurer
Frederick Moss, CPA runs Marshall & Moss, an accounting firm providing auditing, accounting and administration services to clients in the private and nonprofit sectors.

Elaine C. Hall, PhD is the only totally blind woman to work in the field of vision research. She is a past recipient of FFS Summer Student and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards.

Randy H. Kardon, MD, PhD is Professor and Director of Neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinic in Iowa City, Iowa. He has provided many years of service to FFS as its Scientific Director overseeing the grants program.

John M. LaSpina is president of Maple Family Centers, a Long Island-based, family-owned chain of bowling centers.
John’s involvement with FFS spans five decades, beginning as a volunteer while in high school, working with our founder, Mildred Weisenfeld.

Anne Marie Prevost is an attorney with Sidley, Austin, LLP, in New York City, advising on SEC and State securities compliance issues.

Joel S. Schuman, MD is Chair of Ophthalmology for the NYU Langone Medical Center. He and his colleagues invented optical coherence tomography, a non-contact, non-invasive high-resolution in vivo imaging device now standard of care for clinical use worldwide for the diagnosis and management of eye disease.

Alec G. Silverstein is a graduate of Columbia University and works in quantitative finance at Goldman Sachs. Alec joins FFS after previous involvement with EYEsee, an organization that supplies corrective eye glasses to impoverished communities throughout the world.

Gail Mosler Singer has always been involved in community and philanthropy. Her passion for Fight for Sight came early in life as her aunt, Mildred Weisenfeld, had founded the organization. Gail is also on the board of the Young Scholars Charter School and Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Staff

Executive Director
Arthur Makar has spent over a quarter century in the nonprofit sector as both a chief executive officer and fundraiser, including past development positions with New England College of Optometry and Schepens Eye Research Institute.

Associate Director
Janice Benson has direct responsibility for grants administration. She has worked at FFS since 1993, when she was hired by FFS founder Mildred Weisenfeld.

Development Officer
Jean Son oversees fundraising and marketing. She joins FFS with nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector.