Officers

Give Me Sight Foundation John Haines

Dr. Haines, Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Founder & President
Give Me Sight Foundation

For the last 25 years, Dr. Haines has passionately donated his time, energy, and expertise as an ophthalmologist by undertaking cataract removal missions in developing countries. For all those years, Dr. Haines has supported his missions at his own personal expense. After continued requests by patients to him in carrying out his missions, Dr. Haines and his wife, Joy, founded the Give Me Sight Foundation in 2012. The Foundation’s primary goal is to provide medical equipment and training to expand the gift of sight to the cataract blind, worldwide.

Dr. Haines specializes in LASIK refractive surgery, no-stich cataract surgery and lens implantation. He also treats diseases of the eye, such as glaucoma and eye conditions due to diabetes. Dr. Haines is dedicated to continuing medical education and often speaks at conferences on such topics as ocular genetics, refractive surgery, and neuro-ophthalmology. He has published numerous papers in ophthalmology journals and other health forums.

When Dr. Haines has the opportunity, you can find him wondering around a guitar shop or practicing his music – whether it is for the next “Night for Sight”, in support of his foundation’s mission, or just for his own musical growth.

“The overwhelming joy of watching someone see their family and loved ones for the first time – sometimes in decades – underscores the importance of our missions. We are honored by the faith and trust placed in our hands by these beautiful people.” – Dr. John Haines

 

Joy1Joy Haines, R.N.
Co-Founder, Vice Chair, & Treasurer
Give Me Sight Foundation

Joy Haines and her husband founded the Give Me Sight Foundation in 2012. As a R.N. working in surgical specialties in California and Oregon for 30 + years, she takes a hands-on approach to the GMSF’s medical missions. Her extensive travels throughout Asia have given her a deep understanding of the plight of those served by the work of the Foundation. Joy’s business degree from NWCU aids in the governance and stewardship of the GMSF. She collaborates closely with the other trustees to engage the community and promote the GMSF’s mission, both here and abroad. Joy is passionate about reaching out to the families being served during the medical missions. She believes that respecting other cultures begins with understanding their richly lived traditions. Joy is committed to continuing the invaluable work of the Foundation and bringing awareness of the approximately 35 million cataract blind worldwide to our community and beyond.

“The cataract blind are dependent on their families for survival.  Giving them the gift of sight not only helps the patient but removes the need for a caregiver. This has a twofold effect: The patient regains freedom and independence; the caregiver is freed to become a contributing member of the family.” – Joy Haines

 

Matt Classen, M.B.A.
Secretary, Trustee
Give Me Sight Foundation

Matt Classen is a business consultant specializing in creating organizational cultures of excellence. He was first hired by Dr. Haines to revitalize his private practices. As a part of that project, Matt agreed to deliver pro bono work to help build the Give Me Sight Foundation, as well as deliver a consistent and coherent communication strategy that would help attract and sustain community engagement.

Matt was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon. In 2001 he moved to the Netherlands to study for an MBA. After graduation, he found a position in corporate strategy and policy for Deutsche Telekom AG in Bonn, Germany. In 2007 he moved to Oslo, Norway to found his own consulting business providing services as diverse as innovation processes, business development, brand development, communication strategy and change management.

In November, 2014, Matt moved back to Eugene, Oregon to be closer to his family and to found a business consultancy. Matt is currently executive producing a documentary that will feature Dr. Haines’ 25th annual mission, this year to Thailand and Myanmar.

There is no higher honor than using one’s limited time on this planet than to serve the greater good. The Give Me Sight Foundation is a mechanism for exactly that, and I am privileged to be involved in helping to improve the quality of life for people I’ll never meet, the world over.” – Matt Classen

 

Maggie02Maggie Carlson, R.N.
Trustee
Give Me Sight Foundation

Maggie Carlson’s involvement with the Give Me Sight Foundation and its medical mission began in 2012. She has worked with GMSF founder, Dr. Haines, for over 20 years as a registered nurse.  As OR manager of the Oregon Eye Surgery Center’s operating room, Maggie’s organizational skills are put to optimal use while volunteering for the GMSF’s medical missions. Her tireless preparation of the missions allows for a seamless rollout on the surgical day, allowing more efficiency and thus maximizing the number of surgeries performed and sight restored. In addition to her work as a R.N., Maggie has been actively involved as a board member in several non-profit organizations. The GMSF annual fundraiser, “Night for Sight”, has greatly benefited from her continued experience in other non-profit fundraising. We are fortunate to have her on our board and are grateful for her many donated hours.

“Even though I have organized the trip before, each year I still am profoundly surprised when the mountains of generous medical donations come in from the community, our loyal patients, the ophthalmic companies and humanitarian organizations. They make it possible for us to provide quality, state of the art surgical services to the underserved in developing countries.” – Maggie Carlson

 

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Sabrina Toro, Phd
Trustee
Give Me Sight Foundation

Originally from Liège, Belgium, Sabrina has been involved with the Give Me Sight Foundation since the beginning of 2015. She first learned about Dr. Haines and his missions restoring vision to the cataract blind through the artists who have been participating in the annual GMSF fundraiser. The GMSF profits from her background as a researcher in biology with her painstaking attention to detail and her questioning nature. Sabrina’s valuable contribution to the Foundation includes coordinating the stage performances for the “Night for Sight” and her active and supportive board presence.

Sabrina has a PhD in Biology from the Université de Liège. She worked as a research associate at the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon and is currently a scientific curator at ZFIN (Zebrafish Model Organism Database) at the University of Oregon.

Involving our local musicians in Dr. Haines’ philanthropic fundraiser, ‘Night for Sight’, enriches our community and at the same time supports local artists and helps restore vision to the world’s cataract blind.” – Sabrina Toro

 

IMG_2115Holly Monnette
Trustee
Give Me Sight Foundation

Holly joined the Give Me Sight Foundation in 2015. She has an extensive background in corporate finance, having held a number of senior finance positions in the private and non-profit sector.  She is also passionate about community service and is proud to be part of the Give Me Sight Foundation’s team. Holly has a BS in Finance and Accounting from Miami University and a Masters in Marketing from George Washington University. Holly brings to the GMSF a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of philanthropy as the former executive director of the Jacobs Gallery.

It is a privilege to be involved with the Give Me Sight Foundation, an organization that shows how much we can accomplish as individuals when we support each other.”
 – Holly Monnette

 

Staff

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 9.10.46 PMSarah Weaver
Foundation Development
Give Me Sight Foundation

Sarah Weaver has dedicated most of her professional life to being involved in projects aimed at creating better communities. She began her career in community development nearly three decades ago as Public Relations Director for The European Union’s Second Programme to Combat Poverty. Subsequently she lived and worked in Germany for twenty years as a management consultant for non-profit agencies. She also provided leadership in assisting small to medium sized businesses to grow and flourish. During these years, Sarah became skilled at helping companies to survive in changing economies. With a B.A. from the University of Oregon and an M.A. from Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany, Sarah has a solid background in research and analysis, providing her with the basis for her work in non-profit development. Upon her return to Oregon from Germany, Sarah immediately sought and found opportunities to assist non-profit agencies. She became a board member of a local non-profit, while also serving as a volunteer for a local women’s shelter and for the Lane County Public Health Department.

“It is an honor to offer the skills I have acquired professionally to ongoing efforts to assist both national and international communities in need. Being a part of Dr. and Mrs. Haines’ medical mission—even in a small way—gives me a great sense of accomplishment. Their volunteer work to restore vision to the cataract blind is truly inspiring.” – Sarah Weaver