Staff


Victoria M. Sheffield
President & CEO
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mike-1Victoria Sheffield has 46 years experience as a recognized leader in ophthalmology and international blindness prevention. After service as a Viet Nam era veteran in the US Air Force Medical Corps, she trained as a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist at the Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, DC. Ms. Sheffield joined IEF in 1979 as Assistant Director for Paramedical Training Programs living and working in Kenya for three years. In 1984, she joined Helen Keller International as Director of Technical, Educational, and Scientific Services where she consulted with the WHO’s “Programme for Prevention of Blindness” and worked closely with UNICEF during the drought and famine in Ethiopia and Sudan in 1985/1986 battling vitamin A deficiency and trachoma. Ms. Sheffield returned to IEF as President & CEO in 1990. She lectures at US and UK universities, and has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and presentations. She is the Vice President of the International Agenhttp://iefusa.org/wp-admin/nav-menus.phpcy for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) 2016, and has held leadership positions within IAPB, VISION2020/USA, InterAction, AAO committees, the IPOSC Advisory Board, and the Board of the St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital. Her numerous awards and citations include an AAO Senior Achievement Award in 2014, an AAO “Secretariat Award” in 2013, the 2010 “Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Saud Prevention of Blindness Award” from MEACO, and an AAO “Achievement Award” in 1999. She is an Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in the UK, DACOR – An Organization of Foreign Service Professionals, and is an Honorary Member of the Union of Bulgarian Ophthalmologists and the Albanian Society of Ophthalmology. She has professional experience in 42 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.


John Barrows, MPH
Vice President for Programs
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mike-1John Barrows began his public health career as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi from 1981 to 1984 working in primary health care and environmental sanitation. He then joined Save the Children Federation/Malawi as the Health and Nutrition Coordinator for a health and development program for nearly three years. After earning his Master of Public Health degree from Boston University in 1989, Mr. Barrows joined IEF as its first Child Survival/Vitamin A Coordinator. He developed and managed IEF’s nutrition and child survival programs in Central America and Africa. Mr. Barrows was appointed Vice President for Programs in 1993 and oversees all programs including Onchocerciasis Control, Childhood Blindness, and IEF’s sustainability and SightReach Surgical® programs. Mr. Barrows has served on the Board of the Child Survival Collaborations and Resource Group (CORE), and is actively involved in Working Groups on Monitoring and Evaluation, Quality Assurance, and Cataract. He has co-authored several articles and presentations at conferences and university training programs. In 2001, he received a Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association/National Capital Area and an IAPB Regional Achievement Award in 2012. Mr. Barrows has professional experience in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.


Robert Middlebrooks
Director of Finance & Administration
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mike-1Robert Middlebrooks joined the International Eye Foundation (IEF) as its Director of Finance & Administration on 15 August 2016. Robert has more than 18 years’ experience in financial management and has a BBA from Texas Christian University. He began his career in telecommunications as a Finance Analyst. After two years, he became a consultant with Arthur Anderson, and a year later, he began his independent consulting career which moved him to the East Coast. After contracting with Capital One and The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Robert moved on to Washington, DC to begin his Federal government consulting. After six years, he left government consulting to begin consulting with non-profits in the DC area. Robert will take over the financial affairs of the organization, manage investments, modernize operations, and control all budgetary matters relating to programs, US government agreements, and HR administration.


Raheem Rahmathullah
Director of Sustainability Initiatives
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mike-1Raheem Rahmathullah joined the IEF in 2000 directly from the Aravind Eye Care System in India where he independently managed several of the Aravind eye hospitals focusing on high volume cataract surgery. He served as research coordinator on a number of clinical trials and population based prevalence studies on vitamin A supplementation, evaluation of quality of life and IOL acceptance, measurement of visual function and quality of life in patients with cataract, and eye banking. Mr. Rahmathullah was part of the team evaluating the Government of India’s World Bank-funded National Eye Care Program, and contributed his expertise to the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), leading hospital change at more than seven eye hospitals throughout India. Mr. Rahmathullah received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1991 from Osmania University in India followed by a Certificate in Community Eye Health in 1993 from the ICEH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. As IEF’s Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Mr. Rahmathullah travels extensively providing one-on-one management expertise to IEF expanding network of eye hospitals in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. He has co-authored scientific articles and presents on the concepts and practice of sustainability at international conferences. Mr. Rahmathullah has professional experience in over 25 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.


Larry Pate
Director SightReach Surgical
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mike-1Larry Pate joined IEF as Director of SightReach Surgical®. He has 20 years extensive experience in the ophthalmic and optometric healthcare sectors including over 10 years in the retail healthcare sector. While earning his degree in biological science from Hampton University and a certificate in Computer and Information Science from ECPI University’s College of Technology, both in Virginia, Larry worked as an optician for six years. He then joined the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Care Systems in Richmond, Virginia where, as a Certified Ophthalmic Technician, he served as the lead technical and surgical coordinator at the Medical College of Virginia. Larry enjoyed lecturing to medical students and incoming ophthalmology residents on the use of ophthalmic equipment.


Calvin Baerveldt
Public Affairs Officer
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mike-1In 1994, Calvin joined IEF as Public Affairs Officer. His prior experience included 10 years in non-profit management with the US Junior Chamber of Commerce and the American Cancer Society. Calvin coordinates IEF’s direct mail fundraising program, manages special events such as the Eye Ball, wine tastings and receptions, maintains IEF’s website, and handles public relations.


Teresa Pinzon
Administrative Assistant
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mike-1A native of Colombia, Teresa has worked with IEF since 2002 coming to us from the National Maritime Union. A Certified Medical Assistant, Teresa supports the administrative and public affairs staff. She manages donor records and is a key person supporting IEF’s fundraising events.