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IEF Governance and Stability

An active volunteer Board of Directors meets at least four times per year. An external auditing firm conducts annual audits including an annual OMB audit when required.

Permanent and contract staff in professional and administrative positions are employed at headquarters and in the field. Partner eye care institutions in developing countries implement IEF supported programs.

IEF’s diverse funding support includes public, private, foundation and corporate grants; investment income, direct mail and annual fund campaigns, events, and United Way and CFC.

In “official relations” with the World Health Organization since 1985, IEF works with ministries of health; international and national non-governmental organizations (NGO), and eye hospitals in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Honorary Board

His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah al-Faisal al Saud, Venture Capitalist
Her Majesty Queen Noor, Philanthropist
Bruce E. Spivey, MD, President, International Council of Ophthalmology
Senator Chris Van Hollen, 8th District, Maryland

Governing Board

Chair: William J. Madden, JD, Attorney, retired 
Vice Chair: Allen E. Beach, Fiscal Director and Assistant Secretary, National Cotton Council, retired
Treasurer: Ann M. Hilpert, CPA, CGMA, Chief Financial Officer, MGAC, Washington, DC 
Secretary: Kathryn D. Leckey, JD, Attorney, McGee Law Firm PLLC
Senior Medical Director: Frank S. Ashburn, Jr. MD, Ophthalmologist, Eye Associates of Washington, DC


Nadia Madelaine Biassou, Ph.D., MD, Neuro-radiologist, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Claude L. Cowan, Jr., MD, Ophthalmologist, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, George Washington University

Medical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, and Chief of Ophthalmology, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington DC

Paul T. Gavaris, MD, Ophthalmologist, Eye Associates of Washington, DC, Washington, D.C.

Ralph J. Helmsen, Ph.D., Biochemist, National Eye Institute Researcher, retired

Parijat Jain, MS, Ph.D., MBA, Associate Director, Program/Project Business Management, Biomedia, Lonza Walkersville, Inc.,

 Walkersvile, MD

Frances R. Pierce, Information Technology, Chairman, President & CEO, Data Systems Analysts, Inc., Pennsylvania

Mark C. Ruchman, MD, Ophthalmologist, Oculofacial Associates of Connecticut, LLC; Chief Medical Officer, Envolve Vision

Larry Schwab, MD, Ophthalmologist, Regional Eye Associates, West Virginia



Legal Counsel

Thomas H. Price, III, JD, Attorney, Thomas H. Price, III, PA

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