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Victoria Sheffield has 45 years experience in ophthalmology and international blindness prevention. She was certified as an Ophthalmic Medical Technologist after graduating from the two-year training program at the Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, DC. A Viet Nam era veteran, US Air Force Medical Corps (1966 -1971), she served in the Philippines and Italy. Ms. Sheffield was appointed Assistant Director for Paramedical Training Programs at the International Eye Foundation in 1979. She lived in Kenya working with IEF’s “Kenya Rural Blindness Prevention Project” 1980-1983 with follow on assignments in the Middle East and Caribbean. In 1984, she joined Helen Keller International as Director of Technical, Educational, and Scientific Services providing training, conducting surveys, and designing materials with a focus on vitamin A deficiency in Asia and Africa. Ms. Sheffield worked closely with UNICEF during the drought and famine in Ethiopia and Sudan in 1985 and 1986, battling vitamin A deficiency and trachoma. She returned to IEF as President & CEO in 1990. Ms. Sheffield is a recognized leader in the field of blindness prevention; consulted with the World Health Organization’s "Programme for Prevention of Blindness" 1985-1987 in Geneva designing and producing public eye health education materials.

She lectures at US and UK universities and has presented at the Royal Society of Medicine in London; authored 25 articles, 4 book chapters, 59 presentations at professional conferences, and served as technical reviewer on 7 publications. Ms. Sheffield is Vice President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) 2015-2020; Co-Chaired the IAPB North America Region (1999-2012); Chaired the IAPB "Partnership Committee” in collaboration with WHO 1993-1998; member of the Executive Committee (founding Vice Chair 2009-2010) of VISION 2020/USA; consultant to the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Global Outreach & Education Committee; and was an officer of InterAction, a US-based consortium of over 160 international NGOs. In October 2013, she was appointed Vice Chair of the newly formed International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council’s Advisory Board.

Ms. Sheffield was given the rank of Dame by HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, served on the Hospital’s Board of Trustees 2009-2015 chairing the Strategy Committee and serving on the Clinical Governance Committee, and serves on the US Chapter (Board) 2015-2018 serving on the Development, Finance, & Investiture Committees. She received an AAO Senior Achievement Award-2014, AAO Secretariat Award-2013, 2010 “Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Saud Prevention of Blindness Award” from the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology, AAO Achievement Award-1999, IAPB Regional Achievement Award-1998, and 1990 Statesmanship Award from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. Ms. Sheffield served on the United Nations Association/National Capital Area Board receiving its Human Rights Award in 1998. She is an Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine-UK, DACOR-An Organization of Foreign Service Professionals, and an Honorary Member of the Union of Bulgarian Ophthalmologists and the Albanian Society of Ophthalmology. Ms. Sheffield has traveled to 105 countries, lived in five countries on four continents, and has professional experience in 44 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
John Barrows, Vice President for Programs has 35 years professional experience in 32 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Immediately after college, Mr. Barrows served as the Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Coalition for Barrier Free Living to establish the Houston Center for Independent Living Project, in Houston Texas from 1979-1980.

John Barrows began his public health career as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, 1981-1984, working on a UNICEF sponsored primary health care and environmental sanitation program. He then joined Save the Children Federation/Malawi as the Health and Nutrition Coordinator and developed a health and development program and initiated SCF’s first USAID funded Child Survival program for nearly three years. After earning his Master of Public Health from Boston University in 1989, Mr. Barrows joined the International Eye Foundation (IEF) as its first Child Survival/Vitamin A Coordinator. He developed and managed IEF’s nutrition and child survival programs in Latin America and Africa. Mr. Barrows was appointed Director of Programs in 1993 and later Vice President, Programs in 2012 and currently manages or oversees all programs including Onchocerciasis Control, Childhood Blindness, IEF’s SightReach® Management program (sustainability planning for eye hospitals and clinics), and SightReach Surgical® (social enterprise). Mr. Barrows contributes working groups on Monitoring and Evaluation, Quality Assurance, Cataract, and Human Resources for Eye Health. He has co-authored 10 articles and one book chapter on vitamin A, nutrition and prevention of blindness, and has multiple presentations on organizational and financial sustainability of eye care programs at international conferences and training programs. In 2001, he received a Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association/National Capital Area, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, North America Regional Award in 2012.
Robert Middlebrooks, Chief Financial Officer joined the International Eye Foundation (IEF) as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 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 joined IEF in 2000 directly from the Aravind Eye Care System in India where he managed several of the Aravind Eye Hospitals focusing on high volume cataract surgery for over 10 years. He served as research coordinator on clinical trials and population based prevalence studies on vitamin A supplementation, evaluation of quality of life and Intraocular Lens (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 expertise to the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) leading hospital change initiatives at hospitals throughout India. Before joining IEF, he established and administered the Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank in Madurai building it into one of the world’s largest eye banks on the continent. 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 International Center for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. Numerous short courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and health management, as well as eye banking at the International Federation of Eye Banks’ International Eye Bank in Prague, Czech Republic have broadened his expertise and experience. As IEF’s Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Mr. Rahmathullah travels extensively providing one-on-one management expertise to IEF’s network of 55 eye hospitals in 22 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. He has co-authored 10 scientific articles, one book chapter, and has presented on the concepts and practice of sustainability at several international meetings. Mr. Rahmathullah received the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Eye Health Leader Award in 2014. He speaks English as well as Hindi and Tamil.

Pooja Doshi, Program Manager joined IEF as a Program Manager on 16 October, 2017. She is a recent graduate from the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program from the University of Maryland and also attended Georgetown’s Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Training program in Washington D.C. She served as an intern with IEF since July 2016 working with John Barrows to conduct an internal inventory and review of the 55 eye hospitals in 22 countries that IEF has assisted to measure IEF’s impact over the past 16 years since we established the SightReach® Management sustainability program. She is interested in applying for the Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) degree at Johns Hopkins University in the Fall of 2019.
Teresa Pinzon, Office Manager A 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.
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