Dr. Donghae Kim is the Founder and President of Vision Care, an international relief organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness and first established in South Korea in 2002. Vision Care initially began as a one-time surgical missions trip to Pakistan comprising of a volunteer medical team from Myung Dong St. Mary's Eye Center in Seoul, where Dr. Kim is also Founder and President.
In 17 short years, Vision Care has treated over 166,000 patients and performed more than 24,400 cataract surgeries through 290+ free eye camps in 38 countries throughout Asia, Africa, and Central-South America. With a particular emphasis on sustainable local eye health, Vision Care currently has local branches in Pakistan, Mongolia, Ethiopia, Uganda, China, Vietnam, Mauritania and Morocco. Vision Care, which more recently expanded into the U.S. under the same name, is a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), where Dr. Kim was recognized in 2013 as an "Eye Health Leader".
Lisa Park, Board Vice-Chair (Programs) Dr. Lisa Park is currently an Associate Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Park was previously an Associate Professor and Associate Residency Program Director of the Department of Ophthalmology at NYU School of Medicine, and Chief of Ophthalmology at Bellevue Hospital Center for 11 years. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles in medical journals and lectures widely on the subject of cataract surgery. Dr. Park has been involved with surgical missions for the last decade, and since 2013 has been working annually with Vision Care primarily in Ethiopia and Eastern Africa. Her current faculty practice is with Columbia Doctors Midtown located at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. Dr. Park is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Daniel Kim is the Managing Director of the St. Mary's Eye and Surgery Center, with offices in New Jersey, Manhattan, and Flushing, where he specializes in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Kim has extensive experience with community and professional service organizations including the Korean-American Medical Association (KAMA), Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) and The Beautiful Foundation USA. Dr. Kim is a graduate of Cornell University and NYU School of Medicine.
Amy Ahn is currently the Executive Director of Vision Care USA. Formerly, Amy was the Executive Director of the Beautiful Foundation USA, a community foundation that has led a grassroots movement to strengthen philanthropic giving and volunteerism in the Korean American community across generations, and which supports Korean American non-profit organizations and beyond through financial grants and capacity building training. Prior to this position, Amy served as the Director of Program Development at the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) where she managed and executed KACF’s Ford Foundation grant and its programs and activities. Amy also brings years of experience in the for-profit sector, which include positions at Johnson & Johnson where she was the product manager for Johnson’s Baby, and J. Walter Thompson Korea where Amy served as the country manager for the DeBeers brand. Amy started her post-college career as an English Editor and Speechwriter at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of the Republic of Korea. Amy holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University and an MA in Economic and Political Development from the Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.