Anthony M. Pisacano, M.D.
Dr. Pisacano is the Surgeon Director of New York Eye Surgery Center in the Bronx, New York, has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1973 and a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons since 1975. He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and of the American Board of Eye Surgery, as well. Dr. Pisacano is a founding member of the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation and serves as Co-Chairman of the Board. He has written more than a dozen major articles on eye surgery and has made literally hundreds of presentations on glaucoma and other diseases of the eye. He graduated from Holy Cross College and Georgetown University Medical School. He is a past president of the Bronx County Medical Society.
Stanley J. "Bud" Grant
Mr. Grant coordinated the founding of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus and established the "Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation" to support this congressional activity. Mr. Grant serves as the President of the foundation. Mr. Grant has graduated St. Francis College and attended Fordham University and the New York University of Public Administration. He served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific theater. His lobbying and public relations firm, Bud Grant Associates of Washington D.C., has represented the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association, Pharmacia Corporation and Covance Research Labs. Over the years he has established a special interest in Health Care, Health Administration and Health Economics. Mr. Grant has served on the Board of Directors of Wagner College and New York Hospital Division of Queens.
Randall D. Bloomfield, M.D.
Dr. Bloomfield is a Board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and gynecologic oncologist. He graduated from City College of New York and from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. Dr. Bloomfield has been a fixture on the Brooklyn medical scene since his medical school days, receiving his post-graduate and specialty training at Kings County Hospital Center, where he eventually came to be the Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been on the faculty of Downstate Medical Center since 1958, and has been a consultant for the National Institutes of Child Health and Development. He was Associate Editor of the New York State Journal of Medicine for ten years and has numerous publications to his credit.
Robert J. Bishop, J.D.
Mr. Bishop, a founding partner of the government relations and consulting firm Pitta, Bishop, DelGiorno & Dreier LLP, is a native New Yorker who has served numerous civic and community organizations. A graduate of Fordham College and Fordham University School of Law, Mr. Bishop maintains offices in both New York City and Albany, New York. He has been an advocate on behalf of labor, health care and tax reform issues for more than twenty-five years. He serves the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation as their treasurer. Mr. Bishop has served as a Commissioner of the State of New York Northeastern Queens Nature and Historical Preserve Commission and on the Mayor's Task Force charged with developing a ten year strategic plan for Ending Chronic Homelessness in NYC.
Frank S. Ashburn Jr. M.D.
Dr. Ashburn is engaged in the private practice of Ophthalmology in Washington D.C. and serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Georgetown University Hospital. He is an instructor specializing in glaucoma at both the Washington National Eye Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. A charter member of the American Glaucoma Society, Dr. Ashburn is the recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University.
Eve Juliet Higginbotham, M.D.
Dr. Higginbotham received her BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was awarded her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She serves as Professor and Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Higginbotham is the first woman to head a University based residency program in the United States. She has served on the advisory Council of the National Eye Institute and the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthamalogy. She is Chair of the Planning Committee for the National Eye Health Education Program of the National Eye Institute and serves on the Board of Prevent Blindness America and the Helen Keller Foundation. Dr. Higginbotham is a leading expert in the treatment of glaucoma and is widley published in peer-reviewed journals.
John J. Abbott, Ph.D., Pharmacology
Dr. Abbott is the President of USC Research Associates, a firm that specializes in the development of effective drugs for diseases of the eye. He is a consultant for pharmaceutical corporations on three continents, and was with the Upjohn Company for more than 24 years. He was an adjunct professor of pharmacology at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University for ten years. A graduate of Ohio Northern University and the University of San Diego, Dr. Abbott received his D. Pharm. from Ohio State. Dr. Abbott also studied at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth University.
Ms. Collins, singer, songwriter, composer, novelist, is a living legend with more than 30 albums to her credit, an acclaimed novel, and a best selling memoir, Singing Lessons. Ms. Collins's records have gone platinum and gold, earning numerous Grammy nominations, top ten hits, and national renown for her lyrical, moving, exquisite voice. Ms. Collins has long been involved with humanitarian efforts. She is a UNICEF Special Representative for the Arts, and has raised funds for the landmine awareness program. In late 1999 Ms. Collins appeared with Jewel and Paula Cole in a special concert to benefit Zero Population Growth. She was commissioned by NASA to write and compose and perform "Beyond the Sky," which honors the achievement of Eileen Collins, the first American woman to command a space shuttle flight.
Robert A. Copeland, M.D.
Dr Copeland received his BA degree from Fisk University and his MD degree from Temple University School of Medicine. He serves as Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Howard University College of Medicine. He has served on the Advisory Boards of EyeNet Magazine, a board member of Prevention of Blindness Society of the Metropolitan Area, and the National Board of Governors for the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Foundation (MOTTEP). Dr. Copeland is a specialist in cornea/external diseases and uveities.
Reverend Dr. Floyd Flake
Dr. Flake represented the southern part of Queens in the United States Congress for more than a decade. He is the Pastor of the Allen AME Church and a respected community leader. Most recently, Dr. Flake published The Way of the Bootstrapper: Nine Action Steps for Achieving Your Dreams. Bootstrapping, according to Dr. Flake, is a process to achieve success by making it against the odds; a mind set to take responsibility for your actions; and a value system to transform your personal relationships. Prior to assuming the pastorate at Allen AME Church, Flake was the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and Dean of the Chapel at Boston University. He is Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Social and Economic Policy, a member of the Fannie Mae Foundation and a columnist for the New York Post.
Jeffrey D. Henderer, M.D.
Dr. Henderer is an Assistant Professor with the Wills Eye Hospital Glaucoma Service. He has been a clinical instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Henderer has authored numerous scientific publications and abstracts. A graduate of Trinity College and the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, he has received many academic honors including the Heed Foundation Fellowship, the Henry Strong Denison Award for Medical Student Research and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Henderer is a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is licensed to practice medicine in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Roger C. Herdman, M.D.
Dr. Herdman has been a physician for more than 40 years. He has served as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and Director of Public Health for New York State. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned highest distinction for his work and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He stayed at Yale to take a medical degree before moving to New York for the majority of his stellar career. Dr. Herdman was a vice president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, and is now Senior Scholar at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC. He is the author or co-author of more than 35 scientific and medical papers.
Omofolasade (Sade) Kosoko-Lasaki, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Dr. Kosoko is a specialist in the treatment of glaucoma. She is the recipient of a Fellowship in Glaucoma from Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Wilmer Institute of Baltimore, Maryland. She also received a Fellowship in Preventive Ophthalmology from Johns Hopkins. An internationally known expert, Dr. Kosoko received her medical degree from the University of lbadan in Nigeria, and was awarded a Diplomate in Ophthalmology from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. She holds a Masters' degree in Public Health from Howard University. Dr. Kosoko is the Associate Vice President of Health Sciences' Multicltural and Community Affairs and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Creighton University.
The Honorable Thomas J. Manton
Mr. Manton is an attorney specializing in legislative matters, including financial institutions, telecommunications and waste management. Mr. Manton served as a member of Congress (1985 - 1999) representing the 7th District of New York. He served as a member of the New York City Council (1970 - 1984), as a marketing representative of IBM, as a member of the New York City Police Department, and in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Manton is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Organization for Queens County, New York, and a member of the National Democratic Committee. He is a partner in the law firm of Manton, Sweeney, Gallo, Reich & Bolz LLP.
Joseph M. Mattone, J.D.
Mr. Manttone is an attorney who specializes in real estate and real estate development. He started his law career in Brooklyn after completing both his college course and Law School in five years, graduating from St. John's University and St. John's Law School cum laude. His greatest love, however, other than for his family, is for philanthropic and charitable causes. Mr. Mattone has served on committees for the Muscular Dystrophy Association; the National Conference of Christians and Jews; St. Vincent's Home; the American Cancer Society; United Cerebral Palsy; and the CYO. He has helped Booth Memorial Hospital raise much needed funds, and has helped his alma mater with fund raising for many, many years.
The Honorable Raymond J. McGrath
Mr. McGrath is a former Congressman who represented New York's 5th District for nearly two decades. A member of the "Radical Republicans" who were elected in 1980 with President Ronald Reagan, Mr. McGrath always had the reputation of being more concerned with his constituents' issues in suburban Long Island than with political ideology. This concern for people is shown once more by his joining the Board of the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation. He is a graduate of the State University of New York, Brockport, and received a Master's degree from NYU.
Mildred M.G. Olivier, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Oliver is a graduate of the Loyola University of Chicago and the Finch University of Health Sciences/ The Chicago Medical School. Dr. Olivier is a nationally noted glaucoma specialist treating patients in Chicago and its suburbs. A Chicagoland native, Dr. Olivier has extensive specialized training and experience in treating all forms of glaucoma and related eye diseases. She maintains thriving practices in both Chicago and its northwestern suburbs. Dr. Olivier serves as assistant clinical professor in the department of ophthalmology at the Olympia Fields Osteopathic Medical Center and Cook County Hospital. She is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Hospital, St. Alexis Medical Center, and Northwest Community Hospital in the suburbs. She is affiliated with Mercy Hospital, Michael Reese Hospital, Magna Surgical Center and Illinois Masonic Hospital in the city.
Dr. Olivier is board certified and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association. She is also a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Dr. Olivier completed her medical residency in ophthalmology at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/Harlem Hospital in New York and her fellowship in glaucoma at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit. She is frequently called upon to present lectures and seminars on glaucoma and related topics to physicians and patients. Dr. Olivier has published many articles in professional journals of ophthalmology. Dr. Olivier has a strong commitment to community outreach and humanitarian causes. She conducts regular medical missions to Haiti and serves on a number of national voluntary health organization boards.
Brian Quinn, M.A.
Mr. Quinn is the Grants Officer for the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund, New York , a writer and a fund-raiser. He has written on health issues since the early 1980s. He is a consultant to the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island, the American Lung Association, the Cancer Research Institute and the National Hockey League. He has written congressional campaign material and has been active in local politics on Long Island, serving as a party official since 1992. He has helped his alma mater, Lake Forest College, raise funds for new dormitories and other new programs. Mr. Quinn attended St. John's University for graduate studies.
Jeffrey S. Schultz, M.D.
Dr. Schultz is Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation. A recognized national expert on glaucoma, Dr. Schultz is the author of the Manual of Glaucoma Diagnosis and Management (1988) and several other studies of glaucoma and eye diseases. He was a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine after receiving his B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Schultz now serves as the Director of Glaucoma Service at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.
Catherine Ann Stevens
Mrs. Stevens is a fourth generation Alaskan and attorney with the firm of Mayer, Brown and Platt in their Washington, DC office. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, for the Southern District of California in San Diego before returning to Alaska to head the Consumer Protection and Juvenile Division in the State Attorney General's Office in Fairbanks. In 1974, she became the first woman in Alaska's history to be named as a District Attorney. Mrs. Stevens has served as General Counsel to Occidental International Corporation, as General Counsel for the National Endowment for the Arts and Executive Director of Terra Foundation for the Arts. She is on the board of several nonprofit organizations. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Mrs. Stevens attended George Washington University Law School and the University of San Diego School of Law.
Robert C. Wertz, J.D.
Mr. Wertz is a practicing attorney and a New York State Assemblyman from Suffolk County, New York. Mr. Wertz has long been interested in health care issues. While serving as Senior Attorney with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Mr. Wertz took on the task of protecting the rights of patients at Kings Park Hospital. An established expert in the field of mental health, Mr. Wertz's contributions have been recognized nationally. He has served as Vice-Chairman of the long Term Health Care Task Force of the National Conference of State Legislators, and is a frequent speaker on mental health care issues.
Sharmon Paschal Thornton, M.A.
Nancy J. Ellish, Dr. P.H., M.S.P.H.
Epidemiologist, University of Maryland School of Medicine