VOSH/International

We believe in the freedom to see.

aka VOSH International, VOSH   |   Omaha, NE   |  www.vosh.org

Mission

VOSH believes in the freedom to see. Our mission is to provide the gift of vision and quality eye health to people worldwide. VOSH facilitates the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care. Our goal is to increase our global impact whenever possible by supporting sustainable eye clinics, optometry schools and optometric educators in areas lacking sufficient eye care.

Ruling year info

1984

President

Dr. Michael Ciszek OD, diplomate ABO

Main address

12660 Q Street

Omaha, NE 68137 USA

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EIN

31-1093763

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

VOSH Sustainable Eye Clinics

Throughout the year, VOSH chapters organise multiple humanitarian clinics to several countries such Nicaragua, Peru, Kenya, Senegal, and the Dominican Republic among others to US local clinics in Virginia or Baja, California. All clinics serve diverse communities with a mission that focuses on vision care and is totally organised by volunteers.

Population(s) Served

VOSH/International, in collaboration with the Brien Holden Foundation seeks North American trained ODs to serve in emerging optometric institutions as faculty and program development assistants. This is a fantastic opportunity for those just entering the profession; those who are transitioning to retirement; or those looking for a new teaching adventure.

We regularly seek optometrists with an interest in the academia. They will help fulfil human resources needs of recently established optometry programs of young schools of optometry in specific low and middle income countries. Successful candidates are expected to commit for a minimum of one year (reviewable) and relocate within a reasonable time once a position becomes available. VOSH/International pre-screens candidates with final selection and placement made by the Brien Holden Foundation.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Academics
Retired people

TTP collects, repairs and refurbishes donated ophthalmic instruments and equipment, and then sends these to emerging schools so students can be properly trained, and public clinics can properly examine and care for patients. We sent equipment to the schools of optometry in Haiti, Nicaragua, Ghana and recently Dominican Republic.

Population(s) Served
Students
Teachers

These programs promote greater interaction between VOSH national and international chapters. The Ambassadors’ Program supports sharing expertise for short periods of time with international chapters by sending experienced optometrists to lecture and share clinical skills in emerging schools of optometry in low and middle income countries. The Mentorship Program focuses on sharing of experiences between our US and international student chapters using the humanitarian clinics as platforms of learning with the support of experienced optometrists.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Economically disadvantaged people
People with vision impairments
Economically disadvantaged people
Academics

Our midyear and annual meetings are key platforms for learning and networking for our chapters and partners. Since 2019 the meetings offer US COPE accredited education bringing the expertise of VOSH members to support high quality continuing education and knowledge exchange for optometrists worldwide as they are offered as hybrid events . They take place in June and in the fall.

Population(s) Served

We fundraise with and support specific projects of our SVOSH and VOSH chapters to enable them to increase their impact. With our SVOSH chapters we are implementing a Contact Lens project in Ghana at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a children’s vision project with the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Mexico and with the Universidad Autonoma de Nicaragua, support to the school of optometry in Haiti with clinical skills, knowledge and networking. We offer small grants to support clinics in the US and abroad organised by our chapters.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
People with vision impairments
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
People with vision impairments
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Academics

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

World Council of Optometry 2000

Financials

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VOSH/International

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. J. Dan Twelker, OD, PhD

University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Associate Clinical Professor.

Term: 2019 - 2021

J. Twelker

University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science/Assoc. Clinical Professor

Jenifer Ambler

Jenifer W. Ambler, OD (private practice)

Michael Ciszek

Howard Brown Health Center (Chicago, IL)

W McAlister

University of MO St. Louis College of Optometry (retired faculty)

Robert Stein

Senior Vice President and the Chief Philanthropic & Managed Care Development Officer, National Vision, Inc.

Mark Rakoczy

Private Practice, Everett, PA

Bob Molter

Retired optometrist, Michigan

Tracey Peterson

Director of Communications, St. Louis, MO

Craig Bowen

Private practice, Tualatin, OR

Barbara Brown

Retired private practice, retired/UMSL College of Optometry(staff/fac)

Tracy Matchinski

Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and faculty at Illinois College of Optometry Low Vision Rehabilitation

Emilee Nehring

Private Practice, Woodburn, OR

John Larcabal

Private Practice, Norwalk, CA and faculty Southern CA College of Optometry

Héctor Santiago

Professor, School of Optometry at Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Victoria Weiss

Private Practice, Lake Monticello, VA

Timothy Wingert

Dean and Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/04/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/11/2021

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.