Patrick D. Calhoun
Founder | Chief Executive Officer
Patrick has extensive experience in the field of Ophthalmology and has been involved with Global Ophthalmology. He is passionate about helping others and works diligently to ensure that every patient he encounters is treated with the highest level of respect and dignity. Patrick is a social entrepreneur who focuses all his efforts on projects that help to advance the well being of individuals living in poverty. He is a humble man who hopes to teach and nurture the minds of young future social entrepreneurs. He is dedicated to helping others succeed and grow in their endeavors to help others. Patrick is a very gregarious individual that strives for perfection in all he does in the organization. Accountability, transparency, and servant leadership are his top three leadership traits.
The people that he has encountered all over the world and the lives that he has helped to change are his inspiration and his drive for creating this organization. Patrick is passionate about restoring sight and renewing lives in developing nations. Patrick is a gregarious individual who loves to connect with people of all walks of life. With the help of his team and volunteers, they are actively in the fight to eradicate blindness due to cataracts globally. His passion is in Sub-Saharan Africa and hopes to expand the work of the organization in that region of the world.
Contact him for more info on the organization, questions, or how to get involved.
Alisia “Ali” Orozco
Director of Operations
Ali has been working in the field of Ophthalmology for over ten years. She received her degree in Denver Colorado and is now living in El Paso Texas with her husband.
Ali’s goal is to help as many people as possible improve their vision around the world. Ali is actively involved in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization and making sure that all supplies, volunteers, and support staff are well informed of the mission and understand the goals of the organization.
This organization allows her to combine several of her passions including, Ophthalmology, helping others who are less fortunate, and traveling. She holds herself and others to a high standard of care in the medical field. She is passionate about what this organization stands for and is committed to ensuring that the organization reach as many people as possible in its mission to restore sight and change lives.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
With more than 30 years of successful corporate management and consulting experience, Ron has extensive knowledge in both domestic and international business markets. His operational methodology is structured and focused on helping business operations and individuals research, plan, and implement both short and long-term goals for successful growth. Ron has worked with companies ranging in size from $250k to $500 million in annual revenues. His industry exposure includes Aerospace, Luxury Boat Manufacturing, Financial Banking, Forensic Engineering, Government Contracting, Metal Fabrication, Oil & Gas, Plastics Manufacturing and Telecommunications. Ron was honored as the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Consultant of the Year in 2015.
Ron grew up in Iowa where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Midwestern College, which he attended on a football scholarship. He later enhanced his education with Management MBA’s in Business Law from Cornell and Strategic Business Management from Michigan. After college, he served as a platoon sergeant in Vietnam with the 1st Armored Cavalry. Prior to going into the consulting arena, he spent 10 years as the president of an International Electronic Capital Equipment Manufacturing company with 15 domestic offices – 1 in Canada and 5 in Europe. He and his wife Sheri are avid outdoor people with four children and eight grandchildren.
John Lubitz, Esq.
Board Member | Legal Counsel
Mr. Lubitz, who is licensed to practice in Colorado and Minnesota, earned his law degree in 1983. He is a partner in the Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP law firm, and concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law (including limited liability companies, partnerships, associations, non-profits, etc.), general business planning and transactions, estate planning and administration, real estate, land use and zoning, oil and gas – mineral law, water law, environmental law and commercial transactions.
Through his 30+ years of diverse legal experience, he has obtained a practical entrepreneurial business philosophy which allows him to provide a full range of business and transactional services to established and emerging growth companies. He regularly counsels clients regarding corporate organizational and governance issues, general commercial transactions, sophisticated real estate and development transactions, natural resource and mineral related issues and transactions, debtor-creditor and finance related issues, copyright and trademark protection and licensing and employment matters.
Dr. Jared L. Matthews, M.D.
Medical Director | Volunteer Physician
Jared Matthews, M.D. graduated with a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma. He earned his medical degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, then completed a fellowship in ophthalmic pathology at the nation’s number-one ranked eye hospital, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He next completed a transitional year internship at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, followed by residency at the Yale University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. He concluded training by returning to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery, under the guidance of Terrence O’Brien, MD, and Ellen Koo, MD.
During his ophthalmic pathology fellowship, Dr. Matthews became involved in research related to the microscopic features and underlying mechanisms of rare and serious eye diseases, including ocular surface tumors and devastating infections of the eye. He has published on these topics in scientific journals such as Ophthalmology and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. Dr. Matthews furthered his research interests during his cornea and refractive surgery fellowship by investigating methods to improve the safety and efficiency of laser cataract surgery. He has given award-winning presentations on this topic at national meetings of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Matthews hold memberships in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.
Dr. Melanie Niehus, O.D.
Optometrist | Volunteer Physician
Melanie Niehus grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and graduated from Air Academy High School with honors. While in high school she lettered in lacrosse and field hockey. She then attended Pacific University in Oregon. At Pacific University she received a Bachelor of Arts in French and studied in France for one semester. Continuing her love of lacrosse, she was a team captain of the Pacific University Women’s Lacrosse Team.
After completing her undergraduate degree in three and half years, Melanie was able to travel to New Zealand and Australia for 2 months before starting her graduate program. She continued her education at Pacific as a student in the College of Optometry. While studying optometry she was an active member of a student ran non-profit called Amigos. Amigos organizes multiple trips every year to third world countries to provide eye care. Not only was she a team member on two trips, Melanie was on the board and served as treasurer for Amigos. She is very grateful for her opportunity to have traveled to Belize and Senegal to provide eye care and looks forward to being part of future efforts.
Karen S Bachman has extensive experience in the field of ophthalmology and years of experience with international outreach. She is a valuable asset in the logistical side of the operations at Vision Restoration International. In her career, she has served with many organizations. Currently she is the 2018 ASOA (American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators) President. Karen also serves on the Advisory Board of Directors with the Hawaiian Eye Foundation. She holds certifications as a COE, COMT, OCS, ROUB and CCRC.
Karen has a strong background in clinical operations and Ophthalmic practice administration and practice compliance for over 25 years. Karen has helped to coordinate and volunteered on Ophthalmic medical missions to Ghana, Guatemala, Micronesia and Tanzania as technical volunteer and trainer. She has connections all around the world and is excited to help grow the organization over the coming years.
Humanitarian eye care has blessed her with the opportunity to be a part of a global community of Ophthalmic surgeons, nurses, technicians and volunteers who have teamed up to light the way to and renew the lives of those who are suffering with curable blindness and restore to them the precious gift of sight.
Dr. Dana Hill, O.D.
Dr. Hill grew up working in her mother’s ophthalmology practice on both the administrative and the patient care sides. With this comprehensive background, Dr. Hill approaches treatment from all angles. She places importance on educating patients on their vision and eye health. When formulating treatment plans, Dr. Hill discusses available treatment options and considers medical and non-medical variables such as systemic health, finances and lifestyle.
As a psychology major in college, she enjoyed learning about the brain and nervous system. In optometry school, she completed an advanced studies certificate in neuroophthalmic disease. This allowed her to learn neuro-imaging, diagnosis, treatment and management of neurological disorders. During Dr. Hill’s training, she applied this knowledge clinically by co-managing patients with other health care providers.
Most of Dr. Hill’s externship training focused on ocular disease and co-managing pre- and post-operative patients with surgeons and other medical providers. She enjoys working as a team with other clinicians when treating and managing patients who have systemic illnesses that affect the visual system. She is actively giving back to the community with Vision Restoration International.