Leadership

Board of Directors

Scott W. Groff

Scott W. Groff | Chairman of the Board

Scott W. Groff is the president of Repeated Signal Solutions, Inc., in Santa Barbara, CA and oversees business issues including marketing, accounting, and corporate affairs. Repeated Signal Solutions designs, builds, commissions, and maintains distributed antenna systems to improve cellular reception within buildings nationwide.

Howard R. Hudson, CPA

Howard R. Hudson, CPA | Treasurer & Secretary

Howard is the Principal of Howard Hudson CPA & Company.  He has a Bachelor’s of Arts, Business Administration from the University of Redlands, 1969. He has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of auditing, accounting and business consulting.

Jeffrey Levenson, MD

Jeffrey Levenson, MD | Chief Medical Officer

Jeffrey Levenson, M.D., is a board certified ophthalmologist, and medical director of Levenson Eye Associates in Jacksonville, Florida. He has an extensive history of volunteering with SEE, joining the organization in 2009. Since then, he has traveled to several clinic locations in Peru, El Salvador, and Mexico, providing free eye exams and sight-restoring surgeries to those who would otherwise not have access to proper vision care.

Lauren Ackerman

Lauren Ackerman

Lauren Ackerman is a committed community-builder. Since moving to Napa Valley in 1994, she has explored her passion for community, innovative education, and strategic philanthropy. Prior to her involvement with various local organizations, Ms. Ackerman established her own successful management consulting practice in 1990 as well as a successful technology marketing organization beginning in 1982.

Andrew Butcher

Andrew Butcher

Andrew Butcher has spent over 40 years in the media business.  His experience with Ogilvy & Mather, DDB, Media Buying Services, ICG which he sold to Carat, and now MBMG,  has earned him a lifetime’s worth of knowledge around the planning and strategizing necessary to skillfully bring one’s message to as great an audience as possible.  Mr. Butcher’s  accounts have included UCLA Health, The General Insurance, and  Jack In The Box Restaurants.

John I. Crowder, MD

John I. Crowder, MD

Dr. Crowder, a graduate of Stanford Medical School, was Board Certified in Ophthalmology in 1964 and later that year began his ophthalmic career at Sansum Medical Clinic in Santa Barbara, California, specializing in cataract surgery, retinal surgery, oculoplastic surgery, glaucoma, and diseases of the eye.

Olivia Dam, MD

Olivia Dam, MD

Dr. Olivia Dam is a practicing ophthalmologist and committed humanitarian based in Victoria, British Columbia. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, and successfully completed her Bachelors of Science, Medicine and Ophthalmology specialization at the esteemed Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Andy Doraiswamy, PhD

Andy Doraiswamy, PhD

Andy Doraiswamy is based in San Francisco, California and is an entrepreneur in healthcare. He has led companies in connected-health, neuromodulation, and ophthalmology, including Intra-ocular lenses (IOLs) for treating cataracts. He is passionate about curing blindness.

Kenneth D. Gack, Esq.

Kenneth D. Gack, Esq.

Ken Gack has been a member of the California Bar since 1976, and a resident of Sonoma County since 1978.  Ken joined JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) in 1996. JAMS is the the largest Altnernative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provider in the United States with 24 offices nationwide.

Randall Goodman, M.D.

Randall Goodman, MD

Randall Goodman, M.D., is a board-certified ophthalmologist at the Santa Maria-based Shepard Eye Center. Dr. Goodman frequently volunteers with SEE to Vanua Levu, Fiji, where he holds clinics for people who would not otherwise have access to vision care. His clinics typically last for five days, serving over 200 patients and performing surgery for 50-60 patients suffering from cataracts.

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly has many years of expertise as a computer scientist, technology consultant, aviation consultant and vintner.  He has been an active member on the Board of SEE International for over 13 years.  Brian is married with four children and is actively involved in multiple non-profit organizations.

Michael J. Paveloff, MD, FACS

Michael J. Paveloff, MD, FACS

Dr. Michael Paveloff is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who has practiced eye care in the Santa Barbara community since 1996. A leading innovator in cataract surgery, he was the first surgeon in Santa Barbara to implant the ReSTOR multifocal lens. Dr. Paveloff offers the latest in multifocal and accommodative lenses to cataract and presbyopic patients in Santa Barbara County, as well as around the world with SEE International.

Dante J. Pieramici, MD

Dante J. Pieramici, MD

Dr. Dante J. Pieramici regularly trains international ophthalmologists from underserved areas around the world. An esteemed ophthalmologist himself, he is also the Co-Director of the California Retina Research Foundation, a partner of the California Retina Consultants, Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Center in Southern California, and serves on the Board of Directors at SEE International.

George Rudenhauer

George Rudenhauer

George Rudenauer is a leader in the fields of luxury marketing and digital communications. Former positions of prominence include Director of Public Relations & Retail Marketing – The Americas for Tiffany & Co (1997-2005); Senior Vice President & Deputy General Manager for Edelman Worldwide (July 2007-July 2008); and Vice President of Public Relations & Digital Communications for Remy Cointreau USA, Inc (Jan. 2009-April 2012). He previously studied marketing strategy at Stanford University, Harvard University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

W. Wright Watling

W. Wright Watling | Assistant Secretary

W. Wright Watling is a veteran of the Central and Southern California Coast real estate world, boasting thirty-five years of experience in commercial brokerage, development, and investing in industrial, office, and retail projects. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College (BA 1972) and Dartmouth College’s MBA program (1974), Mr. Watling began his career in 1974, at the major accountancy firm Price Waterhouse. The following year, he took his first job in the nonprofit sector, serving as controller and bus manager at the American Electronics Association.

Patrick T. Welch

Patrick T. Welch

Pat Welch joined Allergan in 1987 as a Territory Manager for Allergan Pharmaceuticals in Chicago. He was promoted in 1990 to District Manager in the New England District. His first job in the Allergan Headquarters in Irvine, Ca. was a Corporate Developmental Assignment in Sales Operations from 1993 – 1994. He was then promoted to Corporate Account Manager from 1995 – 1997, based in Minneapolis calling on PBM’s and Large Commercial Insurance Companies. From 1998 – 2000, he was moved back to Irvine for an in-house position in Managed Care called Customer Marketing PBM / HMO.

Trustee Emeritus

George B. Primbs, MD, FACS

George B. Primbs, MD, FACS

George B. Primbs, MD, FACS has been a key figure at SEE International since its inception in 1974. As an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, Dr. Primbs specializes in the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy. He has provided free eye examinations for people with diabetes, and the medically underserved, through SEE’s Santa Barbara Vision Care program since the early 1980’s.

Staff

Randal Avolio

Randal Avolio | President & CEO

Randal Avolio became President and CEO of SEE International in 2012, bringing with him a substantial record of business acumen and a tireless dedication to bringing public health resources to those who need it the most.

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