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Board of Directors and Officers

Morton F. Goldberg, M.D.

Lester Kaplan, Ph.D.

Paul Manning

Gordon Gund

Edward Gollob

David Brint

Jim McNiel

William T. Schmidt


Morton F. Goldberg, M. D. - Chairman
Morton F. Goldberg, M. D. is the Joseph E. Green Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. From 1989 to 2003 he served as the Director and William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute.

Dr. Goldberg received his AB and MD with honors from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School respectively, interned at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, and completed an ophthalmic residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore. Dr. Goldberg served as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine from 1970 to 1989.

Dr. Goldberg has received the Honoris Causa degree from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. Dr. Goldberg has had numerous publications and leadership positions in academic and professional groups.


William T. Schmidt - President
In May of 2005, William T. Schmidt was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. (FFB). As CEO Schmidt is responsible for managing the affairs of The Foundation, executing the policies of the Board of Directors and Trustees, and formulating programs and strategies for The Foundation, which is the largest non-governmental source of funding for retinal degenerative disease research in the world. He also serves as President of the Foundation Fighting Blindness Clinical Research Institute.

A graduate of Amherst College, Mr. Schmidt also received his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law and completed the Kellogg Graduate School of Management's Executive Development Program.


David Brint
David Brint is Chief Executive Officer of Brinshore Development Company, where he is responsible for Brinshore’s real estate development, financing, equity syndication and property management activities. Mr. Brint has arranged over $600 million in complex financial transactions utilizing a variety of tools including tax-exempt bonds, tax credits, TIF financing and assorted grant programs. These creative tools have been used to leverage public and private resources and enabled the development of 2000 units of successful affordable housing.

Mr. Brint serves as Board President for the Foundation for Retinal Research, which he co-founded, Director of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and board member of a number of non-profit institutions.

Mr. Brint received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jim McNiel
Jim McNiel has been a National Trustee of The Foundation Fighting Blindness since 2001 and a Director since 2005.

Jim is a founding director of the Clinical Research Institute. Jim is a 25 year veteran in the high technology field and is currently the President and CEO of 5G, Inc., a software development firm with offices in New York and Florida. Prior to founding 5G, Jim was a Partner of Pequot Ventures.

Jim McNiel has Retinitis Pigmentosa. He and his wife, Wren, have two children: a daughter, Jessie and a son, Nicholas. Jim and his family reside in Long Island, New York.


Edward Gollob
Edward Gollob is President and CEO of MAC Products, Inc., Kearny, New Jersey. He is also Chairman and CEO of AmRod Corporation, Port Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Gollob is President and a Director of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and is a member of the board of directors of the National Alliance for Eye and Vision research. Mr. Gollob has a long history with FFB and has been instrumental in bringing about FFB’s largest and most successful fund raising event, the New York Humanitarian Award Dinner.

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Gordon Gund
Gordon Gund is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gund Investment Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gund Business Enterprises, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, parent company of CAVS/Gund Arena Company.

Mr. Gund is a director of Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, Michigan, and Corning, Inc., Corning, New York. He is Chairman and member of the founding group of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Gund has been a member of a number of advisory groups and other institutions and has received numerous honors. He received his education at the Groton School and Harvard University.


Lester J. Kaplan, Ph.D. Lester J. Kaplan, Ph.D. was most recently Corporate Vice President and President, Research & Development and Global BOTOX for Allergan, Inc. Dr. Kaplan is a Director of Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., Oculex Pharmaceuticals, Medinox, Inc., Bardeen Sciences Company, LLC, and a member of the Board of Trustees, Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences at the Claremont Colleges.

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Paul Manning
Paul Manning is President and Chief Executive Officer of PBM Products, Inc., the first company to launch the Store Brand Infant Formula product. Expected sales for PBM Products in 2004 is over $125 million. Mr. Manning is the founder of several companies, including PBM Products, Inc., Manfam, Inc. and Able Laboratories.

Mr. Manning is director and owner of two other ventured businesses. He helped found Apex Environmental, a $30 million environmental consulting company located in Rockville, Maryland, and Pro-Tech, a $10 million computer company located in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2002 Mr. Manning was voted Virginia’s Entrepreneur of the Year. He received his BS in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts in 1977.

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