of Directors and Officers
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
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.
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.
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
David Brint is Chief Executive Officer of Brinshore Development
Company, where he is responsible for Brinshores 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.
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
Brint received a bachelors degree in economics from
the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jim McNiel has been a National Trustee of The Foundation Fighting
Blindness since 2001 and a Director since 2005.
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.
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 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 FFBs largest and most
successful fund raising event, the New York Humanitarian Award
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
2002 Mr. Manning was voted Virginias Entrepreneur of
the Year. He received his BS in microbiology from the University
of Massachusetts in 1977.