Melody J. Summers joined the SightLife Board of Directors August 2010 and was appointed to Board Chair in 2015. Ms. Summers is the National Recruiting Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, LLC. She assists clients in identifying and implementing federal tax planning associated with business and individual challenges.
Ms. Summers advises a broad client base, including clients in the real estate, financial services, agricultural, mining and manufacturing industries. She has also served as Interim Tax Director for a client of Alvarez & Marsal's Turnaround Advisory Group.
Prior to joining A&M, Ms. Summers had a 12 year career with two Big Five Accounting firms in San Francisco. Most recently, she served as Director of Finance with a private equity firm.
Ms. Summers earned a bachelor's degree in managerial and agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis and a juris doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association.
James Smalley has served on the SightLife Board of Directors since 2006. Son of Jack Smalley, co-founder of our organization and board member from 1997 to 2005, Jim has actually been involved with the organization since childhood. Helping restore vision is a family passion.
Smalley is Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley located in Gig Harbor, WA. He studied at Brooks Institute where he earned his B.A. and B.F.A. degrees.
In addition to his Board service for SightLife, Smalley is on the board of the Harbor History Museum and the Franciscan Health System. He is also past Chair of the Board of Harrison Medical Centers and was the 2007, 2008, and 2009 recipient of the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award with over 500 hours of service. He also has the status of Life Director of Kitsap Homebuilders.
Jim resides with his family in Gig Harbor, WA. His passions include the restoration of classic cars. He has shown at the Pebble Beach Concours and is recognized as a national expert on restoration of Austin Healey's. Jim also collects antique billiard memorabilia and 40's and 50's jukeboxes. He enjoys landscape design.
Jaci Lindstrom, Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist, joined the SightLife board in 2012. She has since provided many introductions in support of the organization’s global mission, including connections that resulted in the donation of a Femtosecond laser for SightLife’s laboratory at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine and a partnership with Harvard Eye Associates.
In the fall of 2012, Jaci was elected by voters to serve as council member for the City of Minnetonka Beach for four years. She also recently retired from her position as executive director of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC), which promotes research, allows for free and unhindered exchange of ideas, provides an international forum to improve understanding and promotes implantation surgery in the field of intraocular lens implantation. The IIC honored Jaci with its Founders Award in 2007.
Jaci has 17 years of experience in clinical examination, teaching and research in private, hospital, and university settings. She is currently copy editor of Ocular Surgery News, which reaches over 90,000 ophthalmologists worldwide every month.
Kush is North America President and Chief Product Officer of the internet and mobile division of Paypoint, a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange. Kush has been following SightLife ever since he met President and CEO Monty Montoya in 2001, when SightLife was known as the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight and Hearing, and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. He contributes business and strategic acumen to SightLife, helping to stage growth as SightLife accelerates its mission to eliminate corneal blindness worldwide.
Kush previously worked in corporate development at Texas Instruments, where he helped apply cutting-edge semiconductor technology to various medical devices including hearing aids and portable defibrillators. More recently, he was also senior vice president and general manager of INRIX, a company he helped build from 15 employees and no customers in 2006 to one with over 300 employees and scores of customers by 2013. The growth included building a global enterprise operation at INRIX punctuated by a $60M acquisition in the UK in 2012. He has been granted two patents (with an additional five pending), and was named one of Puget Sound Business Journal's “40 Under 40” in 2012. Kush also sits on the advisory boards of two software startup companies, Getaround and WellAware.
Kush holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and an M.B.A. in Finance/Entrepreneurship from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. In his spare time Kush enjoys spending time with family, traveling and golf.
Which of SightLife's values resonates most with you and why?
"There is no question that the team at SightLife is extremely passionate about its mission. I see it every time I speak to an employee, as they have a glint in their eye for the world-changing work they are doing. The passion permeates across the company and, to me, is the one value that helps overcome unforeseen obstacles without ever losing energy or momentum."
SightLife's Mission in Action:
"At the end of every Board meeting, two letters are read to the board - one donor family letter and one recipient letter. The power of what SightLife does is poignantly captured in a different way every time I hear a new story."
Monty Montoya pursues the worldwide elimination of corneal blindness by 2040 with a passion. For those in the global arena of corneal transplantation and eye banking, he is considered a true social humanitarian for working tirelessly to achieve that mission for the past 20 years.
As President and CEO of SightLife, as well as its subsidiary SightLife Surgical, Monty is dedicated to transforming the cornea ecosystem by driving innovations in research, products, prevention and policy to help the 10 million living with treatable corneal blindness.
Monty joined SightLife in 1997, when he was hired to turn the organization around from a period of financial struggle. Under his determined leadership, SightLife's growth has scaled from a modest $1.9 million to more than $30 million in 10 years, with nearly $10.5 million reinvested back into sight-related programs for low-income populations domestically and abroad.
He has been honored with prestigious awards for his vision and service, including the Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Pacific Northwest Life Sciences category and the Eye Bank Association of America's coveted Heise Award. This award is given to a non-medical individual who has made the greatest contribution to advancing the cause of eye banking.
Monty holds a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Duke University.
As the current Board Chairman of the Northwest Lions Foundation, Bill represents the Foundation on the SightLife Board. He has been involved with Northwest Lions Foundation/SightLife since 2001 and a member of the Foundation Board continuously since 2004. Restoring Sight, Hope, and Hearing is a passion.
He joined Lions International in the spring of 1997 and is a member of the Hazel Dell Lions Club of Vancouver, Washington. Bill enjoys the community involvement working and serving actively with his Lions Club, District, and Multiple District. He is a Melvin Jones Fellow, and has received the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation along with many club, council, and district awards.
Bill has more than 45 years of transportation experience in operations, sales, marketing, and safety/risk management. He has twice helped his company earn Safety Carrier of the Year in their class, and has been honored as an Oregon “Safety Director of the Year”. This recognition is presented for personal dedication improving the Safety of our nation’s highways and work places. He enjoys the challenge of creating positive corporate safety cultures and influencing highway, workplace and personal safety.
Bill also serves the Lions Sight Foundation of Clark County as Past Chairman and its current Vice-Chair. He is a director on the board of Walk and Knock, a non-profit Clark County Foundation of Service clubs sponsoring the largest annual food drive west of Colorado. Bill has also served on the boards of the Oregon Trucking Association and Hazel Dell Lions Foundation. He is also active in their local Grange Hall serving as President and is a third-year director of the Clark County Pomona Grange.
Bill and wife Linda were born and raised in Seattle where they married in 1968. They lived and worked in Seattle, Spokane, and Vancouver, Washington, during his career in transportation. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Bill and Linda enjoy family, travel, camping, square dancing, and the opportunity to serve their community.
Linda P. Jones, CFP®, enjoyed a 24-year career in investments and financial services. In 2007, she decided to leave her position as a regional vice president with Morgan Stanley in institutional funds and hedge funds to pursue charitable interests. She became a member of SightLife's board of directors in 2010.
On December 13, 2005, Linda's husband, Roger W. Jones, Jr., an attorney, suddenly collapsed from a brain aneurysm and cardiac arrest. He never regained consciousness and remained on life support until December 27, 2005. Roger had indicated on his driver's license he wanted to be an organ donor, and his wishes were fulfilled. So far, more than 60 people have benefitted from Roger's organ, ligament, bone, and skin donations. His corneas restored sight to two people.
Linda is a passionate advocate for donation and is committed to SightLife’s mission of eliminating corneal blindness worldwide. In addition to her board position with SightLife, she is a speaker and community advocate for the Living Legacy Foundation for organ donation.
A Pacific Northwest native, Linda graduated from Mercer Island High School and the University of Washington. She currently lives in Rancho Mirage, California.
Diane Sabin joined the Board in 2000 and has served as Board Chair from 2007 through 2011. Sabin has volunteered in the non-profit sector in support of community, regional, and now international needs in an ongoing personal effort to make a positive difference. This includes becoming a member of the University Lions Club of Seattle in 1996 and her Board service for SightLife, the Northwest Lions Foundation, University Lions Club, and University Lions Endowment.
Attaining the position of Chief Financial Officer before her retirement, Sabin was a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant for Seattle firms in the retail and fishing industries.
Sabin was a recipient of one of the highest honors among Lions, the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellow Award, named for the founder of Lions Club International. She earned her accounting degree at Central Washington University. A native of the State of Washington, Diane chose the Seattle area as her permanent home. Diane and her husband, Darryl, have two children and four grandchildren. She loves being closely involved with family — particularly their grandchildren, enjoys volunteering, and delights in traveling with family and friends.
Sapphira Goradia became a member of the Sightife board of directors in 2014. As executive director of The Goradia Foundation, she leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve health and educational outcomes in India by supporting innovative, measurable and scalable initiatives. The Goradia Foundation’s work in strategic philanthropy has been featured by Exponent Philanthropy, Resource Alliance, and The Wall Street Journal.
In 2012, Sapphira and her team were conducting a landscape analysis of organizations working in corneal blindness in India and came across SightLife. They observed that SightLife has a vision for increasing corneal donations and transplants across India that set the organization apart. Sapphira also noted that SightLife operates with a high level of efficiency and a commitment to measurement and results, but at the same time never loses sight that people are at the heart of the work.
Prior to assuming her role in the Goradia Foundation, Sapphira worked for a number of NGOs focused on the prevention and treatment of both acute and chronic diseases. She holds a BA from Pomona College and a master’s of public health from The George Washington University.
Ann Blume joined the SightLife Board in 2007. She also serves on Seattle University's Board of Trustees and the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council, as well as the University of Washington's Center for Infant Mental Health and Development.
After graduating from Cornell University with a Biology and Nutrition degree in 1978, Ann moved to Washington D.C. where she helped implement the first generation of personal computers as a staff assistant to Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon. Ann met her husband, Bruce, while working in the U.S. Senate. The parents of five children, they share a passion for family, public policy, and philanthropy.
The Blume family traveled with SightLife to Africa to see firsthand the profound impact that transplants have on the lives of those who are corneal blind.
Dr. Harry W Buchanan IV graduated from University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1979 and served his ophthalmology residency training at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Fellowships at both Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
Dr. Buchanan is an ophthalmologist for Lehigh Valley Health Network and specializes in external eye diseases he has over 37 years experience. He served as a Medical Director for the Eye Bank for over 25 years and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017.