"This remarkable growth is indicative of our progress in eliminating corneal blindness ... We are grateful for your partnership in this transformational mission."

Excerpt from SightLife President & CEO Monty Montoya's 2014 report. Read more

Laying the Groundwork: The Northwest Lions Foundation

Northwest Lions Foundation

SightLife was originally founded in 1969 by the Lions of the Pacific Northwest. Year after year, some of our most valued partners are the Lions Clubs in Washington and Northern Idaho. SightLife and its Northwest Lions Foundation coordinate with 250 Lions Clubs in our region to provide health screening and healthcare grants to more than 30,000 low-income children and adults. In 2013, SightLife gave back over $250,000 to our local communities through the Foundation, providing free medical care to 321 indigent residents. Visit their website

Financial Report

Pie Chart

Our revenues have grown more than 52% over 2013. Only 14% of SightLife’s spending goes to administration and fundraising.
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A devoted teacher's spirit continues through cornea donation

Heidi's Family

This year SightLife celebrated the life and priceless cornea donation of Northern California native Heidi Zimmer by sponsoring her family’s participation in the 2014 Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Heidi was a beloved teacher and founder of the Interact Club – a student version of the Rotary Club – and an active member of the Evening Rotary Club of Santa Rosa.
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We are restoring sight to people all over the globe, but millions more are waiting.

Three Recipients

Gorama had been blind in both eyes since birth. The opacity in her eyes was apparent from very early on. However, her family didn't dare risk losing what little light she had. So when there was an opportunity for Gorama to have corneal transplant surgery, they decided to wait until she was older. Read more

Sana was born with perfect vision. But, at the age of two she began bumping into furniture. She tripped over toys left on the floor because she could no longer see where her feet were going. Soon, she was unable to recognize faces. Something was clearly wrong. Read more

Prakash a father and caretaker from the coastal state of Orissa, was tending to his livestock. when the dirty tip of a cow's tail smacked him right across the face This seemingly innocuous swipe cut through the tender tissue of his left eye causing an infection. Within two months, and without any injurious provocation or trauma, the infection spread to his right eye as well. Read more

Muskan was walking home from school when a mosquito flew into her eye and bit the soft tissue of her cornea. Her parents became increasingly alarmed when the swelling in her eye failed to subside. The local doctors were incapable of assessing an accurate diagnosis, or of prescribing an effective treatment for the bite. Read more

SightLife's Leadership

Board of Directors

Board Chair Melody J. Summers, JD
Vice Chair of the Board James L. Smalley
Secretary Jaci M. Lindstrom
Treasurer | Finance/Audit Committee Chair Kush Parikh
President & CEO Monty M. Montoya
Northwest Lions Foundation Director Roger Richert
General Elected Directors Linda Jones, CFP®
Roger Eigsti
G. N. Rao, MD
Diane Sabin
Paul J. Dubord, MD, FRCSC
Sapphira Goradia
Ann Blume

Medical Directors

Medical Director Thomas D.Lindquist, MD, PhD
Associate Medical Directors Paul J. Dubord, MD, FRCSC
Douglas Holsclaw, MD
Matthew S. Oliva, MD
Rey Pangilinan, MD
Marjan Farid, MD
Sumit Garg, MD


President & CEO Monty M. Montoya
Chief Operating Officer Bernie Iliakis
Chief Financial Officer Tim McLaughlin
Chief Development Officer Scott Garrepy
Chief Global Officer Claire Bonilla
Chief Marketing Officer Rusty Kelly
Executive Vice President of Human Resources Gretchen Coker
Senior Advisor to the CEO Sandy Jeghers

Meet the rest of the team