Every child needs their vision for a
lifetime of successful learning.
Without clear vision, preschoolers can quickly fall behind their peers and may even be misdiagnosed with developmental and behavioral issues.
All aboard the Eye Bus!
Our flagship Eye Bus brings high-tech vision care through school-based screenings done by certified professionals, and free prescription glasses.
Through onsite Screening Services, parents can be sure that their preschooler has healthy eyes and clear vision.
Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC) exists to screen for vision problems in pre-school aged children in the Bay Area, to connect and provide them with better vision care, and to improve their ability to learn and grow.
PBNC, through its flagship See Well to Learn program offers preschool aged vision screenings, mobile optometry services, eye glasses follow-up care, parental consultation and referral management to appropriate medical care for more serious vision problems.
See Well to Learn™ is unique in not only uncovering vision issues, but also ensuring that underserved children receive the follow-up care they need by bringing the eye doctor to them. See Well to Learn™ has shown to improve follow-up rates from a failed vision screening to seeing an eye doctor from 43% to 76%.
Seth is the Chief Executive Officer of Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC), joining in 2015 and brinings 30 years of leadership in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. In this role Seth leads operations, finance, marketing, programs, development (fundraising), community outreach, board and volunteer engagement programs.
Previously, he served as the Executive Director with the Pacific Art League, an arts education organization in Palo Alto -See Full Bio
, CA and prior to that, as Chief Operating Officer of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, located in Palo Alto, CA, where he was responsible for a $15M operating budget leading programs, IT, finance, facilities and work with Board of Directors and volunteers.
Prior to his nonprofit career, Seth was President and General Manager of SharkRack, a private equity owned manufacturer of data center equipment leading strategy, P&L, operations, sales and marketing. Prior to SharkRack, Seth led global sales, marketing and operations functions for various start-ups and Fortune 500 organizations in the software, hardware and consulting services markets throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Seth holds an MBA degree from Suffolk University in Boston, MA and a B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and various continuing education programs including certificates in Nonprofit Finance from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Operations Management from Stanford University and is a participant of Stanford University's Nonprofit Management Institute programs. Seth has served on multiple nonprofit Boards over the last 10 years and is presently a Board of Director member for Sunday Friends, StarVista, and The Hiller Aviation Museum. He is also an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a volunteer Account Director with Taproot Foundation and a pro bono volunteer with Harvard Business School Community Partners, leading various grants and consulting projects for Bay Area nonprofits.
April Nakayoshi, MPH, CHES
Vice President, Programs and Evaluation
April joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in 2001 and became Program Director in 2008. Prior to joining PBNC, she worked in international trade. She has a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Public Health from Walden University, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Director of Development
Andrew joined Prevent Blindness in November 2015 as Director of Development. Andrew comes to PBNC with over ten years experience in fundraising and communications. Most recently, he served as Interim Director of Development for Center for Youth Wellness, overseeing development efforts. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from the University of Kansas.
Office Manager / Human Resources
Irene joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in October of 2015. Prior to joining PBNC Irene provided office and administrative support in non-profits, tech companies and different departments in UC San Francisco Medical Center. She has a background in Montessori teaching, office management and is fluent in Spanish. In her free time she likes to garden, knit, do yoga, and study nutrition and herbal medicine.
PK joined Prevent Blindness in August 2016 as Sr. Accountant. PK has over 20 years of accounting experience in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. Most recently PK has served as Interim Accounting Manager for several San Francisco nonprofits, including San Francisco Food Bank, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco. PK has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Portland State University. In her free time, she likes to walk the hills of San Fra -See Full Bio
ncisco, read and crochet.
See Well to Learn Program Manager
Jessica Schaffer joined See Well to Learn in 2015. She has her Master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Before joining See Well to Learn she spent three years Guatemala where she carried out health, education and research programs among the indigenous population. Jessica also spent many years working in preschool and elementary schools throughout the Bay Area.
Dr. Lita Wu, OD
Dr. Wu joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in 2016. She has a BS in General Biology from UC San Diego and a Doctorate of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University, FL. During her in-house rotation at Nova Southeastern University, which entailed training in all sub-specialties of Optometry, she particularly enjoyed her time during the pediatrics rotation, where she performed comprehensive eye exams, strabismus evaluations, and conducted visio -See Full Bio
Become a Volunteer
We wouldn't be able to have the impact we do without the help of our generous volunteers.
Sign up to be a See Well to Learn volunteer today. Submit your information and a member of our team will get back to you with the various volunteer positions. Thank you for your interest in supporting us and your community!
The Eye Bus launched in San Francisco and Oakland and is privileged to partner with the following organizations to deliver its services. We welcome any partners who are interested in bringing this vision program to preschoolers across the six Bay Area counties.