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Seth M. Schalet

CEO of Prevent Blindness Northern California

Seth is the Chief Executive Officer of Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC), joining in 2015 and bringing 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

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.

Andrew Arnold

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.

Irene Kaufman

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 Shelton

Senior Accountant

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

Jessica Schaffer

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.

Amber Kuo

Vision Screener

Amber joined See Well to Learn in August 2016. A native of the Washington DC area, she graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Global Public Health and Spanish. Prior to joining See Well to Learn, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps member at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where she provided dental screening, education and case management services to 0-5 year olds at various child care sites in the city. Hoping to ultima -See Full Bio

Corinne Zahlis

See Well to Learn Program Coordinator

Corinne joined See Well to Learn in July 2016. She has a BS in Community Health and Biology from Tufts University. Prior to moving to the Bay Area and joining the See Well to Learn team, Corinne worked with non-profits and hospitals along the East Coast to support the healthy development of children and teens through preventative medicine and health education.

Emily Moody

Vision Screener

Emily joined See Well to Learn in 2016. She has a BA in Biology and Science in Society from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, but grew up in San Francisco. Before joining SWTL, Emily served an AmeriCorps term assisting with dental and other health screenings for preschoolers in San Francisco, and she is excited to continue working with this community.

Rhobin Factoran

Eye Bus Operator/On-Site Coordinator

Rhobin joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in 2014 as the Eye Bus Operator. In addition to driving and maintaining the Eye Bus, Rhobin does the pre-testing of children on the Eye Bus, helps them choose their eyeglass frames, and fits the glasses. Prior to joining PBNC, he worked as an after school program substitute teacher for elementary schools. Rhobin has always been a health advocate for children. He believes that incorporating playtime wi -See Full Bio

Anne Tasaki, O.D., F.A.A.O.


Dr. Tasaki was born and raised in Honoulu, Hawaii. She received her Bachelor of Science from UCLA and her Doctor of Optometry from UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 2013. She then completed a residency in pediatrics at UC Berkeley School of Optometry, where she was an integral part of forming the Myopia Control Clinic, which fits kids with specialty contact lenses to slow down the progression of their nearsightedness. She still hasn't left UC Ber -See Full Bio

Connie Chweh

Vision Screener

Two years ago, I decided to move to San Francisco for a new life adventure and I'm loving it so far. Currently, I am completing prerequisite courses to apply to optometry school, and of course, screening as many children as I can! My quest to find the best chocolate chip cookie in San Francisco consumes a good portion of my free time. Fortunately, I actually do enjoy running in the great outdoors too. Other than that, I love weekend getaways with -See Full Bio

Dr. Lisa Slavit


Dr. Lisa Slavit joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in 2015. She received her optometric degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1992. She comes to PBNC with twenty years of experience diagnosing, managing, and treating eye diseases, providing visual exams, and prescribing corrective lenses including contact lenses. Dr. Slavit is experienced in treating pediatric patients five and under, including nonverbal exams, with -See Full Bio

Jessica Paola Alegria

Health Educator

Jessica joined PBNC in August of 2016 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining PBNC, she provided health education to youth in the East Bay Area and San Francisco through Alameda County’s Department of Public Health and Huckleberry’s Youth Programs. Jessica now provides health education and on-going support to families whose children receive glasses from See Well to Lea -See Full Bio

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

Harley de Vera

Eye Bus Operator/On-site Coordinator

Harley joined PBNC in October 2016 as an Eye Bus Operator/On-site Coordinator. Prior to working at PBNC he worked in Operations for an international freight forwarding company. Harley has earned his certification as an EMT from City College of San Francisco, is part of SF NERT (San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response team) and completed the prerequisites for the Fire Academy, which he hopes one day to pursue as a career. During his free time, he -See Full Bio

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