About Us

Empowering People With Vision Loss

Founded in April, 2017, our mission is to empower people with permanent vision loss by providing vision rehabilitation and vision education to the South Puget Sound. By providing vision care with a commitment to comprehensive rehabilitation, we support patients with the tools and resources they need to regain their independence, maximize their vision and therefore improve their quality of life. We know that good eye care and good vision education go hand-in-hand.  Because of this, we work with local public and private organizations to provide cost-free vision education to the community.  See our calendar for upcoming events.

The Washington South Sound, including Pierce and Thurston counties, lacks vision care resources for the over 40,000 people suffering from low vision. Low vision is permanent vision loss that cannot be corrected with surgery or glasses. Often patients do not know that vision therapy is available or they have difficulty accessing available resources. Consequently, many low vision patients go without the therapy that deserve.

Hope Vision Foundation is here to help. We provide individualized, comprehensive vision care and services for low vision patients throughout Washington.

  • Board Members
    Erin Seefeldt, MD: President
    As an ophthalmologist I spend my life working to protect, restore, and preserve vision. It is always difficult to tell a patient that there is nothing more I can do medically or surgically to restore their vision. Often they are deeply saddened and concerned about their independence or caring for their loved ones. Hope Vision Foundation allows me to give patients with vision loss the tools they need to maximize their vision.
    Patrick Munson, MD: Vice President
    I became an ophthalmologist after my own experiences with poor vision as a child and temporary vision loss due to injury. Fortunately, those conditions were correctable, but I never forgot how debilitating even small amounts of vision loss can be to a person’s independence, happiness, and sense of self. Now, as an eye surgeon, I work hard to promote eye health and preserve vision. Hope Vision Foundation expands the spectrum of services available to my patients!
    JoAnn Egan, RN
    People rank the ability to see second only to life. As a nurse I see more and more patients facing visual impairment making it harder to maintain independence, confidence, and livelihood. That’s why Hope Vision Foundation is exciting for me. We help folks make the most of their vision to be as independent as possible, and stay active in their workplace, church, hobbies, and most of all their families.
    Gabi McNabb, RN, MBA: Secretary
    My friend was a vibrant, social, independent woman who loved to play bridge, read and volunteer until her eyesight started to deteriorate. She seemed to loose a little of herself with each change. She wished that there was somewhere close that had options for people with vision issues. When asked if I wanted to be a part of Hope Vision Foundation I said I'd love to. We can make a difference in people’s lives by bringing services, education, and equipment to the people of the South Sound.
    Shannon Forslin
    A friend of mine suffered a brain tumor that slowly took away his sight over time. The world he knew was slowly fading and he knew eventually all he would be able to “see” would be his memories. His quality of life did not have to suffer. Any person faced with the reality of losing their independence due to low vision should have advocates that offer solutions for support, education and rehabilitation services that are personally tailored to meet their needs.
  • Team Members
    Genevieve Rodgers-Llerena: Executive Director
    I have been fortunate to have had help from family and friends while dealing with the diagnosis of my son’s permanent disability and his vision problems. Many have not been so fortunate. As a business woman I don’t often get the chance to make a profound impact in the lives of others but, Hope Vision Foundation gives me the the opportunity to impact the lives of people with vision loss and their families, so that their future is brighter.
    Don Felthouse: Outreach Specialist
    For nearly 50 years, Don has selflessly served his country, his fellow Veterans, the blind community, and has impacted countless lives. His greatest strength is his compassion, his “out of the box" way of thinking and teaching, his incredible ability to work with people across all walks of life. He has always served selflessly, working long hours, always a “yes, I’ll be right there!”.