Our Board Officers

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Jennifer Deutsch, Chair and Co- Founder

 

Ms. Deutsch currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Park Place Technologies, the largest global provider of storage, server and networking hardware TPM, serving 9000 plus clients in 126 countries. Through her leadership, the Future Vision Foundation has partnered with KWT Global (NY) to develop a sustaining marketing and communication strategy for the Future Vision Foundation. Prior to joining Park Place Jennifer lead Marketing and Communications for Energy Focus (NASDAQ: EFOI). Jennifer has a long history in marketing with a unique blend of client side and agency side experience. Jennifer was co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Antidote 360, a healthcare communications agency powered by MDC Partners (NASDAQ: MDCA). Jennifer oversaw day-to-day operations of Antidote 360 and lead new business development and client relations. Additionally, Jennifer served as EVP, General Manager of the Doner Cleveland and Columbus offices, where she built a robust healthcare practice and grew the retail and home centers of excellence. In late 2014 Jennifer was asked by MDC to be the CMO of Gabriella’s Kitchen, makers of skinny pasta TM. Jennifer drove the global launch of skinny pasta and debuted the product at the Vatican, serving skinny pasta to the Pope.

Jennifer has a unique skill at “operationalizing the brand,” taking it out of the abstract and exploding it out beyond the confines of the marketing department, into the whole of the organization. Her extensive background in healthcare, hospitality and CPG includes working with: Sherwin-Williams, Things Remembered, GE Lighting, FirstEnergy, Apollo Endosurgery, Leidos Health, OhioHealth, Geisinger and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Jennifer is a recognized expert at creating, developing, shaping and launching brands internally as well as externally. She has adeptly managed marketing, sales and communication teams, setting a vision for her team and improving employee engagement. She has a keen eye for improving inefficiency and enhancing productivity, due in part to a background that includes client, agency and consultant perspectives.

Upon graduating from Columbia University, Jennifer began her career as a marketing strategist at Nestlé. While at Nestlé, Jennifer was on the Lean Cuisine launch team, first introducing Lean Cuisine in the United States then moving to Vevey, Switzerland to work on the European roll-out. Upon her return to the US Jennifer was asked to lead the Nestlé Ice Cream new venture team, where she developed and launched several global “blockbuster” products including the Nestlé Toll House Ice Cream Sandwich and Exploding Pops. After over a decade with Nestlé, Jennifer joined Renaissance Hotels & Resorts as VP of Marketing for the Americas. While at Renaissance she re-positioned the brand and developed an award-winning advertising campaign that is credited with driving brand awareness, occupancy and ‘rev-par’. When Renaissance was acquired by Marriott International Jennifer was asked to join the Marriott team as SVP, Global Brand Management. She is credited with developing the Marriott Portfolio Management System, re-positioning the Ritz-Carlton brand and launching the Bulgari Hotel and Resort brand.

Jennifer is an active community member and was recognized by Kaleidoscope Magazine as one of three women in Northeast Ohio who make a difference for all she does to make NEO a better place. She serves on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, the Cognitive Health Institute and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and has been a guest lecturer at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management for the past 27 years.

Jennifer is a frequent speaker on branding. Past speaking engagements include the keynote address at the PGA Women’s Summit, the Marriott General Manager Meeting, the Ritz-Carlton Sales and Marketing Meeting, the E&Y Entrepreneurship Conference the Virginia Governor’s Conference, the Florida Leadership Conference, the Nebraska Conference on Travel and Tourism as well as presenting speaker at the IACVB Conference (International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau). 

A native of New Jersey, avid cyclist, gardener and proud mother of two well accomplished sons. Ms. Deutsch currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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Suber S. Huang, MD, MBA, President and CEO

 

Suber S. Huang, MD, MBA is the President/CEO of The Future Vision Foundation, FutureVisionFound.org, whose mission celebrates breakthrough vision research through powerful documentaries of discovery, impact, and hope. He is  committed to clinical excellence, innovative research, and world-wide education. Dr. Huang is currently CEO of the Retina Center of Ohio and Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami. Dr. Huang is Chair, NEI/NIH National Eye Health Education Program and is the AAO representative to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). He is the former AAO Associate Secretariat of Federal Affairs; Chair, Research, Regulatory, and External Scientific Affairs Committee; and Chair, Compounding Pharmacy taskforce, and is the current AAO representative to the USP. He founded the Retina Image Bank, now the world’s largest and most comprehensive open-access multimedia database of “all things retina”. With over 40,000 images contributed, imagebank.asrs.org links expertise around the world and, in 2019, will exceed 2 million cumulative page-views. The Retina Image Bank has been used in 194 countries representing 99.2% of the world’s population.  He is an editor for the APJO and APAO Chair, Retina Vitreous on-line education. He is a founding officer of Retina Global, bioscience advisor to the Anderson Scholars program and Life Trustee at the University School. He is editor-in-chief of the ASRS Retina Atlas with expected completion in 2020

From 1993-2014, Dr. Huang’s leadership positions in the CWRU Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences include: Philip and Elizabeth Searle – Suber Huang MD Professor and Vice-Chair, Residency Program Director, and Director, Center for Retina and Macular Disease. He founded the Retina Diseases Image Analysis Reading Center and was Director of the Visual Sciences Research Center. 

He received his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University and fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI)/University of Miami. He has graduate training at the Harvard University, Wharton School of Business/University of Pennsylvania, and received his Executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management/Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). 

Dr. Huang has participated in numerous clinical trials as PI and as Director of the Retina Disease Image Analysis Reading Center at CWRU.  He has published widely, given nearly 400 lectures, and has served as Program Chair for retina surgery for the APAO and AAO retina sub-specialty day. He is the IMSM for the Argus II retina prosthesis programs, Chair of the DMC for on-going gene therapy trials for NVAMD, for stem cell transplant trials in atrophic AMD, and the world’s largest trial of triple therapy for onchocerchiasis and lymphatic filariasis. He has active research interests in surgical innovation, gene therapy, the immunoregulatory properties of stem cells, and epigenomics.

Dr. Huang has received the “Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America” award each year since 2003, the AAO Secretariat Award (twice), and the AAO and ASRS Senior Achievement and Honor Awards. Other awards include the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Pediatric Innovation, OPS J. Donald M. Gass MD award, International Congress of Ophthalmic Photographers, the National Diversity Council Leadership Excellence Award, and the Cleveland Sight Center Person of the Year. He has received the CWRU Department of Ophthalmology Attending of the Year and cherishes the CWRU Humanism in Medicine award given annually to the School of Medicine faculty member who most demonstrates compassion and professionalism in the care of patients and their families. 

In 2017, Dr. Huang was inducted to the Retina Hall of Fame and produced Seven Years of Darkness, which won the best short documentary at the national short film festival. In 2018, Dr. Huang received the Jose Rizal International Medal from the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, their highest recognition for contributions to education and clinical care.

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Jonathan Bridge , Vice President

Jon Bridge is the assistant headmaster for advancement at University School where he oversees the philanthropic life of the school, alumni relations, communications, and marketing. University School just completed a campaign where alumni, parents, and friends contributed more than $108 million, making it one of the largest independent day school campaigns in the country. Prior to University School, Jon had a 17-year tenure at his alma mater Denison University where he was senior development officer in major and planned giving and formerly director of their annual fund. He started his advancement career in 1985 at Riverdale Country School in New York City where he was director of alumni relations and oversaw communications.

Jon serves on the board of the Julie Billiard Network of Schools and is on the steering committee of the Independent School Leadership Group for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, DC. He also coaches squash at University School.

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Kevin McNulty, Treasurer

Mr. McNulty is currently a Director at The Garland Company, Inc. based in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, he led both private equity backed and publicly traded companies in the medical device space. Mr. McNulty is a board member at Kinnect Ohio, a non-profit agency whose mission is to keep children out of foster care by finding permanent, chosen family solutions. 

Most notably, Mr. McNulty is inspired daily by his spouse’s strength and courage managing retinitis pigmentosa.

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Linda Stepan, Secretary

Ms. Stepan is a partner in Brouse Mcdowell’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. She is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Worker’s Compensation Law. Her Experience includes representing Employers before the Ohio Industrial commission as well as state courts. Linda is a graduate of Cleveland State University, magna cum laude, (BA, 1992) and Cleveland Marshall College of Law, cum laude, (JD,1991). She was named an Ohio Super Lawyer 2013-2015.