UW Ophthalmology in the Community

We recognize the importance of partnering with the community for education, detection, and treatment of eye disease. Our efforts take us locally and abroad with special emphasis on underserved populations

Our Community Matters

As part of an academic medical center, we endeavor to promote a culture of education for members of our community, as well as our faculty and staff. We believe that community members are integral to a reciprocal learning environment, and to our success as teachers, learners, and healers.

Community Action Board

The UW Medicine Eye Institute Community Action Board (CAB) exists to support and further the UW Medicine Eye Institute’s mission to eliminate suffering from eye disease, both in our region and in the wider world. Our CAB members are advocates and generous supporters, and we are honored to be able to work with this distinguished group from the greater Puget Sound region. To learn more about our CAB or how you can get involved, please contact Abbey Norris at (206) 221-8274 or abbeyn@uw.edu .

Mark Bathum

Mark Bathum

Mark was born and raised in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1981 and received his MBA from UCLA in 1986. Mark has worked for a number of large and small firms in marketing and management and has lived and worked in Europe, Los Angeles, Portland, Detroit and Seattle. 

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Tina Bueche

Kristine I. Bueche (Tina)

Originally from upstate New York, Tina received her Master of Science in counseling from Wright State University and followed with post graduate study in experimental psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In the mid-70's she joined the General Electric Company in Human Resources and Organization Development, and subsequently moved to Seattle to work with Quantum Medical Systems in Issaquah, Washington. 

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Dennis Evans

Dennis Evans

Dennis was born in Yakima, Wash. in 1946. He studied chemistry at the University of Washington and went on to get a BFA in ceramics and an MFA in design from UW. His artwork is included in many major museums and public corporation collections; including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. 

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Dr. Melvin and Nanette Freeman

Melvin Freeman, M.D., FACS, a Seattle native, is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his training in ophthalmology at Barnes Hospital/Washington University and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School. He was in the private practice of ophthalmology in Seattle and was a volunteer clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Washington. 

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Cynthia Gensheimer

Cynthia Francis Gensheimer grew up in Schenectady, New York, and received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA. She has analyzed tax policy for the Congressional Budget Office, taught economics at Vassar College, and volunteered extensively in her children’s schools. Over the years, she held numerous positions in the PTA, including legislative liaison in Kansas City, and wrote Raising Funds for Your Child’s School. 

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Sen. Cyrus Habib

Cyrus Habib represents Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Medina, Clyde Hill, and the Points Communities in the Washington State Senate. In 2012, Habib was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives, making him the first and only Iranian American Elected Official to hold a state office in the United States. Habib was recently named one of the “40 Under 40 Political Rising Stars of 2014” by the Washington Post and was named one of “12 State Legislators to Watch in 2014” by Governing Magazine. Habib was elected by his Senate colleagues to serve as whip in the Democratic Caucus leadership team. 

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Jim Hilton

Jim is a lifetime resident of Seattle, graduating from Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington in Business and Law.  He entered the UW in 1952 on a full athletic scholarship, ending up as Captain of the Track Team and the holder of several records. Upon graduating from Law School in 1959, Jim joined the Seattle law firm now named PerkinsCoie.  He became Managing Partner in the 1980s, and held that position as PerkinsCoie became the largest law firm in the Pacific Northwest. Jim’s law practice has been primarily business and tax.  For several years he served as chairman of the Firm’s General Business Practice Group, and served as a Bar Examiner and as Chairman of the Taxation Section of the State Bar Association. Jim retired from PerkinsCoie in 2003, but still maintains his office there. 

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Camille Jassny

Camille Jassny

Camille and her husband, David, have two wonderful sons as well as a terrific guide dog, Brietta. Camille has had chronic eye disease her whole life and lost her sight three years ago. 

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Jack Jolley

Jack is a native Seattleite, born on Capitol Hill in 1958. He was educated in local private and public schools, graduating from high school in 1976 and from the University of Washington in 1980 with a B.A. degree in accounting. Jack followed his dream of working in New York City and then London with various positions of financial and management responsibility. 

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Robert Kalina

Robert E. Kalina, MD

Dr. Kalina is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and the ophthalmology residency program of the University of Oregon Hospitals and Clinics. After service in the United States Air Force and further training in retinal diseases and surgery in San Francisco and Boston, he joined the faculty of the University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology in 1967. 

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Christopher & Alida Latham

Christopher is retired from a 40 year career in information systems management and consulting. His work ranged from national financial institutions to, finally, the University of Washington. He remains active as a frequent world traveler who is also a supporter of both local and international non-profit organizations. His education includes a B.A. in anthropology and graduate study in computer science.

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Lane McKittrick

Lane McKittrick

Lane has lived in Washington her whole life and has held leadership positions at University of Washington for most of her career. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the UW and her M.A. in Organization Leadership from Gonzaga University.

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Nancy Mee

Nancy Mee

Nancy was born in the San Francisco bay area and attended the University of Washington, where she earned a BFA in printmaking in 1974. She has studied etching at Atelier 17 and glass fusing and slumping at the Pilchuck Glass School. 

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Richard P. Mills, M.D., MPH

Dr. Mills is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Washington ophthalmology residency and School of Public Health. His fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology and glaucoma were in San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C. 

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Fred Minifie

Fred Minifie

Fred Minifie is professor emeritus of the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at the University of Washington where he served as department chairman. He is currently developing a multi-media textbook on Speech Production for use with tablet. He has been an active member of the University Lions Club for 34 years and currently serves as Zone Chairman for the Seattle area Lions Clubs and program chairman for the University Lions Club. 

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Richard Munsen

Richard S. Munsen, JR, MD

Dr. Munsen received his M.D. with Honors from the University of Iowa in 1972. He served in the United States Air Force as a general medical officer in Thailand for one year and at McChord AFB in Tacoma for one year. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Michigan, followed by a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the University of Iowa. 

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Thomas (Tom) Olson

Thomas (Tom) Olson

Tom Olson is a third generation Seattleite and has both a BA in Economics and a JD from the University of Washington. Other than two years in the Army, he has never wandered far from home. 

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Ernie Pearson

Ernest J. Pearson

Ernest is the founder of Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services - Central Valley, specializing in real estate brokerage and development consulting in California’s Central Valley. He attended the University of Washington and John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area, and holds a degree in Marketing Management. 

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Ron Peck

Ron C. Peck has worked around the globe for Fortune 500 companies as a sales and marketing executive in the Healthcare, Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology. Since returning to the UW from an assignment in Switzerland, Ron has devoted his personal and professional life to the formation and management of health and wellness non-profits.  

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Kelly Pelligrini

Born in Sacramento, CA, Kelly Pelligrini attended California State University, Sacramento and received her JD from Loyola University, Los Angeles. After 24 years of service with US Surgical (now owned by Medtronic), she retired in 2011. Kelly was the former VP of Sales for the Western Region, and she finished her career creating an education and training field program for surgeons and residents. Kelly currently serves as a board member for the Society of University Surgeons.

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Suzanne Ragen

Suzanne Ragen

Suzanne, who has also served on UW Medicine’s Campaign Cabinet, was born in Czechoslovakia and came to Oregon at the age of two. She graduated from Mills College in 1958 and has completed coursework at the UW for a master’s degree in art history. 

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Walter Rotkis, MD

Dr. Walter Rotkis started practice in Seattle after doing fellowships at Swedish Hospital Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and the University of California in San Francisco. 

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Graham & Brenda Siddall

Graham and Brenda met at Aberdeen University in the UK, where Brenda was studying for a degree in Physiology and Graham was completing a Ph.D. in Natural Philosophy (Physics). In 1976, Graham was awarded a Lindemann Fellowship to work on the NASA/Stanford Gyro Relativity Experiment and they moved to California. After several years at Stanford, Graham went on to work at Hewlett Packard Labs and then moved east to work in New York and Boston, eventually returning to Silicon Valley in 1988, where he joined a small private company, Tencor Instruments, which went public in 1992. In July 1999 he joined Credence Systems, a semiconductor test equipment company, as its President and CEO and then later, as Chairman of the Board, before retiring in October 2005. 

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Phillip S. Stein

For 27 years, Phillip was the owner and CEO of a chain of H&E Do-It-Yourself Centers and H&E Home Centers in Victorville, California. During his time as CEO, Phillip grew the company to more than 500 employees and 7 retail stores. Since selling the business in 2008 and retiring, Phillip has acted as a family and start-up business consultant, serving industries such as interior design, candy manufacturing, cement recycling, casket manufacturing, medical equipment, and cable television. 

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Robert Stevens

Robert J. Stevens

Robert J. Stevens retired from Novartis/Alcon Laboratories at the end of March 2012, just short of 35 years of service. For the last 23 years he was head of research and design for surgical products in the field of ophthalmology. 

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 Emeritus CAB Members

  • Claire Angel
  • Barbara Bedell
  • Joan Bergy
  • Kevin Callaghan
  • Leigh Fenneman
  • Catherine McCallum Hayner
  • James Hayner
  • Dan Hunter
  • Irene Hunter
  • James Premo

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