Our Leadership

We bring together global leaders and innovators from diverse fields, including universities, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, government agencies, tech firms, the entertainment industry, and people and families with diabetes. Our goal is to champion and advance research to preserve and restore vision in people with diabetes.

Executive Team

S. Robert Levine, MD

S. Robert Levine, MD

Founder and CEO

Jennifer Sun, MD, MPH

Jennifer Sun, MD, MPH

Scientific Co-Director

Tom Gardner, MD, MS

Tom Gardner, MD, MS

Scientific Co-Director

Patrice Fort, PhD, MS

Patrice Fort, PhD, MS

Director MTM Vision Biorepository and Resource Center

Eric Carlson

Eric Carlson

The Carlson Company | Co-Director Media and Cause Marketing

Carol Oxenreiter, BS

Carol Oxenreiter, BS

Chair, Lay Advisory Board

Mark Atkinson, PhD

Mark Atkinson, PhD

Chair, External Scientific Advisory Board

Dorene Markel, MS, MHSA

Dorene Markel, MS, MHSA

Managing Director

Team Members

Jocelyne Clancy

Jocelyne Clancy

Project Manager, Mary Tyler Moore Vision Initiative and Admin Specialist, Caswell Diabetes Institute, Michigan Medicine

Latrice Faulkner, PhD

Latrice Faulkner, PhD

Research Operations, Management and Strategy Fellow, Michigan Medicine

Corey Porter, PhD

Corey Porter, PhD

Technical Manager, Biorepository and Resource Center

Kelli Ramos, BS

Kelli Ramos, BS

Project Manager Biorepository and Resource Center

Shelby Unsworth, PhD

Shelby Unsworth, PhD

Associate Director for Business Development, University of Michigan Medical School

Carmen Yu

Carmen Yu

Research Lab Specialist Senior, Biorepository and Resource Center

Terry Sims

Terry Sims

Executive Assistant to Dr. Levine

Lay Advisory Committee

Carol Oxenreiter, BS

Carol Oxenreiter, BS

Chair | Diabetes Family Advocate

Tom Chapman, MBA

Tom Chapman, MBA

CIO Teewinot Partners | Person with Diabetes

Chris German, PhD

Chris German, PhD

Senior Scientist, Myriad Genetics | Person with Diabetes

Judy Hunt, MBA

Judy Hunt, MBA

Diabetes Family Advocate

Monica Oxenreiter, MBA, MPP

Monica Oxenreiter, MBA, MPP

VP of Close Concerns | Person with Diabetes

Sandra Puczynski, PhD

Sandra Puczynski, PhD

Diabetes Family Advocate

External Scientific Advisory Board

Mark Atkinson, PhD

Mark Atkinson, PhD

University of Florida, Director of University of Florida Diabetes Institute; Director, nPOD and CaRe-TID

Sally Baxter, MD

Sally Baxter, MD

UCSD Shiley Eye Institute, Division Chief for Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science

Dolly Chang, MD, MPH, PhD

Dolly Chang, MD, MPH, PhD

Genentech, Senior Medical Director, Research and Early Development

Sanjoy Dutta, PhD

Sanjoy Dutta, PhD

JDRF, Chief Scientific Officer

Stephen McLeod, MD

Stephen McLeod, MD

American Academy of Ophthalmology, CEO

Tunde Peto, MD, PhD

Tunde Peto, MD, PhD

Queen’s University Belfast, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Marlon Pragnell, PhD

Marlon Pragnell, PhD

American Diabetes Association, Vice President of Research and Science

Christopher Rhodes, PhD

Christopher Rhodes, PhD

AstraZeneca Chief Scientist/Vice President, Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Disease, Biopharmaceuticals R&D

José Sahel, MD, PhD

José Sahel, MD, PhD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Chair of Ophthalmology

Marie Schiller

Marie Schiller

Interim CEO, The Diabetes Link; former VP Drug Development/Device R&D Innovation, Eli Lilly and Company

Don Zack, MD, PhD

Don Zack, MD, PhD

Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Stem Cells and Ocular Regenerative Medicine

Media and Fund Development Advisors

Red Maxwell

Red Maxwell

Senior Advisor, Marketing and Communications

Tom Brobson

Tom Brobson

Senior Advisor, Fund Development, Former JDRF National Director, Research Investment Opportunities

Eric Carlson

Eric Carlson

The Carlson Company | Co-Director Media and Cause Marketing

Susan Carlson

Susan Carlson

The Carlson Company | Co-Director Media and Cause Marketing

Nicole Sexton

Nicole Sexton

President and CEO, Entertainment Industry Foundation

Brian Gott

Brian Gott

Chief Innovation Officer & Head of Industry Relations for the Entertainment Industry Foundation

About Diabetic Retinal Disease

Diabetic Retinal Disease is the number one cause of blindness in working-age adults worldwide.

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Our Partners

With our partners we are helping to preserve and restore vision in people with diabetes.

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