About Us

Vision First Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and assisting families in need regarding children’s comprehensive eye and vision examinations and associated eye care. 


Our Mission

Our mission is to raise the standards of eye care for our children’s visual welfare.  Our hope is that no child will experience school with an undetected and untreated eye or vision problem. 


Board of Directors

The Vision First board of directors consists of volunteer parents, educators, eye doctors, and medical professionals.  Vision First has no paid employees and there are no dues or membership fees to join the Kids Eyes Count Campaign. 

Vision First Foundation believes that by having our materials available on the website free of charge, we will touch more lives and help more children.


A tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization

Vision First Foundation incorporated in 2005 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity.  All donations are 100% tax-deductible as provided by law.  Vision First aims to be one of the leading non-profit organizations for children.

We especially thank the individuals and businesses volunteering their time, talents, and services:

  • Robert Shramuk and Toni Dillon
    Attorneys at Law
    Robert A. Shramuk Chartered

  • Beth Goodfellow
  • Carl L. Roth

    Webmaster and website hosting

CLR Software




Board of Directors

Janet Hughes

Founder and President

Floyd Mizener, OD, PhD, DOS


Nora Waliczek


Geoffrey W. Goodfellow, OD, FAAO


Donald Brown, MD

Samuel J. Forzley, OD

Patricia Fox, MEd

Patricia K. McCollom, MEd

Leonard V. Messner, OD

Jackie Multack, RN, MA

Thomas Poswilko, OD

Leo J. Prentice, OD


Honorary Board of Directors

Irving Bennett, OD

Albert A. Bucar, OD, DOS, FAAO

State Senator Deanna Demuzio

Governor Jim Edgar

Hugh Hill

Robert L. Johnson, OD

Speaker of the House Michael Madigan

Henry R. Moore, OD

State Senator Christine Radogno

State Representative Terry Steczo

Lawrence Vogel, OD


In loving memory

Irving A. Kernis, OD

Honorary board member

Floyd Woods, MEd, OD

Founding secretary/treasurer

Dr. Kernis and Dr. Woods were dear friends and loyal supporters. They truly made a difference in the lives of so many people and are missed very, very much.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
—Margaret Mead

Vision First honorary board members Dr. Albert Bucar and former Governor Jim Edgar hope you join the Vision First "Kids Eyes Count Campaign."