Marty Spencer, M.D.
Martin (Marty) Spencer got his medical degree from the University of Chicago and his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Western Ontario. He is currently in private practice in Nanaimo specializing in cataract and intraocular lens surgery.
Marty has volunteered with Seva for many years in India, Nepal, Tibetan Areas of China, China, Madagascar, Malawi, Cambodia, and Guatemala. He has also designed several instruments for cataract surgery, as well as two intraocular lenses.
He has published and lectured extensively on topics related to cataract surgery, particularly in low-income countries. Marty is the recipient of many awards including the Governor General`s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers (2016), Lewis Perinbam Award in International Development (1997), the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award (1999) and the Achievement Award of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (2004).
Aside from his three daughters, Marty’s interests include photography, cinema, reading, ultimate frisbee, running, snowboarding and windsurfing.
Keith Thomson is a Co-founder and Managing Director of Stonegate Private Counsel - a partnership that specializes in handling the affairs of high-net-worth Canadian families. He is also the Director of The Donor Motivation Program™ in Canada, working with nonprofit organizations to create new planned gifts and increase existing ones. He is the author of, "What Was Your Great-Grandmother's Name? 50 Thoughts On How Canadian Philanthropy Can Transform You, Your Family And Your Community”.
Having spent much time travelling throughout Africa, Keith was attracted to Seva’s mission of restoring sight and preventing blindness in the developing world. He has travelled to Nepal and Madagascar with Seva and is a firm believer that the work the organization does is one of the most effective and cost efficient ways to transform lives.
Keith lives in Toronto with his wife, Tanja, their daughter, Kiera and dog, Haggis.
Dr. Vivian T. Yin
Dr. Vivian T. Yin is a surgeon, researcher and teacher in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. In 2014, she returned to Vancouver to join the University of British Columbia as assistant professor in the Division of Oculoplastics and Orbit.
She has been involved in global ophthalmology for the past six years, working with ORBIS, St Michael’s Hospital Urban Angle and So Kids Can See in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Kenya.
Vivian completed her undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University and pursued her medical degree and ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto. She further refined her surgical skills by pursuing a prestigious two-year fellowship training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She is also completing her Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In her spare time, she is an amateur chocolatier and enjoys being in the outdoors.
During the past 25 years, Neil has followed his passion for working in organization development and leadership support initiatives, some of which have been in India, Vietnam, Nepal and Thailand.
Originally from Ontario before being lured west by the rivers and mountains, Neil holds a BA in political science from University of Toronto, MA in Experiential Curriculum from University of Northern Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Organization Change and Leadership from the University of Oregon.
Neil is now living in Lantzville on Vancouver Island with his wife Deidre, and balances outdoor pursuits with his consulting company Pacific Leadership Design, research in professional learning communities and teaching summer graduate studies in Organizational Change.