Chair of the board
Vivian T. Yin, M.D.Dr. Vivian T. Yin is a surgeon, researcher and teacher in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. Vivian is currently an Assistant Member at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and a Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. In the fall of 2019, Vivian will return to Vancouver as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital.
Vivian has been involved in global ophthalmology since 2009, working with Seva Canada, ORBIS, St Michael’s Hospital Urban Angle and So Kids Can See.
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. Vivian completed her Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In her spare time, she is an amateur chocolatier and enjoys the outdoors.
Paul Courtright is a Founder of the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) and a professor at the University of Cape Town.
Paul Courtright and his wife, Dr. Susan Lewallen, established the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology in Moshi, Tanzania in 2001 and lived there until 2012, spending the next 4 years in Cape Town, South Africa. He handed over the reins of KCCO to Dr. Robert Geneau in 2016.
He started work in the eye care field in 1979 as a Peace Corps volunteer working with leprosy patients in South Korea. After completing his Masters (1984) and Doctorate (1988) he has worked in Egypt and Ethiopia (1 year each), Malawi (4 years), Tanzania (11 years) and South Africa (4 years).
He and his wife moved to San Diego, into a life of semi-retirement (depends upon whom you talk to) in 2016. Currently, as a consultant, he is the Trachoma Technical Lead for Sightsavers' trachoma elimination programmes in 9 countries in Africa. He is the Assistant Editor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology and has published 250 scientific articles and book chapters. He was the recipient (with his wife) of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Blindness Prevention Award (2008), the Premio Vision Mundi de Lucha Contra la Cuguera (2011), and the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award (for KCCO in 2015).
Paul and Susan have two sons, Jim and Tom, both of whom have spent the last 3 years working in Africa or the South Pacific. Paul has been working with Seva Canada since the mid-1990s, at that time to design the Tibet Eye Care Assessment. He has been an avid fan of Seva Canada for many reasons, including the professional way in which Seva Canada approaches its engagement, the willingness to respond to needs identified in the field, and the willingness to invest in new ideas, new areas, and new people.
David Fine, M.D.
David Fine is a comprehensive eye physician and surgeon who has been in private practice since 2003 serving the communities of Delta and North Vancouver.
After graduating from McGill in 1991, he spent two years travelling and working abroad. He found that his travel experiences in some of the more remote parts of the world were the most inspiring and interesting, but also heartbreaking due to the poor health of the inhabitants of these areas. This led David to pursue a career in international health. He obtained a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and graduated from UBC medical school in 1998. It was during his Master's degree that he went to Aravind Eye Hospital to perform an epidemiologic study on ocular trauma. This experience encouraged David to become an ophthalmologist and he completed his residency in ophthalmology at UBC in 2003.
He provides outreach clinics to many northern communities in British Columbia that do not have a resident ophthalmologist and enjoys volunteering in other countries and providing training to many Seva-sponsored programs.
In his spare time, he enjoys open water swimming, hiking with his sheepadoodle on the north shore, and spending time with his wife and two year old son.
Jill Guthrie, CPA, CA & SFU graduate, was an Owner/Partner of Renaissance Group Chartered Professional Accountants Ltd. and then moved to a part-time consulting position with the firm about five years ago.
Jill worked in public practice advising mainly professional clients and smaller/medium owner managed businesses for about 30 years coordinating their financial reporting, tax and cash flow short-term and long-term planning throughout their lives.
Jill was also a volunteer Council Member for The Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and spent 7 years on their Practice Review and Licensing Committee.
Having focused on starting and building a 25 person CPA firm and mentoring new CPA’s entering the profession, Jill is looking forward to the role of Treasurer at Seva Canada and helping the Society use their limited resources to achieve their mission.
Katie Judson is the Program Manager of Population Health Clinical Value at MultiCare Health System. Her team is working to transform healthcare across Washington State to achieve the quadruple aim: improve the health of populations, enhance patient experience and healthcare quality, lower healthcare costs, and sustain meaningful work for providers.
Katie began her healthcare career by serving as a US Peace Corps Health and Education Volunteer in Cambodia. After returning to the US, she joined the staff of Seva Foundation. During her six years with the Foundation, Katie helped to develop the Global Sight Initiative program, and collaborated closely with Seva Canada staff on shared program and research projects. When she left to pursue her Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, she knew she could never stray far from the wonderful Seva family. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to serve once again- this time as a Seva Canada board member.
Katie lives in Tacoma, WA with her partner, Brendan, and their two cats. She loves to backpack, bike, cook and is a self-proclaimed Trekkie.
Sasipriya (Sashi), currently works as a consultant at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), a unit of Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, India (anchors a three year consulting project involving five eye hospitals from Sub Saharan Africa). She served as a consultant for Seva Foundation, USA and Alina Vision, a Singapore based for-profit organization with a mandate to promote affordable eye care models in emerging markets. Prior to that, Sashi worked at LAICO for 16 years. During her tenure at Aravind, she was involved in various projects including tele-ophthalmology, pediatric eye care, human resource development, and primary eye care services. She also led LAICO's consultancy division for a decade and contributed to implementing four funded consultancy projects that benefitted at least 50 eye hospitals from India and other developing countries.
For Sashi, volunteering on a not-for-profit board like Seva Canada is a natural extension of her beliefs in giving back to the community. In her spare time, Sashi likes to study history, dabble in photography and is an amateur trekker who is planning to scale Ladakh in the future.
Harish Krishnan is Associate Professor in Operations and Logistics and Director of the Centre for Operations Excellence at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
Born and raised in India, Harish moved to US for graduate school and received his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He has been at UBC since 2002. He also has been a visiting scholar at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.His research and teaching work focus on understanding how organizations of all types can become more efficient in achieving their mission. Inspired by the Aravind Eye Care System’s innovative approach to delivering cost-effective and high-quality eye care to everyone in need, Harish became interested in supporting like-minded organizations and is delighted to be able to help Seva Canada further its mission of restoring sight and preventing blindness.
Harish lives in Richmond, BC, with his wife and son.
Glen is a Portfolio Manager, Vice President and Managing Director with BMO Nesbitt Burns. He provides investment management to executives and business owners. He was inspired to become involved with Seva Canada by his cousin who had volunteered for years as an ophthalmologist.
Glen was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to Vancouver as a child. He has been married to his wife Jackie since 2002 and together they are raising three young children.
David Roberts is a practicing lawyer with Grossman & Stanley, a boutique business law firm located in Vancouver, B.C. His practice mostly consists of advising businesses of all sizes and individuals on their legal issues of the day. David brings his legal experience to the board, helping to troubleshoot legal issues facing the board. He has always enjoyed providing pro-bono legal services to the disadvantaged, and he has previously served as the deputy chair of a pro-bono legal services entity. At law school, David was awarded his school’s top prize for volunteerism due to the reforms he implemented in his capacity as the director of his law school’s free legal advice clinic. A North Vancouver native, David enjoys spending his spare time outdoors and playing sports. David was appointed by the Province of British Columbia as a member of the Employment and Assistance Tribunal in 2018.
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.