Beauty Of Sight Foundation


The Florida Lions Eye Bank Foundation

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS



President: Kenneth Engstrom


Vice President: Eduardo Del Riego


Treasurer: Juan Tejera


Secretary: Stacey Jones


Director: Norma Callahan


Director: Bruno Barreiro


Director: Elizabeth Dawson


Director: Jorge Reynardus


Immediate Past President: Larry Schiff



Vice President | Eduardo Del Riego


Eduardo Del Riego began his career in the freight industry. In 1999, after a successful series of creating and managing freight companies, including building a U.S. logistics company with over $100 million in revenue, Eduardo transitioned into software by founding Athena Information Systems.

After it was sold, he then headed Active Freight as President growing the company seven-fold prior to joining PayCargo as President and CEO.




Treasurer | Juan J.Tejera, C.P.A., C.V.A.


In 53 years of practice as a Certified Public Accountant, Juan has accumulated extensive experience in accounting and auditing, tax compliance and consulting, strategic business planning, system development and implementation, business valuations, litigation support, and administration.

During this period, Juan served clients, nationally and internationally, in a variety of industries, with a significant concentration in the following: Hospitality and Tourism, Health Care, Manufacturing, Printing, Real Estate Development and Construction, Common Interest Realty Associations (Condominiums), Wholesale and Retail businesses, and Shipping.

Juan obtained his accounting degree from the University of South Florida (located in Tampa, Florida), in 1968, and became Certified by the State of Florida Board of Accountancy in 1971, and a Certified Valuation analyst by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts in 1996.

His professional experience started with the firm of Coopers and Lybrand from 1968 through 1971. At the next firm, Laventhol and Horwath, Juan became an Audit Partner in 1982.

Juan joined the Lions Club in 1974 and has remained engaged performing in administrative and executive positions since. Juan is very active in his church, where he often participates in various ministries. He continues to volunteer in community activities, including Miami-Dade County Boards.




MANAGEMENT



Executive Director | Elizabeth Fout, MHSA


Elizabeth Fout has served the Florida Lions Eye Bank since 1998, when she joined as a recovery technician. In 2005, Fout Buras assumed the role of Executive Director and has successfully led the Florida Lions Eye Bank through regulatory changes, technological advances, financial restructuring, and unprecedented growth. Fout Buras holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Hospital Services Administration from Florida International University.

In addition to her role as Executive Director of the eye bank, Elizabeth has been awarded the management of the day to day planning and operations for the Beauty of Sight Foundation as the organization's Executive Director.




Developer | Michele Weber


Michele has dedicated her life to helping others and providing a voice for those without one. Before entering into the world of charity, Michele studied business in her home city of Lyon, France where she obtained a master’s degree. After graduating, Michele worked for some of the largest companies in the world including Coca-Cola and Pago where she received professional sales training and organizational skills.

After working for several years for large corporations, Michele was called to serve those in need and left the corporate world to join Youth with a Mission, where she spent the next four years as a full-time volunteer providing micro-business training for underprivileged communities in developing nations such as Mongolia, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Thailand, as well as raising awareness about human trafficking in underprivileged communities in the developed world in places such as Las Vegas, Sicily, France and Miami. When Michele arrived in the US to start her family, she turned her attention to event management and formed a pop-up gallery and a company that provides gourmet cooking lessons. Today, Michele is once again focused on helping others and serves as the Business development Director for Beauty of Sight Foundation. Michele is happily married with a little boy and little girl.




Marketing | Andre V Doren


Andre Doren provides the entrepreneurial marketing and branding expertise that has made him successful at developing and growing marketing architectures and brands for domestic and multinational organizations.

Andre successfully created, launched, and managed marketing architectures for nonprofit and profit brands in senior marketing executive roles, working broad domestic and global markets for companies like United Colors of Benetton, NationsHealth, and international pharmaceutical companies Bioseutica and K.D. Pharma. He created and managed the NationsHealth & Cigna Medicare Part D national launch, the second-largest social program in the U.S.

In 1992, he founded the Americas communication division based in Miami, Florida, for United Colors of Benetton, where he spent 13 years working in the U.S. and Latin America developing and managing Benetton's marketing communications. He successfully created and managed partnerships between Benetton and other multinationals (Unilever) and governments (Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, and others, including all of Central America and the Caribbean), global organizations such as the U.N., Organization of Americas States (O.E.A.), UNICEF, S.O.S. Racism and local institutions (CONASIDA, UNAIDS) to support the development and execution of social, cultural, and educational marketing and branding campaigns.

Earlier in his career, Andre managed account and creative teams for agencies such as Young Rubicam, J.W.T. (Hispania), and Grey. He is a lifetime member of the Direct Marketing Association (ECHO Judge Awards) and the National Society of Hispanic M.B.A.s, among others. Andre has a B.A. from New York University and received his M.B.A. from NOVA Southeastern University's Huizenga Business School. Today, Andre continues to generate organizational growth by successfully managing the marketing and branding of organizations, products, and services across all business disciplines.