The Gift of Sight is led by a small, dedicated team, but it continues to be a success thanks to a growing group of medical professionals and a few others of various professions who join together and donate their time and resources to our domestic and international missions. Without these talented and giving individuals, we wouldn't have been able to examine and help as many people as we have.
Learn more about our passionate team:
Dr. Kenneth Westfield
Chairman of the Board & CEO
After serving in the United States Army (1969-71), Dr. Kenneth Westfield attended and graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1976. He then completed his internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and residency training at the Kresge Eye Institute. In 1980, he founded a private practice in Las Vegas, which has since grown to become the largest full-service ophthalmology center in Nevada. The center includes an ambulatory surgical center, a Laser Refractive Center and an optical shop.
Dr. Westfield is extremely active in his profession and the community. Among his many accomplishments, he served as the founding medical director of the Nevada Eye Bank; was the first to perform refractive surgery in Las Vegas (radial keratotomy); opened the first satellite eye care clinics to serve outlying rural Nevada; was the first surgeon to perform cataract surgery in a freestanding ambulatory surgery center; and was the first to successfully service a large managed care contract, making surgery from an eye doctor in Las Vegas more affordable for plan participants.
Dr. Westfield founded the Gift of Sight in order to realize his vision for a world where treatable yet debilitative eye conditions were addressed in the places of most need. Since its inception, he has been able to help and heal thousands of people in his own community of Las Vegas and the world over who would otherwise not have received the necessary care. In his eyes, this has been the biggest accomplishment of his career.
Dr. Todd Jackson
CFO & Board Member
Dr. Todd Jackson was born and raised in Las Vegas. His family instilled in him a strong commitment to community service, which began with volunteering at the local shelter. After attending Brigham Young University, Dr. Jackson spent 6000 serving the people of Guatemala and made a promise that he would do all he could to serve others throughout his life. It was during this experience that he decided to become a medical doctor and surgeon.
He attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, specializing in ophthalmology. Yet he did not want to wait until he was established to continue to serve the less fortunate. He founded Prestige Laser and Cataract Institute in 2011 with a mission statement to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, liberate the captive and care for the sick and afflicted. He told his staff, “If I can not run a world-class premium business and do charity from the very beginning, I do not deserve to own a business, and I should go to work for someone else.” He attributes the success of his business to this focus on service.
Dr. Jackson also participates in the H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere) clinic on a monthly basis, where he provides care on a pay-it-forward basis. Dr. Jackson’s work around the world has helped him to become proficient and confident treating the most advanced forms of anterior segment disease. He has participated in eye missions in Guatemala and Kenya and is a member of GOS’ Volunteer Medical Team as well as the organization’s leadership.
Dr. Hon Vu Duong
Secretary & Board Member
Dr. Duong was born in Hue, Vietnam. In 1975, he and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Virginia. After high school, he enlisted into the US Army. After four years of distinguished service in the Army, he attended college and medical school. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, he completed his General Surgery training at The University of Virginia Health Science Center; his ophthalmology residency at Howard University Hospital where he received advance training in oculoplastic and microsurgery; and his fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
Dr. Duong serves as Assistant Professor of Biology at Nevada State College where he teaches Neuroscience, Anatomy & Physiology, Endocrinology and Microbiology. His primary focus as an instructor is that students not only master course content, but are able to apply the knowledge to novel contexts. This focus carries over in his role as the Director of Continuing Education at the Westfield Eye Center. He ensures that our staff continually learns about the latest developments in procedures and treatments for eye diseases. He also mentors the ophthalmology residents that come through our practice.
Dr. Duong has published in peer review journals. He authored Sickle Cell Retinopathy and Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Eyelid chapters in Roy & Fraundfelder's Current Ocular Therapy, 6th Edition and other ophthalmology textbooks. He has lectured at regional and national ophthalmology meetings. Recently, Dr. Duong along with some of his peers published a Case Study manual for nursing students at Nevada State College and nationwide.
Dr. Duong emphasizes community-based learning. He truly believes that selfless endeavors are an essential part of the medical practice. Dr. Duong has led several Gift of Sight mission trips to Haiti and Vietnam.
Dr. Tyree Carr
Dr. Tyree Carr graduated from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine of Chicago, and completed his ophthalmology residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Kresge Eye Institute of Detroit. The American Board of Ophthalmology certified Dr. Tyree Carr in 1983.
Dr. Carr maintains a dynamic private practice in Las Vegas, NV, where he has been caring for patients for over 25 years. Dr. Carr is skilled in the latest uses of technology for cataracts, to include multi-focal lenses, Lasik procedures, and many other ophthalmology services.
Dr. Carr enjoys sharing his knowledge and practicing his skills worldwide. He is an avid contributor of medical missions with various global non-profits and takes pleasure in educating aspiring ophthalmic professionals. As a member of the medical team for The Gift of Sight, Dr. Carr has not only attended trips spanning multiple decades of commitment, but he is also an integral part of our fund development team.
While maintaining a private practice, Dr. Carr remains abreast of the latest developments in ophthalmology through his many professional memberships, to include American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), American College of Eye Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, National Medical Association, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Chief of Ophthalmology Department, University Medical Center and many others.
Leland Eugene Backus
Vice-chairman of the Board
Leland Eugene Backus is a Juris Doctor graduate of University of California at Los Angeles having received honors in the Order of Barristers and Moot Court. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Nevada at Las Vegas in Economics in 1969.
Mr Backus is an author for the Nevada Civil Practice Manual and has authored several articles in the field of litigation. He has lectured on an international basis on a variety of topics pertaining to mass disaster litigation, computer use in litigation, litigation practice, construction law, claims presentation, insurance law, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, and a variety of litigation and procedural areas of the law.
Mr. Backus was a trustee and past chairman of the Nevada Law Foundation, past president of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southern Nevada, past director of The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, past charter president of the Exchange Club of Las Vegas, and former Chairman of the State of Nevada Certified Court Reporters Board.
Mr. Backus is a founding benefactor of the Nevada Law Foundation Colleagues and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for helping start this program. His contributions to the poor and less fortunate have continued throughout his career. In addition to leading The Gift of Sight, he is currently a Director of Send Me On Vacation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that sends breast cancer survivors on well-deserved vacations following treatment.
Tara Quarrie grew up in Glendora, CA. From an early age, Ms. Quarrie admired both of her parents for their dedication to philanthropy. Her mother has had a long career in fundraising and her father regularly supports youth education in his childhood neighborhood and the surrounding parishes in his home country of Jamaica.
Ms. Quarrie received her undergraduate degree in Business Law from the University of Southern California and her MBA from California State University, Los Angeles. She has over 7 years of experience in the field of fundraising and development and has developed a passion for working in the nonprofit industry. She currently works at the University of Southern California in Athletics where she handles annual giving for female student-athlete scholarships as well as related health and wellness programs for all women's teams. Prior to her current role, Ms. Quarrie served as the Foundation Officer for Heifer International, an international development organization dedicated to distributing agricultural inputs to families in the developing world in order to provide them with the tools and knowledge necessary to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Some of the other nonprofit fields she has worked in include youth in the arts, youth education, healthcare, and family services.
Ms. Quarrie currently resides in Downtown Los Angeles and enjoys exploring new restaurants, cafes and museums in the neighborhood. One of the causes that she is most passionate about is raising awareness about mental health and the stigmas preventing further discussion about the topic. She is a volunteer at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.
Mushambi Mutuma is a tech entrepreneur, strategist, and educator who is dedicated to fostering sustainable impact at a local and global level. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mushambi studied Political Science and Studio Art at Pepperdine University.
After graduating, he worked in the public health sector for several years at The UCLA Center for World Health. The center's mission is to restore the health of people and communities throughout the world, through education, research, and service. There, Mushambi was responsible for developing and implementing the long term strategic health and business development plan for Southern Africa.
Currently, Mushambi is leading several start-ups and is the Managing Director and Founder of Altivex Creative Foundry, a digital strategy and design agency, he launched in 2010. Altivex focuses on web design and development, social media marketing and management and mobile app development.
Mushambi and his team recently launched SmartPrac, a comprehensive, cloud based, practice management system that offers streamlined solutions for medical practitioners from billing to scheduling, patient EHR management, stock management to financial reporting. Mushambi aims to assist GOS in leveraging technology to achieve its mission.
Treasurer & Board Member
For the past five years, Gift of Sight Treasurer Sheeba Rankin has been coordinating the organization’s fundraising and events. In addition, she is in charge of G.O.S.’ administrative responsibilities. Ms. Rankin is passionate about non-profit development and championing causes, but is happily a part of the leadership team of Gift of Sight. A volunteer staff and individual donations led to the organization’s broad accomplishments in its first years, and she knows first hand that resources go directly to providing medical services to the patients reached.
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