Date: May 17, 2018
Location: Italian Community Center 631 E Chicago St. Milwaukee, WI 53202
4:30 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting for board members only
5:45 p.m. Cocktail Reception for board members, donors and friends
6:30 p.m. Dinner
Registration is $65.
Including the presentation of the:
Shared Vision Award
20/20 Service Award
Cheryl Orlando, RN, BSN
District Nurse, School District of Cudahy
Children’s Healthy Vision Award
Rhonda Powell, RN, MSN
Assistant Nursing Professor, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Adult Healthy Vision Award
Dr. Sandra Underwood, RN, Ph.D., F.A.A.N.
Professor, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and Parkside
Gae Lach Sight Saver Award
Menomonee Falls Community League
iLevel Media- The Shared Vision Award recognizes a community partner who shares Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s vision for each Wisconsin resident to have healthy vision at every stage of life.
What began as Mark Irving Productions, a television production company, morphed into iLevel media, an interactive and video production company, in 1997. Creating effective and entertaining live-action and animated videos and still photography, iLevel media tells stories about engaging personalities, remarkable service, and community relations. Stories are told with short yet powerful videos for select corporations and community organizations. CEO Julie Olson strategically manages all aspects of production, utilizing staff and freelance professionals as dictated by each unique project.
iLevel media has been a collaborative partner of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin since 2008, working on films including: A 50th Anniversary Celebration; Live Right Save Sight; and numerous Community Partner Award videos. “The finished product was precisely what I had in my head before you started to work. The only difference was that it was better than I had imagined it.” said Bob Goldstein, former President and CEO of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin of the 50th Anniversary video (their first project with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin). Since then, each project has exceeded the growing expectations and needs of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. iLevel media truly has a SHARED VISION to help Prevent Blindness Wisconsin ensure each Wisconsin resident has healthy vision at every stage of life.
Cheryl Orlando, RN, BSN- The 20/20 Service Award recognizes a program partner who sees clearly that healthy vision is possible only through collaborative partnerships.
Cheryl Orlando graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Alverno College in 1975 and has been a Registered Nurse for 43 years. She has served as a Public Health Nurse for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, a Pediatric Home Health Care Nurse, and as a School Nurse for the School District of Elmbrook. She has been the District Nurse for the School District of Cudahy since 2012, having served Cudahy schools through the Cudahy Health Department since 2006. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 adult children, and 3 grandchildren. She loves to volunteer for community events, the Historical Society, and Autism Speaks. Cheryl’s passion is to be involved with activities and organizations that provide family activities that encourage health, wellness, and fun.
Through her role as Cudahy School District Nurse, Cheryl has provided valuable feedback on Prevent Blindness Wisconsin resources and materials, submitted vision screening numbers annually, and attended grassroots fundraising events. Cheryl was instrumental in creating a strong partnership with the Cudahy Lions Club and truly demonstrates what a strong vision screening program within schools should aspire to be. Though retiring as District Nurse in August, Cheryl is dedicated to protecting children’s vision and plans to continue to support vision screenings in the School District of Cudahy.
Rhonda Powell, RN, MSN- The Children’s Healthy Vision Award recognizes a Children’s Program Partner who makes children’s vision health a reality.
Rhonda Powell is an Assistant Nursing Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) with a passion for working with underserved and vulnerable populations in the community. Rhonda is dedicated to training a new generation of nurses who are caring, compassionate, and skilled in cutting-edge, innovative care. Rhonda makes children’s vision health a reality both now and in the future by partnering with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin to train and certify the students in her community health and family nursing courses as Children’s Vision Screeners. Through the collaboration between MSOE Nursing Students and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, students are able to extend what they have learned beyond the classroom and into local schools. Each year, Rhonda’s students conduct vision screenings for approximately 1,000 to 1,500 school-age children who would otherwise not receive a vision screening and possibly struggle in the classroom because they cannot see well enough to learn. Rhonda shares, “when nursing students are trained as Certified Children’s Vision Screeners, we are building a pipeline of qualified vision screeners who may serve in the future as school nurses, pediatric nurses, or community health professionals. Vision screening through Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has been invaluable to my community nursing students!”
Rhonda has been married to her husband, Wallace, for almost 31 years and they have six young-adult children. God, faith, and family are the values that she holds most dear.
Dr. Sandra Underwood, RN, Ph.D., F.A.A.N.- The Adult Healthy Vision Award recognizes an Adult Program Partner who makes vision health for at-risk adults a priority.
Sandra Millon Underwood R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin – Parkside School of Nursing. Dr. Underwood has directed courses that focus on nursing research, foundations of health, cancer prevention and control, cultural diversity in health care, and perspectives of health care systems. Dr. Underwood has assumed a number of statewide and national appointments and positions including service on the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils, the National Cancer Advisory Board, the National Institute of Nursing Research Advisory Council, the National Cancer Policy Board, the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Integration Panel, and the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Expert Panel.
Dr. Underwood has been a dedicated partner of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin for many years, ensuring nursing students at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Parkside become trained and certified as Adult Vision screeners. Through this partnership, nursing students make healthy vision a priority for at-risk adults by providing free certified adult vision screenings in the Greater Milwaukee Area and Racine at VA Stand Downs, the Milwaukee Catholic Home, and Celebrando Nuestras Familias Health Fair.
Sharon Johnson - The Gae Lach Sight Saver Award is awarded annually in honor of the example Gae Lach set for all Prevent Blindness Wisconsin volunteers, for her dedication to children’s vision health through her selfless volunteer service.
Sharon Johnson is a member of the Menomonee Falls Community League and has been a volunteer vision screener since the Community League’s first involvement with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin in the early 1980s. She has served as the Menomonee Falls Vision Screening Coordinator for more than thirty years, taking on the role of Group Coordinator just one year after the Community League first partnered with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. Throughout her years as a vision screener, Sharon has provided vision screenings for thousands of preschool-age children in Menomonee Falls.
The fight for healthy vision is a cause that is close to Sharon’s heart, as she, her granddaughter, and her grandson were all diagnosed with amblyopia and strabismus as young children. Reflecting on her years of service to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, Sharon remarks that, “If we save one child’s sight each year, all of our hard work is worth it.”