Melody is the founder and President of ACIS. After her diagnosis of OM, she sought to change the landscape of OM. With awareness products and financial aid for patients, ACIS was doing what no other non profit has done for OM. During her 8 years as an OM patient, she has used her background in Sales, Marketing and Design to move ACIS into a leader of the OM community.
Jack Odell was diagnosed with OM 6 years ago. Since joining ACIS he has been a leader in changing the way ACIS research is funded and reported. Jack is a retired architect bringing 35 years of construction contract administration and design to the ACIS team. Jack leads our special projects and research team, vetting research proposals to demand accountability and the highest research outcome possible. Our research contracts now include “milestone reporting” before funding is approved, allowing our projects to remain on track and on time.
Suzanne is a 13 year conjunctival melanoma patient that was diagnosed as stage 4. Suzanne is a patient advocate proving that OM is not a death sentence. Suzanne uses her skills as a patient, mother, wife and friend to help patients navigate their OM diagnosis. Suzanne leads our Cure Companion team as well as the Chair of the Swing For Sight Golf Tournament.
Marlene was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma at age 46 August 2004. Currently 15 years survivor No Evidence of Disease she lives with her husband Bill, in North Carolina. Marlene brings her experience with working for a non profit to the ACIS team.
Tania was a founding member of ACIS. Tania VP of Development and was responsible for our first awareness products and awareness campaigns.
Marla brought her own special touch to ACIS. Advocating for patients and spreading awareness everywhere she went. She was an OverComer and held that title until she passed.
COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Loren was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma in her left eye on 11/10/01. In 2009, she was operated on again on the left eye with a cataract. In June 2017, Loren suffered an Ischemic Optic Stroke in her right eye, which was her healthy eye, and since this time she has been receiving treatments to that eye. Since January 2018 Loren has been suffering from severe Macular Edema (bleeding in both eyes). She is at the oncologist every two weeks for treatments to both eyes and also suffers from Ocular Hypertension. Loren is battling to save her vision.
Since January 2019 Loren has been Honored to have the opportunity to be Volunteer Director of Advocacy for A Cure in Sight.
Melanie Robertson is a retired Registered Nurse whose daughter, Kady, was diagnosed with OM in Dec 2016, just days before her 30th birthday. Kady is treated by Dr Amy Schefler in Houston and Drs Orloff and Gonsalves in Philadelphia. She was diagnosed as stage 4 in January 2019. Since Kady’s diagnosis, Melanie has been an advocate for Kady in her treatments and journey with OM. Melanie is A Cure In Sight’s Volunteer Advocate in Texas. She is based in Beaumont, Texas and spends much of her time educating the public about OM and the importance of dilated eye exams in the early detection of OM.
I have been a teacher for 23 years and currently work with at risk youth teaching science in the Blue Springs School District. My husband Eric is an Assistant Principal in the same district and has been in education for 24 years. We have a blended family of 5 children and are proud grandparents. Eric was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma in March of 2017 and treated by Dr. Greg Fox at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Since his diagnosis I have been an advocate for my husband in his treatment and networking with as many survivors as possible. I am extremely proud to be a part of A Cure In Sight as they find a cure. Karla is currently our News Letter editor.
Our Medical Board
Ted Bryant, OD Clarity Eye
Sapna Patel MD MD Anderson
Rajiv Anand MD Texas Retina
PO Box 58113
Raleigh, NC 27658-8113
Tel: (919) 885-5264
4225 Solano Ave
Napa CA 94558