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The CBI Family

Dr. Suresh Chandra

Suresh Chandra, MD

Founder & Chief Visionary Officer

Suresh Chandra, MD founded Combat Blindness Foundation in 1984. He has authored more than 165 publications and ten book chapters. He is also a Council Member of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight, a global joint initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Gordon Derzon

Gordon Derzon, MHA


Gordon Derzon served as the CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics for 25 years. He is currently an emeritus clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin. Gordon joined the CBI Board of Directors in 2002.

Peter Holm

Peter Holm, MD

Vice Chairman & Chief Medical Officer

Peter Holm, MD is a general ophthalmologist and the retired senior member of the Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He practiced Ophthalmology in Northern Wisconsin for 38 years. Peter has been involved in surgical missions in India and the Philippines with CBI, and St. Lucia. Peter joined the CBI Board of Directors in 2013, and was named Vice Chairman and Chief Medical Officer in 2019.

Dhavan Shah, PhD

Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Reena Chandra Rajpal

Reena Chandra Rajpal, MPH

President (ex officio) & Executive Director

Reena Chandra Rajpal is a public health practitioner and seasoned development professional with extensive experience in strategic planning, development, grant making and management for charitable organizations, higher education and international NGOs. Reena joined the CBI Board of Directors as President (ex-officio) in 2013 and became Executive Director in 2019.

Anant Baliga

Anant Baliga, MBA


Anant Baliga is the director of business development at Symphony Corporation where he is responsible for the sales and business development success of the company. Prior to Symphony Corporation he worked with SSI Technologies. Anant joined the CBI Board of Directors in 2013.

Julian Gangolli

President/CEO, North America of GW Pharmaceuticals
Michael Altawell

Michael Altaweel, MD

CBI Board Member

Michael Altaweel completed medical school in Canada and came to the University of Wisconsin in 1998 to complete a two-year fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous. He then joined the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as an assistant professor. Mike joined the CBI Board of Directors in 2002.

GN Rao

Founder of LV Prasad Eye Institute
Choton Basu

Choton Basu, PhD

CBI Board Member

Choton Basu is a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He works closely with startup companies and consults on business innovation. His passion resides in social entrepreneurship, and he specializes in technology-enabled projects. Choton is also the founder and CEO of Slipstream, LLC.

Wendi Dwyer, BA

CBI Board Member

Wendi Dwyer is a dynamic public speaker and journalist with a strong background in development. She currently serves as director of corporate sponsorships at PBS Wisconsin. Previously, she was the director of communications/development at Kenya Children’s Fund, and was the founder and executive director of two nonprofits — Literacy at the Well, and Lost Boys Rebuilding South Sudan (learn more at Wendi joined CBI’s Board of Directors in 2020.

Keshav Rajpal, MBA

Principal of BioMass Solution LLC

Luxme Hariharan, MD

CBI Board Member

Luxme Hariharan is a pediatric ophthalmologist who completed her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin and her MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has completed a number of fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and her goal is to advocate for children worldwide and to create effective programs and policies to help prevent avoidable causes of childhood blindness both locally and abroad.

Richard Langer

Richard Langer, JD

CBI Board Member

Rick Langer is a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, trusts and marital property. He has extensive teaching experience as a lecturer to the University of Wisconsin Law School and various bar organizations. A founding member of the CBI board from 1984-2002, Rick rejoined the CBI Board of Directors in 2008.

Sean Lynch, JD

CBI Board Member

Sean Lynch is a highly versatile individual with wide-ranging experience and skills. He currently serves as strategic partnership officer at the Wisconsin Historical Foundation. His background also includes serving as director of development at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, where he managed donor relationships and major fundraising strategies. Prior to that, he was a litigation attorney at Pines Bach LLP in Madison, Wis. Sean joined CBI’s Board of Directors in 2020.

Amy M. Murray, MBA

CBI Board Member

Amy Murray is director of sales-Midwest at Glaukos Corporation, an ophthalmic medical technology and pharmaceutical company. Her prior experience includes sales management positions at Abbott Medical Optics and Allergan Inc. Amy has been a longtime advocate of Combat Blindness International and joined CBI’s Board of Directors in 2020.

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Bill Shepard, MA

Marketing & Communications Manager

Bill Shepard has more than 20 years of communications, digital marketing and editorial experience, having worked at UW Credit Union, American Family Insurance and Kohler Co. His professional background also includes international broadcasting and serving as an international projects officer at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association.

Margaret Wolfgram

Margaret Wolfgram, BA

Operations Manager

Margaret Wolfgram is a native Wisconsinite and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in English and Spanish. During her time at UW-Madison, she interned abroad in Peru and developed a passion for working internationally. Margaret joined Combat Blindness International in 2018 as an Office Manager and enjoys working to increase access to eye care in her Madison community as well as abroad.

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