Essilor Vision Foundation Announces New Positions

DALLAS—The Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) announced several staffing changes to help support the continued growth and outreach of the organization, including the retirement of Audrey Reed, whom EVF called, “a great asset and visionary for the Foundation.” Reed has been involved with the organization since its inception and was instrumental in its success and growth. She was also named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010.

Diane Gillis joins EVF as director of programs and employee engagement and will succeed Reed. Gillis, who joined Essilor in 1992, will be responsible for delivering the overall strategy for targeted programs and Foundation engagement.

“Audrey’s contributions to the Foundation through her involvement in projects such as our partnership with Special Olympics have left a lasting legacy—we will always be grateful for her dedication,” said Stephen Shawler, president of Essilor Vision Foundation. “As Diane joins our team, we look forward to learning from her industry expertise and passion.”

Also joining the Foundation team is Andrea Haymore and Lindsey Weldon. As operations manager, Haymore will be responsible for the coordination and planning of back office functions, training programs and support for current and future Essilor Vision Foundation programs. As development and donor relations manager, Weldon will focus on development, communication and fundraising efforts.

Additionally, the Foundation said it plans to add two new board members and hopes to announce them this summer.