OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Mrs. Patti Hoelle is the Board Chair for Operation Sight. She is also the Private Banker for the Charleston Region of South State Bank. Patti is a graduate of the College of Charleston, class of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. As a Private Banker with South State, she manages relationships of high net-worth individuals and provides boutique solutions to sophisticated financials. She is active within the community through volunteering and board work for multiple non-profits. She is also an active member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and graduate of the Leadership Charleston Class of 2016.
Ms. Horn attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology and completed her Masters of Science in Project Management from the Citadel Graduate School in 2017. She worked as a Medical Technologist at Charleston’s Medical University of South Carolina until 1990 when she was employed by the South Carolina Lions Eye Bank as the Laboratory Coordinator of the eye bank’s Charleston office. Three years later she was promoted to Technical Director of the eye bank and in August of 1994 was promoted to Executive Director. In January of 2003, the South Carolina Lions Eye Bank merged with South Carolina’s organ procurement organization at which time she provided oversight of both the ocular and tissue services programs as the Vice President of Tissue Services at LifePoint, Inc. In May of 2015 Ms. Horn returned to her love of eye banking by accepting a position as the Miracles in Sight (MIS) Director of Business Development after MIS acquired LifePoint’s South Carolina ocular services program.
Ms. Horn’s past and present EBAA service includes membership on the Continuing Education Committee, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Practical Performance Committee, Technician Education Committee, Medical Advisory Board, Certification Board, and Accreditation Board. She has also served as Chairman of the Document Design and Review Committee, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee, and the Certification Board. In addition, she has served on the EBAA Board of Directors from 1996-1998 and 2001-2006. Ms. Horn has also served on many EBAA/AATB adhoc committees and has presented at multiple EBAA/AATB sponsored national meetings.
In June of 2007, Ms. Horn was the honored recipient of the Eye Bank Association of America’s prestigious Heise Award. In addition to her service at the national level, Ms. Horn has served as a board member of the South Carolina Gift of Life Trust Fund, LifePoint, Inc., and the South Carolina Organ Procurement Agency Medical Advisory Board. She has also had the honor of holding the offices of Treasurer of the Gift of Life Coalition of South Carolina and the Chairman
FRANCISCO FOLGAR, M.D.
He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. His work has been nationally recognized with research awards from the Retina Society, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
Dr. Folgar is also fluent in Spanish and French. He currently sees patients in Mount Pleasant, Summerville, West Ashley, and Walterboro.
Albert “Foster” Thalheimer graduated from the University of North Carolina and also served in the United States Army.
After college, Foster moved to New York and was a partner at Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith. Next, was named a Partner at Bacon, Whipple and then a Senior Vice President of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company.
Later he started his own financial firm, Thalheimer and Company, which he ran for twenty-five years. In 2009, he and his wife Betty, an accomplished artist, moved to Charleston for the quality of life.
Since moving to Charleston, he has been actively involved with the College of Charleston MBA Mentor Program and serves on the Board of Trustee College of Charleston’s Library.
In addition to his community volunteer work, Foster along with Betty, enjoys traveling and is a committed Francophile.
JAMES HILL, O.D.
James F. Hill III is a native of Georgetown, SC and graduated from the Citadel in 2003 with a BS in Biology. His first job was as a research specialist at MUSC and decided during his two years there to pursue a career in optometry. He attended and graduated from the University Of Alabama School Of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation at the Birmingham VAMC and Blind Rehabilitation Center. Upon completion of his residency he completed the Advanced Competency Medical Optometry (ACMO) examination and obtained his Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). Over the past 5 years he has worked with 4 different private practices, started a weekly low vision clinic at the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC, and provided eye care in many nursing homes in the Charleston area. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Palmetto Professional Society, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of SC and the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association. In 2016 he was awarded the SCOPA Young Optometrist of the Year and in 2017 accepted a full time faculty position as an assistant professor at the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC. His duties will also allow him to continue to provide cutting edge low vision research and care to those who are visually impaired in our community, as well as provide comprehensive eye care at the highest level to new patients in the Charleston community. When not in the clinic Dr. Hill likes to spend time with friends and family. His favorite thing to do is to be on the water fishing or enjoying the beautiful scenery SC offers or supporting his beloved Citadel Bulldogs at any type of sporting event.
Alex Radin was born in 1975, in NY on Long Island and has always enjoyed the art of creating. Alex received his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and relocated to the Charleston, SC area in 2001 after meeting his wife Sara in Chicago at an arts conference the previous. They began a life together in the South pursuing their creative passions, collaborating together, and dreaming. In 2008 they launched an arts organization called Artist on Fire with a desire to see more opportunities for artists to fully express themselves and to be a voice of positivity and transformation through the creative arts. Together they have curated a number of shows, most notably 4 exhibits for the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival that incorporated as many as 14 visual artists working in film, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, and installation art along with over 25 musicians and dancers.