OPERATION SIGHT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
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LOREN ZIFF

Board Chair

Loren has been a professional real estate investor, broker and consultant throughout the country for the past 30+ years working in both the public and private sector.  He is also involved in the community, serving on the Boards of Spoleto Festival USA, The College of Charleston among others.  Loren resides on Sullivan’s Island with his wife Mindelle and 3 children.

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Board Secretary

Dr. Folgar specializes in the treatment of medical and surgical diseases of the retina. His practice includes the treatment of retinal detachment, macular hole, macular pucker (epiretinal membrane), macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular occlusion. He also treats patients with inflammatory and autoimmune diseases known as uveitis, as well as pediatric retinal diseases.


Dr. Folgar is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. 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.


He completed his vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the Duke University Eye Center, one of the premier surgical training programs in the nation and the birthplace of modern vitreous surgery. In addition to patient care, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with world-renowned experts at Duke University, developing new applications for ophthalmic imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of macular diseases. He has authored many peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters, and continues to be actively involved in research and clinical trials.


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. He has been invited to deliver lectures on ophthalmic imaging throughout the United States, Mexico, and Spain. He is a scientific peer reviewer for the Journal of Vitreo-Retinal Diseases, the journal Retina, and previously served as an assistant editor.


Dr. Folgar graduated from Duke University with bachelor degrees in Biology and Economics. He completed his medical degree and ophthalmology residency at New York University and the Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital. He returned to Duke University for his clinical and research fellowships, before settling in beautiful South Carolina.


Dr. Folgar is also fluent in Spanish and French. He currently sees patients in Mount Pleasant, Summerville, West Ashley, and Walterboro.

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FOSTER THALHEIMER

Board Treasurer

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.


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VICTORIA BOLYARD, O.D.

Board Member, Consulting Optometrist

Dr. Bolyard practices comprehensive eye care as an optometrist in downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant in private practice and at the Storm Eye Institute- Medical University of South Carolina as an assistant clinical professor. Her practice includes the management and treatment of ocular surface disease, dry eye & meibomian gland disease, glaucoma, uveitis, and binocular and accommodative vision disorders. She manages an array of patients including specialty contact lens, pediatric, diabetic, and special needs patients. 


She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in psychology. She earned her optometry degree at the esteemed Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. She completed her clinical training at the St. Albans Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New York with focus on glaucoma, the Illinois Eye Institute specializing in corneal disease and primary care, and Draisin Vision Group in Charleston with emphasis on vision therapy and pediatric eye care. 


Dr. Bolyard is a member of the American Optometric Association and South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association. She serves as president of the Coastal Carolina Optometric Society. She has also been part of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s “Focus On Children” and adult programs as a provider giving back to the local community. Dr. Bolyard was nominated in 2021 as a top optometrist representing Mount Pleasant, SC in the International Association of HealthCare Professionals.  She has also routinely received nominations as ”Best Eye Doctor” in local Charleston newspapers since 2015.


Between balancing her career and personal life, Dr. Bolyard likes to unwind with yoga or let loose by dancing, traveling with friends, horseback riding with family, or wake surfing.   She also likes to go rollerblading or to the beach with her faithful and scruffy canine side kick, Benjamin "Frankie" Franklin.

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TARYN MASON

Board Member

Taryn grew up in Southern Wisconsin and got her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in History and Geography. She received her master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. Prior to moving to Charleston in August of 2020, Taryn worked for organizations in Chicago gaining experience in event fundraising, annual and major giving, and, most recently, planned giving at Rush University Medical Center. She is excited to be back working and living in the Lowcountry with her partner, Ryan, and their rambunctious kitten, Banks.

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CHRIS MORIARTY

Board Member

Christopher Moriarty litigates securities fraud, corporate governance, and other complex class action litigation in the U.S. and counsels institutional investors on opportunities to seek recovery in securities-related actions in both the U.S. and internationally. His practice encompasses every aspect of litigation, from casestarting to settlement. 
Christopher represents investors in shareholder derivative litigation, including in In re Walgreen Co. Derivative Litigation, No. 13-cv-05471 (N.D. Ill.) (securing corporate governance reforms to ensure compliance with the Controlled Substances Act*); antitrust class actions, including In re Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, No. 11-md-02262-NRB (S.D.N.Y.) (pending); and whistleblowers in proceedings before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. His practice extends to securities-related litigation in several foreign jurisdictions, including England, France, and the Netherlands. While in law school, Christopher was a member of the Moot Court Board, served as an Executive Editor of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, and taught a course on constitutional law to LL.M. students. Christopher has also drafted amicus curiae briefs in numerous constitutional law cases before the U.S. Supreme Court (which has cited his work) and the federal courts of appeal.

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ALEX RADIN

Board Member

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.