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Senior Leadership

Michael Buckley, Vice President of Public Affairs

Michael Buckley, Vice President of Public Affairs

As Vice President of Public Affairs, Michael Buckley oversees BrightFocus’ communications, advocacy, and marketing efforts, helping the Foundation collaborate with others in the fight to defeat diseases affecting mind and sight.

Buckley comes to BrightFocus after serving as Communications Director for the AFL-CIO’s Alliance for Retired Americans, where he led the organization through a re-branding effort and integrated social media in all advocacy and marketing campaigns.  Buckley previously served as the Communications Director for the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, as well as in similar roles for two policy research groups.

Buckley served as a volunteer communications director for the Obama campaign in Maryland in both 2007-8 and 2012.  He is a graduate of American University. 

Donna Callison, Vice President of Development

Donna Callison, Vice President of Development

Donna Callison is the Vice President of Development for the BrightFocus Foundation. Callison leads the fundraising strategies for the organization including individual giving, direct response marketing and planned giving.

Callison brings over 25 years of direct response marketing experience for both non-profit and for-profit organizations including Lawrence Direct Marketing, Inc., Equifax, R.L. Polk & Company and U.S. News and World Report.

Callison holds a Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University.

Guy Eakin, Ph.D., Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Guy Eakin, Ph.D., Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Guy Eakin is the Vice President of Scientific Affairs at BrightFocus Foundation. Eakin leads the foundation's efforts to identify promising and innovative research, and works to ensure continued research progress in each of the over 100 active research projects throughout the world. 

Prior to coming to BrightFocus, Eakin worked in medical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. During his research career, he has studied and developed new ways of visualizing complex microscopic events in living cells and animals. Eakin holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Baylor College of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University.

Dr. Eakin frequently serves on boards and advisory committees in the fields served by BrightFocus Foundation. In addition, Dr. Eakin speaks on behalf of the foundation, having provided content and interviews to many media outlets including the New York Times, TEDMED, National Public Radio, AARP Bulletin, and Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine

Dave Marks, Vice President of Finance and Administration

Dave Marks, Vice President of Finance and Administration

Dave Marks serves as the BrightFocus Foundation Vice President for Finance and Administration. In that capacity, he oversees the accounting, financial, and business operations for the organization.

With more than 25 years of corporate managerial accounting experience, Marks served as Assistant Controller at The Cosmetic Center, Inc., prior to joining BrightFocus (then known as American Health Assistance Foundation) in 1998. Before that he served in several positions in the accounting department at Dart Drug Stores. Marks' earlier service includes Crown Books Corporation and Vie de France Corporation.

Marks received a BS in Business Administration from Drexel University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Last Review: 02/05/14


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