BrightFocus Foundation

Scott Rodgville Elected Chair of BrightFocus Foundation Board of Directors

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Will Lead Research, Education Efforts to Save Mind and Sight

Clarksburg MD—Scott Rodgville, a prominent Baltimore area CPA, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors of the BrightFocus Foundation, a Maryland non-profit supporting innovative research worldwide on Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The selection occurred at the Board’s recent meeting.

Rodgville, who has served on the BrightFocus Board since 2009, is an Officer at Gorfine, Schiller, and Gardyn, PA, the tenth largest CPA firm in Maryland.  As an auditor and accountant, he leads a team in the service area of Nonprofit Organizations, Real Estate, and Employee Benefit Plans. His understanding of clients’ needs facilitates an opportunity to help them manage their organizations more effectively. Recently, Rodgville won the Baltimore SmartCEO CPA & ESQ Award in the Industry Practice category.

“I am excited to expand my role with the BrightFocus Foundation as we continue our mission to end diseases of mind and sight. The professionalism of the Board and the outstanding leadership of the management of the Foundation make this an exceptional opportunity. I am most appreciative that I have been asked to lead the Board at this important time in our history. Now is the time for the public to step forward with us and help raise funds and awareness for the millions of Americans affected by these diseases,” Rodgville said.

BrightFocus recently announced $11 million in new research grants, a record amount for the non-profit in its efforts to cure diseases of mind and sight.  In the past three years alone, the Foundation has invested over $27 million in new scientific research and is managing a portfolio of 150 promising projects worldwide.

As the Baby Boomers reach retirement, age-related diseases will take a growing toll on the nation. Five million Americans now have Alzheimer’s, which Forbes recently called, “the most expensive condition in the nation” and harder to solve than cancer. Macular degeneration, which hinders central vision, affects 11 million people in the U.S., while glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. BrightFocus recently launched a new PSA campaign, “Make a Plan Today; Get Your Eyes Checked,” to address the growing rates of these diseases.

Also at the meeting, Diane Marcello was elected Vice Chair; Judith Lee, Secretary; and Nick Raymond, Treasurer.

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