Board Members


Jerre Freeman, MD

Dr. Jerre Minor Freeman, a lifelong Memphian, has been in private practice since 1968, specializing in cataract surgery, intraocular lens implant surgery, laser vision correction surgery and other surgical procedures. He holds over 20 patents for lens implants and surgical instruments and is the designer of the Punctum Plug, a surgical insert to help correct dry eyes.

Before receiving his Medical Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Dr. Freeman received engineering training from Auburn University and served as a pilot with the U.S. Navy. He had two Fellowships, including the Heed Fellowship, at Harvard Medical School and trained in intraocular lens implantation in the Netherlands. A clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, Dr. Freeman has served on the boards of numerous medical and eye organizations and journals. He is a past president of the Memphis Medical Society and a past president of the American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES). Dr. Freeman is also Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.


In 1978 Dr. Freeman founded the World Cataract Foundation and remains a driving force in the vision and growth of the WCF. Since 1970 he has been leading medical mission teams around the world to provide life-changing sight-restoring surgeries to the poor.


Dr. Freeman is internationally known as a speaker, author, inventor and surgeon.

Board of Directors

President, Gib Wilson

Lehman-Roberts Co.


Vice President, Richard Myers

Attorney, Glankler Brown

Treasurer, David Cuicchi, CPA

Cannon and Company, CPA’s


Secretary, Nikki McVean

Community Volunteer

Past President, Pat Beech

Owner/Broker, Arlena Enos. Realtor


Past President, Raleigh Crawford

McVean Trading & Investments, LLC


Noble Crigler

Low income Apartment Developer


James Christian Fleming, MD 

FACS Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Hamilton Eye Institute,
University of Tennessee


John Freeman, MD

Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates

Kimberly Freeman, MD

Community Volunteer


Past President, Richard Grant

Retired Navy Captain

Former Commanding Officer

Naval Air Station, Memphis

Robert Lineberry

Leadership Developer





Sandra Morris

Public Relations Executive/Philanthropist

Dow McVean

McVean Trading & Investments, LLC

Richard Myers

Attorney, Apperson and Crump


Patricia A. Sherman, MSN, RN

President, Unity Hospice Care

Nancy Wilson

St. Mary’s Episcopal School


Director Emeritus



Thomas C. Gettelfinger, MD.

Thomas C. Gettelfinger, MD.

Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates


K.C. Lam, CLU, ChFC, CFP

Financial Planning Group


John T. Van Dyck III, MD, FACS

Retired Ophthalmologist

Cristy Beech

Executive Director



Lori Hudson

Executive Director



Advisory Directors

Pan Awsumb

Past Executive Director, WCF

Living Waters for the World

Idelwild Presbyterian Church

Lawrence Madlock, MD

Past President, WCF

Memphis VA Medical Center
University of Tennessee

Medical Center


Williams C. Johns, DPh

Retired, Peoples Custom RX


Gerald Marshall

Past President, WCF

The Yiyang Company



International Advisory Board Members

Alfredo Amigo, MD

Tenerife, Spain

Gary Jerkins, MD


Mounir Kahlifa, MD

Tanta, Egypt

Meng Yogan, MD

Xi'an, China



Ariel Ramirez, MD

Acapulco, Mexico

Juan Carlos Carrera Sanchez, MD

Mexico City, Mexico

Shi Yu Ying, MD

Beijing, China