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HCP is managed and run by Job Heintz and Emily Newick who are both located in Vermont, USA. They work with a wide variety of partners and contractors to drive HCP’s mission of eradicating unnecessary blindness.

Job C. Heintz, JD, MSL, Chief Executive Officer

Job Heintz

Job C. Heintz, Chief Executive Officer of the Himalayan Cataract Project, is responsible for the implementation and coordination of strategies that meet programmatic and organizational needs of the organization. Heintz provides leadership in technical direction, programs, finances, communications, legal and policy initiatives of HCP. He works closely with the Board of Directors, Staff, government agencies, partner organizations and HCP supporters in carrying out his responsibilities.

Heintz was instrumental in securing financing from a diverse array of sources and overseeing all aspects of development for the multi-million dollar Tilganga Eye Center expansion in Nepal. His responsiveness and rapport with USAID-ASHA principals over the past five years have led to subsequent opportunities for HCP, including development of an eye care center in Kumasi, Ghana, and participation in the USAID Child Blindness project.

Heintz earned his J.D. and Master of Studies in Law (Cum Laude) at Vermont Law School, and a BA from the University of New Hampshire. Job has over fourteen years of public interest legal and international development experience. In 1994 he co-founded Pro Public, Nepal’s first public interest environmental law firm. He worked previously as associate director of the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center and was an attorney and program director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council. He is a member of the Vermont Bar Association, the Environmental Law Alliance-Worldwide and is a former mountaineering instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (100 weeks in the field). Heintz’s work has taken him to Asia, Africa, and South America.

Emily R. Newick, MPH, Chief Operating Officer

Emily Newick

Emily R. Newick, Chief Operating Officer of the Himalayan Cataract Project, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, including management of the financial and accounting systems, program oversight and direction, communication and development. Newick joined the HCP in 2003.

Newick earned her Master of Public Health at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice at Dartmouth and her BA from Middlebury College. Newick’s experience prior to the joining the HCP focused on health systems and community development. She worked with the Gjilan-Dartmouth Primary Health Care Partnership where she facilitated the creation of a plan to implement medical records systems at a family medical center in Gjilan, Kosovo. Prior to her graduate work, she researched the feasibility of health insurance for micro entrepreneurs in Honduras and Nicaragua for a microfinance organization. Newick’s work has taken her throughout Central America and Mexico, and to Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe/the Balkans.

Newick serves on the Admissions Committee for the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and on the Global Health Council’s Central NH/VT Community Network. She lives in the Upper Valley region of Vermont with her husband.

Gertrude Agbozo, Africa Program Manager

Gertrude Agbozo

Gertrude Agbozo, Africa Program Manager, is responsible for coordinating regional programmatic activity in Sub-Saharan Africa, and organizing the administrative and operational support necessary to implement programs that enhance eye care development in the region. 

Gertrude has a B.A. with honors in African Studies from Yale University and an MBA, with a focus in Global Management, from Bellarmine University. She has six years of leadership experience in the U.S. healthcare sector in strategic planning, operations, and project management. She also has extensive on the ground experience in Africa: living in Liberia as a child, conducting research as a Mellon-Mays Fellow in Ghana and a Fogarty Foundation Fellow in Tanzania. She recently returned to the U.S. after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. 

Gertrude enjoys traveling internationally to volunteer with the Yale Alumni Service Corps and locally with immigrant populations.

Rowan Burke, Procurement Manager

Rowan Burke

Rowan Burke, Procurement Manager, began working for HCP in late 2011 with the establishment of the new HCP Procurement Program. She has five years of experience procuring medical equipment for international nonprofit organizations engaged in eye care in the developing world. She lives in the Washington, DC, area and works from the HCP Procurement Office in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Pamela Clapp, Deputy Director of Programs

Pamela Clapp

Pamela Clapp, Deputy Director of Programs, began working for HCP in early 2010. She assists the CEO in managing USAID-ASHA grants for programs in Nepal and Ghana; coordinates HCP's robust training program; writes grant proposals and fills in wherever necessary in program development, communications and administration.

Clapp studied math and French at the University of Vermont after taking a year off to live with a family as an Au pair in France. She served in the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic and Cameroon in 1995-97 teaching math. She returned to Vermont, received a master’s degree in administration at St. Michael’s College and has over 10 years experience working in administration and management for start-up businesses ranging from web site design to online banking.

Clapp lives with her two boys and husband in Waterbury, Vermont, where she served on the town Select Board for four years.

Jamie M. Clearfield, EdM, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Jamie Clearfield

Jamie M. Clearfield, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist of the Himalayan Cataract Project, is responsible for managing and analyzing program data, developing monitoring and evaluation tools, and providing strategic data driven support for programming.

Clearfield earned both her BA in International Community Development and her masters in International Educational Development from Boston University. She has over six years international work experience working with various education and public health programs across East Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. She also worked along with her husband, an HCP international fellow, with HCP programs in Nepal, India, Ghana, and Ethiopia. Clearfield brings nearly 10 years of nonprofit and NGO experience, including working on entrepreneurship development and program evaluation.

Jimmy Fordham, Executive Assistant

Jimmy Fordham

Jimmy Fordham, Executive Assistant, was born and raised in Berlin, Vermont. He spent his youth working on local farms and playing in the family’s 100+ acre woodlot as well as fishing and swimming in the Dog River. He attended local schools and community college. Throughout his career he has worked for local businesses in newspaper advertising, auto industry, hospitality, e-commerce and Vermont’s environmental and mental health NGOs. Jimmy currently lives in Montpelier and enjoys traveling throughout Vermont and New England during his time off.

Beth O’Grady, Operations/Raiser’s Edge Specialist

Beth O’Grady

Beth O’Grady began working with HCP in August 2012 as the Raisers Edge and Operations Specialist. Beth works on our database and donor management, as well as various other tasks. She has over nine years of nonprofit experience, mainly in development, as well as volunteer and program management. O’Grady grew up in Virginia where she earned her BBA at James Madison University. In 2004, she moved to Colorado to serve in Americorps, and ended up staying in Denver for several more years. While in Colorado, she earned her MBA from the University of Colorado and also met her husband, a native Vermonter. In the Fall of 2011, she moved to Vermont, and is currently living in Waterbury with her husband and their giant cat, Chase.

Bill Shields, Chief of Procurement

Bill Shields
Bill Shields, on the left, with Dr. Sanduk Ruit.

Bill Shields, Chief of Procurement, began working for HCP in late 2011 with the establishment of the new HCP Procurement Program to improve sourcing of ophthalmic equipment for program sites. Prior to establishing the HCP Procurement Program, HCP contracted with Bill Shields to support the purchasing, mapping and maintenance of over $2,000,000 worth of ophthalmic equipment, supplies and furniture for the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. He has over 35 years of experience in this field and brings a rare combination of ophthalmology, engineering and management expertise. He lives in the Washington, DC, area and works from the HCP Procurement Office in Silver Springs, Maryland.