Emily Coring, Director of Development, spent her career in the healthcare sector, serving in various roles including marketing and sales. More recently, she managed a customer service team at Cardinal Health. Emily is excited to be a part of The Vision of Children team because she knows that her work is making a difference in the lives of children who can’t see clearly.
Emily graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Journalism and Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. As an original east-coaster accustomed to winter, Emily has fallen in love with the Southern California climate. During her off time, you can often find her running the coast or hiking the nearby mountains with her husband, spending time with friends and family, or eating at one of San Diego’s well-known taco shops.
Fran Goldstein, Development Consultant, has more than 25 years of experience in editorial and corporate communications. For much of her career, she directed editorial services and management communications at American Express, where she worked closely with three diverse CEOs and executive teams. She is excited to have Vision of Children as a client, especially since it means returning to the medical and science field, which was her original focus as a journalist. Fran has a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Native New Yorkers, Fran and her family relocated to sunny San Diego in 2007.
Nancy Montejano, Director of Operations, began her career in Oceanography after graduating from University of California, San Diego, with a BS in Biology. She continued her science career, working at several biotech companies in San Diego. After years in research, Nancy worked in the financial services industry, coordinating educational marketing events and managing the firm’s relationships with clients. Nancy is excited to be part of an organization that supports genetic vision disorder research and offers resources to families of children with vision disorders. She and her husband live in Carmel Valley and have two grown children.
Kara Griffin, Cause Marketing Manager, began her career in eCommerce after graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in Communication Studies. A passion for pets led Kara to Petco where she served as an eCommerce merchandiser before embarking on a move abroad to Australia. During her time abroad, Kara worked for Nike Pacific Headquarters serving in an account management role.
Although the traveling life was an exciting one, Kara is thrilled to be back in beautiful San Diego working for Vision of Children. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children who can’t see clearly. Kara was born and raised in San Diego. In her free time, you can find her catching up with friends and family or volunteering with Second Chance Dog Rescue helping to find forever homes for some adorable pups.
Gabrielle (Gabby) Conley, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager, earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2015, where she was involved in Kappa Delta Sorority. During her time in Kappa Delta, Gabby was on the committee for the organization’s Shamrock event, an annual 5k race that raises vital funds for Prevent Child Abuse America and Olive Crest. An advocate for female empowerment, Gabby also spent time mentoring young members of the Girl Scouts of America.
In her last semester at SDSU, Gabby interned with nonprofit organization Center for Community Solutions (CCS) in their resource development department, where she officially began her career in fundraising after graduation. Since then, Gabby has spent as much time as possible eagerly feeding her passions in marketing, PR, social media and special events. In her free time, she enjoys photography and exploring the diverse San Diego restaurant scene.
A Florida native, Gabby appreciates eccentricity and creative thinking. Gabby is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm to the Vision of Children team. Most importantly, Gabby is inspired to help make a difference in the lives of children with vision disorders and their families.
Sara Feldmann Sheehan, Media Consultant, began her career in advertising at DDB Needham, later moving to publishing where she was a contributing editor on numerous consumer and trade magazines. As a representative of these publications, Sara appeared on “Good Morning America”, the weekend edition of the “Today” show and co-produced segments for “Oprah.” Currently, Sara is developing numerous film and television projects, including a television franchise. She recently launched SAMO, a Production Company specializing in co-productions with overseas companies.
Sara has been the Executive Producer and Managing Partner for both Working Pictures and Grenade Editorial since 1990. She produced numerous television commercials and public service announcements. For television, she produced the docu-series “Motor City Rising” for Ovation TV, and the reality TV series “Repo Men: Stealing for a Living” with host Vincent Pastore for TLC.
Sara’s directing career started with a series of short documentary pieces on healthcare for designer Donna Karan’s philanthropic foundation, Urban Zen, where she also functioned as the foundation’s Executive Producer. Sara attended Bedales School and graduated from Wellesley College. She is an avid goldsmith, cook and gardener.
Bobby Sheehan, Media Consultant, began his eclectic career in high school when he created fashion videos and print campaigns for the New York fashion emporium, Parachute. While attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Bobby opened his own production company where he directed and produced a wide variety of motion picture work, all the while continuing his photographic career.
Bobby has created critically acclaimed documentaries, and feature films that are currently available on Netflix. To date, Bobby has directed over 500 commercials that include work for: Adidas, American Express, General Electric, Hyundai, Las Vegas Tourism, McDonalds, Pfizer, Reebok, Wal-Mart and public service announcements for American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Health Canada, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and the Special Olympics.
As a fine arts photographer, Bobby has been exhibited nationally in galleries such as Bridgewater Lustburg in New York, Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles and the Vision Gallery in San Francisco. Bobby graduated from NYU’s film division of the Tisch School of the Arts and is the co-founder of New York based Working Pictures with his wife, Sara Feldmann Sheehan.
Vision of Children intern, Anastacia Hernandez, is in her third year at the University of California, San Diego. She is working on her Bachelors of Science in Public Health, with a specialization in behavioral sciences. At UCSD, she is involved with the Delta Gamma Sorority and holds the position Director of Anchorsplash – Delta Gamma’s philanthropic event that raises money toward Service for Sight. After she completes her undergraduate education, she wishes to enroll in a Physician’s Assistant program. She hopes to one day work in the healthcare field in pediatrics or obstetrics. Some of her favorite things to do include going on adventures with her friends, playing with her two adorable French Bulldogs, and spending time with her family. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm to the VOC team!
Intern Cassidy Estep is in her fourth year at the University of California, San Diego. She is working on her Bachelors of Arts in Global Health. She hopes to work for an environmental subset of a non-profit or corporation upon graduation. She currently holds the position of Vice President of Foundation for the Delta Gamma Sorority. She enjoys spending time with her friends, keeping up with politics, and visiting her hometown in Oregon. Cassidy is excited to bring her knowledge and new ideas to VOC!