Nancy Montejano   , Executive Director

Nancy Montejano, Executive Director

Nancy Montejano, Executive Director, 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.

Nicole Barrote , VP of Development

Nicole Barrote, VP of Development

After receiving a full scholarship to University of Oregon, Nicole graduated with honors with a B.S. in Psychology (emphasis in Business & Dance). She began her career in non-profit at U of O at Laurel Hill Center as a Mental Health Counselor gaining extensive clinical experience in CNS. Nicole has been a wellness professional in the healthcare industry for over 10 years.

She has close relationships with our San Diego Ophthalmology and Optometry community having worked for Allergan as a Territory Manager for 2 years.

Nicole then created her own Wellness Consulting company called Learn Pure. She gave educational presentations to small and large businesses (Ex. Qualcomm, and MD private practices) promoting healthy stress management to improve office culture and revenue, including; team bonding, communication, mind reset behavioral techniques, meditation, and dynamic movements like JAMA yoga.

Nicole was a speaker at America’s Finest City TEDx talk, is a RYT500 Yoga Instructor and as she puts it, enjoys being curious as ‘a student of life’.

Nicole loves working with a foundation where contributions go directly to fund research cures & support families dealing with genetic blindness.

Brianna Allen, Marketing and Communications Manager

Brianna Allen, Marketing and Communications Manager

Brianna Allen, began her career in nonprofit after graduating from the University of Arkansas, with a BS in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development. She has worked in the nonprofit community in Arkansas and San Diego for the past 2 years, and has focused on programs serving children, women's issues, and families.

She is inspired to help make a difference in the lives of children with vision disorders and those around them. In her free time, you can find her out in LA or paddle boarding around San Diego. 

Katie Christopher, Development Manager

Katie Christopher, Development Manager

Katie Christopher grew up in sunny San Diego until she attended California State University, Fullerton. She graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, then came back to her roots in San Diego.

She fell in love with the nonprofit sector while working with Laura’s House and the Women’s Transitional Living Center during her time in Fullerton. From there, she worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation before finding the Vision of Children Foundation. Katie is currently working to earn her Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of San Diego.

She is inspired by the community the Vision of Children Foundation fosters and is excited to grow as a nonprofit professional, student, and individual.

Sara Feldmann Sheehan, Media Consultant

Sara Feldmann Sheehan, Media Consultant

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

Bobby Sheehan, Media Consultant

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.