Larry Hoffheimer, Chairman and Founder
Mr. Hoffheimer was a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and a practicing healthcare attorney in Washington, D.C. for thirty three years. During the course of his career he has represented numerous voluntary health agencies and healthcare delivery professionals.
Mr. Hoffheimer formed and led the advocacy effort that resulted in the Congressional Resolution and Presidential Proclamation declaring the 1990s as “The Decade of the Brain.” He founded the National Foundation for Brain Research which provided enhanced visibility for neurological disorders.
Mr. Hoffheimer was asked by the National Parkinson Foundation to serve as its Washington counsel where he became a leader in the lobbying effort to pass the Morris K. Udall Bill, which provided $100,000,000 for research into the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease.
In 2007, Mr. Hoffheimer formed the Macular Degeneration Association. He continues his lifelong commitment to the Macular Degeneration community by playing an active role as chairman of the MDA and his continued effort to bring awareness to this devastating disease.
Donna Auger; LDO, ABOC, NCLEC, Executive Director
Donna Auger became a licensed optician in 1991 and currently holds two certifications in the optician field. These certifications are with the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners. She is also a member of the Professional Opticians of Florida. She has over 20 years’ experience in the optometric and opticianry fields. Donna worked with a well-known Retina specialist in St. Petersburg for 17 years. This is where her passion for educating the patients and caregivers about macular degeneration. In addition to these certifications, Mrs. Auger is also a registered Pharmacy Technician in the state of Florida.
As Executive Director, her responsibilities include facilitating on going educational and empowerment conferences. Development of patient/caregiver participation programs. “Macular Degeneration can create a challenge to the patient as well as their caregiver but with support, empowerment and education, we believe that they will have the knowledge to face each day with a positive attitude and enjoy life to the fullest.”
Lynne Henry, Director of Administration
Lynne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. She brings over fifteen years of financial and business management experience to the organization. As Administrative Director, Lynne’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the MDA Major Donor Program as well as administering to the Foundation’s business and financial operations. Lynne’s enthusiasm and strong interpersonal skills contribute to MDA’s overall mission to play a positive role in the lives of Macular patients, caregivers and the community at large.
“It is a privilege to participate in the day to day lives of our patients, caregivers and gracious donors.”