Research to Prevent Blindness


Brian F. Hofland, PhD


Dr. Hofland provides oversight for strategic direction and all operations at RPB and reports to RPB's Board of Trustees. He pursues RPB's founding mission by creating and modifying programs to meet the current and emerging needs of the U.S. vision research community. Prior to RPB, Dr. Hofland served in senior leadership positions in a variety of organizations, including the National Council on Aging, AARP Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and The Retirement Research Foundation. In addition, Hofland is a Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America and founding chairman of Grantmakers in Aging, Inc., an affinity group of philanthropies with a common dedication to improve the experience of aging. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Health and Human Development from The Pennsylvania State University.



Director of External Affairs

Diana Friedman is the Director of External Affairs at RPB, responsible for the organization's communications, media, and marketing efforts. Prior to joining RPB, she served as Director of Communications for the New York Academy of Sciences. Previously, she also served as an editor at several healthcare-related publications. Diana has a BA in English from Boston College and a Master's degree in Branding & Integrated Communications from the City University of New York.


Patricia Moran

Director of Grants Administration

In managing RPB's extensive and highly regarded Grants Program, Patricia Moran interfaces with more than 50 of the nation's top departments of ophthalmology and more than 120 active researchers, coordinates the activities of RPB's grant review panels, and provides analytical support for special projects. Prior to RPB, she was a Senior Program Officer at the Citigroup Foundation, responsible for its Subsidiary Grant Program in the U.S. and Canada. Pattie began her career in philanthropy at the American Express Foundation in education and child care, attended Syracuse and Pace Universities (NY), and served as a board member of several state and national nonprofit organizations.



Director of Strategic Partnerships

Nora Scott is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at RPB, overseeing development activities and the organization’s fundraising partnerships. Nora has a long history of fundraising and has worked to raise support for a myriad of organizations, including Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, Lighthouse Guild, and her alma mater, Hunter College. Nora received her BA in English from Hunter College.


Katy Toolin

Director of Finance

Katy Toolin oversees RPB's financial operations, including accounting, budgeting, and cash management. Prior to RPB she was the Director of Finance for Unbound Philanthropy, where she was responsible for bringing the financial operations in house. Previously, she ran finance and administration at Philanthropy New York for five years. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Katy worked for 25 years at Citigroup in a variety of finance and risk management roles. She holds a MBA in Finance from Pace University.


Jo Casella

Assistant to the Director of External Affairs


MariaClaudia Lora

Executive Assistant and Deputy Grants Manager



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