Staff

Friends for Sight keeps its overhead low by maintaining a very small staff and utilizing a dedicated group of trained volunteers.

Kate Edwards, Executive Director

Kate holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and has over twenty years of development, recruitment, and nonprofit experience, including working as Director of Development and Director of Major Gifts at The Waterford School, as a Physician Recruiter at Global Medical Staffing, and as Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Utah Football. Her life and that of her family has been touched by vision issues, experiencing firsthand the importance of early detection. Over her tenure at Friends for Sight, the program has expanded to include further outreach in supporting vision issues by adding the Friends for Sight Vision Clinics and Sightfest Events.  

Haley Smedley, Program Coordinator

Haley recently joined the Friends for Sight team, bringing with her a love for volunteer engagement and community empowerment. She comes from a long background in volunteer recruitment and management, having previously coordinated volunteers for Utah Food Bank for almost ten years. Haley holds a Bachelors Degree in Family and Human Development from Utah State University, and her subsequent experience with volunteers at various nonprofits has developed her passion for “helping people help people.” She also has a history of her own vision impairment, including corrective surgery for childhood amblyopia, which makes the Friends for Sight mission dear to her heart.

Kirsten Turnbow, Preschool Screening Director

Kirsten works with our amazing volunteers and coordinates the scheduling of vision screenings for our preschool program. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree studying Recreation Management and Youth Leadership at Brigham Young University. Kirsten has been coordinating volunteers for over 3 years before joining us at Friends for Sight. She brings passion for service and a love of working with volunteers. Kirsten discovered the importance of detecting vision problems early when her husband ended up needing eye surgery a few years ago. Kirsten truly loves helping others detect problems early in order to save their sight.

Natalee Crook-Carter, Vision Outreach Director

As a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Natalee has an extensive vision background with The Eye Institute of Utah and as a Patient Advocate/Surgery Coordinator at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology. In addition to all of her experience evaluating required care for patients and performing preliminary eye exams, Natalee brings a love for humanity and true desire to serve to her position at Friends for Sight. Natalee is responsible for all aspects of the Friends for Sight Vision Clinic and Sightfest Events, working closely with our fantastic volunteer Doctors. 

Camille Pankow, Administrative Assistant

Camille has worked with Friends for Sight for over ten years. She has studied Business Administration at both Utah State University and University of Utah. Camille enjoys coordinating and working with the PreSchool vision screening program as well as assisting with all aspects of Friends for Sight. Her father grew up with Amblyopia that wasn't detected early enough for treatment. She works diligently each day knowing how important vision is to a person's quality of life.

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