Founder and President, Chris A. Knobbe, MD
Dr. Chris Knobbe is the Founder of Cure AMD Foundation™, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, collectively founded upon altruistic, humanitarian, and scientific aspirations, with the ultimate goal of preventing vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) for entire populations. It is Dr. Knobbe’s belief that this is possible, on a massive scale, with widespread adoption of the principles, practices, and philosophy of ancestral dietary strategy.
And the research, thus far, entirely supports the hypothesis.
Dr. Knobbe is a man of Christian beliefs and principles — and he allows those foundational principles to guide his every action.
He receives no compensation for his role with the organization. Verify here.
To learn more about Dr. Knobbe, please refer to the About page, where Dr. Knobbe wrote an article describing a bit about the research, goals, and philosophy of this Foundation.
Charlie Collins, CCI, Executive Director
Mr. Charlie Collins, of Cheshire, Connecticut, is the only board member who does not reside in the State of Colorado. However, this doesn’t stop him from being a key and integral member of the organization.
Charlie, who was born with a genetic condition known as Juvenile Macular Degeneration, or Stargardt’s Disease, has been centrally blind, since age 12 or 13. This presented Charlie with challenges that few of us have ever had to even consider facing during our lives. And Charlie suffered through. It wasn’t until Charlie was in his 30’s that he took his own visual disability, and used that to turn his own life around. Charlie envisioned a low-vision devices company that would provide for the very people that were walking in his shoes — namely, those with low vision and blindness. Through teaching people how to use adaptive technologies, Charlie became a successful businessman. He has remained in the low vision business ever since.
It is the Cure AMD Foundation Board’s belief that Charlie provides leadership and goals that are in alignment with that of Dr. Knobbe’s, i.e., to save vision, for people all over the globe, through the hypothesis and research begun by Dr. Knobbe. We consider it an honor to have the leadership provided by Mr. Charlie Collins, who also offers his services on a volunteer, non-compensated, basis.
Mrs. Renee Hughes, Vice-President
Renee Hughes has had decades of success and experience in business management – particularly in turning around fledgling small and medium business organizations. Now, towards the end of her career, she has elected to volunteer as Vice-President for Cure AMD Foundation™.
Renee’s motivation to help foster Cure AMD Foundation, is personal and spiritual. A Christian woman herself, Renee believes that, after losing her sister to cancer, this is her opportunity to help bring that life- and vision-saving message to the public. Renee now practices ancestral dietary principles, has adopted the philosophy, and spreads the message wherever she goes.
We are humbled to be associated with such an accomplished, kind, and compassionate leader.
Lisa M. Perry, MBA, Treasurer
Lisa Perry has decades of experience in business management as well as in medical office management. Lisa, who has a masters degree in business from the University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado, functions as Cure AMD Foundation’s treasurer, but she frequently lends her expertise in business management to the organization, with her vast experience and expertise.
Over the past several years, Lisa has also developed a deep interest in ancestral nutrition as well as the research and writings of Weston A. Price, the nutrition-researcher who inspired Dr. Knobbe to develop his hypothesis for the nutritional basis of AMD. This inspiration has lead her on a path, like the other Board Members for this foundation, to commit her time and energy towards the altruistic cause of saving vision from the ravages of AMD.
As with Renee and Charlie, we are humbled to be honored with the expertise of Lisa Perry.
Suzanne Alexander, M.S.ED.
Executive Director of Public Relations and Philanthropy
Suzanne recently retired from 30 years of teaching elementary students at the Marcellus Central School District in Central New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in opera and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from SUNY Cortland. Suzanne is former Miss New York State 1981, among the Top Ten at the Miss America Pageant 1982, former model, opera singer, and award-winning educator. Suzanne’s diverse background and accomplishments have given her tremendous skills in communicating with people which makes her an excellent Executive Director of Public Relations and Philanthropy for Cure AMD Foundation™.
Suzanne carries the genes for the potentially blinding disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and her mother became bilaterally blind from AMD by the age of 75 and has lived with central blindness for 14 years now.
Suzanne is well aware that AMD is a terrible disease, which now strikes nearly one in every three people over the age of 75 in developed nations, but the disease was a medical rarity in the 19th Century before processed foods were available. After years of suffering with chronic illnesses herself, Suzanne began a lifelong health journey which eventually brought her to Cure AMD Foundation and Dr. Knobbe’s expertise in health, nutrition, and fitness.
Ms. Alexander’s health is now thriving via the consumption of an ancestral diet, which as she says, is essentially the whole foods given to us by God Himself. Suzanne has been a devout Christian her entire life and joins our Cure AMD Foundation team by volunteering her time to inspire others to join this incredible mission. Suzanne believes it’s important to follow your dreams and passions and not seek the approval of people, but that of God. She hopes that her passion to teach the world about Westernized diets and chronic disease, as well as to support further research, will inspire others to give generously for this noble cause.
We are honored to be joined with the expertise of Suzanne Alexander at Cure AMD Foundation.
None of the principal organizers of Cure AMD Foundation, including Dr. Knobbe, receive any financial remuneration for their commitment to Cure AMD Foundation™. The organization is founded with the goal of spreading knowledge regarding nutrient-dense ancestral diets, to benefit health and vision, simultaneously. To confirm our financial status, please review our Annual Report/Financial Information page.
If you and/or your organization make a charitable contribution to Cure AMD Foundation™, every penny will go towards spreading this message, funding further research to support this hypothesis, and worldwide advocacy to help save vision for millions. Your tax-deductible contribution could one day save the vision of your own siblings and your own children.