Anthony J. Aldave, M.D.

Anthony J. Aldave, M.D.
Director

Dr. Aldave is a Professor of Ophthalmology, Chief of the Cornea Service and Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship Program at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, The University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Aldave has received numerous honors during his career, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Scholarship Award for graduating first in his medical school class, the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, the American Ophthalmological Society-Knapp Testimonial Fund Fellowship, the first Claes Dohlman Society Award, and the Achievement and Secretariat Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Aldave directs the Corneal Genetics Laboratory at the Jules Stein Eye Institute.  Dr. Aldave’s NIH-funded laboratory research focuses on the molecular genetics of the corneal dystrophies, a group of inherited disorders that affect corneal clarity and constitute one of the primary indications for corneal transplantation.  Recognized as a leader in his chosen field of scientific investigation, Dr. Aldave has authored over 100 publications, including more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, has been invited to give more than 250 scientific presentations at local, national and international meetings and serves as a scientific reviewer for 14 ophthalmology and genetics journals.

 

 

 

Pamela J. Bekendam, M.D. Secretary and co-Founder

Pamela J. Bekendam, M.D.
Secretary and co-Founder

Dr. Pamela Bekendam earned her registered nursing degree in 1973 and practiced as a registered nurse for several years. After getting her family started, she returned to school and completed a medical degree at Loma Linda University in 1994. She became board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has practiced in Southern California since that time.  She has served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at Riverside County Regional Medical Center and at JL Pettis Veterans Memorial Hospital in Loma Linda, California.  She is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University Medical Center and greatly enjoys teaching ophthalmology to residents.  It is one of her primary goals to instill a desire to reach the underserved populations of the world. She is an affiliate of SEE International and has led multiple surgical mission trips to the Dominican Republic. She is passionate about continuing to provide eye care to those who are in need.

 

 

 

 

Peter D. Bekendam, M.D.

Peter D. Bekendam, M.D.
President and co-Founder

Dr. Peter Bekendam earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and practices in Southern California at the Pacific Eye Institute where he specializes in cataract and pterygium surgery. He is also an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Loma Linda University Eye Institute. He is passionate about working toward solutions to the global problem of preventable blindness. Outside his interests in ophthalmology he is a family man and award-winning author.

 

 

 

 

Jesse A. Dovich, MD Director

Jesse A. Dovich, M.D.
Director

Dr. Dovich is a general ophthalmologist who practices in Southern California at the Pacific Eye Institute where he specializes in cataract and pterygium surgery. Dr. Dovich also has a strong interest in glaucoma. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Clinical Instructor for Loma Linda University. He has a special interest in International Ophthalmology and has volunteered with the Peru Eye Surgery Mission with the Catholic Parish of St. John the Baptist, is affiliated with SEE International (Surgical Eye Expeditions International), and was invited to be a guest lecturer at Congreso de Oftalmologia in Piura, Peru. Dr. Dovich also enjoys to travel, golf, and snow ski.

 

 

 

 

Steven C. Guy

Steven C. Guy
Treasurer

Steve Guy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Biola University, and a certification in Production & Inventory Management from the American Production & Inventory Control Society. Capturing an organization’s strategic vision and transforming it into an executable plan that delivers high-performance results is what Steve does best. For more than thirty years, he has built, led, and strengthened world-class manufacturing and distribution operations for organizations in the food service, home products, and recreational camping industries. Drawing on experiences from his accomplished career, Steve’s visionary leadership, keen operational skills, and ability to motivate and inspire people have earned him a reputation as a business builder and champion of change.

 

 

 

 

Alan Reed Director

Alan Reed
Director

Alan Reed is Founder and President of Africa Harvest of Hope, a non-profit organization helping orphans and widows with basic life needs and education in Tanzania. During his work overseas he has garnered a wealth of experience navigating the politics and legal issues that non-governmental organizations continually face. He graduated from California Baptist University in 1980 with a Bachelors of Science  in Physical Education. He currently owns and operates Southern Landscape Services, Inc.