The Optic Neuritis Foundation, Inc. is determined to increase symptom recognition, augment public awareness, raise funds to support research and provide financial assistance to individuals receiving the diagnosis.


Meet the Team


Laverne Crowder, Founder and Executive Director


As the founder of the Optic Neuritis Foundation, Inc., Laverne Crowder is encouraged and dedicated to helping others.  Not only is she the founder, but she too is dealing with this diagnosis as well.  “For years, I’ve struggled with learning what it was God called for me to do, and now I understand, it is to serve to others.
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Cheryl Coleman, President


Cheryl Coleman is a vision care professional with sales management experience with Johnson & Johnson.  She brings extensive experience in business development, event planning and fundraising to her role as president.  Her personal commitment to being of service to others has led to her work in support of the vision of the Optic Neuritis Foundation, Inc.

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Bruce Jackson, Vice President

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Bruce Jackson, Divisional Vice President of‘s Southeast Division, currently oversees all facets of advertising sales, revenue, management and service. Over the past 9 years, he has held various levels of Sales management and leadership positions at, including Regional Vice President and Vice President of Sales Strategy.
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Fred O’Neal, Board Member

Fred O’Neal is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones.  He holds the certification of AAMS, Accredited Asset Management Specialist. He received his BBA and MBA degrees from the University of West Georgia.  He has nearly three decades of business experience and has served in various capacities for Edward Jones including Regional Leader, Compliance, Inclusion, and Sales Hiring.

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