Board of Directors

Who We Are

As you read about the Not A Dry Eye Foundation Board of Directors, you will discover the common themes that drove and inspired them to join the board.  Each personal account reveals a desperate search for answers and relief from the pain, disabling symptoms, and constant worry of severe Dry Eye. Determined not to lose hope, each of them searched until they eventually found help. In the process they discovered they were not alone. In time, as they progressed on their individual journeys of healing, they joined in the common cause of raising awareness about this debilitating condition.

Natalia Warren, Chair

Natalia was diagnosed with Dry Eye in October 2010. Her symptoms quickly became worse, and by August 2011 she was no longer able to keep her eyes opened because of extreme pain, despite seeing many specialists at some of the leading eye clinics in the United States…Read more

Diana Adelman, Treasurer, Executive Director

Diana suffered with Dry Eye for many years and, as she aged, her symptoms worsened. In June 2013, she woke with a bright red right eye. A doctor told her it was a virus that would go away on its own. It did, but returned the following week. For the next 3 months, Diana suffered…Read more

John A. McAree, M.D., Director

Dr. John A. McAree received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina and has practiced medicine for many years in Grand Haven, Michigan. He was diagnosed with Dry Eye during his residency and other comorbidities in 2018. Dr. McAree joined the Not A Dry Eye Foundation Board to emphasize the importance of accurate diagnosis of Dry Eye, MGD, and related comorbidities, and their treatment with targeted, effective therapies…Read more

Paul Norris, Director

Paul’s eye trouble began in June of 2006. At first, his eyes felt dry, itchy, and gritty. They burned and were sensitive to light (photophobia). His eyelids were also very sensitive and painful. Paul’s condition gradually worsened. Eventually he developed eye pain and could no longer wear contact lenses…Read more

Susan Howell, Director

Susan Howell’s battle with chronic Dry Eye began in the fall of 2014. She suffered with a wide range of symptoms that left her with red, swollen, and painful eyes. At times it felt as if sand was imbedded in them…Read more

Former Board Members

Susie Brockman
Kristen Leighton
Arlene Mellion