Doing world-changing work requires a team of passionate people. Our new Director of Global Development, Jeannette Fournier, is as passionate as they come and certainly has a strong dedication to our cause. We asked Jeannette some questions about herself & what brought her to OneSight. Here’s what she shared:
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
I was born in Germany, but grew up along the East Coast of the US, in The Netherlands, and in Belgium. My parents immigrated here when I was two for both work and medical care. I am a three time open heart surgery survivor.
Why vision care? What motivated you to want to help people see?
What do you hope to achieve for and with OneSight?
I’d like OneSight to help people “trip over the truth” to truly understand the depths of the disability of blurry vision.
Most rewarding aspect of OneSight?
Being part of a team of mission driven individuals who think constantly about ways to improve, expand, and serve people where they are, in the circumstances they find themselves, no matter how difficult.
What motivates you?
A deep passion for helping nonprofits set and get to goals, while also collecting amazing life experiences and new knowledge.
Most challenging career moment?
Disagreements between colleagues are always challenging and when you both care deeply for the work, emotional responses tend to be natural. It’s always important to go back to basics – are we doing right by the mission and the people who are impacted by our work? Start there and work backwards and every problem is surmountable.
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A marine biologist, a journalist, an artist, and a diplomat. I still love the ocean for vacations and I do creative writing when I can. I paint and negotiate as part of my day job…so I kind of am all the things I dreamed of. I NEVER thought of that until now. How neat is that!
What’s your favorite sight to see?
My children giggling together – that deep belly giggle that only elementary schoolers have with squinty eyes and giant smiles. Actually, anyone in a deep belly laugh is a wonderful sight to see. It’s contagious and healing and just wonderful.
Words you live by?
If you keep asking questions, you will keep getting answers.