FAITH Magazine's 10th Anniversary Season

During this milestone anniversary year, FAITH magazine continues to catch up with some of the people who were featured in the magazine during its first 10 years of publication.

Many readers will remember the interview we did with Dr. Douglas Villella in the July/August edition
of 2009. As a young optometrist, he began making mission trips to Central America, providing eye care in temporary clinics. Over time, he embraced a deeper calling and started setting up permanent clinics staffed by doctors from the area.


May’s Remarkable Man - Doug Villella

Two days before the polar vortex descended on our region, Doug Villella and his wife Holly stashed their cross-country skis in a snow bank and stepped inside Wilderness Lodge for a warm-up. Soon their 11-year-old son Anthony joined them, waving goodbye to his fellow “Wildcats” after their Saturday ski lesson.

“Remember fresh basil and garlic,” Villella tapped into his iPhone as he hurried his family to the car. A friend was coming for dinner, and cioppino, an Italian-American fish stew, was on the menu.


Dr. Guerline Roney

The International Eye Foundation celebrates the dedication to the disadvantaged and entrepeneurial spirit of Dr. Roney

Dr. Guerline Roney is a Haitian ophthalmologist who is dedicated to bringing quality eye care to her people in the poorest country in the American hemisphere. In the year 2000, Dr. Roney completed medical school at the State University of Haiti in Port-au-Prince. She continued her studies completing her ophthalmology residency at the State Hospital in Port-au-Prince in 2003. Following her residency, she travelled to France to take a one-year fellowship in anterior segment surgery at the Hôpital Nord in Marseilles. Dr. Roney represents the next generation of highly qualified ophthalmic surgeons in Haiti. Dr. Roney returned to Haiti and took up her position at the government Hôpital Justinien in Cap Haitien in northern Haiti. With few resources and little funding, she worked diligently providing the best quality eye care she could within the government system


The Culinary Tourist: Food without Borders

I don't speak a word of Spanish, except maybe por favor and gracias, but I am learning. A December trip to Guatemala with a group of ophthalmologists opened my eyes to its beautiful culture and people, and just as important, the universal language of food.

We pry open two, rusted sheets of corrugated metal and slip through what amounts to a gate. It doesn't take much to unhinge this barrier between the prowling gangs and the barrio on the other side. Not when you're in the red zone of Guatemala City.