EyeCare4Kids, a Utah-based non-profit that provides eye care for underserved children, has hired Maggie Cline as executive director of Utah. Cline will lead the nonprofit, which has eight clinics in four states, a clinic in Mali, Africa, and has provided over 400,000 children with glasses. The former Miss Utah for America (2020-21) has served in various leadership roles in the private and non-profit sectors during the past 10 years.
Prior to joining EyeCare4Kids, Cline was associate executive director over several assisted living communities in the Salt Lake Valley, and worked previously as a program director of a non-profit serving medical students, family medicine residents and family physicians. During her service as Miss Utah for America, Cline worked with several community organizations, including Utah Food Bank, The Single Parent Project, University of Utah Prison Education Project and The Penny Project, all of which strengthened her resolve to help underserved populations.
“Meeting the needs of the underserved population and promoting education are near and dear to my heart,” said Cline. “Growing up in a single parent home, I can relate to families that are simply working hard to provide the basic needs and often going without adequate health care. Without proper vision, children miss a crucial opportunity to learn in school. I joined EyeCare4Kids because it is an organization that not only provides families with quality eye care, it also gives children the opportunity to excel in school and the confidence needed to succeed in life.”
“It didn’t take long for us to realize that Maggie has the heart, passion and personal drive we need to help lead EyeCare4Kids into the future,” said Joseph Carbone, founder and president of EyeCare4Kids. “She has experienced a lot in her life that allows her to relate to the situations of many of the families and children we serve every day. She is a natural leader with a strong work ethic, which will be key to us meeting our goal of helping one million children by 2025.”
Cline earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona.