Jami Gaff Bueker
Jami Gaff Bueker joined Vision Is Priceless as the agency’s Executive Director in August 2016. Vision Is Priceless is a local 501c3 nonprofit agency that provides free vision screenings, eye exams, eye surgeries, and glasses for children and adults living in Northeast Florida.
A seasoned professional with more than 20-years’ experience in nonprofit development, human resources and finance, Bueker served as Director of Development for Runwell, The Linda Quirk Foundation, before joining Vision Is Priceless.
Prior to Runwell, Bueker was the Chief Development Officer at Hubbard House for nearly 10 years from 2004-13. As a senior executive for the agency, she spearheaded fundraising efforts for the agency’s $4.2 million operating budget. At Hubbard House, she was directly responsible for securing numerous grants and created one of the agency’s most well-known events, the Domestic Violence Awareness Walk.
Before venturing into the nonprofit field, Bueker worked in private business as the Human Resources Director for InMotion Pictures. At InMotion Pictures she was responsible for the companies’ employee policies and procedures in addition to personnel recruitment and selection. She still maintains her credentials as a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
She started her career with Barnett Bank in 1995 where she participates in Barnett’s statewide Management Training Program. Upon completion of the program. she became a Small Business Banker for Barnett Bank of Jacksonville where she was responsible for developing small business relationships with a focus on commercial lending.
A native of Jacksonville, Bueker attended Episcopal School of Jacksonville. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in accounting, from Mercer University in Macon, Ga in 1994. She also earned her master’s degree in family, youth and community sciences with a concentration in nonprofit organizational development from the University of Florida in 2016.
She currently volunteers as a board of director for Promise to Kate, a local nonprofit to fund research for Myotonic Dystrophy (DM), an underfunded and often misdiagnosed form of Muscular Dystrophy. Bueker also serves as the President of The Friends of Hendricks, a 501c3 nonprofit that raises money to support Hendricks Avenue Elementary School. Bueker lives in San Marco with her husband Paul and daughters Sophia, 10, and Abby, 8 and Gertrude, a 3-year old chocolate lab.