M. Kathleen Murphy Elected to Prevent BlindnessBoard of Directors

- Leader in Public Health, and in Underserved Populations, Joins National Board at Summer Meeting -

CHICAGO (June 22, 2015) – Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has announced that M. Kathleen Murphy, DNP, RN and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch-School of Nursing, has been elected to the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors.  The vote was held on June 16 at the 2015 summer board meeting held in Washington, D.C.

At the University of Texas Medical Branch-School of Nursing, Murphy directs the Executive Nurse Leader program, focused on facilitating the professional development of emerging nurse leaders. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Alverno College, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She also earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Minnesota in 2009. She has received several awards and honors including selection as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

Murphy has been a volunteer for Prevent Blindness for more than 10 years, starting as a member of the Board of Directors at Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.  She later joined the Board at Prevent Blindness Texas where she currently serves while also volunteering on the Prevent Blindness Community Programs and Public Health Committee, and as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health.

In addition to Murphy’s work with Prevent Blindness, she has also been a member of the American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National Association of School Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

“Prevent Blindness is primarily a public health organization, dedicated to protecting vision across all ages and demographics,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.  “And, I’d like to welcome Dr. Murphy to our Board and look forward to her continued insight and leadership in helping to fill the gaps in outreach and services to those who are continually underserved.”

For more information about the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors or general eye health information, please call (800) 331-2020.

Download a copy of the new board member press release.