Prevent Blindness America Elects Three New Members  to National Board Of Directors

Sally Atherton, Ph.D., Jeffrey A. Castillo and Sue W. Frazier Join Board of National Organization to Help Save Sight

CHICAGO (July 2, 2013) – Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has announced that Sally Atherton, Ph.D., executive director of Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology (ARVO); Jeffrey A. Castillo, Divisional Vice President, Americas of Abbott Medical Optics; and Sue W. Frazier, current Prevent Blindness Wisconsin board member and volunteer, have been elected to the Prevent Blindness America Board of Directors.  The vote was held on June 17 at the 2013 PBA Summer Board Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sally Atherton

Jeffrey A. Castillo

Sue W. Frazier

Dr. Sally Atherton has dedicated her career to vision and eye health.  In 1983, she began research on herpes virus infection of the eye. Dr. Atherton has been chair of the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at Georgia Health Sciences University since 2000 and serves as executive director of ARVO as well. She received her Ph.D. in microbiology (virology) from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio with additional studies in gross anatomy. Dr. Atherton has a wide range of post-doctoral fellowship and teaching experience. She also advocates for vision health services and research programs to U.S. Congressional leaders about the importance of eye and vision research.

At Abbott Medical Optics, Jeffery A. Castillo heads commercial operations for the United States, Canada and Latin America and oversees the sales, service and marketing departments. He previously worked at Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.

Suzy Frazier began working with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin as a member of the Delta Gamma fraternity.  Frazier has helped save sight in children since 1976 when she became a preschool vision screener.  She then served on the Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Board of Directors from 1974-1985, and rejoined in 1996, where she continues to serve today.

“We look forward to working with Dr. Atherton, Mr. Castillo and Ms. Frazier, and know they bring great expertise and unique talents to our organization,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America.  “We want to thank our new board members as well as our existing ones for their tremendous dedication in helping us save sight.”

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

Download the June 2013 Board Member press release.