CHICAGO (Nov. 12, 2015) – Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, has announced that Richard Sanchez, Managing Partner of Visibility Management, has been named Chair-Elect of the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors. Neil Levine, Executive Director, Marketing – Ophthalmology at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Nancy Tuffin, Head of Health Policy, Government Relations and U.S. Reimbursement of Alcon Laboratories, Inc., have been elected to the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors. The vote was held on Nov. 6 at the 2015 annual board meeting held in Chicago.
Sanchez is an eyecare industry veteran with decades of experience. He was the COO at Vision Twenty-One and president and CEO of Advantica. In 2014, he founded Visibility Management, a consulting firm designed to address and assist in a variety of solutions to vision industry needs.
Sanchez’s philanthropic activities include serving on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Bay CEO Council, Board of Directors for the National Association of Vision Care Plans, a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators All Children’s Hospital Foundation; and The Children’s Home. In service to Prevent Blindness, Sanchez has been on the Board of Governors for Prevent Blindness Florida since 2004, on the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors since 2009 and serves as the Chair of the Prevent Blindness Development Committee. He will take over national board chair responsibilities after current Board Chair Paul Howes ends his term in late 2016.
At Regeneron, Levine is the Executive Director of Marketing for Ophthalmology. In his role, he is responsible for ophthalmology product marketing, overseeing all health care professional and patient engagement programs. Before joining Regeneron, Levine was at Pfizer, Inc., serving in a range of roles within finance and marketing. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University. Levine previously served on the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors from 2004-2006.
At Alcon, Tuffin has a variety of responsibilities as the Head of Health Policy, Government Relations and U.S. Reimbursement including the monitoring of federal and state health care legislation, and to create and implement strategies to proactively shape policy and address proposed and current legislation. In addition, Tuffin tracks current reimbursement trends on outpatient prescription drugs, physician administered drugs and medical devices. Tuffin earned a bachelor of Art degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University, and serves on the board of Knight-Light Charities in Lewisville, Texas.
In addition, Board of Directors Vice-Chair of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, Kathy Loken, Senior Vice President, Commercial Colleague Readiness & Capacity Director at The Huntington National Bank, was appointed as the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors Chief Volunteer Officer Association President and Liaison to the Board of Directors.
“Prevent Blindness welcomes Mr. Levine, Ms. Tuffin and Ms. Loken to our Board of Directors and congratulates Mr. Sanchez on his upcoming role,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We know that by utilizing the expertise and following the leadership of all of our Board members, Prevent Blindness can continue to serve the American public with our sight-saving programs.”
About Prevent Blindness
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, Prevent Blindness is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call (800) 331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at preventblindness.org or facebook.com/preventblindness.