NAEVR and AEVR Boards Elect Three New Directors, Recognize Retiring Directors

(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Board of Directors of each the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) elected three new Directors to serve in the class of 2020-2023:

  • Judy Kim, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, and Director, Teleophthalmology and Research (Medical College of Wisconsin)
  • Kelly K. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, Dean and Professor, School of Optometry (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • S. Grace Prakalapakorn, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics (Duke University)

NAEVR/AEVR Boards President Paul Lee, MD, JD (Kellogg Eye Center/University of Michigan Medical School) also recognized four term-limited Directors participating in their last meeting, which included Steven Fliesler, PhD (SUNY Buffalo/VA Medical Center Buffalo), Joan Miller, MD (Harvard Medical School), Thomas Yorio, PhD (University of North Texas Health Science Center), and Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD (Ohio State University College of Optometry). Dr. Lee stated:

“The Boards of each NAEVR and AEVR thank Dr. Fliesler, Dr. Miller, Dr. Yorio, and Dr. Zadnik for their dedicated service and commitment to the Alliances. Each has a record of significant individual accomplishments in their service to the Alliances, and have played vital roles as Directors during a time of great success in NAEVR advocacy for vision research funding increases and AEVR education about the value of vision research.”   

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a 501(c)4 non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 50 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. Visit the Web site at

The Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR), a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, conducts sustained educational efforts, such as its Congressionally recognized Decade of Vision 2010-2020 Initiative about the value of federally funded vision research. Visit the Web site at