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March 1, 2018

POB Welcomes New Executive Director Caren Forsten

Caren ForstenThe Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB) welcomes Caren Forsten, who began her tenure as POB's fourth executive director on February 20, 2018. She joins POB after serving as Director of Marketing with Verizon.

"I am honored to be joining the POB community," said Forsten. "There is terrific work happening here—early detection of vision issues, supporting those with vision loss, and providing vital community services—that I want to nurture and support. I see POB as an organization serving those with a myriad of needs at any point during an individual's vision health journey."

"We are so honored to welcome Caren to POB," said Donald A. Gagliano, M.D., president of the board of trustees of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. "Her passion and vision for our history, our mission, and the unique community we serve shines through without question. This fervor, paired with her rich experience in management throughout the private and nonprofit sectors, is essential to executing POB's sight-saving mission."

Forsten earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. Forsten is an active volunteer for non-profit organizations including ALIVE! (Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically), George Washington University Hospital, and the Junior League of Washington. To learn more about Forsten, visit www.youreyes.org.

Founded in 1936, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington® (POB) is the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States, dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation.

POB screens more than 8,000 children annually for vision loss and strabismus, and thousands of adults for glaucoma. The organization provides thousands of low-income and homeless community members with eyeglasses each year, and helps those with low vision retain their independence through personalized rehabilitation programs at its Low Vision Learning Centers in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA. POB sponsors the Aging Eye Network, Macular Degeneration Network, and Stargardt's Network, which provide free public programs and support groups.