Torrey DeKeyser joined the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama (ESFA) as Executive Director in 1999, following a 20-year career in university advancement and administration within the University of Alabama System, including both the University of Alabama (her alma mater) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Ms. DeKeyser is responsible to the EyeSight Foundation governing board in all aspects of the foundation’s work. As a charitable grant making organization dedicated to serving as a catalyst for improving eyesight through education, research and access to care in Alabama, ESFA awards $2.5-$3 million in grants annually. In 2012 the EyeSight Foundation was named Outstanding Charitable Organization by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Active in the philanthropic community, she belongs to state, regional and national funders groups, including Alabama Giving, for which she is a member and past-president of the Board of Directors. She also is a member of Grantmakers in Health, Grantmakers in Aging and serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF).
Within the eye care community, Ms. DeKeyser serves as Secretary of the Board of Prevent Blindness and is Chair of its Government Affairs Committee, and also is involved with the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research/Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, as well as the Priory in the USA of the Order of St. John.
She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, the Birmingham Women’s Committee of 100, the American Heart Association (AHA) Circle of Red and the Junior League of Birmingham as a Sustainer. In the past Ms. DeKeyser has been involved in the AHA's Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, the YWCA Purse & Passion program, the VOICES for Alabama's Children Board of Directors, the Birmingham Women’s Network and the United Way of Central Alabama as a Loaned Executive.