On June 12th two new faces joined the College of Optometry’s staff to help ensure the mission and vision of the college continued.  Theresa Murphy and Erin Schaeffer began their new journey with the College of Optometry working in the Dean’s Suite.  Murphy replaced Lorraine Simeone who retired last year, but remained on staff two-days a week until a replacement was hired.  Schaeffer replaced Lizabeth Ellerbusch who retired in early 2017.

Theresa2Theresa Murphy, Administrative Manager is new to UMSL and the College of Optometry, but she is not new to the UM system.  She began her career at Mizzou Medical School in May 2005 where she fell in love with Academia through working in the Hematology/Medical Oncology Division.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Truman State University and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Mizzou.  One of her passions includes diversity, inclusion, and equity within academia and health care.


ErinErin Schaeffer is the Educational Cooridanator for the College of Optometry where she works with continuing education, externships, and other administrative functions within the Dean’s suite and academic setting.  As a life-long resident of St. Louis she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Louis University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Webster University.  Prior to coming to UMSL College of Optometry, she spent seven years teaching Language Arts  and more recently spent five years as an editor for a social studies company.  Her energy and engagement for higher education is evident the moment she walks in the door each day.  She and her husband Bill have two daughters and love music and outdoor activities.  She loves to read, garden and spend time with her family.  Despite the hype of the popular show, “Game of Thrones,” she admits she has never watched an episode.


We are excited to have these two at the College of Optometry and look forward to many years together!



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