SUMMIT, NJ - Enright Melanoma Foundation Board President Dr. Richard Nelson has been named a recipient of a New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award for public service. The New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey's 1.5 million volunteers and provide Jefferson Awards medals in 22 categories of volunteer service. Nelson was honored in the 'BD Health Care Professional' category.

Nelson worked with colleagues to co-found the Summit-based Enright Melanoma Foundation after the loss of their friend, Dr. Joseph Enright, to malignant melanoma at the age of 37. Since 1999, the Foundation has pursued a mission to raise sun safety awareness and prevent melanoma through preventive education and early detection.

The 'BD Health Care Professional Category' category recognizes individuals who volunteer their time and talents to address the physical and/or psychological health care needs of those who are uninsured, unrepresented, or unable to obtain basic or specialized care on their own.

Nelson has led the organization for the past 15 years, and helped create and launch 'Enright Sun Safety Certification' programs that have been used to educate thousands of youth, teachers, nurses, coaches and parents.