Kaye Bender is an independent public health, organizational, and education consultant and strategist and the owner of Kaye Bender Consulting, LLC. She was appointed as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Health Association in May 2020. She was the President and CEO of the Public Health Accreditation Board from 2009-2019. She was the Dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing for 6 years immediately before PHAB. Prior to that, she worked in local public health for several years in Mississippi and was the Deputy State Health Officer for the Mississippi Department of Health for 12 years. She chaired the Exploring Accreditation Steering Committee, the precursor study for the establishment of the Public Health Accreditation Board.
She is a board member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners; the Public Health Foundation; and the MS Public Health Institute. She is an active member of the American Academy of Nursing and served on its board from 2016-2019. She has numerous publications and presentations related to governmental public health infrastructure improvement.