2017-2018 AOF Board of Directors and Staff

David G. Kirschen, OD, PhD, FAAO
President

David Kirschen, OD, PhD, FAAO received his OD and PhD degrees from the University of California Berkeley. He is currently the Chief of Binocular Vision and Orthoptic Services at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine, at UCLA. He has been in private practice in California for 41 years while continuing his teaching and research efforts. He also serves as Full Professor of Basic and Visual Science and Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Kirschen has been the team optometrist for several professional sports teams including the LA Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, NY Mets and LA Kings among others. In 2008 he had the privilege of working with the US Olympic team as they prepared for Beijing and in 2008 he was honored to be the AOA Sports Vision Optometrist of the year. He has served as president of the California Chapter of the AAO, president of Occupational Vision Services, Inc and has served on the board of directors of Vision West, Inc. Dr. Kirschen has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. In his private practice he specializes in Pediatric Optometry, the treatment of binocular vision anomalies, computer-related vision problems, strabismus and amblyopia, contact lenses and sports vision.

Kathy A. Dumbleton, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO
Immediate Past President

Kathy Dumbleton, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO, graduated in Optometry from the University of Wales. She completed a pre-registration year at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and received an MSc and PhD in Vision Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Kathy is Director of Clinical Operations at OCULAR TECHNOLOGY GROUP - International (OTG-i) and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is a fellow of the British Contact Lens Association, a diplomate of the Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a council member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research. Her research interests include the ocular response to contact lenses, compliance with contact lens wear, the measurement of ocular discomfort, and the assessment and management of dry eye.

Wendy W. Harrison, OD, PhD, FAAO
President-Elect

Wendy Harrison, OD, PhD, FAAO, is a graduate from the Indiana University (IU) School of Optometry. She was the first person to earn a joint OD, MS degree in 4 years. She completed her residency in Cornea, Contact Lenses also at IU and a PhD in Vision Science in 2011 from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Harrison is an assistant professor at the Arizona College of Optometry, Midwestern University where her clinical and research interest involves electrophysiology in retinal disease. She teaches coursework in the areas of epidemiology, ocular anatomy and physiology, and contact lenses. Dr. Harrison is the current chair of the ARVO diversity issues committee. She serves the AAO on the executive committee of the Fellows Doing Research SIG and as an Education Quality Assurance Monitor. She is an AOF Presidents Member and two time recipient of the Foundation's prestigious William C. Ezell Fellowship and was also honored to receive the George Mertz Contact Lens Research Award.

Melissa D. Bailey, OD, PhD, FAAO
Secretary/ Treasurer

Melissa Bailey, OD, PhD is an associate professor at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Optometry. Her laboratory, Lab4Eyes, is devoted to helping children and adults see and read better. Dr. Bailey has an active research program, studying ciliary muscle development and how it relates to myopia, accommodative function, and academic achievement. She is also working to develop and commercialize new devices that will allow healthcare providers to make more accurate eye measurements and improve access to vision care for patients around the world. She has trained numerous graduate students and teaches courses in clinical decision making and introductory contact lens fitting and optics at OSU. Dr. Bailey has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry since 2002, and she is the former Membership Committee Chair. She was the 2012 Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Outstanding Young Research Awardee and a past recipient of two William C. Ezell Fellowships. In addition, she is an Ezell Club Member and a President’s Circle Member.

Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, FAAO
Director

Dr. Karla Zadnik, an internationally recognized leader in optometric research and education, became The Ohio State University College of Optometry’s dean in June 2014. She received her OD and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Professional highlights include: American Academy of Optometry President (2011-12): American Optometric Foundation Glenn A. Fry Award Recipient (1995); National Advisory Eye Council of the National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Institutes of Health (2000-04); Study Chair for the NEI-funded Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study; and Chair of the first-ever NEI-funded multicenter study based in optometry, the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus (CLEK) Study (1994-2007). At Ohio State, she has chaired the Biomedical Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB) for more than 10 years, and received the University’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010.

Kerry Giedd, OD, MS, FAAO
Director

Kerry Giedd, OD, MS, FAAO is a founding partner of Eola Eyes, a private group practice in Orlando, Florida, specializing in contact lenses. She graduated with honors from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2000 and became a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry in 2003. She served on the Academy’s Membership Committee from 2009 to 2014 and is currently a member of the editorial board of Primary Care Optometry News. Dr. Giedd has served as a clinical investigator, consultant, and/or speaker for companies within contact lens industry including Bausch + Lomb, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Alcon, and Allergan. Her practice has been nationally and locally recognized as the recipient of many awards, including CooperVision’s 2015 Best Practices Award. She is a longstanding board member of the Central Florida Lions Club’s Project Right to Sight and was honored to be recognized by the Small Business Administration as the 2012 Women in Business Champion of the Year for the state of Florida. She is passionate about serving others and is actively involved in many local outreach programs to provide eye care for those in need as well as eye care missions in the Dominican Republic.

Susan I. Eger
Director

Long-time volunteer and supporter of the Foundation, Susan Eger was graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Education. Currently she resides in the Pittsburgh, PA, area where she has served as a volunteer in numerous organizations as well as president and board member in many. Recently, she retired as the office manager of the Eger Eye Group, a three-generation family practice founded in 1944. In 2012, Susan received Honorary Fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry for her dedicated service to the Foundation and distinguished contributions to the Academy. President's Circle Gold members, she and her husband, Mark, are also the initial founders of and donors to The Elmer H. Eger Memorial Fund which supports student travel fellowships. Susan has been married to Mark, past-president of the Academy, for 48 years. They have two married sons, Noah Michael and Jason Aaron. Noah, PCO graduate and Academy fellow, is now president of the family practice. Susan says that her greatest contributions to humanity are her five darling grandchildren who "luckily" reside in the Pittsburgh area too!

Pete Kollbaum OD, PHD, FAAO
AAO Liaison

Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO, is an associate professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research at the Indiana University (IU) School of Optometry. After receiving his OD degree, Dr. Kollbaum worked in private multidisiplinary practice in Iowa prior to returning to IU where he received a Masters degree in Clinical Research and a PhD in Vision Science. Following receiving his research training he accepted a faculty position at IU, where he teaches didactically and clinically in the areas of contact lenses and optics. Dr. Kollbaum holds membership in several optometric organizations including the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), ARVO, AOCLE, IACLE, ISCLR, and BCLA. Within the AAO, in addition to being on the Board of Directors of the AOF, he is also on the AAO Board of Directors. He has previously served as the AOF Secretary-Treasurer. He has also served as the AAO as a moderator, recruitment volunteer, and reviewer and associate topical editor for OVS. His areas of research interest encompass contact lens optics, contact lens fitting and design; presbyopia, keratoconus, surgical optics, corneal topography, and predictive modeling. He has been fortunate to receive funding through the NEI and industry partners to support his research initiatives. Dr. Kollbaum has received several awards including the Irvin M. Borish Outstanding Researcher Award from the AAO, and as a graduate student was a three-time recipient of a William C. Ezell Fellowship provided by the AOF.

Rachel A. Coulter, OD, MS 
Director

Rachel A. “Stacey” Coulter, OD, MS received her doctor of optometry degree in 1991 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO), completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry at PCO in 1992, and received an MS degree in education from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in 2012. Currently, Dr. Coulter is a Professor of Optometry at NSU where she teaches in the classroom, clinic, and residency program and is active in clinical research. She has served as Principal Investigator for the CITT and CITT-ART clinical trials. Dr. Coulter is a Diplomate and past Chair of the Academy’s Binocular Vision, Perception, & Pediatric Optometry Section. Dr. Coulter has a career-long interest in vision and its link to child development and learning. She is a frequent presenter and has lectured throughout the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom and India. Dr. Coulter is the 2016 recipient of the American Academy of Optometry’s Feinbloom Award for her contributions to clinical excellence.

Richard J. Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO
Director

Rich Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO received both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at New Paltz. He then graduated from the SUNY College of Optometry with his O.D. degree in 1985. He has been affiliated with SUNY Optometry as a part-time faculty member, adjunct faculty member, and full-time faculty member since that time. He has also been the Director of the Optometric Residency Program at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System and the Chief of the Optometry Section at the VA Medical Center in Castle Point, New York as well as having been a principal in two private practices. Dr. Madonna is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Clinical Education and Director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education at SUNY Optometry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on topics relating to glaucoma, ophthalmic imaging, and therapeutic drugs. He is a co-author of the texts, Emergency Care in the Optometric Setting and The Photoreceptor Integrity Line – as Imaged by Spectral Domain OCT. His teaching duties at SUNY include being the course coordinator for the first-year Ocular Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology course as well as teaching a number of portions of the ocular disease curriculum. He has served on numerous committees and boards for the college and the profession over the course of his career. Dr. Madonna has received a number of awards, most recently the 2012 SUNY College of Optometry Alumnus of the Year Award and the 2011 New York State Optometric Association Optometrist of the Year Award.

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO
Director

Jeff Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, where he teaches Specialty Contact Lenses to optometry students. He is also a member of the American Academy of Optometry Board of Directors,  he is a Research Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies section, and he serves on the Boards of Prevent Blindness Ohio and the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Walline conducts research regarding pediatric contact lenses, primarily myopia control. He is the Study Chair of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study, a multicenter randomized clinical trial sponsored by the National Eye Institute, to examine the effects of soft bifocal contact lens wear on the progression of nearsightedness in children. In his spare time, Dr. Walline teaches Spin classes and Zentangles.

Dave G. Sattler, FAAO
Director

Dave Sattler, FAAO began his career with Alcon in 1986 as a Sales Representative for the Vision Care Group based out of San Diego, CA.  While living in Southern California, he held a number of positions with increasing responsibility including Regional Broker Manager, National Account Manager, and District Sales Manager. Dave is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is currently serving as a board member for the American Optometric Foundation, Southern College of Optometry and First Eye Care. He previously served 8 years as a board member for Optometry Cares, the American Optometric Association Foundation.  In 2015, the Optometric Management trade journal recognized Dave as one of the top 50 most influential people who have made significant contributions to the profession of optometry. After 28 years of service, Dave retired from Alcon in 2014.  He is now running his own consulting business. Dave and his wife Denise reside in Colleyville, Texas.  They have three grown daughters and 1 grandson.  

Lois Schoenbrun, CAE, FAAO
Executive Director / Board Member (ex-officio)

Ms. Lois Schoenbrun is Executive Director of the Academy and the American Optometric Foundation, with responsibility for leading staff in carrying out the policies set by the governing bodies of each. Lois also works closely with the volunteer leadership in planning for the future of the organizations. Lois has been with the Academy since June of 1996. She has more than thirty years of experience in executive leadership of medical and health-related associations, and has earned the Certified Association Executive designation. She earned her Academy Fellowship in 2000. In her spare time, Lois practices and is an International Referee in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo. She has a son, 27.

Maureen Dimont
Staff – Director, Development

Maureen is Development Director of the American Optometric Foundation, with the responsibility for educating corporate partners and colleagues on the Foundation's achievements and the critical role it plays in the optometric profession. She has over 25 years of fundraising experience including annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation grant and proposal writing, planned giving and special events. 

Maureen most recently served as Director of Development for the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research, where she had been since 2008. She served in similar senior capacities for the Washington Home and Hospice, in Washington, DC, and Montgomery Hospice Foundation in Montgomery County, Maryland. In her spare time, Maureen and her husband, Rick, enjoy traveling. 

Jennifer Rubin
Staff – Foundation Coordinator

Jennifer is the Coordinator of the American Optometric Foundation. Her role is to administer implementation of the AOF programs and provide administrative support to the Development Director. Although the majority of her fifteen years of exceptional executive administrative experience was in the accounting industry, she brings a work ethic and drive that will be an asset to the foundation.  She is married and has a 15 year old daughter who keeps her quite busy with soccer and various youth group activities. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and swimming.