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Founded: 1922

2012 and 2013 Board of Directors (formerly referred to as the Executive Council)

President: Bernard J. Dolan, OD, MS, FAAO
President-Elect: Brett G. Bence, OD, FAAO
Secretary-Treasurer: Joseph P. Shovlin, OD, FAAO 
Immediate Past President: Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, FAAO
Member: Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO
Member: Susan A. Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO
Member: Timothy T. McMahon, OD
Member: Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO
Executive Director: Lois Schoenbrun, CAE

Fellows and Fellow Emeritus who Reside in the United States: 4386
(About 10 percent of practicing optometrists in the United States.)

Candidates: 800
Student Members: 2147
International Fellows: 516
Countries with Fellows: 42

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States

Sections: 7
Anterior Segment; Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry; Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies; Low Vision; Optometric Education; Primary Care; Public Health and Environmental Optometry; and Vision Science

Special Interest Groups: 6
Academic Medical Center Optometrists; Fellows Doing Research; Glaucoma; Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders in Optometry; Ocular Nutrition; Retina; Vision in Aging

Chapters: 30

Geographic: 20
European (Continental) Great Britain Quebec (Canada) South Africa United States: California, Florida, Hawaii, Heart of America, Illinois, Indiana, New England, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Northeastern Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia

Student: 10
Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) New England College of Optometry (NECO) NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry Salus University (SU) (Formerly PCO) Southern California School of Optometry (SCCO) State University of New York (SUNY) University of Alabama School of Optometry University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry (UCBSO) Ecole d'optometrie, Universite de Montreal University of Waterloo School of Optometry

Upcoming Annual Meetings:

November 12-15, 2014 in Denver, CO
October 14-17, 2015 in New Orleans, LA
November 16-19, 2016 in Anaheim, CA
October 4-7, 2017 in Boston, MA
November 6-9, 2019, in Philadelphia, PA

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