2014-2015 Board of Directors

Brett G. Bence, OD, FAAO

Brett Bence is Director of Optometry, partner, and serves on the Board of Directors at Northwest Eye Surgeons (NWES). NWES consists of 6 medical and surgical co-management centers around the Puget Sound area of western Washington State. He practices full time in patient care, providing medical and surgical ocular consultations on referral and surgical pre and post-operative care. Academically, he helps coordinate post-graduate continuing education programing at NWES and has presented over 130 lectures, papers, and research posters. He is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Pacific University College of Optometry.Dr. Bence graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry Magna cum Laude. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Optometry since 2005. He is a past Chair of the Lectures and Workshops continuing education committee and of the (former) Disease Section. He served as President of the Optometric Physicians of Washington, the state optometry association in Washington State. Originally from Nebraska, he enthusiastically enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest with his family.

Bernard J. Dolan, OD, FAAO
Immediate Past President

Bernie Dolan is a staff optometrist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco where he established clinical teaching programs for optometry residents and students and currently serves as Coordinator of the Optometry Residency Program. He received his MS degree in Biology (Anatomy) from the University of San Francisco, OD from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a residency in Hospital-Based/Rehabilitative Optometry at VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry. Dr. Dolan has served on the Editorial Board of Optometry and Vision Science and the Journal Review Board of Journal of the American Optometric Association. He is a Past President of the National Association of VA Optometrists, and Past President of the Optometry Alumni Association of the University of California, and has served as chair for committee on admittance for the American Academy of Optometry.

Joseph P. Shovlin, OD, FAAO

Joseph Shovlin is a senior optometrist at Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton, PA.  He is an alumnus (1980) of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where he serves as adjunct faculty. He is a distinguished practitioner of the National Academy of Practice, diplomate and past chair of the Section On Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry and past chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association. A few of his consulting arrangements include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workgroup on Contact Lenses and the scientific advisory committee of the Pennsylvania Lion’s Eye Research Foundation. He has served on the Ophthalmic Devices’ Advisory Panel of FDA (voting member and consultant) and the National Advisory Eye Council of NIH. He is associate clinical editor of Review of Optometry and clinical editor of Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses, section editor of Optometric Physician On-Line, journal board member of Optometry Times, Primary Care Optometry News and has served as a contributing editor for Optometry, International Contact Lens Clinic, Contemporary Optometry, Optometric Management and consulting editor of Contact Lens Spectrum. Within the Academy, he is a member of the Finance Committee and is the Annual Meeting chair and has served on the board of directors of the American Optometric Foundation. He has received several honors and awards including the American Optometric Association’s CLCS Achievement Award (2008), the Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year recipient for PCO at Salus University (2011) and the Legend Award of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the AOA (2012).

Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO

Barbara Caffery is a Toronto optometrist who has worked in a group practice since her 1977 graduation from the New England College of Optometry. She is also a member of the University Health Network Multidisciplinary Sjogren’s Syndrome Clinic. She spends her days doing comprehensive eye care. Her areas of expertise are dry eye disease and contact lenses. She completed her Masters of Science degree in Nutrition in 1987. She completed her PhD programme in Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in 2009 upon defending her thesis entitled Sjogren’s Syndrome: A Clinical and Biochemical Analysis. She has done several clinical trials in dry eye disease and has published widely in the areas of contact lenses, dry eye and Sjogren’s Syndrome. Dr. Caffery teaches part time at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. She now serves as a member of the Board of the American Academy of Optometry. Her present initiative within the Academy is the formation of a special interest group of Fellow practitioners who will perform clinical research within their practices.

Susan A. Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO
Board Member

Sue is an ICO graduate who completed a residency in Children’s Vision (SCCO), has a M.S. in Clinical & Biomedical Investigations (USC Keck School of Medicine), and is currently a Professor at SCCO (teaching in the classroom and clinic) and a Research Professor in USC’s Department of Ophthalmology.  Sue is a NEI-funded clinician scientist who conducts clinical trial and epidemiological research, and a pediatric optometrist with private practice experience who lectures nationally and internationally. Sue has been actively involved in the Academy for 25+ years. Presently a member of the Research Committee and an associate topical editor for Optometry & Vision Science, Sue is a Diplomate who has served in every elected position in the Binocular Vision, Perception, & Pediatric Optometry Section, and on the Lectures & Workshops Committee and the Nominating Committee. Outside of AAO, Sue is Vice Chair of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG), a NEI-funded clinical research network of optometrists and ophthalmologists who conduct clinical investigations of childhood eye disorders. She also served on the Executive Committees of the NEI-funded Convergence insufficiency Treatment Trial, Multi-ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study, and CLEERE Study. Sue serves on the National Expert Panel of the National Center for Children’s Vision & Eye Health, AOA Council on Research, and as an ACOE Senior Residency Consultant. A COVD Fellow and editor of the textbook, Clinical Applications of Prisms, she is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and a former AOF Ezell Fellow. 

Pete Kollbaum, OD, PHD, FAAO
Board Member

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 multidisplinary 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 additon to being on the Board of Directors of the AOF, he is also on the AAO Board of Dreictors. He has previously served as AOF Secretary-Treasurer. He has also served 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 Ircin 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.

Timothy T. McMahon, OD, FAAO
Board Member

Timothy T. McMahon, OD, FAAO graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 1980, and completed a residency at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1981.  For the past 30 years Dr. McMahon has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and currently holds the rank of Professor of Ophthalmology.  From 2010 to 2011 he held the position of Associate Director for Clinical Affairs and Optometrist-in-Chief at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science.  In late 2011 he returned to the University of Illinois Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Diplomate in the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies.  He previously served as Chair of the Academy’s Research Committee and Vice Chair of the Academy’s Scientific Program Committee and is a member of the AOA’s Council on Research.  Dr. McMahon was appointed to the American Optometric Foundation Board in 2002 and served as its treasurer until 2008 when he was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Optometry.  He continues to serve on the editorial board for the journals Cornea and Eye and Contact Lens.  Recently the National Academies of Practice named him a Distinguished Clinical Fellow.  Dr. McMahon has been an investigator or principal investigator for several NIH and VA funded research projects, including the CLEK Study, where he served on the Executive Committee.  From 2001 to 2005 he served on the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel.  He has published widely and has lectured nationally and internationally.  His interests include contact lenses, corneal topography and anterior segment diseases.

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO
Board Member

Dr. Walline is an Associate Professor at the OSU College of Optometry, where he teaches pediatrics and specialty contact lenses to optometry students. Dr. Walline has been a Fellow for 14 years and a Research Diplomate in the Cornea, Contact Lens, and Refractive Technologies section for three years. Dr. Walline served on the Communications Committee, and he currently serves on the Faculty-Student Liaison and the Scientific Program Committees. While serving on the Communications Committee, Dr. Walline implemented a program that asked the Scientific Program Committee to recommend abstracts for the annual press conference, in order to streamline the review process and make the most appropriate selections. As Chair of the Faculty-Student Liaison Committee, he implemented the Student Fellowship program in order to immerse students in all aspects of the Academy. The first year of the program, over 200 students became Student Fellows. As Vice Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, Dr. Walline helped improve the ease by which doctors can obtain CE credits for scientific posters and presentations so practitioners can put cutting edge information to practice the first day they return to examining patients. Since serving as the National Liaison to the Academy for the American Optometric Student Association, Dr. Walline has passionately served the Academy because he understands the importance of educating optometrists through innovative science and cooperative fellowship. 

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