Meet the Staff

Use the Where to Turn Guide to find the Academy contact that can best answer your questions.

For contact information for the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff, please visit those respective pages.

Lois Schoenbrun

Lois Schoenbrun, CAE, FAAO
Executive Director
Lois 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 and AOF since June of 1996. She has more than thirty years of experience in executive leadership of medical and health-related associations, and earned the Certified Association Executive designation in 1995. She earned her Academy Fellowship in 2000.
In her spare time, Lois is a 5th degree black belt and International Referee in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo. She has a son, 26.

Darryl Beatty

Project Manager, Administration
Darryl has been with the Academy for four years working in Operations Support.  He holds Bachelor Degrees in Political Science from Saint Louis University and International Studies from the University of North Texas.  Darryl and his wife, Mary Ellen, moved with the Academy from Maryland to Orlando, and are enjoying the new found sunshine and southern pace. Darryl has a love for college basketball (Saint Louis and Marquette), Cubs baseball, and cars.

Jenny Brown, MBA

Program Manager, Membership & Communications
Jenny has over nine years of nonprofit program and marketing experience gained from her work at the Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center and the Boise State University Center for School Improvement & Policy Studies. She received a B.B.A. in Marketing from Boise State University and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Marketing from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband.

Randy Consla

Office Manager

Graduated from Unity College in Unity Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Park Management. Joined the Academy after a seven years with Children’s National Medical Center’s regional outpatient center in Rockville, MD for the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders were I served as Office Manager.

Dana Edwards, MLIS

Database Administrator
Dana joined the Academy with over 10 years of data management experience. She graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Information Studies and a MLIS in Information Studies with a concentration in Data Management. In her spare time, Dana enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Richard Jones, CPA

Senior Director, Finance
Rich brings nearly 20 years of nonprofit financial experience to the organization. Prior to joining the Academy, Rich served as Chief Financial Officer for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He also has five years of public accounting experience. Rich received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and his CPA certification in 1989. In his spare time, Rich is a movie buff and enjoys reading and exercising.

Sarah Kidd


Sarah joined us in 2012 as our receptionist and to assist with various office duties as the need arises. Away from the office, she is the proud mother of a very active daughter. In their spare time, Sarah and Madison enjoy playing various sports and traveling.

Jana Kurtz

Senior Director, Administration
Jana is in charge of all things administrative for the Academy.  She has been with the Academy since 2003, although she took a break for about a year in 2009 – 2010.  Jana’s entire work history reflects her love of administration and non-profits.  Jana loves to cook, read murder mysteries, and spend time with her dog.

Rebecca MathisMAFM

Staff Accountant

Rebecca has over five years of professional accounting experience, with two of those years spent in non-profit and grant accounting. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and a Master’s of Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She has a 10 year old son who she loves going to theme parks with. 

Betty Rodriguez

Program Manager, Education

Betty possesses a unique combination of 18 years of hands-on non-profit experience and a thorough understanding of office management. Betty has a passion for helping others. Her involvement in the philanthropy arena has made her an avid donor and supporter to various charities. Betty is an honorary member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and a member of the American Psychology Association. She received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Thomas Edison State College and is pursuing her Master’s degree.

Betty Taylor, CEM

Exhibits Manager
Betty is responsible for the entire exhibits program, including exhibit sales, logistics and exhibitor relations. Betty has been with the Academy since 2006. She has been in the tradeshow meeting industry for 19 years, including a long tenure with a general services contractor serving in several different capacities. Betty is married and is a very active sports mom with ice hockey and fast-pitch softball at the top of the list. Betty resides with her family in Ellicott City, MD.

Helen Viksnins, MEd, FAAO, CAE

Senior Director, Programs
Helen is in charge of Education, Membership and Communications programs. She has been with the Academy since 1999 in a variety of capacities. Helen's educational background includes a BSFS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an MEd from George Washington University in Human Resource Development, and a Certificate in Critical Languages from Western Michigan University in the Latvian language. She previously worked for the Peace Corps as the Country Desk Officer for North and Central Europe. In her personal time, Helen sings as a part of a Latvian folk ensemble, Sudrabavots, enjoys gardening and playing with her nephews.

Greg Fulginiti

Development Director

Greg is the Development Director of the Academy and the American Optometric Foundation, with responsibility for identifying, cultivating, and nurturing relationships with donors, corporate and industry partners, Academy volunteer leaders, and schools and colleges of optometry, as well as to solicit significant individual and corporate donations and major gifts. Greg has been with the Academy since August of 2013. He received a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida. He has more than 10 years in academic development and private funding experience gained from his work at the University of Florida Foundation and the University of Central Florida Foundation. In his spare time, Greg enjoys spending time with his family, watching college and pro sports, and playing basketball.


Tracy Kitts

Foundation Coordinator

Tracy attended the University of Toledo and The Ohio State University with a primary focus on Strategic Communications. She has over 27 years in the optical field in a variety of diverse roles including Optician, lab technician, retail optical manager, BV&Peds office manager and research coordinator. Her clinical trial coordinator experience includes multiple Amblyopia Treatment Studies (ATS) developed by the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG), the US Pirenzepine Study Group, Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT), and the Study of the Progression of Adult Myopia (SPAM). Tracy has served as Chair of the Staff Advisory Committee at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and is a two-time recipient of the college's Research Staff Award.


Kurt Zadnik

Managing Editor, Optometry and Vision Science

Kurt A. Zadnik has been the Managing Editor of Optometry and Vision Science since 1996. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in horticulture and has extensive experience in the areas of California native plants and cacti and succulents. His is an avid hobbyist with expertise in gardening and woodworking. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, 2011-12 Academy President, Karla Zadnik. They have two daughters, Andra (27) and Nina Marie (22).