Our Foundation

 

President's Circle


Thanks to our many loyal and generous supporters, the Foundation has funded many individuals who will lead the discovery of new innovations and better patient care. 

Visionary Circle
(gift or pledge of $1,000,000 and up)

Essilor of America
Johnson & Johnson Vision

Pioneer Circle
(gift or pledge of $500,000 - $999,999)

Carl Zeiss Vision
Vision Service Plan (VSP)

Founder's Circle
(gift or pledge of $100,000 - $499,999) 

Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO)
Alcon Laboratories
The Alcon Foundation
The Allergan Foundation
Bausch + Lomb
Irvin M. (d) and Beatrice Borish (d)
CooperVision
Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin
Michael G. Harris
William R. Jackson, Jr. Estate (d)
George (d) and Jill Mertz (d) 
Joseph and Linda Molinari
Fredric M. (d) and Marion Rosemore
John Schoen Estate (d)

President's Circle Diamond
(gift or pledge of $75,000 - $99,000)

Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK)
Joan Exford and Don Korb
Karla and Kurt Zadnik

President's Circle Platinum
(gift or pledge of $50,000 - $74,999)

Brett and Robin Bence
Mark A. Bullimore and Beverly Williams Amico
David and Alyse Kirschen
Howard Purcell
Jeffrey J. Walline

President's Circle Gold
(gift or pledge of $20,000 - $49,999)

Tony and Elna Adams
Ian and Valerie Bailey
Melissa Bailey
Baycross Christian Family Foundation
Peter Bergenske and Cheryl Bruce
Barbara Caffery
Stephen and Doris Sze Chun
Rachel Anastasia "Stacey" Coulter
Sally Dillehay
Mark and Susan Eger
John G. Flanagan and 
Kathy Dumbleton
Sandy Ghormley
Sidney Greenberg
Gunilla Haegerstrom-Portnoy and
Robert Portnoy
Richard M. Hill
Roberta Hopkins
Joshua Josephson
Pete and Elli Kollbaum
Jerome A. Legerton
Gerald and Andrya Lowther
Ruth E. Manny
Timothy and Kay McMahon
Martha Rosemore Morrow 
Donald Mutti
Tracy Nguyen and Suresh Viswanathan*
ODwire
Optometric Glaucoma Society
Gil Pierce
Eric Ritchey and Moriah Chandler
Lois Schoenbrun
Jim Sheedy
Earl L. Smith III and Janice Wensveen
Cristina Schnider and Mal Patton
Sarita and Ashok Soni
Rod Tahran
Vision Impact Institute
Richard Weisbarth
Joe and Cheryl Yager

President's Circle 
(gift or pledge of $10,000 - $19,999)

Cathie and John Amos
Heather and Gary Anderson
Kristen Anderson and Chris Lievens*
Juan Carlos Aragon
Thomas Arnold
Neal Bailey
Joseph and Janet Barr
Sherry J. Bass
Douglas P. and Kimberly Benoit
David and Monique Berntsen
Sandra S. Block
Joseph Bonanno
Karen Brandreth
Col. Walter Brent (d) and Nancy Carr Brent
Wolfgang Cagnolati
Greg A. Caldwell
Dori Carlson and Mark Helgeson
Janet Carter
Michael Christensen*
Judith A. Clay (d) and Edward K. Walker (d) 
Jeffrey Cooper
Susan Cooper
Susan Cotter and Lou Lipschultz
Jenny and John Coyle *
David Damari*
Jean Marie Davis*
Rob Davis*
Pablo de Gracia
Shaban Demirel
Bernard and Jane Dolan
Bradley Dougherty
Thomas Vincent Duchardt
Barry Eiden
Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates
Merton (d) and Penelope Flom
Roanne Flom and Thomas Raasch
Walter Flom and Gail Fadenrecht
Murray Fingeret
Desmond and Anita Fonn
Brad Fortune and Ellen Lee
Thomas and Janice Freddo
Mary Lou French
Charline A. Gauthier 
Brad and Kerry Giedd
Alan Glazier
Diane and Israel Goldberg
Good-Lite
David and Diane Goss
Michel Guillon
Alden N. Haffner (d)
Wendy and Nathan Harrison
Andy and Tracy Hartwick
Kristina Haworth*
Cynthia Heard
David Heath
John P. Herman
Casey L. Hogan
Brien Holden (d)
Richard and Patricia Hopping
ISTA Pharmaceuticals
April and David Jasper*
Chris and Debbie Johnson
Ann Laurenzi Jones
Lyndon and Debbie Jones
Charlotte E. Joslin-Ulanski and Larry J. Ulanski, II
Millicent L. Knight
Bridgitte Shen Lee*
Dennis Levi
Milton Levin
Brian Levy
Thomas Lewis
M&S Technologies, Inc
Carla Mack*
Rich Madonna
Robert B. Mandell
Jason and Kristina Marsack
Jessica Mathew
Michael Mayers*
Richard E. Meetz
Mohinder M. Merchea
Andrew Mick and Juliane Flettner*
Jason Miller*
Pamela Joyce Larayne Miller
Michael Mittelman
Marla L. Moon
Clarke Newman
Kelly and Jason Nichols
The Gary Orsborn Family
Katherine Osborn Lorenz
Lisa Ostrin
Brian Pall*
Dennis P. Pardo
Stan and Lisa Peacock
Louis Phillips
Daniel Powell
Andrew and Emily Pucker*
Nicole Marie Putnam
Thomas and Susan Quinn
Sam Quintero
Jeffery Rabin
Rachel Redfern Rump
Kathryn Richdale
Colleen Riley
Tawna Roberts and Carrie Marino*
Alfred (d) and Sarah Rosenbloom
Nicholas Rumney
Robert P. Rutstein
Dave G. Sattler
A. Lee Scaief
Jack L Schaeffer and Family
Mitchell M. Scheiman
Louise Sclafani
Glenda Secor
David and Laura Seibel
Valerie Sharpe
Jerome Sherman
Joseph Shovlin
Lindsay Sicks*
Chris Smiley
Carl and Katie Spear
Fiona Stapleton
Sun Opthalmics*
Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn
David Troilo
Michael Twa
Danne Ventura
Satya B. Verma
Helen Viksnins
Heidi Wagner and Chris Woodruff*
Barry A. Weissman
John Whitener
Timothy and Catherine Wiebe
Mark Willcox
Stanley J. Yamane 

* denotes new member to the giving level/ (d) denotes member is deceased

 

New Ezell Club ($1,500 pledge)

Eugene Appenteng Osae, OD
Reza Abbas Farishta, OD, MSc
Heinz Otchere, OD, MSc
Maureen Plaumann, OD, FAAO
 

Contributions


Thanks to our many loyal and generous supporters, the Foundation has awarded and funded many individuals who will lead the discovery of new innovations for better patient care. 
Luminary (1,000 and up)

Ian L. Bailey
Sherry J. Bass
Denise Bell
Morris S. Berman
Abraham Bromberg
Shaban Demirel
Israel A. Goldberg
International Keratoconus Academy
Philip B. Kruger
Eugene Appenteng Osae
Heinz Otchere
Laura P. Pardon
Maureen Plaumann
Glenda B. Secor
Societas Est Optometric, Inc.
Volk Optical Inc.
Heidi Wagner
Students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Students at The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Students at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry 

Steward ($500-999)

Beta Sigma Kappa
Bruce W. Anderson
Alexandra Benavente-Perez
Rachel A. Coulter
Sally M. Dillehay
Brad Fortune
Kelly A. Frantz
Donald R. Korb
Robert B. Mandell
Jessica H. Mathew
Richard E. Meetz
Bhawanjot K. Minhas
Gilbert E. Pierce
Danne Ventura
Ron Walker
Jeffrey J. Walline
Richard E. Weisbarth
Stanley J. Yamane
Students at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science
Students at Northeastern State University
Students at the University of California – Berkeley School of Optometry
Students at the State University of New York College of Optometry
Students at Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Patron ($250 - 499)

Richard W. Baker
Henry J. Bausback
Mark A. Bullimore
T. Rowan Candy
Anthony P. Cullen
Bernard J. Dolan
Ann E. Elsner
Laura J. Frishman
Chris A. Johnson
Paul M. Karpecki
Gerald E. Lowther
Ruth E. Manny
Donald O. Mutti
Neil A. Pence
Michael Polasky
Thomas G. Quinn
Thomas W. Raasch
Lewis N. Reich
Andrew John Rixon
Cristina M. Schnider
Scleral Lens Education Society
David John Sterna
Vance Thompson
Ebele Bridget Uzodike
Karla Zadnik
Students at Illinois College of Optometry
Students from Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University

Sustainer ($100 - 249)

Alamo Eye Care
Dwight H. Akerman
Sheila F. Anderson
Mark Paul Andre
Ronald B. Arenstein
Thomas Arnold
Gary W. Asano
Sherry Audycki
Edward S. Bennett
Douglas P. Benoit
Elizabeth Bow
William L. Brown
Kuno Cajacob
Greg A. Caldwell
Pamela Capaldi
Tony Carnevali
Carmen F. Castellano
Tony Chahine
Judy S. Chan
Stephen R. Chun
Melissa W. Chun
Noumia Cloutier Gill
Deborah Cochran
Joseph S. Conrad
Bert C & Lydia C. Corwin
Jennifer L. Coyle
Donovan L. Crouch
Gislin Dagnelie
Jacqueline G. Davis
Michael J. Earley
Timothy B. Edrington
Eger Eye Group, PC
Steven H. Eyler
Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates
Robert A. Foote
Mary Lou French
Bernard B. Fresco
Melanie J. Frogozo
Patti W. Fuhr
Hanna Rae Fylpaa
Amber Gaume Giannoni
Robert B. Greer
Robert M. Grohe
Susan J. Gromacki
Michael D. Hancox
John R.  Hayes
Jeffery K. Hovis
Students at the University of Houston
Jon M. Ishihara
Lynette K. Johns
Steven M. Kastenbaum
Brian S. Kawasaki
Joshua Kay
Joe Chaddrick Kea
Beth T Kinoshita
Elliot M. Kirstein
Barry T . Kissack
Leigh C. Kozak
Richard E. Lippman
Pamela A. Lowe
Tania M. Mantua
Robert W. Massof
Jeffrey S. McFeely
Alan G. McKee
Earlena F. McKee
Leon N. McLin
Kerri McTigue
Jan Marie McVey
Langis Michaud
Diana Mae Monea
Anne Mika Moy
Ngozi Rosemary Musa
Kierstyn Napier-Dovorany
Albert M. Nemiroff
Michael L. Nichols
Jason J. Nichols
Vondolee Nixon
Nils W. Ohlsen
Charles W. Paepke
Robert J.  Parks
Darin L. Paulson
Judith A. Perrigin
Walter Potaznick
Sam Quintero
Renee E. Reeder
Kathryn Richdale
Robert N. Rosenstein
Carol Zolkewitz Rymer
Jack L. Schaeffer
John William Sims
Michael A. Slusky
James P. Smith
Thomas R. Stelmack
Randall F. Takaki
Judy W. Tong
John C. Townsend
Dorcas Tsang
J. Daniel Daniel Twelker
Julie A. Tyler
Michael T. Ukwade
Christine F. Wildsoet

Annual Donor ($99 and below)

Harris Ahmad Abbasi
Robert John Africano
Denise D Alexopoulos
Heather A. Anderson
Julia Appel
Raymond A. Applegate
Douglas A. Apsey
Olawale Babalola
Max E. Bailey
Marguerite E. Ball-Thomas
Veronica J. Barber
Tristan Campbell Barrueco
Carolyn G. Begley
Tiana Berezu
Brady W. Betten
Brian Blanchard
Cindy W. Blancq
Eric Borsting
Daniel H. Brigham
Kristen Brown
Marlane J. Brown
Scott Joel Bushinger
Stephen P. Byrnes
James M. Caldwell
Prema K. Chande
William Colton Cheek
Lucy Zhuo Chen
Karen Chester
Marlena A. Chu
Elise B. Ciner
Patricia M. Cisarik
Ann E. Clark
Daniel R. Coates
Michael J. Collins
Susan Cooper
Jeffrey Cooper
Jan L. Cooper
Natalie E. Corey Tangen
Susan A. Cotter
Stephanie M. Cox
William Y. Cuthbertson
Elizabeth Walsh Czirr
Kent M. Daum
Dawn K. DeCarlo
Andrew J. Di Mattina
Kyle D. Dohm
Grace Dorado-Foster
Bradley E. Dougherty
John M. Dovie
Sara Downes
Robin J. Drescher
Thu-Ha Easter
Anne E. Ebri
William Edmondson
Dana Edwards
Susan I. Eger
Chizubelu Onyinyechi Ejimogu
Rita Ellent
Candace Ellis
Robert Ensley
Tressa F. Eubank
Donald Faimon
Karen D. Fern
Nicholas Flebotte
James F. Forrest
Tara Leigh Fowler
Stuart B. Frank
John B. Gelvin
Gregory W. Good
Robert Gray
Sevada Hakobyan
Jason B. Hales
Ronald L. Harris
Patricia A. Henderson
Vinita A. Henry
Gregory G. Hom
Becky R. Humphreys
Kathy A. Ishimoto
Kevin M. Jackson
Jonathan A. Jackson
Carl H. Jacobsen
Isabelle Jalbert
April L. Jasper
Scott A. Jens
Clark J. Jensen
Lisa A. Jones-Jordan
Gregory Y. Kame
Evan N. Kaplan
Jennifer Keiser
Allicia Kellogg Kelly
Jay Klessman
Bob T. Kocembo
Jeffrey C. Krohn
Elizabeth H. Lemos
Garley C. Leon
Wing Eric Li
David P. Libassi
Brian D. Looney
David S. Loshin
Mary Ellen Loughrey
John P. Lowery
Richard J. Madonna
Jeffrey C. Magun
Jenny Ka-Yee Mak
Jason D. Marsack
Krista Martin
Jamal Masalmeh
Harvey B. Mayers
W Howard McAlister
Paula S. McDowell
Lee D. McPherson
Ian McWherter
Amanda E. Mendez Roberts
Michael Meyer
Renee Mika
Serine Mkrtchyan
Patricia A. Modica
Steven F. Moore
Lauren M. Morr
Ghulam Muhammad
Raymond I. Myers
Sheena Nagaraja
Mark S. Newman
Albert S Y Ng
Tracy T. Nguyen
Kelly K. Nichols
John H. Nishimoto
Jeffrey Seth Nyman
Gregory O'Brien
Ohio State Optometry Alumni
Nkem Okoroafor
Morgan C. Ollinger
Dominick Opitz
Olanrewaju M. Oriowo
James R. Osborne
Robert L. Owens
Cesar Felipe Parra Corredor
Harshil R. Patel
Nicole Patterson
Jeffrey D. Perotti
Erika Marie Perzan
Stephanie Pisano
Ayeswarya Ravikumar
Paul E. Reed
Leroy S. Roberson
Daniel K. Roberts
Monique P. Root
Kevin David Rosin
Jennifer Rubin
William R. Rudy
Nicholas J. Rumney
Diane Russo
Brianna H. Ryff
Sadia Saddiqi
Angelica Salamanca
Hector C. Santiago
Mark H. Sawamura
Jennifer Gail Schad
Janice E. Scharre
Stephanie Schmiedecke-Barbieri
Pamela H. Schnell
Lois Schoenbrun
Gloria Scott-Tibbs
Crystal Seaforth
Joan M. Sears
Lindsey K. Sewell
Sarah Shamim Shafi
William Shelly
Joseph P. Shovlin
Daisy Yao Shu
Joel A. Silbert
Jessica Anne Simon
David M. Simpson
Justin B. Smith
Jeffrey Sonsino
Luigina Sorbara
Christine L. Stabile
Lawrence R. Stark
Magdalena Stec
Jerry M. Stein
Jeffrey Adam Sterling 
Students at the Southern College of Optometry
Helen A. Swarbrick
Yin C. Tea
Taie-Tehrani Living Trust
Charles Matthew Tessman
Preethi Thiagarajan
William B. Thomas
Toan M. Trinh
Thomas G. Urosevich
Gregory Valle
Corina Van De Pol
Fuensanta A. Vera-Diaz
Jennifer Vicente
Kenrick Jr. Joseph Voison
Caitlin E. Walsh
Amy B. Ward
Michael Ward
Samantha K. Ward
Sarah Miller Watkins
Jeffrey Lance Weaver
Xin Wei
Sara Lynae Weidmayer
Kenney H. Wells
Michael D. Wesson
Robert N. Williams
Dianne Louise Williams
Scott Hyde Williams
Christina S. Wilmer
Jennifer A. Wong
Helen Yang
Phillip Thomas Yuhas
Aaron B. Zimmerman
Sarah Danielle Zuckerman
 

Consistent Giving


The Foundation thanks those individual supporters who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to optometric research and education by making a consistent annual contribution.

15-Year 
Mark H. Sawamura

10-Year
Douglas P. Benoit
Abraham Bromberg
Elise B. Ciner
Donovan L. Crouch
Ann E. Elsner
Donald O. Mutti
Charles W. Paepke
Michael Polasky
Thomas G. Quinn
Christine F. Wildsoet
Christina S. Wilmer

Legacy Society

Anthony and Elna Adams
Ian and Valerie Bailey
William (d) and Honey Baldwin (d)
Brett G. and Robin Bence
Peter Bergenske and Cheryl Bruce
Irvin M.(d) and Beatrice Borish (d)
Mark A. Bullimore
Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin
N. Rex (d) and Sandy Ghormley
Sidney Greenberg
Michael G. Harris
William Reginald Jackson, Jr. Estate (d)
Detleff and Lila Jans Estate (d)
Helen Langhoff Estate (d)
David and Alyse Kirschen
Gerald and Andrya Lowther
George (d) and Jill Mertz (d)
Joseph Molinari
Martha Rosemore Morrow
Stuart Richer
Fredric (d) and Marion Rosemore
Rose Salierno (d)
John Schoen Estate (d)
Sarita and Ashok Soni
Lawrence S. Thal
Nancy Wiggins
Joe Yager
Anonymous Donor

(d) - Denotes deceased

 
Auction Donors

Bausch + Lomb SVP
Edward Bennett
Michael Cohen
Stacey Coulter
Gerald Lowther
Robert B. Mandell
Ruth Manny
Kerri McTigue
Cristina Schnider
Jeff Walline
Danne Ventura
Volk Optical
World Council of Optometry
Stanley Yamane
IU Student Chapter
OSU Student Chapter
Salus Student Chapter
SCO Student Chapter
SUNY Student Chapter
UCB Student Chapter

Our Corporate Partners

The Alcon Foundation
The Allergan Foundation
Beta Sigma Kappa
CooperVision
Essilor of America
Johnson & Johnson Vision
Luxottica
M&S Technologies
OD Wire
Sun Ophthalmics
Volk Optical
VSP Global
Vision Impact Institute


Foundation Awards 

Awards and Recognition

Fellowships and Grants

Scholarships

Awards of Recognition

Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award
Rabia Mobeen
University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science

Phabita Dhungel, BOptom, MS
Pacific University College of Optometry

Glenn A. Fry Lecture Award
Susan A. Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO

Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics
Rami Aboumourad, OD

Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education
Heather A. Anderson, OD, PhD, FAAO
Donald O. Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO

Henry B. Peters Memorial Award in Public Health and Environmental Vision
Robert N. Kleinstein, OD, PhD, FAAO
 

Fellowships and Grants

William C. Ezell Fellowships
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) Ezell Fellowships have successfully supported optometry’s future leaders for more than 50 years. 

Congratulations to the 2019 William C. Ezell Fellows and thank you to the donors and sponsors for their generous support. 

AAO Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Ezell Fellow
Kelsy R. Steele, OD, MS
The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Research Focus: The influence of patient behaviors on infectious and inflammatory corneal conditions associated with contact lens wear

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Robert B. Mandell Ezell Club Fellow
Heinz Otchere, OD, MSc
University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Science
Research Focus: Ocular Effects of Scleral Lens Wear on Dry Eye Patients 

American Academy of Optometry Ezell Fellow
Billie Beckwith-Cohen, DVM, MBA, FAAO
University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
Research Focus: Using animal models to better understand the neurophysiological processes underlying retinal function in health and disease thereby laying the foundation for innovative treatments for debilitating retinal degeneration

Baycross Christian Family Foundation Binocular Vision and Pediatrics Ezell Fellow
Maureen D. Plaumann, OD, FAAO
The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Research Focus: Analyzing and Improving Visual Deficiencies in Amblyopic adults

Danne Ventura – Essilor Ezell Fellow
Eugene Appenteng Osae, OD
University of Houston College of Optometry
Research Focus: Metabolic syndrome effects on the Meibomian gland and the ocular surface

Irvin M. Borish - Essilor Ezell Fellow
Hin Cheung, OD
Indiana University School of Optometry
Research Focus: Characterizing reflectance of healthy and glaucomatous retinal nerve fiber layer using novel techniques

John N. Schoen Ezell Fellow
Reza Abbas Farishta, OD
University of Montreal
Research Focus: Functional Neuroanatomy of Visual Pathways Involving the Pulvinar 

Merton C. Flom Leadership Ezell Fellow
Jessica V. Jasien, MEn
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Research Focus: Characterization of Intraocular Pressure, Ocular Perfusion Pressure, and Intracranial Pressure measured with Continuous Telemetry in Normal and Experimental Glaucoma Nonhuman Primates

Mike Daley- Essilor Ezell Fellow
Revathy Mani, BS Optom, MPhil Optom
University of New South Wales
Research Focus: Relationship of visual, oculomotor and cognitive deficits in Traumatic brain Injury

Michael G. Harris Ezell Fellow
Rajendra Gyawali, BOptom, MOptom, FAAO
University of New South Wales
Research Focus: A theory-based approach to improve the appropriateness of diabetic eyecare delivery in Australia

Optometric Glaucoma Society Ezell Fellow
Laura Pardon, OD, MS, FAAO
University of Houston College of Optometry
Research Focus: The effects of elevated intracranial or intraocular pressures on optic nerve structure

Rod Tahran – Essilor Ezell Fellow
Gareth D. Hastings, Mphil, BOptom
University of Houston College of Optometry
Research focus: Developing and applying visual image quality metrics and wavefront-guided corrections to study and correct the vision of normal as well as highly aberrated eyes.

Vision Impact Institute Ezell Fellow
Afua Oteng Asare, OD, MPH, MSc
Research Focus: The Cost Effectiveness and Utilization of Publicly Funded Universal Vision Care Services and Vision Screening for Children in Ontario

Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Grant (J & J) 
2019 Recipients and Institutions attended:
Mariana Ferraz
Illinois College of Optometry
Mackenzie Speers
Indiana University School of Optometry
Kevin Hoang
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry
Stephanie Gee
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Optometry
Kristina Aikens
Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Christina Wenn
Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry
Kendra Phillis
New England College of Optometry
Kelsey Buford
Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
Karla Delgado
Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Ryan Rutschilling
The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Mari J. Fujimoto
Pacific University College of Optometry
Nathan Housley
Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Brandin Gwinner
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Abagail Kirk
Southern College of Optometry
Nicole Poon
State University of New York College of Optometry
Courtney Sartin
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Valerie A. Lim
University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
Theresa Hoang
University of Houston, College of Optometry
Jacquelyn M. Tyra
University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry
Mikhail Lifshits
University of Montreal School of Optometry
Christina Sally Abuata
University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry
Kirsten Carter
University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science
Kimber M. Kenzli
Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry
Fredric Rosemore Low Vision Educational Grant
Sharon Lee, OD, FAAO
Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

Korb-Exford Dry Career Development Grant
Laura Downie, BOptom, FAAO
University of Melbourne Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences

Allergan Foundation Research Grant
Loretta B. Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO
Case Western Reserve University, Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Co-Investigators:
Tracy Nguyen OD, PhD, FAAO; State University of New York College of Optometry
Tim McMahon OD, FAAO; University of Illinois at Chicago
Muriel Schornack OD, FAAO; Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology
Christine Sindt OD, FAAO; Iowa Department of Ophthalmology
Project: “Modeling Corneal Endothelial Cell Health Parameters as Predictors of Keratoplasty Stress.”

Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowship
Sima T. Mozdbar, OD
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Beta Sigma Kappa Student Travel Fellowship
Salwa Saleh
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University

Brett G. Bence Clinical Student Travel Fellowship
Raphaella Tran
University of Houston College of Optometry

Brett G. Bence Leadership Student Travel Fellowship
Astiney Franklin
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Optometry

Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fellowship
Quinn Gallen
University of Missouri - St. Louis College of Optometry

Mayra Lazo
Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry

Kirschen Family Student Travel Fellowship
Lea Hair
University of Houston College of Optometry

Lois Schoenbrun Student Travel Fellowship
Makayla Porter
Southern College of Optometry

Luxottica Student Travel Fellowship
Chung Ki Fung
New England College of Optometry

Nicole Karson
University of Houston College of Optometry

N. Rex Ghormley Student Travel Fellowship
Betty Li
University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry

International Keratoconus Academy Resident Travel Fellowship in memory of Janet Barr
Yue Yu, OD, PhD
New England College of Optometry

Scholarships

VSP and AAOF Practice Excellence Scholarships
Illinois College of Optometry
Lauren Kunkel, Aaron Motacek

Indiana University School of Optometry
Mary Marte, Kalyn Wendholt

Inter American University of Puerto School of Optometry
Samantha Chan, Travis Lipscomb

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Taylor Hall, Danielle Zapata

Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Steven Gibbs, Ankur Patel

Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry
Jennifer Dryden, Liza Stremick

New England College of Optometry
Alexa Caruso, Chelsey Kritzer

Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
Sahab Astani, William Colton Cheek

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Phoebe Pan, Kaitlin Brown

The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Alex Lamorgese, Adell Walters

Pacific University College of Optometry
Liandra Jung, Ashley Stone

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Andrew Muckin, Emilie Seitz

Rosenberg School of Optometry
Patrick Clark, Kelly Tran

Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Alyssa Pack, Emiko Vasquez

Southern College of Optometry
Katelyn McGee, Trevor Shealy

State University of New York College of Optometry
Abigail Cash, Alicia Jones

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Mason Childers, Mohammed Haque

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
Stephanie Tran, Rebecca Stapornkul

University of Houston College of Optometry
Ashley Nguyen, Megan Wagner

University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry
Kelly Deering, Abigail Smith

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry
Kristen Lantz, Jacob Webster

Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry
 Kenny Huynh, Aiko Seffinger

VSP and AAOF Canadian Practice Excellence Scholarships
University of Montreal School of Optometry
Antoine Aidans van der Poel, Lara Tchakmakian

University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science
Komal Patel, Angela Zhang

VSP and AAOF Australian Practice Excellence Scholarships 
Deakin University
Emily Banks

Flinders University
Dylan Bentley

Queensland University of Technology School of Optometry and Vision Science
Derek Shiu Him Lay

University of New South Wales
Ivy Kol

Residency Awards


Bert C. and Lydia M. Corwin Contact Lens Residency Award
Jocelyn Ou, OD
Southern California College of Optometry

Alfred Rosenbloom, Jr. Low Vision Residency Award
Kenneth Duy Tran, OD
University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry

Sheldon Wechsler & George W. Mertz Contact Lens Residency Awards (J & J)
Sheldon Wechsler
Laurel Roberts, OD
Illinois College of Optometry

George W. Mertz
Alexandria Lui, OD
Indiana University School of Optometry

Andrew Fischer, OD
Indiana University School of Optometry

Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award (J & J)
Paula Kutzner, OD, Med
Southern California College of Optometry

Student Giving Matching Program

Illinois College of Optometry
Alexandra Beachnau, Randi-Jo Francis

Indiana University School of Optometry
Ashley Ladd, Noa Robson
Cade Millikin, Anthony Offerle

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Optometry
Elizabeth Casper, Alexandra Matejczyk

Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
Hannah Sanders, Brianna Weber

The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Emma Thompson, Derek Heimlich
Erin Filbrant, Lindsey Hutchinson
Lindsay Page, Paige Scott

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Ashley Bachkhaz, Jessie Vorachek

State University of New York College of Optometry
Alex Kim, Siyun Ren

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Mackenzie Edwards Dziedzic, Kelsie L. Morgan
Sadiksha Prasain, Nicole Leigh Roddy

University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry
Samantha Lin, Thuy Trang Nguyen

University of Pikesville - Kentucky College of Optometry
Julia Bao, Silva Lo, Brittany Michelle Martin, Logan Ritchhart

 
Foundation Board of Directors
Pete Kollbaum, President
Wendy Harrison, President-Elect
Rachel "Stacey" Coulter, Secretary-Treasurer
David Kirschen, Immediate Past President
Kerry  Giedd
April Jasper
Kathryn Richdale
David Sattler
Valerie Sharpe
Loretta Szczotka-Flynn
Danne Venture
Jeffrey Walline


Foundation Staff

Peter Scott, Executive Director
Bob Gray, Development Director
Jennifer Rubin, Grants and Awards Manager