Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO



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 multidisciplinary practice prior to returning to IU where he received a Master’s 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 in the areas of contact lenses and optics. Dr. Kollbaum holds membership in several optometric organizations including the American Academy of Optometry, ARVO, AOCLE, IACLE, ISCLR, and BCLA. Within the AAO, in addition to being President of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation, he has previously served the AAO in several other capacities over the last decade. His areas of research interest encompass contact lens optics, contact lens fitting and design, myopia, presbyopia, eye fatigue, keratoconus, surgical optics, 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 AAOF.

Wendy W. Harrison, OD, PhD, FAAO


Wendy Harrison

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 AAOF Presidents Circle 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.

David G. Kirschen, OD, PhD, FAAO 

Immediate Past 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.

Rachel A. Coulter, OD, MS, FAAO

Secretary Treasurer

Rachel CoulterRachel 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.

Kerry Giedd, OD, MS, FAAO


Kerry GieddKerry 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.

Kathryn L. Richdale, OD, PHD, FAAO


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Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, FAAO, is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. She teaches and conducts research primarily in the areas of cornea and contact lenses and refractive error and her work has been supported by federal, private and industry grants. She was an Assistant Professor, founding director of the Clinical Vision Research Center, and established the Myopia Control Clinic at the State University of New York College of Optometry. Currently, she is Co-Chair of the Contact Lens Assessment in Youth (CLAY) study group, an attending in the Cornea and Contact Lens Service and Myopia Control Clinic, and teaches in the Public Health and graduate curriculum. She is an active member in the AAO and serves as Chair of the Research Committee and a member of the Awards Committee. She is an AAOF Ezell Fellow awardee and current President’s Circle member. Dr. Richdale received her BS from the University of Notre Dame and her OD, PhD, and Cornea and Contact Lens Advanced Practice Fellowship from The Ohio State University.

Dave G. Sattler, FAAO


Dave SattlerDave 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 one grandson.

Valerie L. Sharpe, OD, FAAO



Dr. Sharpe received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry. She completed her residency in ocular disease at the Veteran’s hospital in Portland, Oregon affiliated with OHSU and Pacific University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and board certified by the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry.  For fifteen years, she has served as medical staff at Chinle Hospital, a Navajo Area Indian Health Service facility in Arizona.  She is a recipient of the Lester Caplan Award recognizing accomplishments for the Public Health Service. She is committed to serving within her profession and has held various national leadership roles as a national board examiner, national advisory group (OPAG) member for the Indian Health Service, and she is currently a Vice Chair on the admissions committee for the American Academy of Optometry as well as a board member of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation. She has held Adjunct Clinical Professor positions at the Pacific University College of Optometry, the Southern California College of Optometry, The Ohio State University, and Indiana University. She enjoys inspiring other practitioners, most recently lecturing on ocular trauma, uveitis, eyecare in the emergency department, IV medication for the optometrist, and electronic health record management.

Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO


szczotka-flynn_lorettaDr. Loretta Szczotka-Flynn is Professor at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in the Departments of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences as well as Population and Quantitative Health Sciences.  She is Director of the Contact Lens Service at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio since 1992.  She received her Doctorate of Optometry and Masters of Physiological Optics from The Ohio State University in 1992, and her PhD in Epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University in 2010. She is a Diplomate and Past Chair of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry and currently serves on the Board of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation. Dr. Szczotka-Flynn serves as an Associate Editor for Eye & Contact Lens and a guest editor for Optometry and Vision Science after having served on the OVS Editorial Board for 12 years. She has authored or co-authored ~80 peer reviewed manuscripts, 12 book chapters, 100 scientific meeting abstracts, and has presented about 200 presentations world-wide. 

Danne Ventura, FNAO, FAAO


Danne V Essilor TeamKWP_2593Danne is an optician, contact lens fitter and ophthalmic medical assistant. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and her recent corporate focus with Essilor of America was on school support, student and institutional grants, creating and implementing student events and student and faculty education. Danne was with Essilor of America for 29 years and retired in 2018. Her most recent position was Director of Professional Education. She is a President’s Circle member and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the AAOF.

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO

Director / AAO Liaison

JeffJeff 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.

Lois Schoenbrun, CAE, FAAO

Executive Director / Board Member (ex-officio)

Lois SAMs. Lois Schoenbrun is Executive Director of the Academy and the American Academy of Optometry 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.

Bob Gray

Director Development

Bob Gray HeadshotBob brings a vast amount of nonprofit experience to the Academy. He spent 18 years as CEO for The Foundation Fighting Blindness, an organization dedicated to funding research projects on retinal degenerative diseases. He spent 14 years with the National Easter Seals Society fundraising on the local, state, and national levels. Over the past decade he has consulted for numerous nonprofits in the healthcare and environmental sectors. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Bob went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. In his spare time, Bob is an avid golfer and fan of football and basketball. He shares these interests with his wife and adult children.

Jennifer Rubin

Foundation Program Manager


Jennifer is the Program Manager of the American Academy of Optometry Foundation. Her role is to administer implementation of the AAOF programs and provide administrative support to the Director of Development. 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 has an 18 year old daughter who is a senior in high school and has been happily married for 24 years. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and swimming.