Wendy W. Harrison, OD, PhD, FAAO
President

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 currently an  Associate Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry where her clinical and research interest involves electrophysiology in diabetes and other retinal diseases. She is a member of the AAOs Fellow’s Doing Research SIG Steering Committee.  Dr. Harrison 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.

Pete Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO
Immediate Past President

Pete Kollbaum

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.

Rachel A. Coulter, OD, MS, FAAO
President Elect

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
Director

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
Director 

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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
Director

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
Secretary Treasurer

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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 B. Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO
Director

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
Director

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.

April Jasper, OD, FAAO
Director

April JasperDr. April Jasper graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry with highest honors in 1995. Her family of 6 (Awesome Husband, 2 beautiful children and 2 dogs) live in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Jasper completed her residency in primary care, ocular disease and contact lenses in Boston, Massachusetts where she also held a position as adjunct professor at NEWENCO. Dr. Jasper has served her patients and colleagues as president of the Florida Optometric Association 2016-2017. She continues to share her knowledge and expertise around the world authoring numerous publications, lecturing and as chief editor of Optometric Management magazine.

A. Mika Moy, OD, FAAO
Director

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Dr. Mika Moy graduated from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and completed a residency in Pediatrics and Cornea/Contact Lenses there. She is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor at Berkeley Optometry where she teaches the Anterior Segment Disease course and is a clinical instructor as well as a mentor for the Primary Care and Pediatric residents.  Her clinical interests include anterior segment disease, pediatrics, and neuro-optometry and she is a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally. She serves as a Remote Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and as a Senior Consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.  She is a Diplomate and current Chair of the Anterior Segment Section and was presented the California Optometric Association Excellence in Optometric Education Award. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, embroidery, and breaking out of escape rooms with her husband and teenage children.

Suresh Viswanathan, MS, PhD, FAAO
Director

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Dr. Suresh Viswanthan is currently the Chair of the Department of Biological and Vision Science at the State University of New York College of Optometry where he also serves as the Director of Institutional Research. He earned his Optometry degree from India and subsequently an MS degree from Pacific University and a PhD in Vision Science from the University of Houston. Prior to his move to New York Dr. Viswanathan was a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Optometry. Currently Dr. Viswanathan also serves as the chair of the research pillar of the Academy’s Strategic Plan Implementation Committee and as the Academy’s representative on the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research/Alliance for Eye and Vision Research professional society member council. Previously he has served as the Chair of Academy’s Scientific Program Committee, Vision Science SIG and as a member of the Academy’s Awards and Admittance Committees. As a graduate student, Dr. Viswanathan was awarded the Ezell fellowship for three consecutive years. He became a fellow for the American Academy of Optometry in 2000 and is an ardent supporter of AAOF.

Jennifer L. Coyle, OD, MS, FAAO
Director / AAO Liaison

Jennifer-L-Coyle-OD-MS-FAAOJennifer Coyle is the Dean of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Prior to her current role she served as the Dean of the Pacific University College of Optometry for 12 years. Dr. Coyle, a graduate of Pacific University, completed a residency in contact lenses at that same institution and a Master's of Science in Clinical Optometry. She team-taught the contact lens didactic, laboratory and clinical curriculum for 14 years at Pacific University. During that time, Dr. Coyle was also in a private group practice in Beaverton, Oregon specializing in contact lenses. She is a contributing editor for Primary Care Optometry News, a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in the Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses. Dr. Coyle is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, was named one of Vision Monday’s 50 Most Influential Women in Optical in 2006 and received the 2010 Clarence G. Carkner Oregon Optometrist of the Year award. She has been actively involved in the AAO Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies for the past eighteen years, most recently as the Section Historian, and served on the AAO Lectures and Workshops Committee for six years. Dr. Coyle is committed to the advancement of the profession of optometry, and was elected the first woman President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for two terms (2013-2015) and for five years was the Chair of the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association Advocacy Committee. She currently chairs the ASCO Government Affairs Committee. 

Peter Scott, CAE, APR, MBA
Chief Executive Officer (AAO) / Executive Director (AAOF)

PScottPeter Scott is a proven leader with over 20 years’ experience of growing associations and teams with a specialization in product development, digital transformation, public relations, experiential design, and organizational strategy/innovation. His ability to merge creative strategy, business acumen, and governance has earned him the ear of those at some of the world’s largest organizations including Microsoft, Wyndham, Mars, Kraft, the Federal Reserve Bank, Procter & Gamble, Target, PWC, Deloitte, Nielsen, The Canadian House of Commons, and Saudi Arabian Capital Markets Authority. Peter gained recognition for his efforts by receiving the Brand Hall Excellence in eLearning Award, multiple Forbes Best of Web, Webby Awards, as well as the Technology and Learning Magazine's Award of Excellence. Peter earned his BBA in finance and economics from Stetson University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern. He is a Certified Association Executive and Accredited in Public Relations. In his spare time, he and his wife enjoy golf, cooking and spending time with their two dogs.

Bob Gray
Development Director

Bob academystaff-(8-of-17)Bob 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
Grants and Awards Manager

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Jennifer is the Grants and Awards Manager of the American Academy of Optometry & Foundation. Her role is to administer implementation of the AAOF programs.  Her work ethic and drive is an asset to the Foundation. She has an 20 year old daughter who is sophomore in college and has been happily married for 26 years. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and swimming.