Board of Directors

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.

Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO

Immediate Past President

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.
Sue is a Professor at SCCO/MBKU where she teaches in the classroom, clinic, and residency program. An active clinician scientist, Sue’s primary research interests are management strategies for strabismus, amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, and childhood refractive error. Sue is on the Executive Committee of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, a NEI-funded research network of pediatric ODs and ophthalmologists who perform clinical investigations related to pediatric eye disease. She has also served in leadership positions for other past (MEPEDS, CLEERE, CITT) and current (CITT-ART) NEI-funded studies. Sue is a Diplomate and past BVPPO Section Chair, a former AOF Ezell Fellow, and recipient of the 2016 Glenn Fry Medal from the OSU College of Optometry. Sue is editor the textbook Clinical Applications of Prisms and lectures internationally in the areas of pediatric eye care and binocular vision.
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.
Dr. Spear completed his undergraduate education at Western Kentucky University and is a 1991 graduate of the University Of Alabama School Of Optometry at Birmingham. Additionally, Dr. Spear completed a Residency in Primary Care Optometry/Ocular Disease at Northeastern State University College of Optometry, in Tahlequah Oklahoma and a Master’s in Business Administration at Auburn University. Dr. Spear has worked in a variety of clinical and industry settings including: Senior Director, Professional Relations, Vision Group Holdings; Consulting Director, Professional Development and Program Implementation at Alcon; Assistant Professor of Optometry at Northeastern State University College of Optometry where he taught courses in laser therapy, systemic medications, and advanced therapeutic and diagnostic clinical procedures; Southeast Region Director Growth and Development Vision Source; Director of Professional Relations for Novartis Ophthalmics; Director Education and Vendor Relations Consultant, Vision Source; Center Director, Omega Health Systems; and Military Practice at Fort Benning Georgia. Currently, Dr. Spear and his wife Dr. Katie Gilbert Spear practice in a multi-location private group optometry/ophthalmology practice in the Panhandle of Florida. In addition to lecturing, writing and consulting, Dr. Spear is also a member of the Florida Board of Optometry, Commander of the 919th Special Operations Medical Squadron at Duke Field, Florida, Chairman American Academy of Optometry Exhibits Committee and an active member of The American Optometric Association and the Florida Optometric Association.
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Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO

Board Member

 Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO, graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997 and the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry in 2001. He completed an ocular disease optometric residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 2002. Dr. Mick is a Staff Optometrist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center where he is the current Residency Coordinator and Co-Consultant to the national VA Optometry Service for VISN 21. He has previously been a Consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and an Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Dr. Mick has served on the Membership Committee, Scientific Program Committee, and Awards Committee of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a former Associate Editor for the Academy’s journal Optometry and Vision Science. Dr. Mick is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry.
Jenny Coyle

Jennifer 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.

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Dr. Chris Wilmer attended the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry.  She completed a residency program in Primary Care Optometry at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.  She is currently the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and a Health Sciences Clinical Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.  She has been involved in residency education throughout her academic career as the Chief Mentor of the Primary Care and Contact Lens residency program and currently serves as the Director of Affiliate Residency Programs. Dr. Wilmer lectures locally, regionally and nationally on a number of topics.  She has been involved with section leadership within the AAO and has previously served as the Chair of the Anterior Segment Section and she most recently served as the Diplomate Written Exam Chair.  She has been involved in the National Board of Examiners Part 1 Committee and Council for many years and currently is a member of the Part III Exam Development Committee.