Board of Directors

The Academy's Board of Directors sets the strategic direction of the organization and is responsible for the fiduciary and legal responsibilities of the organization overall.
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President

Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Secretary-Treasurer

Susan A Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO

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Immediate Past President

Joseph P Shovlin, OD, FAAO

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President Elect

Timothy T McMahon, OD, FAAO

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At Large

Jennifer L Coyle, OD, MS, FAAO

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At Large

Andrew B Mick, OD, FAAO

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At Large

Carl H Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO

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At Large

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO

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AAOF Board of Directors

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation's Board of Directors sets the strategic direction of the organization and is responsible for the fiduciary and legal responsibilities of the organization overall.
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President

Pete S Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Secretary-Treasurer

Rachel A Coulter, OD, MS, FAAO, FCOVD

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Immediate Past President

David G Kirschen, OD, PhD, FAAO

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President Elect

Wendy W Harrison, OD, PhD, FAAO

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At Large

Kerry A Giedd, OD, MS, FAAO

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At Large

April L Jasper, OD, FAAO

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At Large

Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, FAAO

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At Large

Dave Sattler, FAAO

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At Large

Valerie Sharpe, OD, FAAO

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At Large

Loretta B Szczotka-Flynn, OD, PhD, FAAO

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At Large

Danne Ventura, FNAO, FAAO

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At Large

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Board Member Ex-Officio

Peter Scott, CAE, APR, MBA

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Admittance Committee

The Admittance Committee works directly with Candidates for Fellowship, and develops and implements the procedures that must be followed for Candidates to be admitted as Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry.
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National Chair

Megan A Hunter, OD, FAAO

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National Vice Chair

Nancy N Wong, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1A Chair

Juliane G Flettner, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1A Member

Katie L Greiner, OD, MS, MBA, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1B Chair

Diana Mah, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1B Member

Michelle T Chen, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1B Member

Maryke Nijhuis Neiberg, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1C Chair

Valerie Sharpe, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1C Member

Ryan Porter Anderson, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1C Member

Christina Esposito, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

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Subcommittee 1D Chair

Molly B McGinty-Tauren, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1D Member

Jennifer S Harthan, OD, FSLS, FAAO

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Subcommittee 1D Member

Jennifer Sutter, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2A Chair

Greg R Waldorf, OD, MPH, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2A Member

Michael Ferri, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2A Member

Patti L Fries, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2B Chair

Nicolas M Beaupre, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2B Member

Amy Elizabeth Aldrich, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2B Member

Shannon Santapaola, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2C Chair

Lee Quin Vien, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2C Member

Randall R McPherran, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2D Chair

Aaron W Case, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2D Member

Jennifer A Gustafson, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2D Member

Jarett A Mazzarella, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 2D Member

Allison Middleton, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3A Chair

Traci L Seng, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3A Member

Tina Zheng, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3B Chair

James R. Hoekel, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3B Member

Andrea L McCann, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3C Chair

Stacy M Hinkemeyer, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3C Member

Victoria M Butcko, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3C Member

Jessica L Potter, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3D Chair

Kristin K Anderson, OD, FNAP, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3D Member

Jamie Hogan, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 3D Member

Andrew Justin Mangum, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4A Chair

Tawna L Roberts, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4B Chair

Claudia C Ruegg, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4A Member

Nicholas T Chan, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4A Member

Christina E Morettin, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4B Member

Mira Maria Acs, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4B Member

Brooke A Smith, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4C Chair

Treacy Adamo, OD, MS, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4C Member

Juliana Grove, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4C Member

Tracy T Nguyen, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4D Chair

Sarah Emmett Bortz, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4D Member

Raman Bhakhri, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 4D Member

Trisha M Roberts, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 5 Chair

Nicholas J Rumney, MScOptom, FCOptom, FAAO

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Subcommittee 5B Chair

Joseph Mittelman, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 5 Member

Derek Ross MacDonald, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 5 Member

Javier Rojas Vinuela, FAAO

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Subcommittee 5 Member

Juan C Viñuela, PhD, FAAO

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Subcommitte 5B Member

Rene Kreillechner, MScOptom, FAAO, FEAOO

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Subcommitte 5B Member

Nicole Leong, OD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 6 Chair

Christopher W Lievens, OD, MS, FNAP, FAAO

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Subcommittee 6 Vice Chair

Kathrine Osborn Lorenz, OD, MS, FAAO

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Subcommittee 6 Member

Christopher M Putnam, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 7 Chair

Stephen A Burns, PhD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 7 Vice Chair

Nancy J Coletta, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Subcommittee 7 Member

Marjean T Kulp, OD, MS, FAAO

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Subcommittee 7 Member

Manoj S Venkiteshwar, BSOptom, PhD, FAAO

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Awards Committee

This committee encourages nominations for various Academy awards starting at the annual meeting and then in early June reviews applications and selects awardees. The Chair of this committee works with staff on the organization and timing of the events at the Awards Program. For the rest of the committee the workload is centered around reviewing the nominees’ qualifications and selecting the winners.

Chair

John G Flanagan, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO

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Joan A Stelmack, OD, MPH, FAAO

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Melissa D Bailey, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Joseph A Bonanno, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Isabelle Jalbert, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Timothy T McMahon, OD, FAAO

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Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Earl L Smith III, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Michael D. Twa, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Suresh Viswanathan, MS, PhD, FAAO

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Chapters Committee

The Chapters committee is comprised of Presidents from each Academy local chapter. Chapters provide continuing education and other resources for Academy Fellows throughout the year on a state level.
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Chair

Clark Y. Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO

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Vice Chair

Danielle L Weiler, OD, FAAO

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Chapter President, Arizona

Florencia Yeh, OD, FAAO, FSLS

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Chapter President, California

Raymond H Chu, OD, MS, FAAO

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Chapter President, Canada-Quebec

Etty Bitton, OD, MSc, FAAO, FBCLA

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Chapter President, Europe

Peter Gierow, PhD, FAAO

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Chapter President, Florida

Charles E Heacock, OD, FAAO

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Chapter President, Heart of America

James R. Hoekel, OD, FAAO

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Chapter President, Illinois

Lauren Ristin, OD, FAAO

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Chapter President, India

Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen, Mphil, FCOVD-I, FAAO, PhD

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Chapter President, Indiana

Susan Kovacich, OD, FAAO

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Chapter President, Maine

Laura K Dowd, OD, FAAO

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Chapter President, Minnesota

Nicholas Colatrella, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, Ant Seg

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Chapter President, NE Ohio

Michael H Greenberg, OD, MS, FAAO

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Chapter President, New Jersey

Candice B Tolud, OD, FAAO

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Chapter President, New York

Jennifer Colavito, OD, FAAO

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Chapter President, Oklahoma

Joseph A Reichert, OD, FAAO

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Chapter President, Pacific Northwest

Charissa Young, OD, FAAO, FSLS

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Chapter President, Pennsylvania

G. Richard Bennett, MS, OD, FAAO, FNAP

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Chapter President, South Africa

Marietjie Richter, MPhil (Optometry), FAAO

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Chapter President, South Carolina

Anthony W Van Alstine, OD, MS, FAAO

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Chapter President, Tennessee

Catherine M. Hogan, OD, FAAO

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Communications Committee

The Communications Committee establishes priorities for communication of the Academy's various activities, responds to requests from the press, and plans and carries out the Academy's annual Press Conference at the annual meeting.
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Chair

Tammy P Than, MS, OD, FAAO

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Press Conference Chair

Edward Chu, OD, FAAO

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Agustin L Gonzalez, OD, FAAO

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Committee Member

Reena Patel, OD, FAAO

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Committee Member

Arti Shah, OD, FAAO

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Richard C Trevino, OD, FAAO

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Corporate Support Committee

The Exhibits Committee works with staff to solicit exhibiting companies, organize and manage the annual meeting exhibit hall.
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Chair

April L Jasper, OD, FAAO

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Susan J. Gromacki, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS

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Shannon L Steinhauser, OD, FAAO

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Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee reviews ethical issues that arise related to Academy members.
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Chair

Peter A Russo, OD, FAAO

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Committee Member

Michael D DePaolis, OD, FAAO

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Committee Member

Michael H Mittelman, OD, MPH, MBA, FAAO

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Committee Member

Christine W Sindt, OD, FAAO

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Faculty-Student Liaison Committee

The Faculty-Student Liaison Committee is comprised of a faculty liaison representative from each school and college of optometry in the United States and Canada. The liaison assists in distributing information about the Academy and its programs to students and other faculty members at their institutions.
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Chair

Lindsay A Sicks, OD, FAAO

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Vice Chair

Raman Bhakhri, OD, FAAO

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Midwestern University Illinois

Pablo De Gracia, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Midwestern Arizona

Caitlin Miller, OD, FAAO

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IAUPR

Mayra Rullan, OD, FAAO

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ICO

Lindsay A Sicks, OD, FAAO

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IU

Katie Connolly, OD, FAAO

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MCO-FSU

Paula S McDowell, OD, FAAO

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MONTREAL

Benoit Tousignant, OD, MSc, MPH, FAAO

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Kentucky

Eilene E. Kinzer, OD, MEd VFL, FAAO

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MCPHS

Vincent Andrew Thoren, OD (student)

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MCPHS

Greg R Waldorf, OD, MPH, FAAO

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NECO

Aurora Denial, OD, FAAO

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NSUCO

Latricia D Pack, OD, FAAO

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NOVA

Julie A Rodman, OD, MSc, FAAO

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OSU

Greg J Nixon, OD, FAAO

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PUCO

Matthew Lampa, OD, FAAO

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RSO

Richard C Trevino, OD, FAAO

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SALUS-PCO

Satya B Verma, OD, FAAO

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UAB

Andrew D Pucker, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Southern California College of Optometry

Erin M Rueff, OD, PhD, FAAO

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SCO

Reena Lepine, OD, FAAO

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SUNY

Jennifer E Hue, OD, MS, FAAO

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UCBSO

Vikki Yu, OD, FAAO

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UH

Anita Ticak Gostovic, OD, MS, FAAO

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UMSL

Linda R Marks, OD, FAAO

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WATERLOO

Kristine N. Dalton, OD, PhD, FAAO

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WESTERN

Stacy Nina Hu, OD, MS, FAAO

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Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee develops and implements the Academy's "Merton C. Flom Leadership InSight™" program at the annual meeting. The program is designed to improve and/or develop leadership skills in those who attend the program.
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Chair

Muriel M Schornack, OD, FAAO

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Lori Ann F Kehler, OD, FAAO

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Darin L Paulson, OD, FAAO

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Julie A Schornack, OD, MEd, FAAO

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Lectures and Workshops Committee

This committee solicits, selects and organizes the COPE-approved CE portion of the meeting. At the annual meeting, the committee ensures that the program runs smoothly, including room logistics, CE tracking and speaker management.
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Chair

Greg J Nixon, OD, FAAO

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Vice Chair

Brian S Kawasaki, OD, MBA, FAAO

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Marie I Bodack, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

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Andrew J. Di Mattina, OD, FAAO

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Keshia S Elder, OD, MS, FAAO

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Patricia A Henderson, OD, FAAO

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Catherine L Heyman, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

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Lyndon C Wong, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

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Aaron B Zimmerman, OD, MS, FAAO

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Maintenance of Fellowship Committee

The Maintenance of Fellowship (MOF) Committee develops and implements the procedures that must be followed to evaluate if a Fellow has met the MOF requirements for renewal.
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Karen S DeLoss, BSc, OD, FAAO

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Kimberly A Lambreghts, RN, OD, FAAO

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Brad Michael Sutton, OD, FAAO

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Membership Committee

The Membership Committee develops and implements a plan to increase membership in all active professional categories of the Academy (practitioners, scientists, educators, and administrators).
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Chair

Marta C Fabrykowski, OD, FAAO

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Lisa Badowski, OD, MS, FAAO

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Greg A Caldwell, OD, FAAO

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Reema Chokshi, OD, FAAO

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Kristina M Haworth, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Eilene E. Kinzer, OD, MEd VFL, FAAO

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Breanne B. McGhee, OD, MEd, FAAO

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Matthew Roe, OD, FAAO

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Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee nominates individuals to serve on the Board of Directors and evaluates the performance of current board members.
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Chair

Heidi Wagner, OD, MPH, FAAO

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Vice Chair

Neil A Pence, OD, FAAO

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Linda Casser, OD, FAAO, FNAP

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Bernard J Dolan, OD, MS, FAAO

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Noah M Eger, OD, FAAO

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OVS Editorial Board

The Optometry and Vision Science journal's Editorial Board reviews issues related to the journal with the goal to publish the best scientific and clinical journal information in the profession.
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Editor-in-Chief

Michael D. Twa, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Associate Editor

Donald O Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Associate Editor

Thomas W Raasch, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Book Review Editor

Jeff C Rabin, OD, PhD, FAAO

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At Large

Bradley E. Dougherty, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Thomas F Freddo, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Scott A Read, PhD, FAAO

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David Troilo, PhD, FARVO, FAAO

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Ann Louise Webber, PhD, MS, BAppSc(Optom), FAAO

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James S. Wolffsohn, BSc(MCOptom) MBA, PhD, FAAO

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Research Committee

The Research Committee focuses on the scientific aspects of the Academy’s mission. They design and organize the Hirsch Research Symposium and the Ezell Fellows Present Symposium, held at the annual meeting. They run the biannual “Summer Research Symposium” to generate ideas for multi-center trials in optometry. They review the Career Development and Clinical Research Award submissions. They also oversee selection of student travel awardees for ARVO and oversee selection of the various grants from industry, administered by the AAOF. They also oversee selection of Ezell Fellows for the AAOF.
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Chair

Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Vice Chair

Daniel K Roberts, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Heather A Anderson, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Elise N Harb, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Shirin E. Hassan, BAppSc(Optom), PhD, FAAO

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Chris A. Johnson, PhD, DSc, FAAO

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Elizabeth D Muckley, OD, FAAO

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Donald O Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO

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William Ngo, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Michael D. Twa, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Resident's Day Program Committee

The Residents Day Committee reviews abstracts, selects and rejects abstracts for the Residents Day program which includes both papers and posters. The committee also reviews the Resident Travel Fellowship applications. The Residents Day Program gives current residents the opportunity to participate in the Annual Meeting, since they start their residencies after the Scientific Program submission window is already closed.

Chair

Jeffrey T Joy, OD, FAAO

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Vice Chair

Deana E Lum, OD, FAAO

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Angela M Chen, OD, MS, FAAO

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Julie DeKinder, OD, FAAO

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Blair B Lonsberry, OD, MEd, FAAO

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Anna Liza Olibarria Moore, OD, FAAO

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Scientific Program Committee

This committee reviews abstracts, selects and rejects abstracts for papers and posters, organizing them into a program and integrating this into the plan of the annual meeting overall. They manage the paper and poster sessions during the annual meeting. They review the Student Travel Fellowships to the Academy meeting.
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Chair

Suresh Viswanathan, MS, PhD, FAAO

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Vice Chair

Michael Sullivan-Mee, OD, FAAO

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David A Berntsen, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Andrew T.E. Hartwick, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Charlotte E Joslin, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Brett King, OD, FAAO

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Rachel Redfern, OD, PhD, FAAO

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Erik Weissberg, OD, FAAO

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