2018 candidates file for AOA Board positions

Candidates announce bids for AOA Board

Top, from left, Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., Barbara L. Horn, O.D., William T. Reynolds, O.D., and Robert C. Layman, O.D. Bottom, from left, Jacqueline M. Bowen, O.D., James P. DeVleming, O.D., and Lori L. Grover, O.D., Ph.D.

A globally recognized authority on eye and vision care, AOA moves the needle on improved quality and availability of full-scope optometric care through a devoted group of leaders advocating on behalf of the profession. As Optometry's Meeting® in Denver, Colorado, June 20-24, nears, take this opportunity to learn a little more about the doctors of optometry vying to represent members and lead our profession on the AOA Board of Trustees.

Samuel D. Pierce, O.D.,
of Alabama, has filed for the office of president after serving on the board since 2009. Dr. Pierce chairs the AOA 401(k) Committee, and is a member of the Executive, Agenda, and Personnel Committees. He serves as liaison to the CE Subcommittee, Meetings Center, Sports and Performance Vision Committee, VISION USA Committee, Council on Research, American Academy of Optometry, Optometric Extension Program and Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation.

He is a past president of the Alabama Optometric Association.

"My goal for 2018-19 is to continue to encourage state associations to evaluate their optometric practice acts and determine which areas need modification. This includes patient protection, access issues, telemedicine, vision plan abuses, children's vision and scope expansion. AOA will support the states in a multitude of ways as they go forward with legislative efforts to better serve the needs of patients.

"The profession faces many challenges and opportunities. AOA will continue to look for opportunities to engage with optometry students and new graduates with programs like AOA+, and will continue to create membership initiatives to grow our market share in the profession. Outside forces continue to threaten our patients and the quality of health care in our country with bad technologies and the unscrupulous dispensing of contact lenses and spectacles. We're still fighting access and reimbursement battles across the country and we need states to enhance their patient protection and telemedicine legislation. None of these challenges are insurmountable, and all these opportunities are within our grasp. There has never been a greater time to be a doctor of optometry, and there has never been a greater need for the AOA and our state affiliates!" READ MORE.

Barbara L. Horn, O.D.,
of South Carolina, has filed for the office of president-elect after serving on the board since 2011. Dr. Horn chairs the AOA Investment Committee and is a member of the AOA Executive Committee and 401(k) Committee. She previously served on the Finance and Constitution and Bylaws Committees, as well as the Council on Research.

She is a past president of the Michigan Optometric Association.

"Our goals in the upcoming year will be focused around patient safety, including safeguarding the doctor-patient relationship and ensuring unrestricted access to our care instead of unproven, harmful apps and insufficient vision screenings. I look forward to working closely with our optometry colleges' students and faculty to increase membership transition to full, active members upon graduation and encouraging our next generation of leaders that will continue to advance our profession and protect our patients." READ MORE.

William T. Reynolds, O.D.,
of Kentucky, has filed for the office of vice president after serving on the board since 2012. Dr. Reynolds chairs the AOA Constitution and Bylaws, and Finance Committees, and is a member of the AOA Investment, Executive, and 401(k) Committees. He serves as liaison to the Content Review Board and VisionWeb. He previously served on the AOA Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Committee, and spoke at the AOA's School Readiness Summit, and has served on the AOA State Government Relations Center Executive Committee.

He is a past president of the Kentucky Optometric Association.

"I am truly honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to serve our profession on the AOA Board of Trustees these past six years. There are many challenges on the horizon for optometry, including organized ophthalmology, who would rather protect their turf than expand needed medical eye care to areas that lack access, and unscrupulous internet providers who try to confuse patients between an automated refraction and a comprehensive eye exam.

"We must continue to stand up against these groups and others who look to only protect themselves, and their own pockets, and advocate for our patients to receive the quality optometric care they deserve. With your help, I look forward to continuing to fight for our profession and the patients we serve." READ MORE.

Robert C. Layman, O.D., of Ohio, has filed for the office of secretary-treasurer after serving on the board since 2013. Dr. Layman serves on the AOA Investment and Finance Committees. He serves as a liaison to the Advocacy, Federal Legislative Action Keyperson, Federal Relations, InfantSEE® & Children's Vision, State Government Relations, Third Party Center, AOA-PAC, and Interorganizational Communications and Cooperation Committees, as well as Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation.

He is a past president of the Ohio Optometric Association.

"It has been a real privilege to serve on the AOA Board of Trustees over the past five years. As secretary-treasurer, I will assure that we continue the fiscal responsibility necessary to effectively address the current and unforeseen future headwinds encountered on the journey advancing optometry." READ MORE.

Jacqueline M. Bowen, O.D., of Colorado, has filed for re-election to the board after service as a trustee since 2016. Dr. Bowen serves as liaison to the Coding and Reimbursement Committee, the Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, Evidence-Based Optometry, Health Promotions, New Technology, and Quality Improvement and Registries Committees. She previously served on the AOA Membership and Volunteer/Member Engagement committees, and chaired the Professional Relations Committee.

She is a past president of the Colorado Optometric Association.

"In over 20 years of leadership in optometry, I have never before seen so many challenges, yet so much opportunity existing at the same time. Our profession is bursting with potential for growth-as we focus on expanding the scope of practice in all states, commit to educating our current and prospective patients about the importance of a lifelong relationship with an optometrist, and as we continue to build a strong membership that understands the necessity of working together, we will flourish for decades to come." READ MORE.

James P. DeVleming, O.D.,
of Washington, has filed for re-election to the board after service as a trustee since 2016. Dr. DeVleming is a member of the AOA Investment, Constitution and Bylaws, and Finance Committees. He is a liaison to the Advocacy, Evidence-Based Optometry, Federal Legislative Action Keyperson, Federal Relations, State Government Relations, Third Party Center, and Interorganizational Communications and Cooperation Committees.

He is a past president of the Optometric Physicians of Washington.

"Many of the challenges we face are due to a lack of understanding about what optometric physicians do every day for patients. When all the 'publics' we deal with understand our profession, they are thrilled to work with us to help provide the highest quality care. Currently, some of this lack of understanding is leading them to contemplate poor decisions that will negatively affect the vision and health of those they're trying to help.

"Not only will I continue to work on reaching my goals around education, but I'll continue to work hard to support, communicate and work with members, affiliates and other board members as we move this profession forward, constantly keeping the care of our patients as our highest priority." READ MORE.

Lori L. Grover, O.D., Ph.D.,
of Illinois, has filed for election to the AOA Board of Trustees. Dr. Grover has been a member of the AOA Evidence-Based Optometry Committee since 2012, and currently serves as an AOA Health Policy Institute consultant to the AOA Federal Relations Committee. She has previously served on AOA's Quality Improvement, Volunteer Engagement, Member Engagement, Faculty Relations and Optometry's Meeting Continuing Education committees. She chaired the AOA Vision Rehabilitation Section, serving on its Executive Council from 1999 to 2010, and was a participating author on AOA's three evidence-based clinical guidelines.

"Optometric eye and vision care is critical to the nation's health, yet remains undervalued and underutilized in health care and by the public. I offer my unique skills to further enhance optometry's advocacy reach across clinical, legislative, educational, governmental, public health, and policy arenas to promote our value and improve population health. I remain committed to the fight against emerging challenges to safe, evidence-based practices and delivery of doctor-to-patient care, and for increased access to doctors of optometry who provide the recognized foundations of quality eye and vision care across the nation." READ MORE.

March 13, 2018

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