American Optometric Association (AOA) Officers and Trustees Sworn in at Optometry’s Meeting 2017

Contact: Deirdre Middleton

Washington, DC (June 24, 2017) -Leaders of the American Optometric Association (AOA) were sworn in to office on June 24 during the 120th Annual AOA Congress & 47th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in Washington, DC.

The Board of Trustees helps establish AOA policy and advocates for the profession of optometry, both in state and federal governments, to help broaden optometry's scope of practice, protect and defend the profession, and expand the publics' access to quality eye health and vision care.  

The members of the 2017-2018 Board of Trustees are:

President:  Christopher J. Quinn, O.D. (New Jersey)
President-Elect:  Samuel D. Pierce, O.D. (Alabama)
Vice President:  Barbara L. Horn, O.D. (South Carolina and Michigan)
Secretary-Treasurer:  William T. Reynolds, O.D. (Kentucky) 
Immediate Past President:  Andrea P. Thau, O.D. (New York)


Robert C. Layman, O.D. (Ohio - continuing to serve)
James P. DeVleming, O.D. (Washington - continuing to serve)
Ronald L. Benner, O.D. (Montana - re-elected to serve)
Steven T. Reed, O.D. (Mississippi - continuing to serve)
Jacqueline Bowen, O.D. (Colorado - re-elected to serve)
Fred Farias III, O.D. (Texas - newly elected)

To learn more about the Board of Trustees, visit Recaps of Optometry's Meeting 2017 are also available on the AOA's news website,  

About the AOA: The American Optometric Association, founded in 1898, is the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation's health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals and optometry students. Doctors of optometry take a leading role in patient care with respect to eye and vision care, as well as general health and well-being. As primary health care providers, doctors of optometry have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage ocular disorders, diseases and injuries and systemic diseases that manifest in the eye. Doctors of optometry provide more than two-thirds of primary eye care in the U.S. For more information on eye health and vision topics, and to find a doctor of optometry near you, visit ###