Welcome to VOSH 25th Annual Meeting AGENDA The Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL Saturday Oct. 14, 2017

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VOSH/International Meeting Agenda

AGENDA

VOSH 25th Annual Meeting

AGENDA
The Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL
Saturday Oct. 14, 2017

 

7:00 am Breakfast & Registration Walton Room
8:00 am Meeting Begins

Roll Call, by Secretary Umair Khan, OD

In Memoriam

President’s Welcome: Ellen Weiss, OD, FVI

 

Walton Room
  Panel: VOSH Campaign Partners, Facilitator Greg Pearl, OD, FVI

 

 
  SVOSH Video Contest Finalist: SVOSH-The Ohio State University “Nicaragua with UNAN”

 

 
  Recognition of all VOSH Fellows (FVI) and Fellowship Presentation, by Ann Slocum Edmonds, OD, FVI

 

 
  Speaker: Bob Corlew, Immediate Past President, Lions Clubs International Foundation, “Fifty Years of Saving Sight”

 

 
  Franklin Harms Recognition by Ann Slocum Edmonds, OD, FVI

 

 
  Speaker: Speaker: Kimberly Molter, OD, FAAO and Robert E. Molter, Jr., OD, FAAO, Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, “VOSH Corps: Teaching Optometry in Vietnam”  
  SVOSH Video Contest Finalists: SVOSH-Manila Central University (Philippines) “Together we can do so much”

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SVOSH-Illinois College of Optometry “SVOSH Olympics”

 

 
10:55 – 11:25 BREAK  
  SVOSH Video Contest Finalist:  SVOSH-Manila Central University (Philippines) “Saving Sight Together”

 

 
  Speaker: Asa Morton, MD, HELPS International, “Collaboration with Ophthalmologists”

 

 
  President’s Circle Award by Ellen Weiss, OD, FVI

 

 
  Key Note Speaker: Jerry Vincent, OD, MPH, FAAO

 

 
12:30 -1:30 LUNCH

 

French Room
1:30 Installation of VOSH/International President Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO, FVI and new Board of Directors  
  Panel: VOSH Getting To Know SVOSH: A Cross-Section of SVOSH Chapters,  Facilitator Michael Ciszek, OD

 

 
  SVOSH Video Contest Winner Announced by Mel Muchnik, PhD, FVI

 

 
  Humanitarian of the Year Award: Sandra Bury, OD

 

 
  Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award: C. Ellis Potter, OD, FAAO, FVI

 

 
3:00 – 3:20 BREAK  
3:20 Breakout Sessions Begin  
  Introduction to Breakout Sessions by Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO, FVI  
  Breakout Session #1: Essilor Ready to Clip (R2C)

Description:  Hands on session learning to use the R2C system by Essilor to make glasses in the field.  The session leader has used this system successfully during her last two VOSH clinic trips this year.

Leader:  Natalie Venezia, FVI (Executive Director, VOSH/International)

 

 
  Breakout session 2: Cooperation with ophthalmology groups on VOSH clinic trips

Description:  This session will discuss collaboration with ophthalmology on VOSH clinic trips. 

Moderator Jenee Barth, OD, VOSH-KS, Catherine Lemore, Surgical Eye Expeditions International and Asa Morton, MD, HELPS International

Moderator Drs. Jenee Barth and Stacey Jones with Catherine Lemore from SEE and Asa Morton with HELPS

 

 
  Breakout session 3: Donated Glasses – A Blessing or a Burden? Streamlining Spectacle Dispensing and Inventory on Mission Trips

Description:  This session will review an inventory system developed by Dr. Bovenzi in the use of recycled spectacles. 

Leader: Matthew Bovenzi, OD

 
  Breakout session 4:  Loaner equipment options for VOSH and SVOSH chapters

Description:  This session will review loaner equipment that is currently available from some organizations.  It will also review types of equipment and the efforts of VOSH/International to develop a loaner program for VOSH and SVOSH chapters.

Leader: John Larcabal, OD

 

 
  Closing Comments by President Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO, FVI  
5:00 Close of Meeting   

 

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Speakers and Panelists

VOSH Campaign Partners (Panel of Speakers)

Greg Pearl

Moderator: Greg Pearl, OD, FVI, Co-Chair, VOSH Corps Committee, Past President (2009-2011)

Dr. Pearl received his doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1983 and has two practices in suburban Los Angeles. Since 1993, he volunteers two half days per month at the Saban Free Clinic since and another 8-10 days each year with RAM and Care Harbor mobile clinics near Los Angeles. Dr. Pearl took his first VOSH mission to Venezuela in 1989 and was so inspired by the experience that he chartered the VOSH/California chapter later that year with several colleagues. Since then, he has led or participated on 54 weeklong VOSH/CA missions to Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador and mainland Mexico. He also flew forty weekends with the Flying Samaritans to provide optometric service to their eight rural clinics in the Mexican state of Baja Norte and started a non-profit optometric clinic in San Quintin, Baja in 1998-2000. Dr. Pearl continues to enjoy introducing optometry students to the challenges of humanitarian service on a couple of VOSH missions each year to Mexico and El Salvador. However, his greatest interest now is fundraising for Optometry Giving Sight to establish optometry schools and sustainable eye clinics in the world’s poorest countries. He helped to establish the first optometry school in Nicaragua in 2011 and currently leads efforts to develop several sustainable clinics there. He chairs the VOSH Corps program, which recruits volunteer optometrists from the US to serve as optometry professors in fledgling optometry schools in the developing world. Dr. Pearl can be contacted at pearl@vosh.org.

Licenciado Jairo Antonio Mercado

Managua-Nicaraguense

Professor at the College of Optometry at UNAN-Managua.

Teaching Binocular Vision, Visual Perception, and Clinical Skills courses. Also supervising in community clinics.

Coordinator of the divulgation and communication area for the health science faculty.

Delegate for internationalization area for the health sciences facultative.

Delegate for investigation area of the health sciences faculty.    

 

Dr. Abraham Delgado

Medical Doctor, UNAN León, Nicaragua, 1977

Specialty in Ophthalmology, Nicaraguan 1989

Former Director of the Nicaraguan Ophthalmology Center (CENAO)

Former Medical Director of ProVision Clinic

Former President of the Nicaraguan Ophthalmology Society

Current Director of FONIPRECE and Clínica Ojo Sano    

 

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Walter Branson

 

 

 

 

 

Renata Martinez

Bob Corlew, Immediate Past President, Lions Clubs International Foundation

 

BOB CORLEW, Immediate Past President, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Bob Corlew, from Milton, Tennessee, USA, was elected to serve as president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 99th International Convention held in Fukuoka, Japan, June 24 through 28, 2016.

Past President Corlew is retired as chancellor for the State of Tennessee and a professor of law.

A member of the Murfreesboro Noon Lions Club since 1978, he has held many offices within the association, including charter club president, zone chairperson, district governor, cabinet secretary and council chairperson. He has been instrumental in the chartering of a number of new clubs. Most recently, he worked to charter a new club comprised of lawyers and judges, which gained more than 75 members during its first year.

In recognition of his service to the association, he has received numerous awards, including the Leadership Award, the Builder Key Award, three International President’s Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. He is also a Vanguard of the Melvin Jones Memorial, a Progressive Lindsey-Jennings Fellow and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

In addition to his Lions activities, President Corlew has been active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Jaycees and the American Red Cross. He has also served as a councilman in Milton and was a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.

President Corlew and his wife, Dianne, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have five children and eight grandchildren.

Kimberly Molter, OD, FAAO and Robert E. Molter, Jr.,OD, FAAO

Kimberly Molter, OD, FAAO and Robert E. Molter, Jr., OD, FAAO, Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry

Both Dr. Bob Molter and Dr. Kim Molter attended Ferris State College of Optometry (now the Michigan College of Optometry). Bob graduated in 1985. Kim graduated Salutatorian in 1988. Private practice in FL until 1996, returned to Michigan to found Eye Health of Kalkaska, and Eye Health of Charlevoix.  Those offices were sold a few years back and they became part-time adjunct clinical professors at the Michigan College of Optometry.  Bob contacted Greg Pearl of VOSH Corps who referred them to BHVI and they were enlisted to help at the Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.  Kim and Bob started October 1, 2016.  They have just started a second year as one of the foreign lecturers that BHVI is funding to get the program off the ground.  The first Vietnamese class graduates at the end of this academic year.

The Molters have two children, Alexander D. Molter, M.D., and R. Elaina Molter who is in her fourth year of medical school and recently engaged.  They have no grandchildren as of yet and in this window of their lives, are able to assist in the good work of VOSH and BHVI.

 

 

 

Asa Morton, MD, HELPS International

Asa Morton, MD, HELPS International

Dr. Asa Morton is the director of ophthalmic and facial plastic surgery, Eye Care of San Diego.  In addition to serving on HELPS International missions to Central America for the past 21 years, he has also recruited and led the San Diego team for the past 10 years. See https://helpsintl.org/

In addition to his work with Eye Care of San Diego, Dr. Morton is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Rady’s Children’s Hospital and Complexions RX.  He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  He is also a recent past President of The California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Morton served a distinguished career in the United States Navy, as the Director, Oculoplastics and Orbital Reconstruction at the Naval Medical Centers in San Diego, Calif. and Bethseda, MD; and an F-14 Tom Cat Pilot at NAS Miramar, among other positions. 

On active duty in the Navy till November 2003, Dr. Morton performed his volunteer work with HELPS International while on military leave.  In addition to his annual work with HELPS International, Dr. Morton has performed humanitarian work in other capacities, including Hepatitis B vaccine research in Rawalpindi, Pakistan; and as a Paul Kayser International Scholar in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Mexico City, Mexico.

Dr. Morton has served as a lecturer, presenter and teacher at a variety of medical colleges, institutions and medical conferences, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the Department of Ophthalmology, Sao Paulo, Brazil; the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Michigan; the LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India; the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons; and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

In addition to his teaching work, Dr. Morton has been published in numerous medical journals, including as lead author on various publications in Archives of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 

Dr. Morton has received numerous accolades for his work and service, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Department of Defense; the Lester Jones Award for Outstanding Contributions In Anatomy, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgeons General Award for Academic Excellence in Medicine, Point Loma High School Hall of Fame, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor and Life Service Award.?

Dr. Morton received his M.D. degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland;  Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at San Diego.  He served as a Fellow, Oculoplastics and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center from 1994 – 1996 and an Ophthalmology Resident at the Naval Hospital San Diego from 1988 – 1992.

 

Jerry Vincent, OD, MPH, FAAO, Key Note Speaker
 
 

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Jerry Vincent, OD, MPH, FAAO 
Jerry Vincent grew up on a wheat farm in Southwest Kansas. He went to Houston where he received his Doctor of Optometry, a Masters in Public Health and did post – doctoral training in Epidemiology.
He has been working in international health since the early 80s, consulting with numerous NGOs such as the International Rescue Committee and other organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He has field experience in numerous countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania where the programs he initiated have provided eye care for millions of people.
Dr. Vincent is passionate about human rights and about addressing disparities in eye care. He has specialized in working with refugees, war and disaster affected populations and other disenfranchised and destitute groups.
Although he considers himself a field practitioner first, Jerry has held a number of optometry or public health faculty positions in the US, Nigeria, Puerto Rico and Thailand. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the online MPH program at Salus University where he teaches the Humanitarian and Refugee Health course and the Health and Human Rights course. In Bangkok he teaches Optometry students at Rangsit University and teaches graduate public health students at Thammasat University. He also facilitates several courses for the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. He has also served in numerous advisory positions, has refereed papers for a dozen different journals and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Jerry is now well recognized internationally for his expertise in eye care for refugees, war and disaster affected populations and he was named the International Optometrist of the Year in 2006 by the World Council of Optometry.
He lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand with his wife, kids and dogs.
VOSH Getting To Know SVOSH: A Cross-Section of SVOSH Chapters (Panel of Speakers)

Moderator: Michael Ciszek, OD, V/I Board of Directors (2016-2019), Chair, Student VOSH Chapter Relations 

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Dr. Ciszek graduated cum laude from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, as a triple major in biology, pre-med, and Spanish. Combining his interests, he spent several months studying in Arequipa, Peru at the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria.  Later, he went on to the Illinois College of Optometry where he again graduated cum laude and did his graduate thesis on HIV and contact lens wear. Areas of specialty include specialty contact lenses, ocular surface disease, and providing care to LGBTQ patients in need. His local philanthropy is highlighted by his work with Howard Brown Health Center, an organization with a mission to promote health and wellness to underserved LGBTQ patients in Chicago. He is part of a dedicated group of doctors who provide consultation services to the contact lens industry, bringing new technologies to the marketplace. He has also been published in Optometric Management Magazine.  Dr. Ciszek’s experience with VOSH began five years ago on a trip to Barranquilla Colombia. Immediately moved by the experience and the direct impact on the community, he has now been on five trips including Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico. Dr. Ciszek can be contacted at ciszek@vosh.org

Emily Guo studied Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now attends the Illinois College of Optometry. She initially dreamed of being a veterinarian, but after shadowing several DVMs she realized the fit wasn’t right for her. Emily knew she wanted to stay in healthcare and wanted to be in a profession where she could directly help others but didn’t pursue optometry until her OD asked her what her plans were after college. After shadowing, she was amazed at how much optometrists are able to do and how the profession is continually evolving. Now as an ICO second year she serves as the SVOSH President-Elect. Her drive to be a part of SVOSH stems from work she did at an afterschool program for immigrant and refugee students before starting optometry school. During her time there, she noticed how rare it was for the children and their families to see a doctor due to financial reasons, language barriers, or other reasons; she was influenced by the issues they face and became determined to help people in need in and out of this country. Participating in SVOSH gives her the opportunity to use her optometry skills to help others in need. To contact Emily, please send an email to eguo@eyedoc.ico.edu

Kelsey Newcome is currently a 3rd year student at Southern College of Optometry. She attended Western Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. She decided to become an optometrist so that she could restore vision and provide quality eye care, especially to those who need it most. She is currently the president of SCO’s SVOSH chapter. Kelsey joined SVOSH when she learned that SVOSH takes humanitarian clinic trips to provide eye care to people who do not have access to it. Contact: knewcome@student.sco.edu

Rachel Reed is a third-year student at the University of Houston College of Optometry. She currently serves as SVOSH President at UHCO and is the AOSA National Liaison to the World Council of Optometry. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Denison University, where she studied psychology and neuroscience. Rachel became interested in optometry after shadowing an optometrist who combined her passion for service with her optometric training on annual clinic trips to Haiti. Hearing about these trips and the lives they changed by giving the gift of sight, Rachel was inspired to enter optometry school and become an active SVOSH member. She is passionate about global optometry and recently represented optometry students at the World Congress of Optometry in Hyderabad, India. Please reach out to Rachel at rreed.2019@alumni.opt.uh.edu

Kaitlyn Skinner is currently in her third year at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science in Waterloo, Canada. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with an Honours Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology and a minor in Chemistry where she was a member of the NCAA Div I volleyball team. Kaitlyn went on to play a year of professional volleyball in Lugo, Spain before beginning her OD degree. She decided to become an OD because her own OD sparked her interest in the profession and became an important mentor to her. Her mentor showed her that being an OD would allow her to help patients on a more routine basis and that she could provide top quality eye care to patients while continually learning and being challenged by an evolving field of healthcare.  Kaitlyn is currently the President of the Waterloo SVOSH Chapter and was drawn to SVOSH because it provided an opportunity to use her skills to help those without the means or access to care. She felt fortunate to live in a country with ample access to the best care in the world and SVOSH was a way to bring access to those in desperate need. Kaitlyn is very excited to connect SVOSH Waterloo with the rest of the VOSH/International community! If you would like to contact Kaitlyn, please email kbskinne@uwaterloo.edu.

VOSH/International Awards of Excellence 2017

PRESIDENT CIRCLE AWARD DESCRIPTION

The PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE AWARD is presented at the discretion of the V/I President to a premier volunteer chapter or individual of VOSH, who has demonstrated outstanding and extraordinary service during the year,  and whose recognition inspires others to take positive action to change the world.

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE AWARD RECIPIENTS

The 2017 President’s Circle Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting

Michel Listenberger, OD, FVI (VOSH-MI) 2016, Awarded by President Ellen Weiss, OD, FVI

Justin Manning, OD,  (VOSH-OH) 2015, Awarded by President David R. McPhillips, OD, FVI

Max Bruss,  (VOSH-SE) 2015, Awarded by President David R. McPhillips, OD, FVI

Marina Roma-March, OD, FVI (VOSH-British Columbia – TWECS) 2014, Awarded by President David R. McPhillips, OD, FVI

Natalie Venezia, Esq., FVI (VOSH-IL) 2014, Awarded by President David R. McPhillips, OD, FVI

HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD DESCRIPTION

The HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented at the V/I Annual Meeting to honor an individual who has distinguished him or herself during the year by bringing eye care to underserved populations. The award recognizes a VOSH member who, during the year, has improved visual welfare through leadership, invention, public health, the development of sustainable eye care and the further understanding and correction of refractive error. To nominate an individual please complete form below by May 1. The VOSH/International Humanitarian of the Year Award will be decided on or about June 1 and will be presented at the V/I Annual Meeting. (The recipient of this award is required to be present at the Annual Meeting to accept the award (or a representative in select circumstances). If the recipient cannot be present in the year for which they are nominated, then their nomination will automatically be considered for that award for the following year.) NOMINATION FORM For Humanitarian of the Year

HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PAST RECIPIENTS

Sandra Bury, OD (VOSH-IL) 2017

Bina Patel, OD (VOSH-NECO and VOSH-ONE) 2016

Victoria Mollner Weiss, OD (VOSH-VA) 2015

Jeffrey C Marshall, OD (VOSH-IN) 2014

Carl A. Sakovits, OD (VOSH-ONE) 2013

Fr. Pierre Labine  (VOSH-SANTA CRUZ, MONTREAL) 2012

Don Kuehn, OD (VOSH-KS) 2011

Joseph D’Amico, OD (VOSH-ONE) 2010

Max Bruss (VOSH-SE) 2009

Edwin Tuhy Sr, OD* (VOSH-AZ) 2008

Alfred Rosenbloom Jr, OD* (VOSH-IL) 2007

Howard J. Charles Jr * (VOSH-ONE) 2005

Philip Richmond, OD* (VOSH-ONE) 2005

Robert* and Mrs. Shirley Merriam* (VOSH-KY) 2004

*Deceased

Humanitarian of the Year Award: Sandra Bury, OD

Sandra Bury, OD (VOSH- IL) 

Humanitarian Of The Year 2017

Dr. Sandra Bury is a 55 year old optometrist in private practice in Oak Lawn, Illinois.  She first became aware of VOSH through her mentor and VOSH-Illinois legend Dr. Floyd Woods.  From the time of her first mission to Ecuador just out of school, she set herself the personal goal of doing one foreign mission every year, and helping out locally whenever she could.  To date she has participated in 20 foreign missions and in dozens of local missions throughout Northern Illinois at area shelters, schools, churches and wherever there was great need.

She became active in her local chapter, VOSH-Illinois, and after serving on their board for several years became President in 2005-06.  While President of her local chapter, Dr. Bury also worked to promote VOSH-Illinois membership as President of the Chicago South Suburban Optometric Society and in the Illinois Optometric Association (IOA) as Trustee.  She served on the board of VOSH-International in 2005.  

In addition to promoting VOSH-Illinois with a booth at her state optometric convention, she started a VOSH-Illinois hospitality suite for social interaction with old and new members.  She held informational meetings throughout the state to recruit new doctors and to promote donations to VOSH-Illinois.  Dr. Bury became President of the IOA in 2011-12 and made sure that optometrists in Illinois knew about VOSH.  In her time as IOA President  she worked with the legislators to expand optometrists scope of care and to improve access to eye care throughout the state, especially for children.

After completing her work with the IOA, Dr. Bury focused her attention on serving in her own community and successfully ran for Mayor of Oak Lawn, Illinois (population 57,000) in 2013)  and was just re-elected to her second term in April of 2017.  She still enjoys practicing several days a week in her Oak Lawn practice and is excited to participate on a mission to Mexico led by Dr. Tracy Matchinski later this month.

Dr. Bury may be reached at docbury@gmail.com

DR. HARRY I. ZELTZER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD DESCRIPTION

The DR. HARRY I. ZELTZER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is presented at the V/I Annual Meeting to a person recognized as an exemplary humanitarian by providing a lifetime of service to humanity through improving visual welfare through leadership, dedication, invention, public health, developing sustainable eye care and furthering the understanding and correction of refractive error. It is not an annual award but is awarded at the discretion of the V/I Board of Directors. The recipient of this award is recognized as one who meets the highest criteria that exemplifies the spirit of VOSH/International. To nominate an individual please complete form below by May 1. The VOSH/International Lifetime Achievement Award will be decided on or about June 1, and if awarded in that year, will be presented at the V/I Annual Meeting. (The recipient of this award is required to be present at the Annual Meeting to accept the award (or a representative in select circumstances). If the recipient cannot be present in the year for which they are nominated, then their nomination will automatically be considered for that award for the following year.) NOMINATION FORM For Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award

HARRY I. ZELTZER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD PAST RECIPIENTS

C. Ellis Potter, OD, FAAO, FVI (VOSH-KS) 2017

James Hess, OD (VOSH-MN) 2016

Greg Pearl, OD (VOSH-CA) 2015

Ruth S. McAndrews, OD, FVI (VOSH-IA) 2014

Brien A. Holden, PhD, DSc, OAM* (BRIEN HOLDEN VISION INSTITUTE) 2011

Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FAAO, FVI (VOSH-ONE) 2008

*Deceased

Harry I. Zeltzer, OD Lifetime Achievement Award: C. Ellis Potter, OD

C. Ellis Potter, OD, FAAO, FVI (VOSH-KS)

Harry I. Zeltzer, OD Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

Dr. Potter has a lifetime record of humanitarianism. In his community and his profession, he has been an individual that always goes above and beyond. Dr. Potter has a long and distinguished career with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, both in the International level and in his state chapter. He has been a member of VOSH-Kansas since 1994, leading over 13 VOSH clinic trips. He served in leadership positions within VOSH/International since 2009 and President from 2011-2013. He was recognized as a Fellow  of VOSH/International in 2006,  a member of the Franklin Harms Society in 2013 and awarded a Certificate of Recognition for his contributions to VOSH and is a founding member of the  VOSH Historical Society and a Member of the Scroll of Vision in 2016. As VOSH/International President, Dr. Potter represented VOSH/International at the World Council of Optometry both in 2012 and 2013. He was a symposium Presenter in Philanthropy’s Role in the Development of Quality Global Eye Care sponsored by Alcon and also at AAO Public Health: Sustainable Humanitarian Efforts in International Eye care. He most recently served as VOSH Treasurer, and is currently the co-chair of the VOSH Corps Committee since 2014 and Chair of the VOSH Budget Committee.

Within VOSH/International, Dr. Potter has worked tirelessly to change the VOSH paradigm. Since its inception in 1971, VOSH teams have provided optometry care and glasses to hundreds of thousands of people by thousands of optometrist. VOSH is a force within the volunteer community of optometry. Dr. Potter has played a big role to help VOSH evolve from its original model that provided care in week long clinic trips to developing countries to a model that works with local optometry and health care to create more sustainable models. Dr. Potter has been a key figure in this transition. He has done this in his leadership role as president and his committee work.

One of his main accomplishments is the VOSH Corps Program. VOSH/International, in collaboration with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health Division and supported by Optometry Giving Sight, is working to build optometric education worldwide, in a long-term effort towards meeting the vision needs around the world. Dr. Potter’s efforts, along with those of Dr. Greg Pearl and others, produced results with the first optometrist, Dr. Justin Manning being sent to serve at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, Managua (UNAN), Optometry School in September, 2015, which saw its first graduating class in Nicaragua in 2017.

Dr. Potter also expanded communications with VOSH’s Regional and Student VOSH Chapters and established 13 new chapters during that time. Dr. Potter developed a COPE approved Continuing Education Course entitled “Eye Care in Developing Nations”. Potter expanded the Technology Transfer Program; collecting and  reconditioning used ophthalmic equipment and transporting it to needy International clinics, schools and other teaching institutions. He created the Franklin Harms Society to recognize participants completing 10 mission trips.  Dr. Potter has represented VOSH/International at global meetings including the World Council of Optometry meetings, both in Chicago, USA and in Malaga, Spain. In 2012 he presented a lecture at the American Academy of Optometry Meeting entitled: Sustainable Humanitarian Efforts in International Eye care.

Following his tenure as VOSH President, he has continued to to stay active by serving as Interim Treasurer as well as being active on several VOSH/International Committees (Executive, VOSH Corps and Budget and Fundraising).  He facilitated three VOSH/International Strategic Planning sessions.  He has participated in additional VOSH mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Chile.

Dr. Potter has has authored 82 professional articles and editorials. He has been a member of the American Optometric Association from 1964-present. He was awarded Kansas Optometrist of the year in 2006. He served on the Board of Directors, Continuing Education, Legislative Key Man, Ethics and Resolutions committees. He also was the Kansas Optometric Journal editor from 1999-2006. Dr. Potter has been very active in the American Academy of Optometry from 1971 to the present. He has attended 37 AAO meetings. He became a Fellow and Diplomate of the Comprehensive Care Section. As with the AOA, Dr. Potter also was active and took leadership roles within the AAO including Admittance Committee and Executive Committee of the Comprehensive Care Section, including serving as Section chair.

Dr. Potter’s humanitarian commitment to his community began early, he started his long and distinguished community service career as a boy scout. He earned his Eagle Award 1960, God and Country Award 1960 and Order of the Arrow Camping Award. Dr. Potter served in the United States Air Force at Kincheloe AFB in Michigan from 1967-1969. He earned the rank of Captain, Optometrist, Biomedical Science Corp. Following his service to his country he made a career of private practice optometry in Colorado and then Kansas.

Beyond optometry, Dr. Potter is involved in many community service activities including Rotary. He has been a Rotarian since 1980, including President from 1987-88. He is involved both at the local level and with Rotary International Foundation. With Rotary International, he became a Paul Harris Fellow 1992 and Benefactor 1993. With Rotary District 6110 (Parts of KS, MO, AR, OK), Dr. Potter was District Governor 7/1/7-6/30/8, he chaired the Kirchner Scholarship 2009-present and was founder and Dean of the District Leadership Academy; 2011-present. He received numerous accolades including: RI District Service Award 4-29-00, RI Four Avenues of Service Citation 5-4-00, Service Above Self Award; Iola Rotary Club; 7-1-04, Kansas Senate Tribute 2007, Excellence in Leadership; Iola Rotary Club 6/2008, Rotary Shares Presidential Citation; RI Pres Wilf Wilkinson 2008, Diploma of Recognition-District 4350; Nov 7, 2008, Honorary Member-Ancud, Chile Rotary Club; 12/2010.

Dr. Potter can be contacted at potter@vosh.org.

Interactive Breakout Sessions

Break Out Sessions: Choose two to attend and learn!
 

Breakout Session Descriptions

Breakout Session #1: Essilor Ready to Clip (R2C)

Description:  Hands on session learning to use the R2C system by Essilor to make glasses in the field.  The session leader has used this system successfully during her last two VOSH clinic trips this year.

Leader:  Natalie Venezia, FVI (Executive Director, VOSH/International)

Natalie Venezia has been involved in VOSH since 2001, participating and leading 24+ missions.  She also has been active in Operation Rainbow providing free reconstructive surgery for children with cleft deformities.  Since 2007 she has been involved in leadership roles in the V/I organization.  She has experienced several different methods making glasses on site and has most recently used the Ready to Clip system by Essilor. 

Breakout session 2: Cooperation with ophthalmology groups on VOSH clinic trips

Description:  This session will discuss collaboration with ophthalmology on VOSH clinic trips. 

Moderators Drs. Jenee Barth and Stacey Jones with Catherine Lemore from Surgical Eye Expeditions International and Asa Morton, MD with HELPS International

Moderator: Dr. Barth is a third generation optometrist and VOSH member who practices in Salina, Kansas.  Her grandfather was one of the few original VOSH members.  She served as Student VOSH president at Southern College of Optometry, VOSH-Kansas secretary for 11 years, andVOSH-Kansas  president for 4 years.  She has been on 9 VOSH trips.

Moderator: Dr. Stacey Jones has been an optometrist for 14 years. She participated in her first VOSH mission trip in April of this year when VOSH-Kansas collaborated with HELPS International medical mission group to offer optometric care to rural Guatemalans.  Today, Dr. Jones offers her perspective both as a first time missionary and as a member of the first VOSH optometry team to collaborate with HELPS ophthalmologists. 

Catherine Lamorena is the Director of International Operations for SEE International, an ophthalmic non-profit based in Santa Barbara, CA.  She has worked for the organization for 4 years and is now overseeing the expansion of their international program and educational department. She has a B.S. in Health Sciences from UC Santa Cruz and an extensive background working in the non-profit sector. Catherine’s passion for international work began with her involvement with the United States Peace Corps in Guatemala and in her new role, strives to provide quality preventative care globally.

Dr. Morton received his M.D. degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland;  He served as a Fellow, Oculoplastics and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center and Ophthalmology Resident at the Naval Hospital.  Dr. Morton served a distinguished career in the United States Navy.  He is currently the director of ophthalmic and facial plastic surgery, Eye Care of San Diego.  In addition to serving on HELPS International missions to Central America for the past 21 years, he has also recruited and led the San Diego team for the past 10 years.  In addition to his annual work with HELPS International, Dr. Morton has performed humanitarian work in other capacities, including Hepatitis B vaccine research in Rawalpindi, Pakistan; and as a Paul Kayser International Scholar in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Mexico City, Mexico.

Breakout session 3:   Donated Glasses – A Blessing or a Burden? Streamlining Spectacle Dispensing and Inventory on Mission Trips

Description:  This session will review an inventory system developed by Dr. Bovenzi in the use of recycled spectacles. 

Leader: Matthew Bovenzi, OD

Dr. Bovenzi is a 2014 graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry. After completing a residency in Family Practice and Ocular Disease Optometry at a community health center in Brooklyn, he joined SUNY’s faculty as an assistant clinical professor, and is currently the Assistant Chief of Primary Care at SUNY. Additionally, he is a military veteran; prior to optometry school, he served 4 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy.  He has been heavily active in VOSH going on 3 VOSH trips and one FCO trip.  Recently he attended the World Congress of Optometry in Hyderabad, India, to increase his awareness and exposure to international optometric and public health issues.

Breakout session 4:  Loaner equipment options for VOSH and SVOSH chapters

Description:  This session will review loaner equipment that is currently available from some organizations.  It will also review types of equipment and the efforts of VOSH/International to develop a loaner program for VOSH and SVOSH chapters.

Leader: John Larcabal, OD

Dr. Larcabal is a private practice OD who also is on the faculty at SCCO and past president of the California Vision foundation and California Optometric Association.  He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally.  He is extensively involved in humanitarian work with children in his own community and on VOSH trips.  He is currently  the V/I Chair of the Chapter Relations Committee.

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Annual Meeting Exhibitors

Exhibitors

Book: Bringing the World into Focus : The Story of VOSH by Michel Listenberger, OD, FVI

Description: This is a story of struggle and triumph as visionaries overcome barriers to bring sight to others who cannot see. The joys and tears of volunteers are shared in stories of what drives their passions toward a life-changing cause—giving the gift of sight.

Where to purchase: At this annual meeting for $15 or online at “AuthorHouse.com” or “Amazon.com” or “Barnes and Noble”.

Contact: listenbergerm@yahoo.com

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Good-Lite -The Good-Lite Company is committed to manufacturing the finest line of vision testing and evaluation equipment available, thus enabling our customers, the eye care professional, to evaluate and correct the vision of the people in their care.

Contact: Customer Service, orders@good-lite.com  Phone: 847-841-1145

Website:  https://www.good-lite.com

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Keeler Instruments – Diagnostic handhelds, portable slit lamps and BIO’s are vital to your VOSH Chapter, and Keeler would be happy to loan some out! Our company has been an active proponent of the VOSH agenda, and supported the cause to the best of our ability. We hope to be able to provide more equipment to contribute to the greater good and look forward to seeing you at our table!

Contact: Trevor Donley, Key Account Manager     tpd@keelerusa.com

Website: http://www.keelerusa.com/

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ProTravel – Randall Jackson understands what it takes to plan a VOSH clinic in another country.  And he understands what it takes to anticipate the unexpected that always seems to occur in a VOSH trip. Randall has participated in six VOSH clinics with his husband, Dr. Michael Ciszek (Director of SVOSH Chapters) and handles Business Development for Protravel.  Protravel International is an undisputed leader in the Travel Management Industry.  Because we provide amazing air, accommodations and ground transportation services, we have been ranked among the top ten agencies by Business Travel News.  Protravel leverages our superior network of contacts in the airline and hotel industries to bring competitive pricing and enhanced travel services to our highly diverse client base to even the most remote gateway cities.  ProTravel’s added value services will be highly beneficial to VOSH travelers.  In addition to the services offered by average travel agencies, we offer cost effective options for group air, hotel reservations and ground transportation, assistance with excessive luggage options and assistance with service recovery for flight delays and expedited emergency travel services during world events or extreme weather situations.  As leisure travel specialists, we can plan vacation itineraries pre- and post- clinic in addition to clinic travel on one itinerary.

Contact: Randall Jackson –  Business Development Manager

Website: https://www.protravelinc.com/

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Restoring Vision – We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to distributing new reading glasses and sunglasses to groups and organizations helping those in need. Since 2003, we have built a network of partners that have collectively served over 7.5 million people around the world. We offer a simple solution to one of the greatest global health problems. There are many ways you can help give the Gift of Sight to those in need:

Website: http://restoringvision.org/

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Sandra Wong-Harris, OD – Island of the blind: the Pingelap people in Micronesia – There is an unusual genetic “true” colorblindness in Micronesia that is so rare that only 0.0003% population have this genetic trait.  However, on this one island near where Sandra Wong-Harris lives, more than 80% of the people suffer from this.  It is not the colorblindness we see in most people but a black and white color blindness.  In her 20+ years of practice she has never seen this condition until now.  Sandra is involved with the Pingelap people in Micronesia and would like to spread awareness of their condition that they call “the curse”. Sandra wants to help spread awareness and educate the VOSH attendees about these people.  Also to bring some small Micronesian handicrafts to sell to raise a few dollars for visual aids for the Pingelap people.
Contact: Sandra Wong-Harris  email: sandrawangharris@gmail.com

 

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VOSH/International Leadership Team

Meet The VOSH/International Leadership Team

 

VOSH International Board of Directors

October 2017

Ellen L. Weiss, OD, FVI, President (2015-2017) Dr. Weiss is a partner at Millard Family Eyecare in Omaha, Nebraska and has a special interest in pediatric optometry. She is a consultant for visually impaired children in seven area school districts, and is a clinical Preceptor for students through the Pennsylvania School of Optometry.  Dr. Weiss is the current president of the Heart of America Contact Lens Society, president of Nebraska VOSH, and has participated in fifteen VOSH mission trips. She is past president of the Nebraska Optometric Association, is the founding Clinical Director for Nebraska Special Olympics/Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes, and is past president and an active member of the Millard Lions Club.  Dr. Weiss can be contacted at weiss@vosh.org.

Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO, FVI, Vice President (2015-2017) Dr. Matchinski graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1995 and completed her residency at the William Feinbloom Low Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1996.  She splits her time between The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired and is on the faculty at the Illinois College of Optometry working in Low Vision Rehabilitation.  She has been practicing Low Vision Care for 18 years and has a special interest in pediatric Low Vision Rehabilitation.  Dr. Matchinski is a Low Vision Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry and has lectured both nationally and internationally on Low Vision Rehabilitation.  Dr. Matchinski is currently the Coordinator the Rosenbloom Low Vision Rehabilitation Service at the Illinois Eye Institute and the Low Vision class coordinator for third year optometry students.  She is the president of VOSH- Illinois, active in the CURE Network locally and faculty advisor to SVOSH at ICO.  Dr. Matchinski can be reached at matchinski@vosh.org.

Jenifer Ambler, OD, Director (2017-2020) Dr. Ambler graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 1987 and went straight into private practice in Brattleboro, VT.  She did her first VOSH mission trip as a 3rd year student; the NEWENCO student chapter wasn’t large enough to do their own trip that year so the students accompanied a group of ODs from VOSH-Washington to Cancun and Chetumal, Mexico.  Membership in Rotary led to a Rotary-sponsored multidisciplinary trip to El Salvador in 1994, after which Dr. Ambler renewed her involvement in VOSH, joining what was then called VOSH-NECO (New England), eventually becoming a State Director, and now President of VOSH-ONE.  She has made too many trips to El Salvador to count (in addition to clinics, her Rotary Club has had water projects there, and her church has a sister parish there), and loves continuing to visit the same communities where she has made many friends over the years.

Walter Branson, FVI, Director (2015-2018)

Michael Ciszek, OD Dr. Ciszek graduated cum laude from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, as a triple major in biology, pre-med, and Spanish. Combining his interests, he spent several months studying in Arequipa, Peru at the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria.  Later, he went on to the Illinois College of Optometry where he again graduated cum laude and did his graduate thesis on HIV and contact lens wear. Areas of specialty include specialty contact lenses, ocular surface disease, and providing care to LGBTQ patients in need. His local philanthropy is highlighted by his work with Howard Brown Health Center, an organization with a mission to promote health and wellness to underserved LGBTQ patients in Chicago. He is part of a dedicated group of doctors who provide consultation services to the contact lens industry, bringing new technologies to the marketplace. He has also been published in Optometric Management Magazine.  Dr. Ciszek’s experience with VOSH began five years ago on a trip to Barranquilla Colombia. Immediately moved by the experience and the direct impact on the community, he has now been on five trips including Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico. Dr. Ciszek can be contacted at ciszek@vosh.org

Marcela Frazier, OD, MPH, FVI, Director (2015-2018) Dr. Marcela Frazier is originally from Colombia. She completed optometry school and a pediatric residency at The UAB School of Optometry. She became involved in health education after obtaining her Master’s degree in Public Health at UAB.  She has helped produce a radio soap opera dedicated to chronic disease prevention in the Hispanic community.   Her interests include amblyopia treatment, vision screenings, and vision care for Hispanic children. She is a board member and regular volunteer for Cahaba Valley Health care, a community based organization that provides access to health care to Latinos in parts of Alabama. She has lead her students on several mission trips with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) to Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Colombia. Dr. Frazier can be contacted at frazier@vosh.org.

John E. Larcabal, OD, Director (2017-2020) Dr. John Larcabal, O. D. is in private practice in Brea and Norwalk California. He also teaches at the prestigious Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. Dr. Larcabal is Past President of the California Optometric Association as well as the California Vision Foundation. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally  and has received numerous awards including the “Young Optometrist of the Year” by the COA and the “Golden Apple” award from his local school district for his assistance in the visual well-being of the children in the community. When not practicing, Dr. Larcabal enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and humanitarian programs where he has served in a dozen different countries. Dr. Larcabal may be reached at larcabal@vosh.org

Howard McAlister, O.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.O., FVI, Director 2017-2020 Dr. McAlister received his undergraduate and optometry degrees from the Ohio State University.  He was awarded a M.P.H. degree from The University of Illinois and M.A.’s in both health services management and international relations from Webster University.  In the American Academy of Optometry he is both a fellow and diplomate in the Section on Public Health and Environmental Vision.  He served for over thirty years as a commissioned officer on active and reserve duty, retiring as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.  After serving several years as an educator at the Illinois College of Optometry he joined the faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he was also a fellow of the Center for International Studies and Programs.  He retired in 2016.  Dr. McAlister is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Armed Forces Optometric Society, the Missouri Optometric Association, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.  Dr. McAlister may be reached at mcalister@vosh.org

David R. McPhillips, OD, FVI, FAAO, Immediate Past President (2015-2017) Dr. McPhillips is currently in private practice in Horsham, Pennsylvania and serves as the Director of Eye Care Services to the Genesis Health Systems Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center.  Dr. McPhillips received his O.D. from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and a B.S. from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and Ursinus College. Dr. McPhillips completed a Hospital-based Optometry Residency at the Lebanon Veterans Administration Medical Center and Hershey Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. McPhillips is the past President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and has been active in the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the Pennsylvania Vision Conservation Institute, and the Philadelphia County Optometric Society.  He was named Optometrist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and the Philadelphia County Optometric Society on three occasions and has received numerous honors and recognition throughout his career. Dr. McPhillips has authored many publications and lectured extensively, primarily in the area of geriatric and pediatric optometry. Dr. McPhillips is active and served on many committees in the Rotary Club, the Horsham Chamber of Commerce and the Hatboro-Horsham Education Foundation.  He has been a member of VOSH since 1987 and is the co-founder of the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley chapters. He has led or participated in over 40 medical missions. Dr. McPhillips served as President of VOSH International 2013-2015. Dr. McPhillips can be contacted at mcphillips@vosh.org.

Clive Miller, Director (2010-Present) Mr. Miller is the Global CEO with Optometry Giving Sight. He has been with the organization since 2006. He has worked in the not for profit sector for 25 years with high profile health and human rights organizations. He lives in Sydney, Australia but spends quality time in the USA each year where he greatly enjoys working with his Denver based colleagues to mobilize support from the Optical community in support of the mission and vision of Optometry Giving Sight. Mr. Miller is MBA qualified. Mr. Miller can be contacted at miller@vosh.org.

Mel Muchnik, Ph.D., Director (2016-2019) Dr. Muchnik was appointed as Communications Officer to the VOSH/International Board in 2012 and produced and organized V/I videos now in broad distribution. He has served VOSH/International as Co-Chair and now chairs the Communications/Public Relations Committee, served as a member of the VOSH Corps Committee and provides key media support for the V/I Annual meeting.  He has been on eight VOSH missions (Bolivia three times, Cameroon, Grenada, Guatemala, San Juan and New Orleans) Dr. Muchnik was appointed Chair Emeritus in 2015 and continues as current member of the National University Technology Network Advisory Board (NUTN) where he more recently coordinated NUTN’s Global Awards program.   He is Professor Emeritus and a founding faculty member and administrator at Governors State University in the Chicago area, serving the first three Presidents, later chairing the Division of Communications while teaching courses in media and new technologies. Professor Muchnik has been a speaker on distance and blended learning in higher education at a number of conferences in Europe, Asia and Australia including keynote addresses at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow and the International Conference on New Educational Environments at the University of Lugano in Switzerland. In 2003, he was awarded a Fulbright grant as a Senior Specialist and spent the fall of 2003 at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

Mel’s voice has been heard at numerous running events including as the lead finish line announcer at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, one of the world marathon majors. He is also the voice of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra where he served as President of the Board and was appointed Life Director in 2016. He also has been heard previously as a journalist on National Public Radio and the Voice of America. Dr. Muchnik received his B.S. in psychology and M.A. in Radio and Television at the University of Maryland. He served for three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy on board destroyers in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Red Sea. He then joined the faculty of the University of Denver where he later received his Ph.D. in Communications and Media. Mel may be reached at muchnik@vosh.org

Marina Roma-March, OD, FVI, Director (2015-2018) Dr. Marina Roma-March is a Filipino-Canadian eye doctor, with a solo practice in Vancouver, Canada.   At the age of six Marina immigrated to Canada with her family.  She grew up on the eastside of Vancouver and was 14 before she returned to the Philippines. It was there that she became aware of the differences between the two countries.  Vowing never to forget the memories of that visit, and the cousins who didn’t have the opportunities that Canada had to offer, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Biology and chose Optometry at Pacific University in Oregon, where she obtained a Doctor of Optometry in 1994. A year after her graduation, Marina and her husband Derrick began TWECS Canada/ VOSH BC.She has led and organized over 15 international eye care missions,  most notably the VOSH recovery project to Typhoon Haiyan two months after the devastation.  She helped to develop VOSH Disaster Relief Program and its protocol.Marina was named Optometrist of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Optometrist. She received the  Philippine Presidential Award for Humanitarian Service, from  President Joseph Estrada for her work with the poor around the world. Dr. Roma-March can be contacted at romamarch@vosh.org.

Robert Stein, Director (2015-2018) Bob is a Senior Vice President  and the Chief Philanthropic & Managed Care Development Officer at National Vision, Inc. Bob has over 35 years of experience in the optical industry, and has been with the Company since 1992 when he joined as Director of Human Resources. In January 1993, he was appointed to Vice President, Human Resources and in 1999 he became Senior Vice President.

Bob is responsible for all managed care sales development and philanthropic efforts of National Vision. Prior to joining NVI, he worked for NuVision, Inc. and in the automotive industry. He holds an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Michigan. Bob is passionate about VOSH and its mission and supports VOSH/International, and all its chapters. Bob has been on several VOSH missions. Bob may be reached at stein@vosh.org

J. Dan Twelker, OD, PHD, Director (2016-2019) Dr. Twelker received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of California, Berkeley College of Optometry in 1992. He worked in private practice for several years before returning to obtain his Ph.D. in Vision Science from The University of California, Berkeley. Since 2002, he has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science where he is an Associate Clinical Professor. He was the Site Principal Investigator for the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error from 2002 through 2012, which looked at the effect of ethnicity on eye growth and the need for spectacle correction. He was elected President of the Arizona branch of VOSH in 2015 and continues to serve in that position. In the fall of 2015, Dr. Twelker took leave of his position in Arizona to teach optometry at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Western Kenya. In 2016, Dr. Twelker was elected to the Board of Directors for VOSH International, with his main emphasis being to support and sustain optometry education efforts in developing countries such as Malawi, Kenya, and Mexico. Dr. Twelker can be contacted at twelker@vosh.org.

Kyle Douglas Wilson, OD Director  (2016-Present) Kyle earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2013. As an optometry student, he served as the Treasurer of the OSU SVOSH chapter and completed mission trips to Nicaragua and Bolivia. Now he is privileged to serve as Treasurer of VOSH/International.

Prior to optometry school, he lived in Venezuela for two years and later earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Brigham Young University. He has enjoyed using his fluent Spanish both in private practice in Colorado Springs, CO as well as in overseas mission trips.

He is a current candidate for Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the American Optometric Association and the Colorado Optometric Association. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, playing classical piano and singing broadway tunes. Dr. Wilson may be reached at wilson@vosh.org

======= Administrative Officers =========

Executive Director – Natalie C. Venezia, Esq, FVI 

Executive Director Emeritus  – Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, FVI, FAAO 

Treasurer – Kyle Wilson, OD 

Secretary – Umair Khan, OD

General Counsel – John A. Gehrig, Esq, FVI  

========== Committees ===============

Annual Report – Ruth McAndrews, OD, FVI

Budget Manager – Ellis Potter, OD, FVI, FAAO

Chapter Relations, SVOSH and VOSH International – Marcela Frazier, OD, FVI, FAAO

Chapter Relations, SVOSH Domestic – Michael Ciszek, OD, FVI

Chapter Relations, VOSH Domestic – John Larcabal, OD

Communications, Social Media and Public Relations – Mel Muchnik, PhD

Development/Fundraising – Ellis Potter, OD, Ellen Weiss, OD, FVI

Education –  Marcela Frazier, OD, FVI, Howard McAlister, OD, FVI

Exhibits/Tradeshows – Jen Hyde

Fellowship VOSH International Chair – Ann Edmonds, OD, FVI 

Historian – Michel Listenberger, OD, FVI

Interns – Emilee Nehring, OD

Technology Transfer Program (TTP)- David Stacy, OD, FVI

VOSH Corps – Greg Pearl, OD, FVI

Website – Natalie Venezia, Esq, FVI

 

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