VOSH State or Regional Chapter

(USA & Puerto Rico)


President Email

Arizona Hyo Joo Treiber, OD  jennakimtreiber@gmail.com
California Greg Pearl, OD pearl@vosh.org
Colorado Kara Fedders, OD coloradovosh@gmail.com
Connecticut Matt Blondin, OD Mblond2@aol.com, Audbl@aol.com
Illinois Andrew Kohn, OD info@vosh-illinois.org
Indiana David J. Weigel, OD voshin22916@gmail.com, djweigel@etczone.com
Iowa Kathy Keltz, Pamela Young whitekeltz@gohitec.com
Kansas Jenee Barth, OD Jeneebarth@cox.net
Kentucky Greg Hagedorn, OD idox06@gmail.com
Michigan Rick Rademacher, OD rickdoc@sbcglobal.net
Minnesota Stacy M. Hinkemeyer-Colatrella, OD, FAAO smhink@aol.com
Missouri Bud Falkenhain, OD drfalk@fidnet.com, sream1@aol.com
Nebraska Ellen Weiss, OD ellenweiss@millardfamilyeyecare.com
New York Jorge Won, OD ojowon@aol.com
North Carolina Jill Scullion, OD
Gail Long, OD
Northeast (MD,RI) Carl Sakovitz, OD
Joseph England, MD
Northwest (WA,ID,AK,OR) Debbie McDonald dndmc@comcast.net
Ohio Brenda J. Kraus, ABOC bjk885@gmail.com
Oklahoma Ken Merchant, OD kjmopt@sbcglobal.net
ONE (Of New England) (CT.MA,ME,NH,RI,VT): Ilara Donarum, OD ikdonarum@gmail.com
ONE: CT Moyna Elgart, OD melgartod@yahoo.com
ONE: MA James Luccio, OD amoinc@aol.com
ONE: ME Niru Aggarwal, OD
ONE: NH Wendy Crusberg,OD
Edward Warren, OD
ONE: RI Natalie Taylor nmilano@thebrowncenter.com
ONE: VT Jenifer Ambler, OD ambleroptometry@gmail.com
Pennsylvania Mark Rakoczy, OD mrakoczy831@gmail.com
Puerto Rico Augusto Carrion, OD augusto_carrion@hotmail.com
South Dakota Gregory Hill, OD Gregory.hill@avera.org
Southeast (AL,FL,GA,SC,MS) Paul Anderson, OD drpea@hotmail.com, gehrig@vosh.org
Texas Amie Gisbert, O.D. Amie.Gisbert@yahoo.com
Virginia Vicki Molner Weiss, OD drvickiweiss@gmail.com
Wisconsin Mark Ebben, OD drebben@sbcglobal.net
Wyoming Mark Wells, OD marginwell@aol.com

VOSH Chapter

(Outside USA)


President Email

Alberta,Canada Nohad Tellani, OD nohadt@hotmail.com
British Columbia (TWECS), Canada Marina Roma-March, OD twecs@shaw.ca
Dominican Republic
Ghana Abena Adjei Ntim, OD tesluvin@gmai.com
Honduras, Fundacion Para Servicios Medicos Voluntarios Ruth Berkling berklingruth@yahoo.com
India-Maharashtra Yogita Rajgandhi, OD yogitarajganghi@gmai.com
Ontario, Canada John Hohner, OD eyeguy@ezlink.ca
Quebec (Santa Cruz), Canada Joel Ries, President Claude Chagnon, OD, Vice-President joelries@yahoo.com pelagie@videotron.ca pierre.labine@symaptico.ca

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated and boosted, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its variants are being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021 or 2022.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process. We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

Michael Ciszek, OD, dipl ABO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

December 2021