What is a fellow of VOSH/INTERNATIONAL?

The Fellowship Program was authored by Dr. Stuart Frank and a committee for the purpose of acknowledging the skills and experience necessary for a member of VOSH to advise on the global challenge of preventable blindness; to foster the development of future leaders to meet the challenge of VISION 2020 and to prepare individuals who may be asked to consult with governmental agencies, educational, private, or public institutions, and the media on issues related to the mission and vision of VOSH/International.

Fellows of VOSH/International are expected to exemplify those characteristics which are deemed important for achieving the primary mission of VOSH. Among those characteristics deemed important are:

(a) Demonstrated understanding of the worldwide need for eye care, including: demographics; basic epidemiology; major causes and geographic patterns of vision loss worldwide; specific challenges for the prevention and remediation of vision loss; the role of VOSH, WHO, and other non-governmental organizations.

(b) A basic understanding of the philosophical constructs underlying volunteer, charity, and humanitarian programs.

(c) A knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural considerations in the delivery of health care to underserved populations.

(d) A demonstrated level of commitment to the primary mission of VOSH / International, as set forth by the fellowship committee, through participation in a variety of activities listed below.

(e) Knowledge of the history and organization of VOSH.

(f) Demonstrated understanding of a VOSH mission, including mission preparation, logistics, the roles of various team members, and philosophy and approach to delivery of care during a mission.

(g) Membership in good standing of VOSH/International. However, a non-member may be awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of VOSH/International in exceptional cases.

(h) Successful completion of an oral interview to be given at the annual meeting of VOSH / International.

(i) A completed application for fellowship.

Why become a fellow of VOSH/INTERNATIONAL?

The primary mission of the VOSH/International Fellowship Program is to acknowledge and honor those individuals who have successfully met the criteria set forth for fellowship, and to assist those who wish to achieve the fellowship designation. The fellowship program is designed to encourage the acquisition of knowledge, skills and experience necessary to meet the global challenge of eliminating preventable blindness, and to foster the development of future leaders prepared to carry on the mission of VOSH/International. The primary mission of VOSH/International is to facilitate the provision of eye care worldwide to people who can neither afford nor obtain such care.

Walter Branson
Christine Chmielewski, OD
Dale Cole, OD
Charles Covington
Michael DeRosier, OD
Ann Edmonds, OD
Bud Falkenhain, OD
Stuart Frank, OD
Patti Fuhr, OD
Charles Gray, OD
Thomas Henley, OD
Jim Hess, OD
Larry Hookway, OD

Phil Hottel, OD*
Greg Kane, OD
David Krasnow, OD, MPH, MBA
Michael Listenburger, OD
Cheri Lodl, OD
Jeffrey Marshal, OD
Tracy Matchinski, OD
Ruth McAndrews, OD
David McPhillips, OD
Robert Merriam, OD*
Bruce Moore, OD
Mel Muchnik, PhD
Albert Nemiroff, OD

Greg Pearl, OD
C. Ellis Potter, OD
Nelson Rivera, OD
Marina Roma-March, OD
Stephen Rose, OD
Richard Ryan, OD
David Stacy, OD

J. Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD
Wayne Vanderlees, OD
Natalie Venezia, Esq.
Carl Weiss
Ellen Weiss, OD
Harry Zeltzer, OD

Ann Slocum-Edwards, OD, FVI

Chair, VOSH Fellowship (FVI) Committee

Ann Slocum-Edwards, OD, FVI

Dr. Slocum-Edmonds received her Doctorate in Optometry in 1989 from the New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA. Dr. Edmonds held positions as a clinical instructor at Pacific University College of Optometry and City University, London, England. As President of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, Oregon Chapter and Co-founder of Oregon Vision Coalition, Dr. Edmonds has coordinated and lead vision care missions in Oregon, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Albania, Peru and El Salvador. Dr. Edmonds is a three time Humanitarian Service Award recipient from Pacific University Amigos Student VOSH Organization. She has lived and practiced in Oregon since 1989 and spends her free time with her husband and two boys.

Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FVI, FAAO

Director Emeritus, Past President

Harry I. Zeltzer, OD, DOS, FVI, FAAO

Dr. Zeltzer served VOSH/International in formative years from 2001 to 2013 as President, Executive Director and Webmaster. He practiced optometry in Waltham, Mass for thirty five years where he invented and patented a contact lens for treating color deficiency known as X-Chrom. While in practice he was a military reservist (Lt Col) at the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. He also consulted for Helen Keller International in its development of the “Childsight Program”. His VOSH experience began in 1985 as co-founder and president of the New England chapter (VOSH-ONE). He served more than 50 fifty missions in the Americas, Eastern Europe, Africa and in the Indian Health Service. Dr. Zeltzer was the recipient of the Essilor-UNESCO Humanitarian of The Year Award 2003 and the VOSH/International Lifetime Achievement Award 2008. He received an Honorary Doctor of Ocular Science degree from the New England College of Optometry in 2004 from where he graduated in 1952. In 2013, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Optometry in the department of Specialty and Advanced Care. He is a Fellow of VOSH/International (FVI) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO).  He is Director Emeritus of Friends of ASAPROSAR (Association of Salvadoran Rural Health) and holds life memberships in the American Optometric Association, The American Academy of Optometry and the New England College of Optometry. During WW11 he served in the Army of Occupation of Japan.

Larry Hookway, OD, FVI

Larry Hookway, OD, FVI



Eilene Kinzer, OD

Eilene Kinzer, OD


How to become a fellow of VOSH/INTERNATIONAL?

A candidate has 5 years in which to successfully complete the requirements for fellowship.

1. Complete the Application for Fellowship;
2. Demonstrate commitment to the mission of VOSH/International;
3. Study the suggested materials;
4. Complete a Written Examination (Study the Sample Exam Questions);
5. Complete an Oral Interview to be given at the Annual Meeting of VOSH/International.

Admittance and Induction: Upon successful completion of the written and oral examinations, new Fellows are formally presented and welcomed into the Fellowship by the VOSH/International President during the Annual Meeting.