LECTURERS AND PRESENTERS FOR 2021 VOSH ANNUAL MEETING

October 16, 2021

(listed in alphabetical order)

Russell S. Coates, OD

Anthony Mac, OD, MPH

Mallory McLaughlin, OD

María Lourdes Alarcón Fortepiani, MD, PhD

Jacqueline Grove

Dr Mónica Márquez Galvis, MSc

Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Professor Emeritus, New England College of Optometry

Janet Summers, OD

Jeannette Wong-Powell, OD

Russell S. Coates, OD

Russell S. Coates, OD

Dr Coates is an associate professor and director of outreach programs at the Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word.  In this role he is in charge of organizing and leading the domestic and international community outreach work. At Rosenberg he lectures on several subjects and is currently pursuing a masters on education.

El Dr Coates es un profesor asociado y director de los programas de extensión de la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word, Texas.  En ese rol, él está a cargo de organizar y dirigir el trabajo de extensión comunitario local e internacional.  En la escuela Rosenberg, el Dr. Coates ensena varias materias. Actualmente está trabajando en su maestría en educación.

Anthony Mac, OD, MPH

Anthony Mac, OD, MPH

Dr Mac is a resident optometrist in Primary Care Optometry & Ocular Diseases at the Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word.   Dr Mac holds a Masters on Public Health and is keen in providing compassionate, high-quality eye care through the use of clinically proven techniques and innovative technologies. 

El Dr Mac es un optometrista residente en cuidado primario en optometría y enfermedades oculares en la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word, Texas.  El Dr Mac tiene una maestría en salud pública y está interesado en ofrecer cuidados oculares compasivos y de alta calidad.

Mallory McLaughlin, OD

Mallory McLaughlin, OD

Dr. McLaughlin completed her residency in vision rehabilitation and ocular disease in Virginia. She now practices at the Chicago Lighthouse and is an Assistant Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry. She is passionate about vision rehabilitation, medical treatment of glaucoma and co-management of cataract surgery. She teaches the Visual and Physical Optics and Communications courses and is the coordinator of practice management curriculum at the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. McLaughlin is an active member of the American Academy of Optometry and the Illinois Optometric Association. She received several academic scholarships

La Dra. McLaughin hizo su residencia en rehabilitación visual y enfermedades oculares en Virginia.  Ella ejerce en la Chicago Lighthouse y es profesora asistente en el Illinois College of Optometry.  La Dra McLaughin es apasionada de la rehabilitación visual, el tratamiento médico del glaucoma y el co-manejo de la cirugía de cataratas. Ella enseña cursos de Óptica física y visual y comunicaciones y es la coordinadora del currículo sobre gestión de consultorios en el Illinois College of Optometry.  La Dra. McLaughlin es un miembro activo de la Academia Americana de Optometría y de la Asociación de Optometría de Illinois. La Dra. Laughlin ha recibido varias becas. 

María Lourdes Alarcón Fortepiani, MD, PhD

María Lourdes Alarcón Fortepiani, MD, PhD

Dr Fortepiani is a professor at the Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word and adjunct assistant professor at University of Texas Health Science Center department of physiology. Throughout her career she has received several awards and research grants.  She participates in several service committees at Rosenberg including organizing a DEI webinar series and is active in community service.  

La Dra. Fortepiani es profesora en la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word y profesora asistente adjunta en el departamento de fisiología del Centro de Ciencias de la Salud de la Universidad de Texas. Durante su carrera profesional la Dra. Fortepiani ha recibido muchos premios y becas de investigación.  Ella participa en varios comités en la escuela Rosenberg incluido su rol organizando una serie de webinars sobre Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión y es muy activa en actividades de servicio comunitario.

Jacqueline Grove

Jacqueline Grove

Jacqueline Grove is SVP, Talent Development; Culture; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; and Philanthropy for National Vision, Inc.  In this role, Jacqueline has led the development of National Vision’s first formal DEI program and leads a coordinated suite of cultural and philanthropic efforts strategically focused on increasing equity at the largest scale: improving diversity and inclusion in National Vision’s work, encouraging a more diverse talent pipeline to re-shape the optical industry’s future, and improving access to vision care for marginalized groups throughout the world. Under her leadership, National Vision’s philanthropic programs have expanded exponentially.

Across her 20-year tenure in retail, including 15 years in the optical industry, Jacqueline has a track record of leading operational success via strengthening excellence in talent development and work culture. Prior to joining National Vision, she spent 10 years with Luxottica. Jacqueline joined National Vision in 2016. She holds a B.S. degree in Communication Arts from the University of Cincinnati with a Minor in Journalism.

Jacqueline Grove es la Vice Presidenta Senior de Desarrollo de talentos, cultura, diversidad, equidad, inclusión y filantropía de National Vision, Inc. (NVI). En este rol, ella ha liderado el desarrollo del primer programa formal sobre de Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión de NVI y lidera un grupo de iniciativas culturales y filantrópicas enfocadas en aumentar la equidad a la mayor escala: mejorando la diversidad e inclusión en el trabajo de NVI, promoviendo un conducto de talentos más diverso para remodelar el futuro de la industria óptica y mejorar el acceso al cuidado visual para grupos marginalizados a través del mundo.  Bajo su liderazgo, los programas de NVI se han expandido exponencialmente. 

A través de sus 20 años de experiencia en el sector de ventas, incluyendo 15 años en la industria óptica, Jacqueline tiene una trayectoria liderando éxito operacional a través del fortalecimiento de la excelencia en el desarrollo de talentos y cultura de trabajo. Antes de unirse a NVI, ella trabajo por 10 años con Luxotica.  Jacqueline se unió a NVI en el 2016.  Tiene una licenciatura en Arte de la Comunicación de la Universidad de Cincinnati con especialización secundaria en periodismo.  

Dr Mónica Márquez Galvis, MSc

Dr Mónica Márquez Galvis, MSc

Mónica Márquez Galvis es a Colombian optometrist with a MSc on vision.  Monica has 23 years’ experience teaching.  She is the faculty responsible and leader of the Social Outreach Program of the school of optometry at Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina (Colombia) and faculty of the master’s program on optometric research on contactology and visual therapy of the Universidad Técnica de Manabí (Ecuador).

Mónica Márquez Galvis. Optómetra, Magister en Ciencias de la Visión, Experiencia docente 23 años. Docente y Líder de Proyección Social del Programa de Optometría de la Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina (Colombia) y Docente de la Maestría Académica Con Trayectoria En Investigación De Optometría Mención Contactología Y Terapia Visual de la Universidad Técnica de Manabí (Ecuador).

Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Professor Emeritus, New England College of Optometry

Dr. Moore’s career as a pediatric optometrist has been devoted to studying the vision problems and therapeutic options for young children. He graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 1975 after receiving an undergraduate degree in Biology from Boston University. His optometric career began at the Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Ophthalmology and the Harvard Medical School, where he practiced, taught, and carried out his research interests in pediatric eyecare for 22 years. Dr. Moore assumed the position of the Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies at the New England College of Optometry in 1997 and served as a Department Chair for over a dozen years. Dr. Moore has published over 250 papers, posters, chapters, and two textbooks on a variety of subjects in pediatric optometry. His text, Eye Care for Infants & Young Children, published in 1997, became the standard textbook in pediatric optometry for students and practitioners for many years.

Dr. Moore has been involved in an array of clinical, research, and public policy efforts involving the vision of children. He has been a leader in efforts to develop broader, more rational, and more effective programs for vision care for children on local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Moore is Co-Chair of the Children’s Vision Massachusetts Coalition and a member of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health. He was a founding member and principal investigator in the National Eye Institute funded multi-center research study of vision screening of children, the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study, which aimed to develop an efficient and effective battery of vision screening procedures that are applicable to broad use in preschoolers throughout the United States, and in more recent phases of the study to evaluate the relationship between vision and learning in preschoolers. He received the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health from Prevent Blindness in 2016.

He has been working on a number of international vision care projects (in Vietnam, Mongolia, Israel, Nicaragua, El Salvador, China, South Africa, Ghana and throughout Europe) over many years, helping to further the development of optometric teaching, clinical care and research in collaboration with new and existing programs in the developing and developed world. Dr. Moore partially retired from full time faculty status at the New England College of Optometry and is currently Professor Emeritus at the College. He remains active in his professional career.

Janet Summers, OD

Janet Summers, OD

Dr Summers is an assistant clinical professor at Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word.  She has held several leadership positions including as chair of the PA board of optometry, chair of Prevent blindness Texas and senior clinical examiner of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She is active volunteering in various eye health related organizations and has led humanitarian trips to Panama and Mexico. She has received several awards.

La Dra. Summers es una profesora asistente clínica en la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word, Texas.  Ella ha tenido varias posiciones de liderazgo como ser presidente del consejo de optometría de Pensilvania, presidente de la sección Texas de Prevent Blindness y como examinadora senior del consejo Nacional de Examinadores de Optometría.  Hace voluntariado en varias organizaciones relacionadas con la salud ocular y ha liderado brigadas humanitarias a Panamá y México.  La Dra. Summers ha recibido varios premios.

Jeannette Wong-Powell, OD

Jeannette Wong-Powell, OD

Dr Powell is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word. She is the coordinator of the Primary Care/Ocular Disease Residency Program and interim co-director of residency programs at Rosenberg.  She has coordinating medical outreach clinics to Mexico, Honduras and Kenya. and is active at Rosenberg’s mentoring and service activities. Dr Wong is recipient of several scholarships.

La Dra. Powell es una profesora asistente clínica en la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word, Texas.  Ella es la coordinadora del programa de residencia en cuidado primario/enfermedades oculares y codirectora interina de los programas de residencia en Rosenberg.  La Dra. Powell ha coordinado clínicas de extensión medicas a México, Honduras y Kenia y es activa en las actividades de mentoría y servicios de Rosenberg.  La Dra. Wong ha recibido varias becas.

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, 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 is 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.

Thus, VOSH/International is slightly moderating its overall guidance against clinics and travel issued in late March 2020 and renewed in January 2021. This will be reviewed and communicated on a quarterly basis.

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 Organisation: 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.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

July 2021