Dr. Dan Twelker has been the President of V/I for the past two years, the majority of which has been dominated by a world under coronavirus peril. As he leaves his post, we asked him to reflect his time in his leadership as President during such a unique and difficult time. Dr. Twelker continues to serve on the V/I Board for another 2 years as Immediate Past President, providing guidance, perspective and advice to the next President, Dr. Michael Ciszek (who we will interview next month)
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.
“I have an incredible amount of gratitude toward VOSH/International and all of the leaders and volunteer members around the world. I’d love to continue teaching about vision and eye care development, and learn about what other countries, cultures, and individuals have to teach me.“