AOA Officer Profiles

Mitchell T. Munson, O.D.

President Mitchell T. Munson, O.D., President
Colorado 

Mitchell T. Munson, O.D. was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in June 2006, re-elected in June 2009, and ascended to the presidency at the 116th Annual AOA Congress and 43rd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2013.

In addition to his duties as President, Dr. Munson serves as chair of the Agenda and Executive Committees and is a member of the Personnel Committee. Dr. Munson serves as board liaison to the Universidad InterAmericana and to various regional optometric councils and organizations.

Prior to his election to the Board, Dr. Munson spent 10 years in the AOA volunteer structure serving on the AOA New Technologies Committee, Statutory Scope Committee and the AOA Political Action Committee where he served as chair from 2003-2004. 

In 1992, he was elected to the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) Board of Trustees and elected president in 1995. The COA named him Young Optometrist of the Year in 1993 and Optometrist of the Year in 1996. He was presented with COA's Distinguished Service Award in 2001. 

Dr. Munson is a past president of the Southwest Council of Optometry and a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.

A 1986 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry, Dr. Munson is the partner of a group practice in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, which includes his wife and classmate, Dr. Susan Brunnett.

David A. Cockrell, O.D .

President-Elect David A. Cockrell, O.D., President-Elect
Oklahoma

David A. Cockrell, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in June 2005, re-elected in June 2008, and elected President-Elect at the 116th Annual AOA Congress & 43rd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2013.

In addition to his duties as President-Elect, Dr. Cockrell is a member of the AOA Agenda, Executive, and Personnel Committees. He also serves as board liaison to the AOA Advocacy Group and Meetings Center and to the affiliate associations in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri, as well as the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and the University of Missouri, St. Louis, College of Optometry.

Prior to his election to the Board, Dr. Cockrell served as chair of the AOA State Government Relations Center, as well as AOA Primary Care and Patient Management, Statutory SCOPE, and Nominating and Resolutions committees. He has also served in the AOA Federal Government Relations Center.            

Dr. Cockrell is a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry. He is a past president of the Southwest Council of Optometry. In Oklahoma, he served as chair of the Congress Committee as well as the State and Federal Legislative Committees. He is a past President of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians and a former Oklahoma Optometrist of the Year. He was named the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians Distinguished Optometrist of the Year in 2012. He has also served on the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners in Optometry since 1997.            

Dr. Cockrell practices in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his wife, Cherry B. Cockrell, O.D.; Jeff D. Miller, O.D.; partner, and John M. Millirons, O.D., associate.

Steven A. Loomis, O.D.

Vice President Steven A. Loomis, O.D., Vice President
Colorado

Steven A. Loomis, O.D., was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in 2007, re-elected in June 2010, and elected Vice President at the 116th Annual AOA Congress & 43rd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2013.

In addition to his duties as Vice President, Dr. Loomis is Speaker of the House Pro Tem, Chair of the AOA Investment Committee and a member of the AOA Executive Committee. He also serves as board liaison to the AOA Political Action Committee and AOAExcel, Inc., and to the affiliate associations in Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, as well as Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, the University of Houston, College of Optometry, and the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry.

Prior to his election to the Board, Dr. Loomis served as chair of the AOA State Government Relations Center. He has also chaired the AOA Health Care Legislation Committee, the AOA Legal Defense Fund Oversight Committee, and the Resolutions Committee. Prior to his involvement at AOA, Dr. Loomis was President of the Southwest Council of Optometry and the Colorado Optometric Association.

He and his wife, Kathy, have three grown children and twin granddaughters and a grandson. They live in Roxborough Park, Colorado.

Andrea P. Thau, O.D.

Secretary-Treasurer Andrea P. Thau, O.D., Secretary-Treasurer
New York

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in 2007, re-elected in 2010, and elected Secretary-Treasurer at the 116th Annual AOA Congress & 43rd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2013.

In addition to her responsibilities as Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Thau serves as chair of the AOA Constitution and Bylaws and Finance Committees, and is a member of the AOA Executive and Investment Committees. Dr. Thau also serves as board liaison to Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation and to the affiliate associations in Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.              

Dr. Thau is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, a Distinguished Practitioner on the National Academies of Practice and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. A graduate of the SUNY College of Optometry, she has been on faculty since graduation and is an associate clinical professor and former chair of the Admissions Committee.              

Prior to her election to the Board, Dr. Thau served as the first woman president of the New York State Optometric Association, the New York Academy of Optometry and the Optometric Society of the City of New York. Dr. Thau served concurrently as president of the New York Academy, president of the Optometric Society of the City of New York and as an officer of the New York State Optometric Association. Dr. Thau was a former member of the Executive Board of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.           

She is a founding member of the AOA's InfantSEE® committee which developed the InfantSEE® program and was a member of multiple AOA committees including the AOA Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Committee, the Infants' Vision Project Team, and the Faculty Relations Committee.            

She is a founding member and former vice president of the New York Children's Vision Coalition, a coalition dedicated to mandating eye examinations to children of the city of New York upon school entry. A champion of children's vision, she has been called upon to advocate on their behalf at the state and national level including as a speaker at a Congressional staff briefing. Dr. Thau is a nationally recognized lecturer in the area of infants' and children's vision. As a spokesperson for the American Optometric Association, Dr. Thau has been featured on national television, radio, and print to educate the public about eye and vision care. Dr. Thau is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2005 New York State Optometrist of the Year, SUNY Optometry Alumna of the Year, and Vision Monday's 20 Most Influential Women in Optical.             

Dr. Thau is the owner of a five-woman group private practice on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The practice is a full-scope primary care practice with special emphasis on children's vision and vision therapy.

Ronald L. Hopping, O.D., M.P.H.

Immediate Past President Ronald L. Hopping, O.D., M.P.H., Immediate Past President
Texas

Ronald L. Hopping, O.D., M.P.H., was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in June 2005, re-elected in 2008, ascended to the presidency at the 115th Annual AOA Congress and 42nd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2012, and now serves as Immediate Past President.

In addition to his responsibilities as Immediate Past President, Dr. Hopping serves as Speaker of the House, chair of the AOA Personnel Committee, and is a member of the AOA Agenda and Executive Committees. Dr. Hopping also serves as board liaison to the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and the AOA Industry Relations Center, and to affiliate associations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as NOVA Southeastern University, College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry.

Prior to his election to the Board, Dr. Hopping served as chair of the AOA Information and Member Services Group and also of the AOA Communications Group Advisory Committee. He has served on the Healthy Eyes Healthy People Oversight Committee. He is a charter member of the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section and the Sports Vision Section. He is an InfantSEE® provider and a contributor to the AOA PAC at the Visionary level. He has served as a full-time faculty member with the rank of Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry. Dr. Hopping served as President of the Texas Optometric Association in 1996.

Dr. Hopping is a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry. He received his Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas in 1982. He has received President's Awards for Outstanding Service from eleven different state presidents and was recognized as the Texas Optometrist of the Year in 2002. Dr. Hopping received the Outstanding Faculty Award at the University of Houston College of Optometry and also received the Distinguished Service Award to the Profession from the Southern California College of Optometry in 2012. He received a Doctor of Ocular Sciences Degree from the Southern College of Optometry in 2013.  Dr. Hopping is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is recognized as a Diplomate in Cornea and Contact Lenses. Additionally, he is recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner by the National Academies of Practice in Optometry.

Dr. Hopping is in independent practice with his spouse, Desiree Hopping, O.D., and two partners in the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas.  Dr. Hopping has two sons; Reed is a 2013 graduate of the University of Houston, College of Optometry, and Grant is premed/optometry student at Rice University.