AOA Officer Profiles

David A. Cockrell, O.D .

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


David A. Cockrell, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in June 2005, and ascended to the presidency at the 117th Annual AOA Congress and 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2014.

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

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, OK, 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.

President-Elect Steven A. Loomis, O.D., President-Elect
Colorado


Steven A. Loomis, O.D., was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in 2007, and elected President-Elect at the 117th Annual AOA Congress & 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2014.

In addition to his duties as President-Elect, Dr. Loomis is chair of the AOA Building Committee and serves as a member of the AOA Agenda, Executive, and Personnel Committees. He also serves as board liaison to the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) and the AOA Meetings Center, and is the board liaison to affiliate associations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, as well as Pacific University, College of Optometry; Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University; University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry, and Western University of Health Sciences College 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 three granddaughters and a grandson.  They live in Roxborough Park, Colorado.

Andrea P. Thau, O.D.

Vice President Andrea P. Thau, O.D., Vice President
New York


Andrea P. Thau, O.D., was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in 2007, and elected Vice President at the 117th Annual AOA Congress & 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2014.

In addition to her responsibilities as Vice President, Dr. Thau is Speaker of the House Pro Tem, serves as chair of the AOA Investment Committee and is a member of the AOA Executive Committee.  Dr. Thau also serves as board liaison to the affiliate associations in Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, as well as Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry, University of Houston, College of Optometry and University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry.

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 was recognized twice as 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.

Christopher J. Quinn, O.D. 

Secretary-Treasurer Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., Secrectary-Treasurer
New Jersey


Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in June 2008, and elected Secretary-Treasurer at the 117th Annual AOA Congress & 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June, 2014.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Quinn serves as chair of the AOA Constitution and Bylaws and Finance Committees, and is a member of the AOA Building, Executive and Investment Committees. Dr. Quinn also serves as board liaison to the AOA Clinical Resources Group and to 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.

Dr. Quinn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and participated in a residency in hospital-based optometry.

Prior to his election to the Board, Dr. Quinn served on the AOA Federal Relations Committee and State Government Relations Committee and was an AOA representative to the American Medical Association's Resource Based Relative Value Update Committee - Healthcare Professions Advisory Committee. Dr. Quinn has lectured extensively throughout the United States and internationally. He is a principal author of the AOA Clinical Practice Guidelines on Care of the Patient with Conjunctivitis and has published over 20 other articles.

Dr. Quinn serves as adjunct faculty at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, State University of New York, New England College of Optometry, University of California at Berkeley, and The Ohio State University.

He is a past president of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians.

Dr. Quinn is the owner and president of Omni Eye Services, an optometric referral center in New Jersey. He resides in Middletown, New Jersey, with his wife, Susan, and two children, Kelly and Billy.

Mitchell T. Munson, O.D.

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


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

In addition to his duties as Immediate Past President, Dr. Munson serves as Speaker of the House, chair of the AOA Personnel Committee and is a member of the AOA Agenda, Building and Executive Committees.  Dr. Munson serves as board liaison to the AOA Corporate and Industry Relations Center and is the board liaison to affiliate associations in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Washington, as well as the Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry.

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 a partner in a group practice in Highlands Ranch, CO, which includes his wife and classmate, Dr. Susan Brunnett.