AOA Trustee Profiles

Gregory A. Caldwell, O.D.

Trustee Gregory A. Caldwell, O.D., Trustee
Pennsylvania

Gregory A. Caldwell, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees at the 116th Annual AOA Congress & 43rd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2013.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Caldwell serves as liaison to the Communications and Marketing Group and the Contact Lens and Cornea Section. His board liaison assignments also include affiliate associations in the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) and the Ohio State University, College of Optometry.

Prior to his election to the AOA Board, Dr. Caldwell served as a member of the AOA Third Party Center's Executive Committee. He also served on the AOA's Accountable Care Organization and Patient Centered Medical Home Committee, Patient Access for Optometry Committee and Payers and Purchasers Committee, and the AOA's Optometric Database Team.

Dr. Caldwell served as President of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association in 2010 and chaired several committees, including the Diabetes Task Force, Health Care Reform Committee, Pennsylvania Optometric Political Action Committee (POPAC), Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Clinical Practice Committee, Education & Program Committee, Personnel Committee and Non-Dues Income Committee. He has also volunteered significant time as a member of POA's Third Party Center, Legislative Affairs Committee, Nominating & Evaluating Committee and Budget and Finance Committee, and serves as Keyperson to his state and federal legislators. In recognition of his extraordinary effort and achievement, the POA recognized Dr. Caldwell with the 2013 Merit Award.

Dr. Caldwell is a well-known and highly-respected lecturer. He was also a clinical instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and has been published in Optometry Times and Primary Care Optometry News.

Dr. Caldwell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO).

He currently works in Duncansville and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, as an ocular disease consultant, with a primary focus of diagnosis and management of anterior and posterior segment ocular disease; and in his community, he is serving his second year as president of the Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind, having joined its Board of Trustees in 2009. 

James P. DeVleming, O.D.

James P. DeVleming, O.D., TrusteeTrustee 
Washington

James P. DeVleming, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees at the 117th Annual AOA Congress & 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2014.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. DeVleming serves as liaison to the Research and Information Center and the Sports Vision Section.  His board liaison assignments include affiliate associations in Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.

Prior to his election to the AOA Board, Dr. DeVleming was a member of the AOA Affiliate Partner Membership Committee where he worked with the association to make it easier for affiliates to connect with members, as well as develop membership recruitment and retention plans. He is also a member of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section and the Sports Vision Section.

Dr. DeVleming is a past president of the Optometric Physicians of Washington (OPW); and he has held the position of public relations chair, newsletter editor, and chair of the Legislative Grassroots Committee after serving as co-chair for the past five years. He is a past president and treasurer of the Inland Society of OPW and a past president and active member of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce.

As an active advocate for the profession, Dr. DeVleming has collaborated with lawmakers both at a state level in Olympia, WA, and on a national platform in Washington, D.C., where he has worked to support legislative progress in the field of optometry.

Dr. DeVleming is a graduate of the Pacific University College of Optometry and the University of Washington and has served as the vision director of the Washington State University Athletic Department Medical Board. Dr. DeVleming is also is a diplomate in the American Board of Optometry.

After graduating in 1990, DeVleming purchased his father's optometry business in eastern Washington where he and Dr. Enjoli Cooke partner to provide optometry services at Pullman Vision Source in Pullman, WA.

Barbara L. Horn, O.D.

Trustee Barbara L. Horn, O.D., Trustee
Michigan

Barbara L. Horn, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board in June 2011 and re-elected at the 117th Annual AOA Congress & 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2014.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Horn is a member of the AOA Constitution and Bylaws and Finance Committees. She also serves as board liaison to the AOA Commission on Paraoptometric Certification and the Paraoptometric Resource Center. Her board liaison assignments also include affiliate associations in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, as well as MCPHS University School of Optometry, New England College of Optometry and State University of New York, State College of Optometry.

Prior to her election to the Board, Dr. Horn served the AOA by volunteering her time as chair of the Clinical & Practice Advancement Executive Committee, Medical Eye Care Committee, and Membership Group.  She has also participated in numerous other committees and project teams including the Program Planning Committee, Public Health Disease Prevention Committee, and the Needs/Technology Project Team.

Dr. Horn is a graduate of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University and a past president of the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA).

In 2011, she was the MOA's Optometrist of the Year.  Dr. Horn also received the AOA's Young Optometrist of the Year award in 2006 and the MOA's Young Optometrist of the Year award in 2005. 

Dr. Horn has a private practice, ExpertEyes, in Washington, MI.  She has two children with her husband, Michael Weisgerber, O.D., Brooke and Mick and two step children, Alexa and Drew.

Robert C. Layman, O.D.

Trustee Robert C. Layman, O.D., Trustee
Ohio

Robert C. Layman, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees at the 116th Annual AOA Congress & 43rd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2013.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Layman serves as a member of the AOA Building Committee and as liaison to the Affiliate Relations and Membership Group and the Vision Rehabilitation Section.  His board liaison assignments include affiliate associations in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, as well as the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS). 

Prior to his election to the AOA Board, Dr. Layman's 30 years of consecutive AOA volunteer service include the following chairmanships: Diabetes Project Team, Optometric Executive's Project Team, Information and Member Services Group Executive Committee Chair, Non-Dues Income Committee, and Assistance to Graduates Project Team. 

Dr. Layman has also served on several AOA Committees including the AOA Clinical Care Group Executive Committee, Glaucoma Project Team, Communications Technology Project Team, Student Membership Project Team, Membership Development Committee, Program Planning Committee for the AOA Board of Trustees, New Practitioners Practice Management Advisory Committee, and the Resolutions Committee for the 1995 Congress. He is a charter member of the AOA Contact Lens Section and has been a participant in the AOA Leadership Institute.  For ten years, he served as moderator for Presidents' Council from 2001-11.  

Dr. Layman was honored with the AOA Optometrist of the Year award in 2006.  He has also received the Ohio Optometrist of the Year, Ohio Young Optometrist of the Year, Ohio Key Optometrist of the Year, and Outstanding Senior Student awards.

Dr. Layman is a past president of the Ohio Optometric Association. He currently serves as the OOA Electronic Health Records Task Force liaison to the Northwest Ohio Regional Extension Center/Health Information Partnership. Dr. Layman chaired the EastWest Eye Conference from 2009-11. He has presented the RealEyes Classroom Initiative curriculum in his community since the program's inception in 2001.

Dr. Layman is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He has served as a vision consultant to the University of Toledo Athletic Department over 25 years.  He has been an adult leader in Boy Scout Troop 87, a volunteer with the Mildred Bayer Homeless Clinic of Toledo, and a member of the YMCA Board of Managers.

Dr. Layman is an owner of Pinnacle Eye Group in Toledo, Ohio and Lambertville, Michigan. He and his wife, Barb, have four children, Robbie, age 24, Kristi, age 22, Molly, age 19, and Andrew, age 16.  He is energized to continue advancing the profession by working closely with affiliates, increasing membership, and securing the proper place for optometry in health care reform.

Samuel D. Pierce, O.D.

Trustee Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., Trustee
Alabama

Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., was first elected to the American Optometric Association Board in June 2009 and re-elected at the 117th Annual AOA Congress & 44th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2014.                

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Pierce serves as member of the AOA Finance and Investment Committees, and is board liaison to the AOA Advocacy Group, the AOA Council on Research and the Third Party Center.  His board liaison assignments also include 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. Pierce served the AOA by volunteering his time to the Communications Advisory Group, Professional Relations Committee, Nominating Committee and the Student and New Graduate Committee.  He is also past president of the Alabama Optometric Association and served as a member of the SECO Board of Trustees.                        

Dr. Pierce is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry (UABSO) and a past president of the UABSO Alumni Association.  In 2010 Dr. Pierce received the UABSO 2010 Alumnus of the Year award and in 2012 he received the Alabama Optometric Association's Optometrist of the Year award.

Dr. Pierce is in private practice in Trussville, Alabama.  He and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Julianna and Emily.

William T. Reynolds, O.D.

Trustee William T. Reynolds, O.D., Trustee
Kentucky

William T. Reynolds, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees at the 115th Annual AOA Congress & 42nd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2012.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Reynolds serves as a member of the AOA Constitution and Bylaws Committee and is liaison to the AOA Advocacy Group.  Dr. Reynolds is also the board liaison to affiliate associations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as Ferris State University Michigan College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry and Indiana University, School of Optometry.             

Prior to his election to the Board, Dr. Reynolds served on the AOA Pediatrics and Binocular Vision Committee and spoke at the AOA's School Readiness Summit. He also has served on the AOA State Government Relations Center Executive Committee.

Dr. Reynolds has been active in the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) for more than 20 years. He served as president of the KOA in 2001-2002. Dr. Reynolds has a long history of service on the KOA Legislative Committee and served as Legislative Chair from 2005-2011.  He has been instrumental in the passage of access, children's vision and scope legislation.  

He has also chaired the Kentucky Optometric Medicaid Technical Advisory Committee and served as president of the Kentucky Vision Project (VISION USA). 

Dr. Reynolds is an adjunct faculty member at Southern College of Optometry and Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.

Dr. Reynolds has been clinical director for Kentucky Special Olympics Opening Eyes program and the clinical co-director of the St. Pius X Vision Clinic in Kingston, Jamaica.

Dr. Reynolds, his wife, Ann, and their sons, Will and Patrick, live in Richmond, Kentucky. He is president and chief executive officer of Eye Care Center Optometrists PSC.