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Candidates announce bids for AOA offices

In June, Philadelphia—where the nation's Founding Fathers once convened—will once again be the site of an important meeting. At Optometry's Meeting 2014, state delegates will elect members of the AOA's Board of Trustees. Here is information about the incumbent candidates and a newcomer seeking board seats.

Steven A. Loomis, O.D., of Colorado, has filed for the office of president-elect after serving on the board since his election in 2007. Dr. Loomis is the chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Loomis says filing for president-elect was the logical next step as he chose to continue serving the AOA and the profession.

"The challenges we face as a small profession in a vast sea of health care providers and policies are significant," he says. "Our services are essential to the citizens in our nation, yet we find ourselves always having to fight for our place at the table. AOA understands that fight and is pretty successful at it. I aim to keep our focus on those battles as we move forward to protect our patients and benefit our members." READ MORE

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., of New York, has filed for the position of vice president after serving on the board since her election in 2007. Dr. Thau is chair of the Finance Committee and Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and a member of the Investment and Executive committees.

Dr. Thau says she is grateful for the years she has spent on the board and looks forward to the possibility of more years in service. "I have a debt of gratitude to all the volunteer leaders that have come before me, and I want to be able to continue paying it forward and continuing to advance our profession," she says. READ MORE

Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., of New Jersey, has filed for the secretary-treasurer position after serving on the board since his election in 2008. Dr. Quinn is a member of the Finance and Investment committees.

Dr. Quinn acknowledges these are both challenging and exciting times for the profession. "We hope, and I hope, that the changes we're experiencing in the American health care system will lead to many new opportunities for optometrists and the profession," he says. READ MORE

Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., of Alabama, has filed for re-election to the board after serving as a trustee since 2009. Dr. Pierce is a member of the Finance Committee and the Constitution and Bylaws Committees.

Dr. Pierce says his experience provides a strong basis for re-election to the board. "The future of the profession will be fraught with challenges," he says. "Strong leadership in the AOA will always be needed to deal with the challenges and continue to do what is best for the profession." READ MORE

Barbara L. Horn, O.D., of Michigan, has filed for re-election as a trustee after serving the board since 2011. Dr. Horn is a member of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

Dr. Horn considers herself a team player who's not afraid to evaluate issues from all perspectives to do what is best for the association, members and patients. "Optometry has, and will always have, more work to do in the arenas of advocacy, communications and membership as changes occur in health care, technology and in our individual practices," she says. "Serving as a trustee is one way of helping the profession advance and is a way of giving back to our profession." READ MORE

James P. DeVleming, O.D., of Washington, has filed for election to the board. Dr. DeVleming is the vice president of Optometric Physicians of Washington after serving as a past chair and director.

"I believe in this time when health care is experiencing such dramatic change, it is essential we have a healthy, active and engaged association," he says. "For our patients and our profession, both membership and advocacy are more important now than they have ever been." READ MORE

March 3, 2014

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