2013-2014 Council

Maria Richman

Maria Santullo Richman, O.D.

Chair of AOA VRS

Graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus) in 1990

AOA member for more than 25 years

Private Practice in Manasquan, N.J.

Founded and chaired New Jersey Vision Rehabilitation Committee

President of New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians

Contact Dr. Richman at dr.richman@verizon.net

Brenda Montecalvo

Brenda Heinke Montecalvo, O.D.

Chair-elect of AOA VRS

Graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1985

AOA member for more than 30 years

Private practice in Beavercreek, Ohio

Past president of NORA

President of Ohio Optometric Association

Contact Dr. Montecalvo at vtdocbhm@sbcglobal.net

David Lewerenz

David Lewerenz, O.D.

Vice chair of AOA VRS

Graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 1977,
Residency in low vision and geriatrics 2003

AOA member for 40 years

Associate professor and chief of Low Vision Services at Northeastern State University

Oklahoma College of Optometry

Founded and chaired Oklahoma Vision Rehabilitation Special Interest Group

Vice chair of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO)

Contact Dr. Lewerenz at lewerenz@nsuok.edu

Grace Tran

Grace Tran, O.D.

Secretary of AOA VRS

Graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 2008,
Residency in vision rehabilitation State University of New York (SUNY)/Lighthouse International New York, 2009

AOA member for 10 years

Staff optometrist and residency program co-coordinator, Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System

Previous Oregon VRS chair

Editor of the AOA VRS Newsletter

Contact Dr. Tran at gracetranod@gmail.com

Jason Clopton

Jason Clopton, O.D.

Member at large, AOA VRS

AOA member for more than 20 years

College of Optometrists in Visual Development Board of Directors 2008-2010

Tennessee Young OD of the Year 2002

Center director, Center of Vision Development in Cookeville, Tenn.

Co-author of two chapters in “Visual Diagnosis & Treatment of the Patient with Special Needs”

Contact Dr. Clopton at drclopton@covd.biz

Bhavani Iyer

Bhavani Iyer, O.D.

Member at large, AOA VRS

Graduated from Michigan College of Optometry in 1997

Director, Center for Visual Rehabilitation, Cizik Eye Clinic

Assistant professor, University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Director, Lyndon B. Johnson County Clinic, Low vision services, Harris Health System

Contact Dr. Iyer at bhavaniiyer@cizikeye.org ; bhavaniiyerod@gmail.com

Pamela Oliver

Pamela R. Oliver, O.D.

Immediate past chair of AOA VRS

Graduate State University of New York in 1990

AOA member for more than 25 years

Founding member of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Low Vision

Educators Special Interest Group

Founded and chaired the Florida Vision Rehabilitation Committee

Diplomate in Low Vision Rehabilitation of the AAO

Contact Dr. Oliver at pamelao@nova.edu

 

Michele Arthurs

AOA VRS national student liaison

Student at University of Montreal School of Optometry

Graduating Class of 2014

Interned at the Lighthouse International New York

Interned at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary

Founded AOSA VRS Club at University of Montreal School of Optometry

Diplomate in Low Vision Rehabilitation of the AAO

Contact Michele Arthurs at mc.arthurs@icloud.com