Leadership

The AOA Leadership is responsible for meeting the needs of our members and advocating for the profession.

A House of Delegates and an 11-member Board of Trustees govern the American Optometric Association (AOA). The House is comprised of affiliated association representatives, doctors of optometry in federal service, District of Columbia and optometry students. It meets at AOA's annual Optometry's Meeting® to:

  • Conduct AOA business.
  • Establish AOA policy.
  • Elect officers and trustees to the board of trustees.

The board of trustees consists of six trustees plus these officers: President, president-elect, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, and immediate past president. It is empowered to conduct AOA business when the House is not in session.

2021-2022 AOA Board of Trustees

2022-2023 AOA Board of Trustees

AOA Officers

President James P. DeVleming, O.D.

President-elect Ronald L. Benner, O.D.

Vice President Steven T. Reed, O.D.

Secretary-Treasurer Jacquie M. Bowen, O.D.

Immediate Past President Robert C. Layman, O.D.

AOA Trustees 


Teri K. Geist, O.D. 

Terri A. Gossard, O.D., M.S. 

Curtis A. Ono, O.D. 

Belinda R. Starkey, O.D.

Marrie S. Read, O.D., M.B.A.

Paul M. Barney, O.D.

James P. DeVleming, O.D. 

President
Washington 

JDeVleming@aoa.org

James DeVleming, O.D.

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 and elected to the office of President-Elect during the 124th Annual AOA Congress & 51st Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2021.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. DeVleming serves as chair of 401(K) Committee. He is the liaison to the Advocacy Committee, Meetings Center Committee, American Academy of Optometry (AAO), the American Optometric Association Political Action Committee, Optometry Cares® ‐ The AOA Foundation, Interorganizational Communications and Cooperation Committee, VisionWeb Content Review Board, and the Agenda Committee. He is also the board liaison to affiliate associations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, California, NSU College of Optometry, and Sothern College of Optometry. His past board work includes serving as liaison to Contact Lens and Cornea Section, Federal Relations Committee, and Paraoptometric Resource Center Committee, the Coding & Reimbursement Committee, Industry Relations Center Committee, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, and Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, and the Speaker of the House Pro Tem. His past board liaison assignments also include affiliate associations of Armed Forces Optometric Society, American Optometric Student Association, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

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 to develop membership recruitment and retention plans.

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 a number of 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, Washington, 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 a diplomate in the American Board of Optometry and a member of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section.

After graduating in 1990, DeVleming purchased his father's optometry business in eastern Washington where he continues to provide optometric services at Pullman Vision Source in Pullman, Washington.

Ronald L. Benner, O.D. 

President-elect
Montana 

RBenner@aoa.org

Ronald Benner, O.D.

Ronald L. Benner, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees at the 118th Annual AOA Congress & 45th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2015 and elected to the office of Vice President during the 124th Annual AOA Congress & 51st Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2021.

As a member of the AOA Board of Trustees, Dr. Benner serves as chair of the Investment Committee. He is liaison to the Industry Relations Center Committee, Third Party Center Executive Committee, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, and is Speaker of the House Pro Term. Dr. Benner is also the board liaison to the affiliate associations in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Midwestern – Arizona College of Optometry. Dr. Benner’s past board work includes serving as liaison to the Content Review Board, Education Committee, the Quality Improvement and Registries Committee, Council on Research, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, Contact Lens and Cornea Section, Faculty & Student Membership Liaisons, the Contact Lens and Cornea Section, Faculty & Student Membership Liaisons, Membership Development Committee, InfantSEE & Children’s Vision Committee, Vision Rehabilitation Committee, AOA Excel®, Federal Relations Committee, State Government Relations Committee, and the Third Party Center Executive Committee. He also served on the AOA-Political Action Committee (AOA-PAC), serving as chair from 2010 to 2015.

A past president of the Montana Optometric Association (MOA), Dr. Benner has held numerous roles within the MOA, as well as within the Great Western Council of Optometry, serving as chair of the board of directors. Dr. Benner has been honored with the MOA Young Optometrist of the Year Award, MOA Distinguished Service Award and, twice, MOA Optometrist of the Year Award.

A graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry, Dr. Benner has been active in his community, serving in numerous civic and faith-based organizations.

Dr. Benner owns and operates a private practice clinic in Laurel, Montana.

Steven T. Reed, O.D. 

Vice President
Mississippi

SReed@aoa.org

Steven Reed, O.D.

Steven T. Reed, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 119th Annual AOA Congress & 46th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in July 2016 and elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer during the 124th Annual AOA Congress & 51st Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2021.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Reed serves as chair of the Finance Committee. He is the liaison to the Content Review Board, Health Policy Institute, Telehealth Council, Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, Optometry Cares®, ‐ The AOA Foundation World Council of Optometry, Investment Committee, Executive Committee, 401(k) Committee. He is also the liaison to affiliate associations in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Texas, the University of Pikeville, and University of Alabama School of Optometry. Dr. Reed’s past board work includes AOA Excel® ,Paraoptometric Resource Committee, Health Policy Institute, New Technology Committee, Sports and Performance Vision Committee, Third Party Center Executive Committee, Faculty and Student Membership Liaisons Committee, State Government Relations Committee, Faculty Resource Committee, Membership Development Committee, and the Contact Lens and Cornea Section.

Previously, Dr. Reed served on the AOA Communications/Public Affairs Committee. He also served as the AOA National Keyperson Coordinator for Mississippi.

Dr. Reed is a past president of the Mississippi Optometric Association (MOA) and the Southwest Optometric Society. In his role with the MOA, he served as chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, Optometry for Progress PAC, the Legislative Committee, the Assistance to Graduates and Undergraduates Committee, and the Nominations Committee. He was also chair of the Board of Trustees at Southern College of Optometry, and Mississippi's Trustee for SECO International.

A graduate of Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Reed was the 2010 and 2016 recipient of the MOA James P. Brownlee Optometrist of the Year Award.

Dr. Reed owns and operates private practices in Magee, Collins and Prentiss Mississippi, and is co-owner practices in Clinton, Flowood, and Forest, Mississippi.

Jacqueline “Jacquie” M. Bowen, O.D.

Secretary-Treasurer
Colorado

JBowen@aoa.org

Jacqueline Bowen, O.D.

Jacqueline M. Bowen, O.D., was initially elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 119th Annual AOA Congress & 46th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in July 2016, and most recently reelected at the 124th Annual AOA Congress & 51st Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2021.

As a member of the AOA Board of Trustees, Dr. Bowen serves as a member of the AOAExcel® Committee, Faculty and Student Membership Liaisons Committee, Membership Development Committee, Quality Improvement and Data Committee, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, Optometric Extension Program, Vision Health Alliance, (formally known as TAYE), Investment Committee, and the Finance Committee. She also serves as liaison to association affiliates AFOS, The American Optometric Student Association®, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Dr. Bowen served most recently on the Advocacy and Federal Relations Committees, and was a member of the Professional Relations Committee, serving as its chair from 2007- 2010. Dr. Bowen’s past board work includes serving as liaison to the Advocacy Committee, Federal Relations Committee, InfantSEE® & Children’s Vision Committee, Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation, State Government Relations Committee, Third-Party Center Executive Committee, Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, Coding and Reimbursement Committee, Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, Evidence-Based Optometry Committee, Health Promotions Committee, Quality Improvement and Registries Committee, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Education Committee, Health Policy Institute, the New Technology Committee, the Sports and Performance Vision Committee and the American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Bowen is a past president of the Colorado Optometric Association (COA), also serving on the COA Board from 1998-2005. She is a member of the Northern Colorado Optometric Society, Colorado Optometric Glaucoma Society and a legislative keyperson to Colorado. Dr. Bowen was awarded the Colorado Young Optometrist of the Year in 2000 and Colorado Optometrist of the Year in 2012.

She is a graduate of Southern California College of Optometry and completed a residency in ocular disease at Omni Eye Specialists in Denver, Colorado. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and continues to be active in her community, serving with numerous civic, faith-based and chorale groups.

Dr. Bowen owns and operates a private practice clinic in Greeley, Colorado.

Robert C. Layman, O.D. 

Immediate Past President
Ohio

RLayman@AOA.ORG

Robert Layman, O.D.

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 and elected to the office of president during the 124th Annual AOA Congress & 51st Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2021.

In addition to his position as president, Dr. Layman serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Personnel Committee. He is the liaison trustee to the American Academy of Optometry, and the Interorganizational Communications and Cooperation Committee (IOCCC). Additionally, Dr. Layman is the liaison to the regional groups, Great Western Council of Optometry, Mountain West Council of Optometrists, North Central States Optometric Council, EastWest Eye Conference, Southern Council of Optometrists, and Universidad InterAmericana. Dr. Layman’s past board work includes serving as liaison to affiliate associations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and the Michigan College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago College of Optometry, and Indiana University School of Optometry.

Prior to his election to the AOA Board of Trustees, Dr. Layman's 30-plus 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, Assistance to Graduates Project Team, and 401(K) Committee Chair.

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, the Content Review Board, Federal Legislative Action Keyperson Committee, Federal Relations Committee, InfantSEE & Children's Vision Committee, State Government Relations Committee, Third-Party Center, AOA-Political Action Committee, VisionWeb, Advocacy Committee, Meetings Center 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 (OOA). He served as the OOA Electronic Health Records Task Force liaison to the Northwest Ohio Regional Extension Center/Health Information Partnership from 2010--2014. 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 (OSU) College of Optometry, where he was named one of OSU College of Optometry’s Top 100 Notable Alumni during the 100th anniversary of the college. 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 Lambertville, Michigan and Great Lakes Vision Care in Monroe, Michigan, and lives with his wife, Barb, in Toledo, Ohio. They have four grown children. 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.

Teri K. Geist, O.D. 

Trustee
Nebraska

TGeist@aoa.org

Teri Geist, O.D.

Teri K. Geist, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 122nd Annual AOA Congress & 49th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2019 and reelected as trustee during the 124th Annual AOA Congress & 51st Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2021.

Dr. Geist serves as Chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and is board liaison to the Coding & Reimbursement Committee, the InfantSEE® and Children’s Vision Committee, Leadership Development Committee, Third Party Center Executive Committee, Council on Research, Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety, National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, and Optometry Cares®–The AOA Foundation. Her liaison assignments include affiliate associations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, as well as Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University, Illinois College of Optometry, Midwestern University-Chicago College of Optometry, and the Indiana University School of Optometry. Dr. Geist’s past board work includes serving as liaison to the Advocacy Committee, Federal Relations Committee, State Government Relations Committee, Vision Rehabilitation Committee, The Telehealth Council, Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, Health Promotions Committee, Research and Information Resource Team and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She also has chaired the AOA Communications and Marketing Executive Committee and served on the Resolutions and Third Party Center executive committees.

Dr. Geist is a past president of the Nebraska Optometric Association, also served on multiple NOA committees including Legislative Chair. She served as president of the North Central States Optometric Council and was the director of the Healthy Eyes Healthy Children grant aimed to address gaps in awareness and public policy in vision care that present impediments for underserved students in Nebraska schools. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. Additionally, Dr. Geist has been a consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and chaired the Nebraska Foundation for Children’s Vision. Dr. Geist was awarded the NOA Young Optometrist of the Year in 2001, the NOA Optometrist of the Year in 2005 and 2019, NOA Distinguished Service Award in 2015, and four presidential citations.

She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned her doctorate of optometry from Pacific University in 1996.

Dr. Geist practices at Midwest Eye Care, PC in Omaha, Nebraska. She lives in Omaha with her husband Rod. They have two grown sons, Zachary and Noah. She enjoys boating, is an avid sports fan and cheering on her beloved Huskers.

Terri A. Gossard, O.D., M.S. 

Trustee
Ohio

TGossard@aoa.org

Terri Gossard, O.D.

Terri A. Gossard, O.D., M.S., was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 122nd Annual AOA Congress & 49th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2019 and re-elected during the AOA Annual Elections on June 22, 2020.

Dr. Gossard is the liaison to the Advocacy Committee, Federal Relations Committee, Leadership Development Committee, State Government Relations Committee, Vision Rehabilitation Committee, the Telehealth Council, the Healthcare Alliance for Patient Safety, the National Board of Examiners on Optometry, and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Her board liaison assignments include affiliate associations in Kanas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, New York, the Universirty of Houston College of Optometry, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Northeastern University and Rosenburg School of Optometry. Dr. Gossard’s past board work includes serving as board liaison to the Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, Research and Information Resource Team, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, the Ethics and Values Committee, Evidence-Based Optometry Committee, Paraoptometric Resource Center Committee and the Optometric Extension Program, as well as previously serving as chair of the AOA Multidisciplinary Practice Committee and the AOA Third Party Center Executive Committee, and the AOA Professional Relations and Health Center committees.

Dr. Gossard is a past president of the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA), also serving on the OOA Board and chaired the OOA’s Children’s Vision Task Force and Legislative Committee. She serves on the executive project team for the OneSight Vision Center at Oyler School and volunteers for the RealEyes Save Our Sight classroom initiative. She is on the selection committee for the Young Investigator Student Fellowship Awards for Female Scholars in Vision Research as well as Healthy Eyes, Healthy Children. Dr. Gossard was awarded the OOA’s Optometrist of the Year in 2017.

She is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry with both her Doctor of Optometry and Master’s degree in Physiological Optics in 1996. She practiced for 20 years in Cincinnati, Ohio, 17 of which in a multidisciplinary practice and consulted for the Eye Care Provider Network, Primary Eyecare Network, and the Northmark Integrated Eyecare Network. Dr. Gossard is the Midwest Director of Professional Relations for Cincinnati Eye Institute Vision Partners.

Dr. Gossard lives in Cincinnati with her husband Ted has two grown children, Maggie and Will. She enjoys snow skiing and rooting for her hometown Buckeyes, Bengals and Reds.

Curtis A. Ono, O.D. 

Trustee
Washington

cono@aoa.org

Curtis Ono, O.D.

Curtis A. Ono, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the Annual AOA Elections on June 22, 2020.

Dr. Ono is the board liaison to the Advocacy Committee, Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, Federal Relations Committee, Research and Information Committee, State Government Committee, National Optometric Association, and the World Council of Optometry. His board liaison assignments include affiliate associations in Maine, Maryland, Massachusettes, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, New England College of Optometry, and The State University of New York. Dr. Ono’s past board work includes Ethics and Values Committee, Evidence-Based Optometry Committee, Paraoptometric Resource Center Committee, and the Optometric Extension Program. Dr. Ono previously chaired the Membership Development Committee, the AOA Affiliate Relations and Membership Executive Committee, and served on the Practice Modalities Committee, Resolutions Committee and Vision USA.

Dr. Ono is a past president of the Optometric Physicians of Washington, also serving as chair of the Annual Convention Planning, Awards, Children’s Vision, Legislative Grassroots, Membership Development and VISION USA committees. He has been a member of the OPW’s Budget, Clinical Care, Geriatrics, Education, Hospital Privileges, Leadership Development and Strategic Planning committees. In 2017, OPW recognized his optometric and community contributions with the Jack Hale (Lifetime Achievement) Award. In addition, he is the recipient of the Optometric Physician of the Year Award in 2016 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2016 and 2005.

Dr. Ono also served on the Great Western Council of Optometry’s board of directors, including serving as president in 2017-2018 where he was awarded the President Leadership Award in 2017. Additionally, Dr. Ono was chair of the Congress Planning, Industry Relations, Leadership Development, Medical Grants, Nominating, Education, Executive Director Search, President’s Council Planning and Student Program Committees.

Before moving to Washington, Dr. Ono was a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association (MOA) and served as the Metro-area Legislative Grassroots Coordinator and chair/co-founder of the Minnesota Vision Project, part of the national VISION USA initiative. The MOA awarded Dr. Ono with the President’s Award in 1994.

Dr. Ono is a co-owner of Puget Sound Eye Care in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. He lives with his spouse, Wendy, and has a grown son, Alex.

Belinda R. Starkey, O.D.

Trustee
Arkansas

bstarkey@aoa.org

Belinda Starkey, O.D.

Belinda Starkey, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 124th Annual AOA Congress & 51st Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2021.

Dr. Starkey is the board liaison to the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, Contact Lens & Cornea Section, Ethics and Values Committee, Evidence‐Based Optometry Committee, Paraoptometric Resource Center Committee and College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Her board liaison assignments include affiliate associations Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Univerity of California, Berkeley, Pacific University, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, and Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry.

Dr. Starkey served as a member of the AOA’s Industry Relations Committee and the House of Delegates Credentials Committee. She served on various volunteer committees for the Arkansas Optometric Association (ArOA) where she was a past president and is currently the co-chair of the State Legislative Committee. Dr. Starkey served as treasurer of Arkansans for Healthy Eyes, a coalition group advocating for Arkansas’ scope expansion law, during the state’s recent referendum battle.

A founder/chair of Networking Optometric Women (NOW), Dr. Starkey received the ArOA’s Optometrist of the Year and Special Service awards in 2020, the Theia Award in 2020 from Women of Optometry, and the AOA’s Optometrist of the Year Award in 2021.

Dr. Starkey, a graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, is a partner of Parenti-Morris Eyecare in Rogers, Arkansas. She lives in Rogers with her husband, Clay, and dog, Jett. Dr. Starkey enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and is an avid Razorbacks fan.

Marrie S. Read, O.D., M.B.A.

Trustee
Armed Forces Optometric Society

Marrie S. Read, O.D., M.B.A., of Virginia, was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 125th Annual AOA Congress & 52nd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2022.

Dr. Read entered the Navy in 1999 and reported to her first duty station at Branch Medical Clinic in Mayport, Florida. She began as a staff optometrist rising to lead as product line manager of clinical support services. Following residency, she reported to Naval Hospital, Keflavik, Iceland, where she served as the sole optometrist, chair of the executive committee of the medical staff and the disaster preparedness officer. After her overseas tour, she served as the director for the Arlington Annex, DiLorenzo Tricare Clinic in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Dr. Read transferred to the U.S. Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, as the Navy program manager of the Tri-Service Vision Conservation and Readiness Program. She has served in numerous assignments, and she currently is director for military health system governance in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. She is on the AOA Federal Relations Committee and serves on the board of the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety.

Dr. Read is past president of AFOS.

Paul M. Barney, O.D.

Trustee
Alaska

Paul Barney, O.D., of Alaska, was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 125th Annual AOA Congress & 52nd Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry’s Meeting® in June 2022.

Dr. Barney has dedicated more than 20 years of volunteer service to the Alaska Optometric Association (AKOA), where he has held almost every leadership title, including president, chair of the education committee and chair of the legislative committee. He also has served as a member of the Board of Examiners in Optometry for the state of Alaska for eight years, serving as its chairperson for five years. Dr. Barney has devoted countless hours over many years advocating for the advancement of the practice of optometry in Alaska so that the needs of optometric patients in the rural areas and villages of the vast state can have access to the best care possible. He currently serves as chairperson of the legislative committee for the AKOA. He was instrumental in passing H.B.103 in 2017, an Alaska statute which gave the Alaska Board of Examiners in Optometry the autonomy and the authority to write regulations for anything that is taught at an accredited school or college of optometry. Dr. Barney served as Alaska’s director to the Great Western Council of Optometry for several years and served as its president from 2014-2015.

Dr. Barney is a past president of the AKOA.

Past Presidents of the American Optometric Association 

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