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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, optometrists 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.

Board of Trustees on Zoom

2020-2021 AOA Board of Trustees

AOA Officers 

President William T. Reynolds, O.D. 

President-Elect Robert C. Layman, O.D. 

Vice President James P. DeVleming, O.D. 

Secretary-Treasurer Ronald L. Benner, O.D. 

Immediate Past President Barbara L. Horn, O.D

AOA Trustees 

Steve T. Reed, O.D. 

Jacqueline Bowen, O.D. 

Lori L. Grover, O.D., Ph.D. 

Teri K. Geist, O.D. 

Terri A. Gossard, O.D., M.S. 

Curtis A. Ono, O.D. 

William T. Reynolds, O.D. 

President
Kentucky

WReynolds@aoa.org 

William Reynolds, O.D.William T. Reynolds, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees in June 2012., and elected President during the 2020 Annual AOA Election & Installation on June 27, 2020.

In addition to his position as President, Dr. Reynolds serves as chair of the Executive Committee and serves on the Personnel Committee. He is the liaison trustee for the American Academy of Optometry, Great Western Council of Optometry, North Central States Optometric Council, Southern Council of Optometrists, East/West Eye Conference and Universidad InterAmericana. Dr. Reynold's past board work includes serving as liaison to the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, the AOA Investment Committee, Advocacy Committee, Meetings Center Committee, the AOA Political Action Committee, VisionWeb. Content Review Board, Industry Relations Center Committee, New Technology Committee and Sports and Performance Vision Committee.  

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 25 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.  Dr. Reynolds has also served on the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners since 2009, as well as serving as chair of the Kentucky Optometric Medicaid Technical Advisory Committee and as president of the Kentucky Vision Project (VISION USA). 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 is an adjunct faculty member at Southern College of Optometry, University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry, Indiana University School of Optometry and Kentucky College of Optometry at the University of Pikeville.

Dr. Reynolds is president and chief executive officer of Eye Care Center Optometrists PSC in Richmond Kentucky where he lives with his wife Ann.

Robert C. Layman, O.D. 

President-Elect
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-Elect during the AOA Annual Election & Installation on June 27, 2020.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Layman serves as a chair of the 401(k) Committee, and serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Personnel Committee. He is the board liaison to the American Academy of Optometry, AOA Political Action Committee, VisionWeb, AOA Advocacy Committee, and AOA Meetings Center Committee. He is also the board 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. His past board work includes serving as liaison to the Content Review Board, Federal Legislative Action Keyperson Committee, Federal Relations Committee, InfantSEE & Children's Vision Committee, State Government Relations Committee, and Third-Party Center Executive Committee.  

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 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 100 th 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. 

James P. DeVleming, O.D. 

Vice 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 117 th Annual AOA Congress & 44 th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2014, and to the office of Vice President during the AOA Annual Election & Installation on June 27, 2020.  

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. DeVleming serves as chair of the Investment Committee and serves as a member of the Executive Committee and 401(K) Committee. He is the liaison to the Coding & Reimbursement Committee, Industry Relations Center Committee, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, and the Interorganizational Communications and Cooperation Committee. His board liaison assignments also include affiliate associations of Armed Forces Optometric Society, American Optometric Student Association, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Dr. DeVleming's past board work includes serving as liaison to the Contact Lens and Cornea Section, Federal Relations Committee, Advocacy Committee and Paraoptometric Resource Center Committee.

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, 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 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, WA.

Ronald L. Benner, O.D. 

Secretary-Treasurer
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 118 th Annual AOA Congress & 45 th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2015 and installed to the office of Secretary-Treasurer during the 2020 AOA Annual Board Installation on June 27, 2020.  

As a member of the AOA Board of Trustees, Dr. Benner serves as chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee, Investment Committee, and the 401(k) Committee. He is liaison to the Content Review Board, Education Committee, and the Quality Improvement and Registries Committee. Dr. Benner is also the board liaison to the Council on Research, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry and to the affiliate associations of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia state affiliates, University of Pikeville College of Optometry and University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry. Dr. Benner's past board work includes serving as liaison to 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, 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.

Barbara L. Horn, O.D

Immediate Past President 
South Carolina 

BLHorn@aoa.org

Barbara Horn, O.D.Barbara L. Horn, O.D., was first elected as a trustee to the American Optometric Association Board in June 2011 and installed as Immediate Past President during the 2020 Annual Election & Installation on June 27, 2020.

In addition to her duties as Immediate Past President, Dr. Horn serves as chair to the Personnel Committee and serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Her previous assignments include serving as liaison to the American Academy of Optometry, Great Western Council of Optometry, North Central States Optometric Council, Southern Council of Optometrists, East/West Eye Conference and Universidad InterAmericana as well as liaison to the AOA Political Action Committee, Advocacy Committee, Federal Relations Committee, Meetings Center Committee, Industry Relations Committee, Quality Improvement and Registries Committee and Third Party Center Executive Committee.

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, the Needs/Technology Project Team and the Industry Relations Center Committee.

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). Dr. Horn is currently a member of the South Carolina Optometric Association and an associate member of the Michigan Optometric Association.   

In 2018, she was South Carolina Optometric Physician Association's Optometrist of the year. Dr. Horn also received the MOA's Optometrist of the year in 2011, AOA's Young Optometrist of the Year award in 2006 and the MOA's Young Optometrist of the Year award in 2005.

Dr. Horn is in a group practice in South Carolina. 

Steven T. Reed, O.D. 

Trustee
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 re-elected in St. Louis, Missouri at the 122nd Annual AOA Congress & 49th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2019.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Reed serves as liaison to the Investment Committee, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and Finance Committee. He serves as the liaison trustee to AOA Excel, Paraoptometric Resource Committee, Membership Development Committee, the American Board of Optometry, and the World Council of Optometry.  He serves as the board liaison to the state affiliates of Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania as well as the Ohio State University College of Optometry and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Reed's past board work includes serving as liaison to the 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 Bowen, O.D. 

Trustee
Colorado

JBowen@aoa.org

Jacqueline Bowen, O.D.Jacqueline Bowen, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 119 th Annual AOA Congress & 46 th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in July 2016, and subsequently re-elected in St. Louis, Missouri at the 121 st Annual AOA Congress & 48 th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2018.

As a member of the AOA Board of Trustees, Dr. Bowen serves as a member of the Investment Committee, the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and the Finance Committee. She is a liaison trustee to the Education Committee, the Health Policy Institute, the New Technology Committee, the Sports and Performance Vision Committee, and the Third-Party Center Executive Committee. She is also a liaison trustee for The American Board of Optometry and Think About Your Eyes. Dr. Bowen's board liaison assignments include affiliate associations in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, as well as the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Optometry, the New England College of Optometry and the State University of New York College of Optometry. 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 and the Third-Party Center Executive Committee Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, Coding and Reimbursement Committee, Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, Evidence-Based Optometry Committee, Health Promotions Committee, and the Quality Improvement and Registries Committee.

Dr. Bowen served most recently on the Advocacy and Federal Relations Committees, and was also a member of the Professional Relations Committee, serving as its chair from 2007 to 2010.

Dr. Bowen is a past president of the Colorado Optometric Association, also serving on the COA Board from 1998 to 2005. She is a member of the Northern Colorado Optometric Society and 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.

Lori L. Grover, O.D., Ph.D.

Trustee
Illinois

LGrover@aoa.org

Lori Grover, O.D.Lori L. Grover, O.D., Ph.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees at the 121 st Annual AOA Congress & 48 th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2018, and subsequently re-elected in St. Louis, Missouri at the 122 nd Annual AOA Congress & 49 th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2019.

As a member of the AOA Board, Dr. Grover serves as liaison trustee to the Advocacy Committee, the Federal Relations Committee, the InfantSEE & Children's Vision Committee, the State Government Relations Committee and the Third Party Executive Committee. Her board liaison assignments include affiliate associations of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, California, and Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry and Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Grover serves as a liaison trustee to the Optometry Cares Board of Directors - The AOA Foundation. Dr. Grover previously served as liaison to the Evidence-Based Optometry Committee, Health Promotions Committee, Leadership Development Committee, Research and Information Resource Team, State Government Relations Committee, Vision Rehabilitation Committee, and Council on Research.

Dr. Grover previously chaired the AOA Vision Rehabilitation Section and served on its Executive Council from 1999-2010. She is a participating author in AOA's  Evidence-Based Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes MellitusComprehensive Adult Eye and Vision Examination, and  Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination  guidelines which have received national recognition from the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Grover has served in private and hospital-based practice, industry, and academia, serving as dean of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University and on the medical staff at Wilmer Eye Institute at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her expertise has been sought by numerous federal panels, committees and organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Department of Defense, American Public Health Association, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others. She also is a published clinical researcher and author.    

A graduate of Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Grover earned her Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Policy from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Grover is a health policy consultant and fellow of the Institute of Medicine - Chicago.  She is Founder and current Co-Director of the Center for Eye and Health Outcomes and visiting scientist at the Southern College of Optometry.

Teri K. Geist, O.D. 

Trustee
Nebraska

TGeist@aoa.org

Teri Geist, O.D.Teri Geist, O.D., was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 122 nd Annual AOA Congress & 49 th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June 2019.

Dr. Geist is the board liaison for the Advocacy Committee, Federal Relations Committee, Leadership Development Committee, State Government Relations Committee, Vision Rehabilitation Committee, Telehealth Council, Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety, National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation. Her liaison assignments include affiliate associations in Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas, as well as the Northeastern State University Oklahoma, College of Optometry, UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry, and University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry. Dr. Geist's past board work includes serving as liaison to the Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, Health Promotion 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 serving 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. 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 and specializes in routine and problem-focused eye examinations, pediatric eye care, urgent eye care, and pre- and post-operative examinations.

Terri A. Gossard, O.D., M.S. 

Trustee
Ohio

TGossard@aoa.org

Terri Gossard, O.D.Terri Gossard, O.D., M.S., was elected to the American Optometric Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the 122 nd Annual AOA Congress & 49 th 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 board liaison to the Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification, Health Promotions Committee, and the Research and Information Resource Team, as well as the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. Her board liaison assignments include affiliate associations in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Midwestern University's Chicago College of Optometry. Dr. Gossard's past board work includes serving as board liaison to 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 the AOA Multidisciplinary Practice Committee and the AOA Third Party Executive Committee and the AOA Professional Relations and Health Center Committees.

Dr. Gossard is a past president of the Ohio Optometric Association, 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. She volunteers for the RealEyes Save Our Sight classroom initiative and serves 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 doctorate of optometry and master's degree in physiological optics in 1996. She practiced for 17 years in Cincinnati, Ohio in a multidisciplinary practice and consulted for the Eye Care Provider Network, Primary Eyecare Network, and the Northmark Integrated Eyecare Network.

Dr. Gossard lives in Cincinnati with her husband Ted and 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 Ethics and Values Committee, Evidence-Based Optometry Committee, Paraoptometric Resource Center Committee, and the Optometric Extension Program. His board liaison assignments include affiliate associations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, University of California Berkeley School of Optometry, Pacific Univeristy College of Optometry, Southern California College of Optometry, and Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry. 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 as well as 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.

Past Presidents of the American Optometric Association 

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