Ronald L. Benner, O.D.

Ronald L. Benner, O.D.Trustee

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 subsequently re-elected at the 120th Annual AOA Congress & 47th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® in June, 2017.

As a member of the AOA Board of Trustees, Dr. Benner serves as a member of the Investment Committee, Finance Committee and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.  He is liaison to the Education Committee, InfantSEE & Children's Vision Committee, Vision Rehabilitation Committee and AOA Excel.  Dr. Benner is also the board liaison to affiliate associations in Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, New England College of Optometry and the State University of New York, College of Optometry.  Dr. Benner's past board work includes serving as liaison to the Federal Legislative Action Keyperson Committee, Federal Relations Committee, State Government Relations Committee, Third Party Center Executive Committee, AOAExcel, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, and the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.   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.

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