AOA president, officers sworn in at Optometry’s Meeting® 2014
(Back row from left: Gregory A. Caldwell, Barbara L. Horn, Samuel D. Pierce, William T. Reynolds, Robert C. Layman, James P. DeVleming)
Front row from left: Mitchell T. Munson, Stephen A. Loomis, David A. Cockrell, Andrea P. Thau, Christopher J. Quinn)
The AOA's new president encouraged delegates to embrace "personal advocacy" as he took the helm at Optometry's Meeting® on June 28.
"You all create the history of the profession with the actions you do in this house."
David A. Cockrell, O.D., of Oklahoma, and other AOA officers and members of the Board of Trustees were sworn into office for 2014 to 2015 on the meeting's final day.
The field of optometry has never looked stronger, said Dr. Cockrell, in his address to state delegates. Dr. Cockrell hailed recent scope of practice wins in Louisiana and other states as an indicator that the profession is "doing great."
Founding ODs of the profession might not recognize optometry as it exists today, yet "I'm absolutely sure that they would cheer us forward," he said.
Dr. Cockrell, who has served on many AOA committees, made a strong push for all AOA members to engage in both advocacy and volunteer efforts to strengthen the profession—while underscoring the importance of Optometry's Meeting.
Discussions that take place at the House of Delegates affect all optometrists, he emphasized. "You all create the history of the profession with the actions you do in this house," he told delegates.
Optometrists became recognized as Medicare providers and made headway on diagnostics and children's vision because of personal advocacy efforts, Dr. Cockrell said. "Don't lose sight of that," he urged. "Every voice, every vote counts."
In other election results, Steven A. Loomis, O.D., of Colorado, who has served on the AOA Board of Trustees since his election in 2007, was elected as president-elect of the AOA. "I promise to give you everything I have," he said. Read more about Dr. Loomis.
Andrea P. Thau, O.D., of New York, was elected vice president after serving on the board since her election in 2007. Read more about Dr. Thau. State delegates also voted for Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., of New Jersey, to serve as secretary-treasurer. Dr. Quinn had served on the board since his election in 2008. Read more about Dr. Quinn.
Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., of Alabama and Barbara L. Horn, O.D., of Michigan were both re-elected to their board positions. Dr. Pierce is a member of the Finance Committee and the Constitution and Bylaws Committees. Read more about Dr. Pierce. Dr. Horn is a member of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. Read more about Dr. Horn.
James P. DeVleming, O.D., of Washington, was elected to the board for the first time and will serve a one-year term. Dr. DeVleming is the vice president of Optometric Physicians of Washington after serving as a past chair and director. Read more about Dr. DeVleming.
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