Board candidates announce bids for AOA offices

Board candidates announce bids for AOA offices

From left, Andrea P. Thau, O.D., AOA president-elect, Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., AOA vice president, Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., AOA secretary-treasurer, Barbara L. Horn, O.D., AOA trustee, Robert C. Layman, O.D., AOA trustee, and Gregory A. Caldwell, O.D., AOA trustee, Dennis M. Brtva, O.D., AOA trustee candidate, Jacqueline Bowen, O.D., AOA trustee candidate, and Steven T. Reed, O.D., AOA trustee candidate.

A globally recognized authority for eye and vision care, AOA moves the needle on improved quality and availability of full-scope optometric care through a devoted group of leaders who advocate for the profession. As Optometry's Meeting® in Boston, June 29-July 3, nears, familiarize yourself with the incumbent candidates and newcomers striving to represent you on the AOA Board of Trustees.

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., of New York, has filed for the office of president after serving on the board since 2007. Dr. Thau is chair of the AOA 401(k) Committee, and is a member of the AOA Executive, Agenda and Personnel committees.

"Thanks to the AOA and our affiliates, optometry is well positioned to serve as America's primary eye care providers. We will continue to advocate to ensure that our patients have access to in-person eye examinations by their doctor of optometry; promote the pediatric essential benefit to ensure that every child has the visual skills necessary to excel in school; reduce digital eyestrain, enhance the visual performance of students, workers and athletes; and protect and preserve the visual function of America's seniors. The AOA will ensure that optometrists will serve as the safeguards of America's ocular health; serve as the advocate of the profession; enhance our practices through AOA MORE; provide cutting-edge continuing education; and promote the profession to the public. We will work together to ensure that our colleagues have access to their patients, payment parity, and enhanced scope of practice." READ MORE.

Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., of New Jersey, has filed for the office of president-elect after serving on the board since 2008. Dr. Quinn is chair of the AOA Investment Committee, and is a member of the AOA Executive, Building and 401(k) committees.

"Access to patients who need care and equality with other physician providers remains the cornerstone of our advocacy efforts. The opportunity to expand our role in providing medical eye care has the potential to be transformative for the profession if we accept the challenge in a changing health care landscape." READ MORE.

Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., of Alabama, has field for the office of vice president after serving on the board since 2009. Dr. Pierce is chair of the AOA Constitution and Bylaws, and Finance committees, and is a member of the AOA Executive, Investment and 401(k) committees.

"The definition of health care is constantly changing as we embrace new technologies and deal with evolving dynamics of delivering health care. Never before have our patients and the profession needed the AOA to advocate for better access and inclusion. I will do all I can to make sure AOA continues to fight for optometry and our patients." READ MORE.

Barbara L. Horn, O.D., of Michigan, has filed for the office of secretary-treasurer after serving as trustee since 2011. Dr. Horn is a member of the AOA Investment and Finance committees.

"As secretary-treasurer of the AOA, I look forward to continuing both our positive growth as an organization and strengthening our reserves. We will remain focused on streamlining our programs and processes to minimize expenses while offering our members the resources they need to successfully care for their patients and manage their practices." READ MORE.

Robert C. Layman, O.D., of Ohio, has filed for re-election to the board after serving as trustee since 2013. Dr. Layman is a member of the AOA Building, Investment, and Constitution and Bylaws committees.

"It has been a privilege to be part of a strong AOA enterprise that responds quickly to the challenges of health care change. Assuring greater public access to optometrists, protecting parity for our members, and equipping them for success can best be achieved by consistent membership growth and leadership development." READ MORE.

Gregory A. Caldwell, O.D., of Pennsylvania, has filed for re-election to the board after service as trustee since 2013. Dr. Caldwell is liaison to the AOA Third Party Center Executive Committee and Commission on Paraoptometric Certification and Paraoptometric Resource Center.

"Health care reform continues to provide numerous challenges to our members, patients and profession. As a trustee, I will continue to build on our successes through ongoing collaboration with the board and the organization. I will continue to provide options and opportunities for the association that meet the needs of our members. Advocacy, public awareness, patient education, professional development tools, and continuing education are the essential elements I will focus on to ensure these goals are achieved." READ MORE.

Dennis M. Brtva, O.D., of Illinois, has filed for election to the board of trustees. Dr. Brtva is a member of the AOA's Membership Development Committee, and has served on the AOA Meeting Executive Committee, Communications & Public Relations, Sergeant-at-Arms, Vision USA and Credentialing committees.

"Attacks by 1-800 Contacts, challenges of disruptive technology, and navigating health care reform are just a few reasons why it's more important now than ever that we have a strong AOA. I believe it's important to increase AOA membership within all sectors of the profession. As an independent corporate-affiliated doctor, I will encourage nonmembers to join the AOA to help strengthen and protect the profession." READ MORE.

Jacqueline Bowen, O.D., of Colorado, has filed for election to the board of trustees. Dr. Bowen is a member of the AOA Membership Committee, and has served as chair of the Professional Relations Committee and a member of the Volunteer/Member Engagement Committee.

"Our profession is facing significant challenges. We have powerful enemies who seek to destroy the doctor-patient relationship at every turn. At the same time, we are poised for greatness because we know the demand for our services will increase as the population grows and as more patients enter their senior years. We need a powerful AOA to advocate for its members." READ MORE.

Steven T. Reed, O.D., of Mississippi, has filed for election to the board of trustees. Dr. Reed is a member of the AOA's Communications & Public Affairs Committee, as well as a past president of the Mississippi Optometric Association.

"True passion involves action. I am passionate about our profession, but simply saying so isn't enough. I must be engaged to make a difference. The face of eye care is changing at an exponential rate. It is imperative that we work together to protect optometry's future. I will be a strong leader and advocate for the best interests of optometry." READ MORE.

March 8, 2016

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