New AOA president and trustees sworn in at Optometry’s Meeting®

New AOA president and trustees sworn in at Optometry’s Meeting®

The 2016-2017 AOA Board of Trustees at the House of Delegates at Optometry's Meeting®.

AOA President Andrea P. Thau, O.D., of New York, and other members of the AOA Board of Trustees were sworn into office on the final day of Optometry's Meeting® in Boston, Massachusetts.

Elected Saturday by the House of Delegates to the Board of Trustees were:

President Andrea P. Thau, O.D., of New York; President-elect Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., of New Jersey; Vice President Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., of Alabama; and Secretary-Treasurer Barbara L. Horn, O.D., of Michigan and South Carolina.

Robert C. Layman, O.D., of Ohio was re-elected as trustee. Newly elected was Jacqueline Bowen, O.D., of Colorado and Steven T. Reed, O.D., of Mississippi.

Dr. Thau served a previous term as president-elect and has been on the board since 2007.

"I am honored to be inaugurated as president of the American Optometric Association," said Dr. Thau, who thanked several groups for their support. "It's a trust that I don't take lightly, and I have a dedication to really want to help advance our profession. I think each one of us has to be able to contribute back to our profession at the highest level that we possibly can."

She added, "So what I'm going to bring is my passion, my love for the profession, my focus, my ethics, my morals and my goal to try to make optometry as good as it can be and to help care specifically for children, whom I have a very special interest in, and also to be able to communicate to the public the wonderful things that all of us as optometrists do."

Click here to read what candidates had to say about running for the AOA Board of Trustees earlier this year.

AOA House of Delegates adopts resolution
The AOA House of Delegates adopted a resolution introduced earlier in the week pertaining to optometry's scope of practice and optometric education standards.

Presented by the Optometry Association of Louisiana, the resolution spurs AOA to develop a new, model state optometric practice act that would, ideally, allow doctors of optometry to treat all medical eye conditions by any appropriate method, including new and efficacious services and products as they become available. The House of Delegates further encouraged individual state associations to continue working toward modifying and modernizing their state optometric practice acts.

Additionally, the resolution directs AOA to report progress on this matter at the 2017 session. Delegates adopted this resolution Thursday, passing it along for the Judicial Council's review before becoming effective.

Connect with Optometry's Meeting daily
Couldn't make it to Boston? Although there's no substitute for the real thing, you can catch a glimpse of Optometry's Meeting and stay engaged with the latest happenings via AOA's online coverage.

Visit for daily news coverage and photos. And see all that's trending at #OM2016 on AOA's dedicated social media page.

July 3, 2016

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