Members

The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) has 11 members:

  • 9 AOA members
    • 3 optometric practitioners nominated by AOA
    • 2 doctors of optometry who are state board members nominated by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO)
    • 3 doctors of optometry affiliated with an optometric education institution nominated by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) (1 of these members must be residency trained or be a faculty member or administrator in an accredited residency)
    • 1 optometric technician representative
  • 2 public members

The term of appointment for an ACOE member is three years, and an individual may serve a maximum of three terms.

The following individuals serve as members of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education in the 2019-20 year:

Council Member

Type of ACOE Member

Current Term Expires

William L. Ratcliff, O.D., Chair

State Board

2020

Stephanie S. Messner, O.D., Vice Chair

Educator

2022

Patricia M. Capone, B.S., COTA/L

Public member

2022

Luanne K. Chubb, O.D.

State Board

2021

Julie DeKinder, O.D.

Residency Educator

2021

Ann Hayden-Finger, CPOT

Optometric Technician

2021

Timothy Hug, O.D.

Practitioner

2020

Laura M. Neumann, DDS, MPH

Public member

2021

G. Timothy Petito, O.D.

Practitioner

2022

Steven H. Schwartz, O.D., Ph.D.

Educator

2020

David N. Yang, O.D.

Practitioner

2021