Paraoptometric 40th Anniversary

Congratulations on celebrating the American Optometric Association's 40th year of commitment to the paraoptometric! Your professional advocacy and dedication to meet the eye care needs of the public bring value to the world of optometry each day. Paraoptometrics have strengthened the quality of care and will continue to make a great impact on the profession for years to come.

In 1978, a forward-thinking group of practice staff and doctors of optometry recognized the importance of developing a systematic, educational resource to ensure optometric staff attained a skillset commensurate to advances in optometric scope of practice at that time. Little did they know at the time, this group spurred a decades-long revolution in staff education, redefining the fledgling profession of paraoptometry. Four decades after this first AOA Paraoptometric Section formed, the AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center continues that central mission of growing paraoptometry by leaps and bounds.

Click here to see photos from the Paraoptometric Resource Center's 40th Anniversary Celebration.

  PARAOPTOMETRIC OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENTS  
   1980s   
1980 Janet McMahon California
1981 Shirley Hughes Michigan
1982 Ruth Zauri California
1983 Anne Bultman South Carolina
1984 Patricia Catoe South Carolina
1985 Theola Amundson Pennsylvania
1986 Ann Bremer Louisiana
1987 Audrey Bartal Ohio
1988 Sandra Penney Wisconsin
1989 Jackie Keller Washington
  1990s  
1990 Lori Jean Helgeson, CPOT Florida
1991 Larry Medlock Arkansas
1992 Kathryn Wood, CPOT Oklahoma
1993 Amy Endo, CPOT Hawaii
1994 Susan Leidel Wisconsin
1995 Tami Franklin, CPOT Nebraska
1996 Diane Lehtinen Iowa
1997 Jill Luebbert, CPOT Nebraska
1998 Carol Schartner, CPOA Pennsylvania
1999 Mary Dunn, CPOT Maine
  2000s  
2000 Jan Harmsen Wisconsin
2001 Elaine Bowers, CPOA Colorado
2002 Billie Taylor, CPOT Virginia
2003 Sue McAteer, CPOT New Jersey
2004 Cathy Trejo, CPOT Colorado
2005 Lynn Lawrence, CPOT Florida
2006 Mary Jameson, CPOT Pennsylvania
2007 Susan Henry, CPOT Virginia
2008 Beverly Roberts, CPOT Mississippi
2009 Dianna Sweet, CPOT Michigan
  2010s  
2010 Lynn Konkel, CPOT Wisconsin
2011 Shoni Sharp, CPOT Michigan
2012 Vera Kohler, CPOA Pennsylvania
2013 Amy Godeaux, CPOT Louisiana
2014 Roberta Beers, CPOT Pennsylvania
2015 Marilyn Beeson, CPOA Mississippi
2016 Evelyn Denise Lott, CPOT Mississippi
2017 Sally Greeley, CPOT Maine
2018 Carol Lovell, CPOT, CPOC Wyoming